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Squeezing Out Sparks [Import, Live]

Graham Parker & the Rumour Audio CD
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1. Discovering Japan
2. Local Girls
3. Nobody Hurts You
4. You Can't Be Too Strong
5. Passion Is No Ordinary Word
6. Saturday Night Is Dead
7. Love Gets You Twisted
8. Protection
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
18. Protection
19. Waiting For The UFO's
20. Don't Get Excited
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Parker is no Ordinary Musician Feb. 4 2002
By 1
Format:Audio CD
It pains me to see artists such as Graham PArker ignored while the world fawns on no talent acts that have all the substance of a breakfast cereal with no fiber. All you have to do is to restrain the airheads that buy all that other music, make 'em listen to a few cuts from this record and you've done your good deed for the day.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get Ready to Program Your CD Player March 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
Squeezing Out Sparks is regarded by most critics as the zenith of Parker's creative genius. And indeed the first five songs: "Discovering Japan", "Local Girls", "Nobody Hurts You", "Can't Be Too Strong" and "Passion is No Ordinary Word" are outstanding. On these tracks you experience the melding of the tight sound Parker's backing band The Rumour had honed through years of paying their dues on the pub circuit with Graham's poetic lyrics, which he more snarls than sings. That said, there is a noticeable drop in quality among the remaining studio tracks, including the fairly ridiculous "Waiting for the UFO's". What elevates this release to essential status is the inclusion of concert recordings of the same tracks dubbed "Live Sparks". Here, even a pedestrian tune like "Saturday Nite is Dead" is transformed into a swaggering rocker at the expert hands of the Rumour. My suggestion is to program your CD to play the first five tracks from the studio portion then switch to hear the remainder of Live Sparks (which also includes the obscure but excellent "Mercury Poisioning", a thinly veiled attack by Parker against his former label). This combining of studio and live performances makes for a compelling listen and earns Parker a rightful place as an enduring figure of the late 70's British invasion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New wave classic Feb. 2 2013
By mike279
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Graham Parker Album June 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 you two albums for the price of one. Get it while it's still in print.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three excellent songs and some that are alright Nov. 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
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 that Parker is so unknown or unappreciated. But "Squeezing out sparks" is far from his best work even 'tho it includes three of his finest songs ever: "You can't be too strong", "Saturday nite is dead", and "Protection". These tracks make it worth to buy the album but I think you better get "Howling wind" and "Deepcut to nowhere" first, since they are both excellent and superior to this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yes, a classic, but... Sept. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
this does indeed rate five stars, but then "howlin' wind" and "heat treatment," by the same standard, rate six. i could listen to nothing but those three works by this then-angry brit (mellowed a lot since his marriage and parenthood) for the rest of my life and be satisfied. gp knows how to write rock 'n' roll, and at this point in his life, he had the gut for it. the rumour was also one of the finest backing units in rock history. for the record, and since there is some confusion in these reviews on the subject, "you can't be too strong" is not pro-choice. it's not pro-life in the sense of being strident and preachy, but it sure as hell ain't pro-choice. it's scary and real. and it's pure rock genius, which is perhaps no more than lots of talent, but when listening to the likes of this, i don't care.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Good as Rock Gets Aug. 13 2003
By Wiki
Format:Audio CD
When SQUEEZING OUT SPARKS appeared in 1979, it quickly became one of my all-time favorite rock albums. The melodies are beautiful, even on the most powerful rockers, and Graham Parker's lyrics are on a par with Elvis Costello's-really the best out there. Now I've purchased the remastered version with the addition of the LIVE SPARKS material, and it's all come blasting back, sounding better than ever.
The only problem I have with this package is on LIVE SPARKS. On some tracks (NOBODY HURTS YOU, PROTECTION, SATURDAY NIGHT IS DEAD) the backing vocals sound like GP pulled a drunken fan out of the audience, gave him a microphone, and told him to sing along LOUD. Yowch!
Lousy drunken live backing vocals notwithstanding, this is one of the very best works from a period when rock & roll had real artistry to offer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Original Angry White Man July 26 2002
Format:Audio CD
Seething, intense, heartfelt vitriol spewed over some of the catchiest, hard-rocking pop concoctions of the 1970s. Parker was/is one pissed-off mofo, and "Sparks" finds the diminutive Englishman at the height of his creativity. Right from the awesome intro of "Discovering Japan", it's clear Parker was taking his music a bold step forward, still clinging to his trad musical values, yet perfectly capturing the anger and energy of the times, and filtering it all through a mind-blowing, highly focused set of tunes.
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.
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