Memorabilia – The Singles

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Memorabilia – The Singles
Compilation album by Soft Cell and Marc Almond
Released 20 May 1991 (UK)
Recorded 1980–1991
Genre Synthpop
Label Mercury
Producer Various
Soft Cell and Marc Almond chronology
The Singles
(1986)
Memorabilia – The Singles
(1991)
Down in the Subway
(1994)
Marc Almond chronology
Enchanted
(1990)
Memorabilia – The Singles
(1991)
Tenement Symphony
(1991)

Memorabilia – The Singles is a compilation album featuring songs by the British singer/songwriter Marc Almond as a solo artist and with his partner Dave Ball as the synthpop duo Soft Cell. The album is the second compilation for both Almond and Soft Cell, it was released in 1991 and reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart.[1] Memorabilia – The Singles was promoted by the singles "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye '91" and "Tainted Love '91.

The compilation was assembled by Almond's former label Mercury Records. The label had released his work with Soft Cell, his two albums as Marc and the Mambas and his first solo album. While almost every Soft Cell single was included in the package, the compilers opted to overlook all of Almond's work up to 1988 excepting his 1985 collaboration with Jimmy Somerville and the Bronski Beat. Almond's ten singles released during that period had previously been compiled by Virgin records as The Singles 1984–87.

Receiving positive reviews the compilation was originally released as an LP, CD, Cassette and VHS video in May 1991. The compilation has since not been reissued. The artwork was designed by Big-Active Limited with a cover photograph by Richard Haughton.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]

Memorabilia – The Singles received good reviews from the majority of critics.

Track listing[edit]

LP[edit]

All songs written and composed by D. Ball and M. Almond; except where indicated. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Memorabilia '91" (Soft Cell)   3:56
2. "Tainted Love '91" (Soft Cell) Ed Cobb 2:56
3. "Bedsitter" (Soft Cell)   3:36
4. "Torch" (Soft Cell)   4:07
5. "What" (Soft Cell) H.B. Barnum 3:08
6. "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye '91" (Soft Cell)   5:20
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Where the Heart Is '91" (Soft Cell)   4:32
8. "I Feel Love (Medley)" (Jimmy Somerville with Bronski Beat featuring Marc Almond) Moroder, Bellotte, Summer 5:47
9. "Tears Run Rings" (Marc Almond) M. Almond 5:40
10. "A Love Spurned" (Marc Almond) M. Almond 5:38
11. "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" (Marc Almond Featuring Gene Pitney) Greenway, Cook 4:41

CD and Cassette[edit]

All songs written and composed by D. Ball and M. Almond; except where indicated. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Memorabilia '91" (Soft Cell)   3:56
2. "Tainted Love '91" (Soft Cell) Ed Cobb 2:56
3. "Bedsitter" (Soft Cell)   3:36
4. "Torch" (Soft Cell)   4:07
5. "What" (Soft Cell) H.B. Barnum 3:08
6. "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye '91" (Soft Cell)   5:20
7. "Soul Inside" (Soft Cell)   4:36
8. "Where the Heart Is '91" (Soft Cell)   4:32
9. "I Feel Love (Medley)" (Jimmy Somerville with Bronski Beat featuring Marc Almond) Moroder, Bellotte, Summer 5:47
10. "Tears Run Rings" (Marc Almond) M. Almond 5:40
11. "A Love Spurned" (Marc Almond) M. Almond 5:38
12. "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" (Marc Almond Featuring Gene Pitney) Greenway, Cook 4:41
European edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Say Hello Wave Goodbye 12" (The Long Goodbye – Extended Mendelsohn Remix)" (Soft Cell)   8:18
14. "Waifs and Strays (Grid Twilight Mix)" (Marc Almond) M. Almond 6:36
US edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Waifs and Strays" (Marc Almond) M. Almond 4:32
14. "Memorabilia '91 (12" Version)" (Soft Cell) (not included on Cassette editions)   6:49
15. "Tainted Love '91 (12" version)" (Soft Cell) (not included on Cassette editions) Ed Cobb 5:51

Memorabilia – The Video Singles[edit]

A 14-track video compilation, Memorabilia – The Video Singles, was also released with a slightly different track listing. "What" was accidentally left off the printed track listing on the outer cover of some releases of Memorabilia – The Video Singles, but is actually included on the videocassette itself.

  1. "Memorabilia"
  2. "Tainted Love '91"
  3. "Bedsitter"
  4. "Torch"
  5. "What"
  6. "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye '91"
  7. "Soul Inside"
  8. "Where the Heart Is"
  9. "I Feel Love (Medley)"
  10. "Tears Run Rings"
  11. "A Love Spurned"
  12. "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart"
  13. "The Stars We Are" (Annie Hogan, Marc Almond)
  14. "Waifs and Strays"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chart Stats – Soft Cell And Marc Almond". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review