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Howlin' Wind [Remastered] [Original recording remastered, Import]

Graham Parker Audio CD
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The cursive scrawl on the cover of Graham Parker's 1976 debut makes it look like it's called Howlin' Wino, which is kind of appropriate; after all, this is rambunctious British pub rock at its finest. Though lumped in with the punk and new-wave movements owing to his connections with Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, and Stiff Records honcho Dave Robinson, Parker comes off here more like an angry soul man. "Back to Schooldays" and "Hey Lord, Don't Ask Me Questions" are searing indictments of the world around him; and though Parker's rage softens noticeably on the rakish "Silly Thing" and the achingly romantic "Gypsy Blood," it fuels even the positive musings of "Soul Shoes" (one of the greatest party songs of all time) and "Nothing's Gonna Pull Us Apart." And to think he was just warming up... --Dan Epstein

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Digitally remastered 25th anniversary edition of Parker's opening salvo of a long, distinguished recording career. The album was hailed by critics in 1976 as one of the best debut records ever, no doubt due Parker's incredible songs and the seasoned experience of his backing band which had long cut their chops in pubs around England and whose members included Brinsley Schwarz himself, Martin Belmont from Ducks Deluxe and Stephen Goulding and Andrew Bodnar from Bontemps Roulez. Includes the Parker classics "Don't Ask Me Questions", "White Honey", "Back To Schooldays", "Soul Shoes" and the the title track. Includes liner notes penned by Parker and exclusive photos.

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4.0 out of 5 stars side 2 perfection April 9 2010
Format:Audio CD
For me, side two of the vinyl copy was Grahan Parker's perfect record. Side 2 was pretty well all I played, the songs have such a gripping command to them that Van Morrison would be humbled. It started with "Lady Doctor", "You've got to be kidding", the classic "Howlin' Wind", "Not if it pleases me" and closes with "Don't ask me questions". If this was released as an EP, Parkers greatness could not be denied. Side 1 seems to distract from the R&B perfection that is side 2. Well, thats my opinion anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red-eyed soul May 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
Rather than call this blue-eyed soul, the usual euphemism for what happens when white men go to the source, let's call it red-eyed soul, reflecting Mr. Parker's truly original persona and passion. This is a magnificent record, sadly unappreciated then and now, one of the finest albums of the 70s and also one of the finest debuts in rock and roll. If you forgot what rock and roll sounds like in its real form, here it is. The Rumour, GP's backing band, is tight as it gets, absolutely professional and precise but never slick. GP sings his heart out on each and every song, which he also wrote, and his performance is genuinely moving. It is almost like he knew this record might be his only shot--I doubt if he figured he'd still be making records and gigging almost 30 years later--and sang every number like it mattered more than anything in the world to him. Every song is solid and a few verge on the classic: Soul Shoes, Schooldays, White Honey. The overall sound is somewhere between Bruce Springsteen and the Band, with Parker sounding like the natural heir to Van Morrison here, with some Otis Redding and Bob Dylan thrown in for even more flavor. But GP is never derivative. Again, the man is an original, and the songwriting is what seals the deal. He had a point of view, a voice, in these songs, mature and no nonsense. So, you ask, why didn't GP become a superstar? I can't answer that, because I've heard the record and can't think of any reason why the world didn't embrace this man.
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If you enjoyed MUSIC FROM BIG PINK and THE BAND (the "brown" album) you are likely to enjoy HOWLIN' WIND. Rootsy, gutsy, soulful and only occasionally punkish. The "punk" aspect of this album mostly has to do with attitude, rather than music. Parker crafted an album that has aged very well and will undoubtedly sound terrific 10 years from now. Highest recommendation to fans of early-70's Van Morrison, early Springsteen and the aforementioned The Band.
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This is just a terrific, timeless album. It still sounds incredibly fresh today. Graham Parker is usually categorized as a "pub-rocker," which he was, but he was also an amazing gifted song-writer and an unmatchably passionate performer. There's a lot of good humour on this album, and a lot of wistfulness too. If you are a fan of Bruce Springsteen, or Van Morrison, you owe it to yourself to check this album out. Incidentally, this made Rolling Stone's list of the "Top 100 Albums since Sgt. Pepper's," published way back in 1987, but still valid today. That's how I discovered it, and of all the great albums on that list, this is one I come back to again and again. Not a "deep" listen, but one that is surprisingly moving, whether high-spirited, angry, romantic, or sad. There is no point in singling out special favorites, since every song on here kills. A classic from the first track to the last.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good - tough to beat May 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
Graham Parker's "Howling wind" from 1976 is more or less a superb album. It have a blend of rock, blues, soul, and pop. Parker is an energetic singer and this album sure have a feeling of honesty. Maybe you could say that Parker's "Howling wind" is a Rolling Stones-like album with punk rock attitude and a fair amount of melody and hooks. With songs like "White honey", "Silly thing", "Between you and me" and "Lady doctor", this album is almost a classic effort. Just too bad they don't build them like this anymore!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like Costello and Van Morrison Nov. 25 2002
Format:Audio CD
Coming from a brit-pop perspective, I first thought that this reminded me of My Aim is True. Then, as I continued to enjoy it, classic Van Morrison came to mind as well.
It's cool, for sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like Costello and Van Morrison Nov. 25 2002
Format:Audio CD
Coming from a brit-pop perspective, I first thought that this reminded me of My Aim is True. Then, as I continued to enjoy it, classic Van Morrison came to mind as well.
It's cool, for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Gonna Howl Aug. 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
In 1976, Graham Parker hit the music scene like a hurricane. He was angry like the punks, but he wasn't a punk. He was cool like the new wave bands, but he wasn't new wave. No one knew what to make of him, then or now. What he was and is a pub rocker, a ferocious rock shouter that makes driving, infectious rock and roll that will stand the test of time. Similar to like minded artists like Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Bruce Springsteen, Parker has been scorned by the mainstream. This album is his legendary fiery debut, part one of his one-two punch to the staid rock scene. It includes an excellent group of songs, and it alone would have established Parker as one of the premier songwriters of his time, but there were many, many excellent albums to come. Check out the irresistible pull of 'White Honey', the rollicking rockabilly of 'Back To Schooldays' and the cool funk of 'Soul Shoes'. Every time I listen to this album, it gets better. Parker's heady mix of punk attitude, smart lyrics and pure undiluted rock and roll make this album a classic, an instant favorite album for any true rock fan. I also highly recommend THE REAL MCCAW and STEADY NERVES.
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