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Best Of Sparks, The: Music That You Can Dance To

SparksAudio CD
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The artists who would come to be known for posterity as Sparks commenced inventing their often-copied, seldom-equaled brand of music back around 1970, when pop was young and brash and the Southern California airwaves awash with a contingent of post-British invasion inspirations like The Kinks, Barretts Floyd, and The Seeds. The purchase of countless shiny-sleeved ... Read more in Amazon's Sparks Store

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  • Audio CD (February 7, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CURB
  • ASIN: B000000CUK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOR "#1 IN HEAVEN" FANS!!! January 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Yes...Sparks have had their share of negative criticism ever since 1979's "No. 1 Song in Heaven," but somewhere in there was a wave of new fans built on stylish dance beats and classic Mael humour! "No. 1. Song in Heaven" was not an ending of the band, but a vision of things to come.
...and so came the weak follow-up album "Terminal Jive" which was popular in France, but even less respected than the previous album.
In 1981, the band returned to basics with "Whomp That Sucker" adding four new members: Leslie Bohem, Bob Haag, David Kendrick and Mack. Sparks sounded as good as the "Propaganda" years! To follow the "Whomp" album, the Mael brothers + the band recorded: "Angst in My Pants," "...In Outer Space," "Pulling Rabbits Out of the Hat". "Music That You Can Dance To" featured the same line-up + Robert Mache (played only on "Fingertips). Though "Whomp That Sucker" was a great follow-up to the good ole six-band line-up since "Big Beat," the songs from "Music That You Can Dance To" sounded as if they were left-overs from the classic "No.1 in Heaven"...this time with a six-piece band.
This album is very 80's, yet it resembles Sparks at their best...sarcastic, witty, & full of fun! Before surround-sound, there was Sparks! Though the title track sounds just like a top-40 hit ignored by the masses, the rest of the album is indeed Sparks. Come on, the band had no interest of making hits...that's why they've succeeded after all of these years!"Fingertips" a take from a Stevie Wonder hit sounds just like it was meant for Sparks. The rest of the album is just stereophonic madness!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a best of... January 19, 2000
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...but one of the best Sparks records ever, stupidly mislabeled by the record company. Very electronic, symphonic, and sometimes outright weird. Not for the amazingly conservative fan who believes Sparks should stick to "rock n' roll" though. "Rock & Roll? I'm sorry, we don't do that anymore!" (Russell Mael, Nov 27. 1999, Shepards Bush Empire, London). They haven't done it since 1976...
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5.0 out of 5 stars it really is music that you can dance to December 11, 2004
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I was first introduced to this band back in 85, and they just didn't do it for me. About a year or so later, I was in a club in college and fell in love with the song 'Music that you can dance to' and have since grown to appreciate the band.

A pure techno band that never quite hit the wave of popular bands, they usually played to clubs and small venues of rabid fans. I wouldn't even call them a one hit wonder, because I don't think they ever achieved that level of stardom, but I would put them on the same creative plane as bands like Anything Box and Dance Society, who both had healthy followings and just kept pumping out the albums.

Standouts on this album are 'Music...", 'Shopping Mall of Love', and the vibrant 'Modesty Plays'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great dance tracks - different animal. March 8, 2007
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I'm one of the people who enjoyed Sparks' move to electronic music so for me this album rocks. The dance tracks are peppy and full of energy. The slower tracks are driving and deliberate. All of the songs show a level of musical precision you don't find very much with 80's dance groups. I won't go so far as to say they are master craftsmen of the genre, but I will say without a doubt they have their act together.

Two things I find interesting about this album. One is the engineering techniques. Every song is mastered and processed essentially the same way. Maybe it's just something a person with experience in a recording studio would catch, but it's like they use exact same plate reverb and chorus settings on the vocals for every track. Instrument tracks, with a couple of exceptions, feel the same way. While this does make the tracks all sound similar to each other in spite of the musical differences it also puts a foundation on every track that is akin to a signature sound.

The other thing I found was their copious use of the Fairlight, which back then was the Lamborghini of synthesizers and samplers. You will hear signature Fairlight orchestra hits and horns all throughout the album along with other little noises that were impressive back in the day. I don't recall any other albums before this having that sort of hardware, and I wonder if it was one of those situations where the studio they recorded in had that musician's toy handy. They don't necessarily overdo it with the big attack samples like so many did before when given this beast to play with, but it is noticeable.

Notable tracks are:

MUSIC THAT YOU CAN DANCE TO - This is of course the highlight of the album. Incredibly upbeat and easy to groove to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated August 18, 2006
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Yes this album is not a best of. It's just a cheap re-release of their 1984 album 'Music You Can Dance To'. Anyway. The Music. I think this is one of Sparks best albums, even though Sparks fans tend to overlook it. 'Change' for one is just an amazing song. 'The Scene' has got a great keyboard hook, something like the Mortal Combat theme, then their is the Citzen Kane inspired 'Rosebud', which is one of the catchiest on the albums. Like most albums, their is a weak song. On this album, it's 'Fingertips' it's just bland, nothing at all special.
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