Squeezing Out Sparks Import, Live
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|5. Passion Is No Ordinary Word|
|6. Saturday Night Is Dead|
|7. Love Gets You Twisted|
|9. Waiting For The UFO's|
|10. Don't Get Excited|
|11. Discovering Japan|
|12. Local Girls|
|13. Nobody Hurts You|
|14. You Can't Be Too Strong|
|15. Passion Is No Ordinary Word|
|16. Saturday Night Is Dead|
|17. Love Gets You Twisted|
|19. Waiting For The UFO's|
|20. Don't Get Excited|
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.
Squeezing Out Sparks was not only Parker's finest moment, but it still stands up today as one of rock's best albums. When it was first released in 1979, Arista simultaneously issued Live Sparks, a collection of live radiocasts that featured the same 10 songs in the same order plus the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" and Parker's kiss-off to his former label, "Mercury Poisoning." The latter package was made available only to radio stations and critics, but it was a riveting live record worth all of the $40 it commanded on the collectors' market. Now Arista has reissued the 10 studio tracks and the dozen live tracks on an invaluable single CD. Included are two versions each of rock's best pro-choice abortion song ("You Can't Be Too Strong") and best Hiroshima song ("Discovering Japan"). --Geoffrey Himes
Top Customer Reviews
Parker is an angry guy - but better than that, he's a literate angry guy who actually has a point to make. Many can say the same thing - but it's his essemtial sense of style and wit that makes it happen so well.
"When I pretend to touch, you pretend to feel" can sum up so much in such a short space. This album pushes and tugs at you with a relentless fury and it simply demands that you listen to it. It won't allow you to put it on as background muzak - it gets in your face and says _HEAR THIS NOW!.
Of course, some folks might not want a CD to be in their face and might find a CD doing this to them to be a tad scary - but hey - it's Graham Parker and you have been warned. Listen to the record at least three times and it'll be on your short list forever.
These songs are true rockers, but they also display a knack for spot-on, infectious hooks, and quirky melodies that stick to your brain like super-glue. I dare you to get "Local Girls", "Nobody Hurts You", or "Waiting for the UFOs" out of your head after hearing 'em just once. It's *that* powerful.
Throughout, the songs straddle the line between trad, sort of American sounding hard-rocking, and a more contemporary new-wave/power-pop. The electric piano and some of the guitar solo-ing (courtesy of the amazing Rumour, featuring such pub-rock luminaries as Brinsley Schwarz, among others) date the music a bit, making it sound more mid-70s, whereas other p-o'd singer/songwriters of the day (Joe Jackson, Costello, etc..) tended to sound a bit more with the times. But that doesn't matter one bit. This is a damn fine record, and the soulfulness, the hooks, and the energy render criticisms like that futile.
But, "Sparks" is not without its flaws, most notably with the pathetic, anti-abortion ballad, "You Can't Be Too Strong". Reading like graphic, Christian Pro-Life propaganda, playing this song won't win you any dates at a NOW rally.Read more ›
Squeezing Out Sparks is the high water mark of Parker's career for a variety of reasons: first, the Rumour had solidified into one of the best rock bands of the seventies, as comfortable playing reggae riffs as well as traditional rock and, of course, that spare, lean, "new wave" sound. Second, Parker's vocals are impassioned without being histrionic, or overly Van Morrison-esque (as was the case on Howlin Wind). And third, the songs, the songs, the songs! Easily Parker's best set. Here you'll find no filler, no overt bitterness, and a healthy dose of pure Parker cynicism. This is sharp, cynical paranoia with a beat. You can dance to it.
From the opener "Discovering Japan," through more universal concerns ("Passion is No Ordinary Word", "Love Gets You Twisted"), and on to the proto X-Files "Waiting For the UFO's", this album doesn't let up. GP and the Rumour whip up a lean, driving pub-rock/new-wave stew that varies enough to keep the casual listener interested and yet maintains a "band" sound throughout. Truly a defining moment for the Rumour.
As a lyricist, Parker uses ordinary language to put across his most subtle intentions ("I try to straighten out but I'm tangled up, it's true/I can't see the other point of view/And love gets you twisted").Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I had a copy of this as a vinyl album and practoically wore it out playing it in my (distant) youth. Nice to get a digital copy and get it on to my iPod.Published on Feb. 2 2013 by mike279
SQUEEZING OUT SPARKS was a great Graham Parker album as it was originally issued, and with a previously unreleased live album of its songs, plus two others, added to it, it gives... Read morePublished on June 28 2004
This is a passable album. Indeed, the appeal of songs the likes of 'Discovering Japan,' 'Local Girls,' and 'Mercury Poisoning' is manifestly apparent, even if I can't get quite... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by GeoX
Graham Parker is indeed an interesting artist, refusing to be labelled. His mix of different musical styles like rock, soul, pop, punk is usually very attractive and it's a shame... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by L. B. Ivarsson
this does indeed rate five stars, but then "howlin' wind" and "heat treatment," by the same standard, rate six. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by John Rosemond
When SQUEEZING OUT SPARKS appeared in 1979, it quickly became one of my all-time favorite rock albums. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by Wiki
Without a doubt, "Squeezing Out Sparks" is Graham Parker's finest work. He most thoroughly demonstrates his versatile songwriting abilities here. Read morePublished on July 3 2002 by Dave Yoerke