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Howlin' Wind [Remastered] Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1976)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B00005LP1F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
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1. White Honey
2. Nothin's Gonna Pull Us Apart
3. Silly Thing
4. Gypsy Blood
5. Between You And Me
6. Back To Schooldays
7. Soul Shoes
8. Lady Doctor
9. You've Got To Be Kidding
10. Howlin' Wind
11. Not If It Pleases Me
12. Don't Ask Me Questions
13. I'm Gonna Use It Now

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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.

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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This has got to be one of the best debut albums of all time. In 1976, Graham Parker, along with his band The Rumour, put out an out-of-nowhere album that capitalized on the rebirth of soul and r&b-influenced rock that was back in the forefront, thanks to the likes of Bruce Springsteen (to whom Parker was being compared). Not quite the punk style of other English performers, and a little more r&b influenced than Elvis Costello, Parker "howls" his way through some all out rockers ("Soul Shoes", "White Honey", "Back to Schooldays") and more soulful, acoustic-tinged songs ("Gypsy Blood", "Between You and Me"). Typecast as the latest incarnation of the Angry Young Man, Parker delivers on that premise and takes it up a notch. There isn't a false note, or emotion, on this album. And The Rumour, made up of pub-rock veterans like Brinsley Schwartz and Bob Andrews, do his songs justice. 25 years later, this album is just as fresh.
An important milestone that pre-dated (ever so slightly, but importantly) the punk movement that was brewing in the UK, this was a throwback and a look forward at the same time. When GP snarled and sang his way through these songs, he wasn't kidding around. He was out to stake his claim in the world of real rock'n'roll. Unfortunately, Parker seldom got better than on his first 4 studio albums, but he remains an important artist as a songwriter and performer. This is a must have album. So put on those soul shoes and let the wind howl. When attitude and intelligence mix with from-the-gut rock'n'soul, you've got the goods. I highly recommend this as a starting point for the mid-70's music scene. If you only own one GP album, this is the one.
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This is one of the great rock albums of the 70's, or any other decade. With the onset of the awful disco movement coming on, what a breath of fresh air this guy was. We had all the punk rockers out there who couldn't sing or play. But when this little English pub rocker came along with this album, it blew all those pretenders out of the water. He had a snarly voice that sounded like he just swallowed a mouthful of gravel, but he had SOUL! And that's all that really counts. With a chip on his shoulder a mile wide, he comes swinging out of the gate with that nasty little drug song called "White Honey". Whatta great rock song! When he sings "we're gonna hit white honey when the chips are down, we're gonna taste white honey when there's no one around", it sounds like he's been down that road before. Parker sings with more emotion than just about any singer can hope to achieve. He can be serious one minute, as in "Howlin Wind" or "Don't Ask Me Questions", or he can have some fun on songs like "Silly Thing" or Lady Doctor". Not many bands would be able to pull off the songs he wrote for this album, but Parker hired The Rumour, who were some of the best musicians England had to offer. I've always thought these guys were England's answer to Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. They were THAT good. I can't say enough good things about this album. It's fantastic! Also, I highly recommend his second album "Heat Treatment". It comes a very very close second to this one. Good luck finding it.
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