Originally released in August 1990, this is the first ever expanded re-issue of Marc Almond’s opulent sixth studio album. “Enchanted” is saturated in Marc’s signature poetic romanticism and contains some of his finest lyric writing in songs as various as the epic ‘Madame De La Luna’, ‘Death’s Diary’ and ‘Orpheus In Red Velvet’. The album’s lush lead single, ‘A Lover Spurned’, is a classic Almond power ballad of unrequited love with an equally thrilling production by Stephen Hague, employing a melodramatically thunderous 48-piece orchestra.
The album, additional to its pronounced electronic pop production, is very much a journey through the world music influences that Marc was listening to at the time; he explains, “There are Indian bhangra influences on the track ‘Death’s Diary’, Middle Eastern influences on ‘Orpheus In Red Velvet’, Brazilian lambada on ‘Carnival of Life’, Celtic flavourings on ‘The Sea Still Sings’ and Latin drama on ‘A Lover Spurned’.”
The original album is replicated on the first disc of this deluxe 3-disc set alongside all six B-Sides that originally featured across the various formats of the album’s three singles. The second CD presents a selection of the original album demos evidencing a more acoustic intimacy that frames Almond’s superior song-writing craft in a counterpoint tradition of the deft and immediate story-telling thrust of the very best of European chanson. This disc also showcases the various commercially released spin-off extended versions and dance remixes of the album’s singles; ‘A Lover Spurned’, ‘The Desperate Hours’ and ‘Waifs and Strays’, the last of which was remixed by Soft Cell partner Dave Ball in his guise as one half of electronic dance act The Grid. The three more instrumental leaning remixes, very much products of their time, have been placed at the end of the second disc as an interesting coda to this most definitive of expanded editions.