Despite Straight Lines

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Despite Straight Lines
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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
Singles from Despite Straight Lines
  1. "Calling Your Name"
    Released: October 1983
  2. "Cry and Be Free"
    Released: January 1984
  3. "You Don't Love Me"
    Released: April 1984
  4. "Baby You Left me"
    Released: April 1985
  5. "Pray For That Sunshine"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Smash Hits 6.5/10 stars[1]

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 only charted in Australia,[2] and subsequent singles taken from it 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)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 73

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tennant, Neil (19 June 1985). "Album Reviews)". Smash Hits. EMAP Metro. 7 (15): 20. 
  2. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 192. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.