"A Lover Spurned" b/w "Exotica Rose"
Released: February 1990 (1990-02)
"The Desperate Hours" b/w "The Gambler"
Released: May 1990 (1990-05)
"Waifs and Strays" b/w "City of Nights" / "Old Jack's Charm"
Released: November 1990 (1990-11)
Enchanted is the sixth studio album by the British singer/songwriter Marc Almond. It was released in 1990 and reached number fifty-two on the UK Albums Chart and number eighty-one on the Dutch albums chart.Enchanted includes the singles "A Lover Spurned", "The Desperate Hours" and "Waifs and Strays" (released in a single version, mixed by The Grid).
The songs for the album were recorded at Marcus, Beethoven Street, Sarm West, Advision, and Mayfair Studios, London. Almond was accompanied by former La Magia and Willing Sinners member Billy McGee, and also by studio musicians. Almond worked with three producers,Bob Kraushaar and Gary Maughan oversaw half of the tracks each, while Stephen Hague produced the lead single "A Lover Spurned".
Almond has described the recording process of this album as one of "conflict" between himself and Kraushaar. Writing in his autobiography Tainted Life, Almond describes how in the recording he wanted "spontaneity and surprise, passion and grit" and that he "wanted to be the conductor, waving my baton as musicians came in and out, brandishing strange instruments that created exotic sounds", whereas Kraushaar "was a technophile, and would have happily replaced everyone with the passionless dependability of his computer if he could." However, Almond concedes that "A year later I played the album and loved it. Bob Kraushaar had produced a highly polished, wonderful-sounding album, which at the time I just couldn't hear."
Receiving mixed reviews the album was originally released as an LP, CD and Cassette in 1990. The album was reissued on CD in 2002 having been remastered. The artwork was designed by Green Ink with a cover photograph of Almond and Zuleika by Pierre et Gilles. Almond has stated that it is his favourite album cover.