Wednesday, January 13, 2016

ABCs of My Vinyl Collection (Letter A, Part 4)

When I was able to rip vinyl again, this song was one of the first ones that came to mind. Back in the fall, we heard a couple of beauties by Marc Almond via The (new) Vinyl Villain and Charity Chic Music that made me rethink whether "Tears Run Rings" was still my favorite of his solo singles. I think it's safe to say if "The Days Of Pearly Spencer" or "Stories of Johnny" are tops to you, nobody will bat an eyelash. Greats one and all. Almond may no longer grace the charts, but Echorich assures us at The Never Ending Search For the Perfect Beat that merely calling him relevant is an understatement. The comment king named Almond's latest, 'The Velvet Trail,' the best album of 2015, and that holds more weight around here than Billboard ever could. The following versions of "Tears Run Rings" run the gamut from dramatic but accessible pop to hardcore dub. So, dust off those dancing shoes while listening to the 7".

"Tears Run Rings" (7" single)
"Tears Run Rings (The Just Right Mix)"
"Tears Run Rings (The Just Right Edit)"
"Tears Run Rings (Acid Tears Dub)"

8 comments:

JC said...

His solo output has been a bit up and down but the choice of singles over the years has been astonishingly good. There's one coing up over at my place early next week......

Looking forward to hearing these mixes.

Echorich said...

You're too kind Brian - and I hope at least a few people check out The Velvet Trail after my gushing.

Marc Almond is an artist I hold in very high esteem. He's never compromised his art and has been able to overcome some amazing adversities. Tears Run Rings is such a strong number. Almond spent a lot of time after the end of Soft Cell exploring the darker side of pop and through his music, life in general. Tears Run Rings always seemed like Almond was rising back overground to advise his audience what he had discovered in his travels. It's a big sound, cautionary, but celebratory as well. One of Almonds greatest moments!

charity chic said...

A true talent Brian - and Marc's not bad either!

alvalmeida said...

Great song. The 7" single version is the better version in my opinion. I remember when I first heard it many years ago that was very danceable. Almond's voice sounds perfect.

Brian said...

I'm with you, alvalmeida. Plays to my pop sensibilities.

George said...

It's the first version for me Brian. Fine pop song, but Marc Almond has a knack of writing them. This series is shaping up well. Apart from The Alarm.

Brian said...

Hey George. I think quite a few of us feel that way about the Alarm, but I do like Sixty-Guns. If I haven't parted with the 7" by now, I think I'll probably be buried with it.

The Swede said...

The only Marc Almond solo record I own. A splendid pop nugget.