Mike Thorne retired from commercial record production four years ago, having delivered many innovative and successful recordings, from Tainted Love to Voices Carry. Sprawl, his own first album, features huge vocal arrangements contributed by Kit Hain, Sarah Jane Morris, Lene Lovich and the three-woman downtown New York group BETTY. The instrumental sound centers on keyboards from Mike Thorne, intense and unusual horn arrangements powered by the Uptown Horns, and raucous drums from Allan Schwartzberg. The result is a sound heard nowhere else. Tracks include two unrecorded Marianne Faithfull songs(from her rock+roll period), Pretty Vacant (the Sex Pistols, 1976) and an exclusive translation of Le Ballet (originally a seductive French language song from Cline Dion).