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Passion Is No Ordinary Word: The Graham Parker Anthology [2-CD SET]
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
This double-disc retrospective is perfectly suited to an artist of Graham Parker's nature. The prototypical 1970s Angry Young Bloke, Parker bridged the decade's pub-rock and punk-rock phases, which made him pivotal artisti... more »
This double-disc retrospective is perfectly suited to an artist of Graham Parker's nature. The prototypical 1970s Angry Young Bloke, Parker bridged the decade's pub-rock and punk-rock phases, which made him pivotal artistically, but commercially marginal. After an initial out-of-the-gate flurry that culminated with the near-faultless Squeezing Out Sparks, Parker flailed; his crack backup band the Rumor was gone by the early '80s and his material began to feel forced. Parker never released an album that was totally without merit, however. The beauty of Passion Is No Ordinary Word is that it thoroughly chronicles Parker's peak and knowingly cherry picks his more problematic later releases. Indeed, in this setting, the latter-day likes of "You Can't Take Love for Granted" and "Strong Winds" sound almost as appealing as such early high points as "Discovering Japan" and "Fool's Gold." --Steven Stolder
Passion is not ordinary in the Regis & Kathy Lee audience
T. Davis | 04/28/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"PASSION IS NO ORDINARY WORD offers a pretty good sampling of Graham Parker's career through 1991. Except for the strange omissions of "A Brand New Book" and "Protection," the anthology includes all the Parker classics this long-time fan expected. Otherwise, as what seems to be the norm for these anthologies, the PASSION IS NO ORDINARY WORD selections favor the artist's older music. The souvenier booklet adds value. To promote PASSION IS NO ORDINARY WORD, Graham Parker appeared on the "Live With Regis and Kathy Lee," TV show. Kathy Lee Gifford did a fine interview with Parker, but when he sang a reggae, acoustic-guitar version of "Get Started, Start A Fire," Graham dumbfounded the white-bread studio audience. (Good thing the applause sign worked.) Just for that, pick up PASSION IS NO ORDINARY WORD."
Parker is no ordinary man
T. Davis | Seattle, WA | 02/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A great showcase for this talented writer and performer. With his corruscating guitar licks, switchblade voice, irresistable hooks, and provocative lyrics, Parker shows us what rock and roll is all about. His collaboration on this anthology, including in-depth interviews, a characteristically snort-inducing and self-abnegating preface, and two-and-a-half hours of brilliant music, makes this the definitive overview of his early career. "Burning Questions," the album that followed this one, is also excellent."
Can't listen to this CD enough
T. Davis | 08/14/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is a must if you are looking for an anthology of Graham Parker's work."