One of the things I wanted to do on this blog is post bits and pieces of my record collection. I’m not going to say it’s anywhere near the coolest collection you’ll see, but there’s some good stuff in it. Since I’m spinning at Club Underground’s Soft Cell party on Friday, I thought I would launch this project with the coolest Marc Almond record I own.
On my 21st birthday, my dear friend Tony gave me this collectible 7″ box set of Marc Almond’s cover of “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart,” previously performed by Gene Pitney.
Pitney was a songwriter and singer from the U.S. As a songwriter, he’s responsible for early 1960s hits like “Hello Mary Lou.” As a singer, though, his hits were primarily penned by others. “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart” was written by Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook. He died in 2006, at the age of 66, while on tour.
In 1989, Almond recorded a cover of “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart.” There are two version, a solo one and a duet with Pitney.
The duet is the jam, or slow jam as it were. It even topped the U.K. singles chart. Here’s the video:
The boxed set features one 7″ single with both of Almond’s versions. It also features a booklet with listing the singer’s discography up to that point, as well as two postcards and a button. I used to wear the button on an old herringbone coat. Since this was before the advent of the camera phone, I have no photos of that. You’ll have to take my word that it looked fierce. Check out the contents of the boxed set below.