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Mael Intuition: B.O. 1974-76
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Island Records Filled a Void in the Early Days of the CD by Culling this 20 Track Collection of Sparks Since an Anthology of the Group Didn't Exist at the Time of this Set's Release in 1990. These Tracks Come from the Band... more »
Island Records Filled a Void in the Early Days of the CD by Culling this 20 Track Collection of Sparks Since an Anthology of the Group Didn't Exist at the Time of this Set's Release in 1990. These Tracks Come from the Band's Three Most Popular Albums in the UK. And Include "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us", "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth", "Achoo", "Amateur Hour", "Thank G-d It's Not Christmas", "Hasta Manana Monsieur", "Looks Looks Looks" and Many More.
Sorry Mr Gill, but this is a masterpiece!!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm afraid Mr Gill is wrong here - this album does not slump after the first six or seven songs (Something For the Girl With Everything is their best and most frenetic), but barrels on to the end (the superb Looks Looks Looks) with manic energy and great melodies. Far from dating badly, this stuff holds up far better than Sparks' synth pop from the 1980s. This compilation is superior to the Profile compilation for this very reason. I have had this for three years and still listen to it at least once a week - it's a real gem. Buy it and you won't be disappointed."
"Lost & Found" Is Missing
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This contains most of their best songs from their UK period with Island Records. The Maels or Sparks were good during this period thanks to an excellent backing group of three Brits namely Dinky Diamond, Adrian Fisher and Martin Gordon. The Maels with their Sparks creation shot to the top in the UK with their excellent "Kimono My House" album. They almost immediately fired Gordon followed by Fisher and lastly Diamond when they packed it up to leave the UK after 3 albums. This era or at least Kimono worked so well because of the Mael's talents plus Gordon arranging the songs plus his bass playing, Fisher excellent guitar work and Diamond's solid drumming.Listen to the Kimono songs versus the next two albums and the Maels have lost the clue or actually Gordon arranging the songs. We go from masterpieces such as Kimono's "Hasta Manana" to later rubbish on Indiscreet like "It Ain't 1918." This rubbish will be the hallmark for the balance of their career.The Mael's had a small reversal when they had Giorgio Moroder produce them but it was essentially a rehash of the work the Munich-based Italian did with Donna Summer. Suppoedly, the Mael's chased Moroder all over to get him to do the album and Moroder did it after cutting a sharp deal to benefit the producer. This D does not include the excellent Kimono era B-side Lost and Found so I would probably pass on this one."