Despite Straight Lines

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Despite Straight Lines
Despite Straight Lines - Japanese release.
Studio album by Marilyn
Released 21 June 1985 (original release)
14 November 2008 (reissue)
Recorded 1983-85
Genre New wave, pop
Label Mercury/Phonogram
Producer Alan Winstanley
Clive Langer
Don Was
Eric Robinson
Roger Jackson

Despite Straight Lines is the debut album by the British singer-songwriter Marilyn, released in 1985.

Overview[edit]

Although Marilyn had scored three top 40 hits throughout the 1983-84 period, his debut album was not released until mid-1985, 18 months after his biggest hit "Calling Your Name" was a top 10 hit. Possibly due to a loss of momentum, the album failed to chart and subsequent singles following its release were also unsuccessful.

Although it is his only album released to date, the album was reissued on CD in 2008 as Despite Straight Lines: The Very Best of Marilyn, by Cherry Pop (a division of Cherry Red Records). The reissue includes several bonus tracks, consisting of B-sides and alternative versions, though it excludes the single "Pray for That Sunshine".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Calling Your Name" (Marilyn / Paul Caplin) 4:06
  2. "Mountain to the Ocean" (R. Jackson) 3:46
  3. "Surrender to Your Love" (Marilyn) 4:04
  4. "Pray for That Sunshine" (Marilyn) 4:00
  5. "Third Eye" (Marilyn) 3:24
  6. "Baby U Left Me (In the Cold)" (Marilyn) 3:51
  7. "You Don't Love Me" (Marilyn) 3:24
  8. "Give It Up" (Eric Robinson) 3:58
  9. "Wear It Out" (Marilyn / Eric Robinson) 2:17
  10. "Cry and Be Free" (Marilyn) 3:34

CD re-issue (Bonus tracks)

  1. "Calling Your Name (Midnight Party Mix)" (Marilyn / Paul Caplin)- 4:42
  2. "Move Together" (Marilyn) 3:36
  3. "Calling Your Name (Extended Version)" (Marilyn / Paul Caplin) 6:54
  4. "Running" (Marilyn) 3:06
  5. "Cry and Be Free (Gospel)" (Marilyn) 5:43
  6. "Cry and Be Free (Streisand Style)" (Marilyn) 5:19
  7. "Raining Again (Dub Version)" (Marilyn) 7:08
  8. "Baby U Left Me (In the Cold) (Extended Version)" (Marilyn) 7:08

Producer[edit]

  • Alan Winstanley (tracks: 1, 3, 6, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15)
  • Clive Langer (tracks: 1, 3, 6, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15)
  • Don Was (tracks: 2, 5, 17)
  • Eric Robinson (tracks: 4, 7, 8)
  • Roger Jackson (tracks: 11, 13, 16)