Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
2003 reissue of long unavailable 1980 album, digitally restored & mastered from original source tapes, features 12 tracks including 2 bonus tracks, 'Women In Charge' & 'Hey Lord Don't Ask No Questions' (previously unrele... more »
2003 reissue of long unavailable 1980 album, digitally restored & mastered from original source tapes, features 12 tracks including 2 bonus tracks, 'Women In Charge' & 'Hey Lord Don't Ask No Questions' (previously unreleased live track recorded in 1981). Lemon.
A real Cracker from Graham
Ed Kaz | Shell Pile, NJ USA | 08/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Up Escalator" is simply a great album. Endless Night, the track featuring Mr. Springsteen on backing vocal, is rip-roarin'; never fails to raise the hair on the back of my neck.
I bought this Way Back When as a bargain-bin cutout. I'd love to own the CD.
If you enjoyed my review, please be sure to visit my wishlist and buy me a copy of "Up Escalator," as my turntable is no more.
Oh and get a copy for yourself while you're at it!
Thanking you in advance,
One of his very best. And still powerful
Frank Camm | Northern Virginia | 03/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The boy is becoming a man. Punk energy, anger still generate anthems, but urgency eases out steadiness; toughness increases, but so does uncertainty; demands increase as hope falters. Bitterness peeks through for first time, but GP's giant heart continues to pour over everything. Quintessential GP + Rumour. Tough, tight, soulful, passionate anthems. Towers over anything being made today. Almost all tracks are classics. Stand-out: tr 10--(Can't have) Love without greed."
The Escalator Breaks Down
Tim Brough | Springfield, PA United States | 03/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This should have been Graham Parker's ride to stardom. Consider: He'd just come off a career best with Squeezing out Sparks, finally cracked the American market, had his record company squarely behind him, and they'd teamed him up with super-producer Jimmy Iovine (Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen). Parker even had a couple ace songs ready to go, with "Stupefaction" cracking the top 100. But the album faltered. While a good album overall, as GP albums go, it's a less than well remembered effort. What happened?
Part of the blame goes to Iovine. Where he managed to harness the widescreen vision and kinetic energy of both Petty and Springsteen, here the music seems restrained and muted. The clean, cutting bite that flamed from the grooves on "Squeezing Out Sparks" is muddled here, one dimensional. The much ballyhooed collaboration with Springsteen came on a song that made little sense. Bob Andrews' departure sapped some of the character from the sound; Nicky Hopkins' piano sounds phoned in, even distracting on the otherwise fine "The Beating Of Another Heart,"
That's not to say the songs are bad, some rank among Parker's best. To this day the memory of GP and The Rumour giving a camera melting performance of "Empty Lives" on the late-night show "Fridays" strikes me as one of the most incredible live rock moments on television. Both "No Holding Back" and "Stupefaction" are engaging, while, for all its banality, "Endless Night" kicks. Throughout the album, The Rumour plays it sharp and solid, even if the murky production has them fighting for air. Momentum made this album match the #40 chart peak of "Sparks," but it couldn't maintain the fascination that the earlier album did. Given that Parker and The Rumour parted ways afterwards (the Jack Douglas produced Another Grey Area was done with session cats), "The Up Escalator" stands as the official end of Graham Parker's angry young man days."