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Live from New York, NY
Graham Parker
Live from New York, NY
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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Graham Parker has released a live album from two June 1995 dates at the Bottom Line in Manhattan. Credited to GP & {cq} the Episodes, this includes 15 mostly obscure songs from all phases of Parker's career, plus "Crawlin'...  more »


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All Artists: Graham Parker
Title: Live from New York, NY
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Razor & Tie
Original Release Date: 8/20/1996
Release Date: 8/20/1996
Album Type: Gold CD
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: New Wave & Post-Punk, Singer-Songwriters, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 793018700023

Graham Parker has released a live album from two June 1995 dates at the Bottom Line in Manhattan. Credited to GP & {cq} the Episodes, this includes 15 mostly obscure songs from all phases of Parker's career, plus "Crawlin' from the Wreckage," a song he had written for Dave Edmunds but never recorded himself, and Nirvana's "In Bloom." While not as scalding as the live set on the reissued Squeezing Out Sparks CD, Live from New York showcases some of Parker's superb but overlooked material with the help of a no-frills bar band. --Geoffrey Himes

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(5 out of 5 stars)

"Pity it seems only the 'gold disc' LIVE FROM NEW YORK is still available, but if the cheaper version has left the building for good, spend the extra money and grab a copy while you still can.Graham Parker has made a career in recent years of playing solo with acoustic and electric guitars, and even without benefit of bass and drums he still rocks as few can. But here, with a tight little band and an appreciative crowd, he pours it all out like there's no tomorrow.Those who've stuck with him will want to hear the songs from his great 1995 release, 12 HAUNTED EPISODES: several are aired here. Those who think he perished with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper will be glad to hear 'Crawlin' From the Wreckage' and other pre-1990's material.Whichever Parker you prefer (and this household loves them all), here's one more piece of compelling evidence that this man is one of the all-time greats. We can fit one more on his bandwagon, so climb aboard ..."
The Dylan of Punk-Pop
running_man | Chesterfield Twp., MI | 09/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Graham Parker first caught my attention, and the attention of many others, with his breakout March 1979 disc 'Squeezing Out Sparks'. Graham had a couple releases prior to 'S.O.S.', but '...Sparks' easily became the standard bearer by which all subsequent Parker packages would be judged. The nice thing for me about GP is that, although he's certainly New Wave Punk, he's still on the cusp of My Generation, and can be found talking sarcastically, yet nostalgically, about people like Raymond Burr and Tom Jones. As a New Wave Punk artist, he has a stripped-down sound, not as dirty as Johnny Rotten, but every bit as caustic as my other fave New Waver, Joe Jackson.

This particular disc was recorded live at the Bottom Line over two nights in June of 1995. It's a follow-up to his 1995 studio disc, 'Haunted Episodes', and as such includes six tracks from that disc. They're not the best tracks among the nineteen offered, but there isn't a loser in the mix either. The first offering from that disc is also the strongest, the forceful 'Force of Nature'. Though Parker has mellowed considerably since 'S.O.S.', there's still room for serrated lines such as, "She's got everything she needs and it isn't you...". Though Parker's crooning seldom varies, this disc displays his adaptability to several genre's, including folky balladeer on 'Disney's America', lounge lizard on 'Haunted Episodes', and the operator of an introspection-for-others program on 'See Yourself', which in addition to the therapy offers an appealing mix of conga and lap steel guitar. But don't expect a lot of instrumental heroics here. Although GP and The Episodes are a capable lot, we're not looking at Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer interchanges.

With the contemporary material holding it's own, Parker offers a number of other choice picks from his previous two decades of production. Two tracks are offered from '...Sparks', a slightly slowed-down, more bluesy than angry rendition of 'Love Gets You Twisted', and a nearly seven-minute kickin'-it, Punk-Stones-redux of 'Can't Get No Protection', Parker's answer to 'Can't Get No Satisfaction'. 'Protection', along with the closer, a cover of Kurt Cobain's 'In Bloom', show what Parker can do in creating a psychedelic feel, especially through the wah-pedal dominated Nirvana track.

You can also look forward to the opener, a nearly five-minute version of 'Big Man On Paper' (what a great concept!), the solo acoustic performance of '(You Better) Stick To Me', and the nearly eight-minute version of the smooth love ballad 'Wake Up Next To You', featuring simple yet sweet lead guitar riffs from Parker, and a vocal homage to 'It's Just My Imagination'. There's plenty of kickin' laced throughout, including the pulsing indictment of hypocrisy that is 'Here It Comes Again' (which Parker describes as part of the "brief angry phase I went through"), the sharp rock sounds of 'Get Started, Start a Fire', and the funky barroom groove of 'Crawlin' From the Wreckage', made popular by Dave Edmunds in the late 70's.

It's a fine disc, but don't expect much from the packaging, which is every bit as stripped down as Parker's music. Half of one insert is devoted to detailing the technical know-how that went into the recording, but the production values run counter to Parker's low-tech style. For the life of me, Parker has always sounded like Bob Dylan, written like Bob Dylan, and even looks like Bob Dylan (okay, maybe a little like Mike from the Red Green Show). And that's a good thing. Enjoy this."