Young Rascals' HOW CAN I BE SURE Gets The MARC ALMOND Treatment
MARC ALMOND RELEASES NEW SINGLE "HOW CAN I BE SURE"
FROM THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS -
OUT SEPTEMBER 22 VIA BMG & AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER
“Almond continues to be the most multidimensional of artistes” -Mojo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (August 9, 2017) - Marc Almond has just released his new single "How Can I Be Sure," from his forthcoming 60's inspired album of orchestral pop songs entitled Shadows And Reflections. "How Can I Be Sure" is Marc's reinterpretation of the Young Rascals track - an exceptional piece of songwriting that Marc reinterpreted with his own vision, adding subtle nuances and changes while retaining the song's original majesty.
Says Marc: “My audience may not be familiar with a lot of these songs so I had to bear that in mind. Whereas if you’re an aficionado and you know how brilliant they are, you’ll see I’ve not reinvented them an awful lot because I thought the arrangements are so good in the first place. These songs just need to be put out there again so people can hear them. Me singing them introduces them to a different audience and brings them out into the light."
He continues: "'How Can I Be Sure" is one of those special compositions that when people hear it, they know it from somewhere but it won’t be a song that is sung everywhere. It’s a very modern song in that it addresses questions about life that are pertinent today. Yes, there’s a feeling of nostalgia to it but songs have to tell a story and have got to feel relevant, fresh and different sounding. One thing I really wanted to do with the album was to pay homage to the arrangements of songs from that time. I always loved the way they blended pop and classical with a slight psychedelia, and ‘How Can I Be Sure’ fitted really nicely into the record.”
His inspirations combine on Shadows And Reflections, set for release September 22 via BMG, featuring sumptuous arrangements of iconic torch songs and 1960s orchestral pop for which he is beloved, as well as two new original compositions. The album includes songs written and recorded by artists such as Burt Bacharach, The Action, The Yardbirds, Bobby Darin, Julie Driscoll, Billy Fury, and the Young Rascals. You can find the official tracklisting below.
Marc Almond’s deep affection for expertly arranged 1960s pop has been prevalent throughout his career and has served him well. His versions of "Jacky," "The Days Of Pearly Spencer," "Tainted Love," "Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart," and "What!" have become much treasured recordings from an artist who can take an old song and bring it new life with impeccable style.
2017 cements the 60th birthday year for the singer who the Observer noted, “has never stood still” and comes after the great success of the Top 10 album Hits And Pieces, which was followed by a sold-out Spring tour including a triumphant show at London’s Roundhouse. With a career spanning four decades and selling over 30 million records worldwide, it is safe to say the boy from Southport is hugely revered and continues to influence and shape a generation of musicians.
02. Shadows And Reflections
03. I’m Lost Without You 04. How Can I Be Sure
05. Something Bad On My Mind
06. Blue On Blue
07. I Know You Love Me Not
09. From the Underworld
10. Still I’m Sad
11. Embers 12. Not For Me
13. All Thoughts Of Time
14. The Shadow of Your Smile
15. No One To Say Good Night To
Marc has announced a new UK tour starting on 3rd October at London’s Royal Festival Hall, and across 18 dates, he will perform with a full orchestra playing songs from Shadows And Reflections as well as other known and lesser-known gems from the period.
UK Tour Dates 3 October – London Royal Festival Hall 5 October – Guildford G Live 9 October – Scunthorpe Bath Hall 10 October – Leeds Town Hall 12 October – Portsmouth Guildhall 14 October – Ipswich Regent Theatre 15 October – Oxford New Theatre 17 October – Birmingham Symphony Hall 19 October – Manchester Bridgewater Hall 20 October – Bristol Colston Hall 21 October – Cambridge Corn Exchange 23 October – Southend Cliffs Pavilion 26 October – Poole Lighthouse 30 October – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 31 October – Nottingham Concert Hall 3 November – Bridlington Spa 5 November – Edinburgh Usher Hall