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Don't Tell Columbus

Graham ParkerAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • ASIN: B000MR9C1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sometimes an artist is anointed a 'legend.' Sometimes this artist's body of work is so consistently lauded, of such ongoing interest and creativity, people take the level of craft for granted. Sometimes such an artist, after a time of flying beneath the radar, emerges with a run of stunning material ascending beyond time and genre. Sometimes this artist casts a shadow large enough they are known by just their initials. GP is such an artist and this is his time.

The prolific veteran continues to cover a lot of musical territory on an album that resonates with the sound of his glory years of the mid-to-late 1970s. On the first two songs, Parker recalls his breakthrough with Dylanesque phrasing on "I Discovered America" before flashing forward to the current state of British pop celebrity on "England's Greatest Clown." There's his trademark sardonicism in the socially-conscious singalongs of "Ambiguous" and "Stick to the Plan," while other highlights include songs of resilience ("Suspension Bridge," "Hard Side of the Rain") and redemption ("Somebody Saved Me"). At almost eight-and-a-half minutes, "The Other Side of the Reservoir" is epic by Parker's standards, as he follows Van Morrison into the mystic. The closing "All Being Well" could pass as a traditional Irish benediction. With arrangements largely built around Parker's acoustic guitar, the predominantly midtempo material doesn't rock as hard as Parker has, but the hooks sink deep into the soul. --Don McLeese

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T TELL COLUMBUS BUT TELL EVERYONE ELSE March 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Now beginning his fourth decade of recording, it's still hard for me to forget that day in 1976 when Graham Parker's debut album (we still had vinyl in those days) "Howling Wind" wound up on my desk in the buyer's office at the record and tape distributor for which I then worked. Halfway down in a pile of new releases from Mercury Records (who he would later fight with and write the classic "Mercury Poisoning" about) there it was, a classic raw rock tornado that blew my young ears away. Who would've thought back then that the London-born Graham Parker would, all these years later, turn into the quintessential American singer/songwriter. Not necessarily a star and without that one song to grant him one hit wonder status and yet 30 years of writing, recording and touring in his rear-view mirror speaks volumes about lasting success.

With the vocal rawness of Bob Dylan and the same career arc (from angry young man to wizened old but still relevant guru), the accessible songwriting and performance chops of Bruce Springsteen, the American populism of John Mellencamp (a Mercury labelmate back at the beginning of both careers) and the breadth of musical knowledge and influences of Ry Cooder, Graham Parker has rightfully sustained a successful career despite less than megamillion sales because he always has interesting, important and clever things to say in ways that are seldom repetive on disc and explosive on stage.

"Don't Tell Columbus" continues a long streak of sold, rocking, dependable discs from Graham Parker.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work from the best kept secret in the west March 15, 2007
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Format:Audio CD
While often being compared to Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello is not quite an insult, it misses the reality that Graham Parker is the greater of the three at the ability to convey a true artistic vision with consistently great songs. Here he plays most instruments and uses help only where necessary(could he do female backup singing?). This is a singular achievement about a complex world at a complex time. It straddles an ocean(England's Latest Clown; I Discovered America) it is about our times(Stick to the Plan), past times(Other Side of the Reservoir, Suspension Bridge) and is timeless(Somebody Saved Me). With so much to chew on, it may be premature to say anything but this may be the greatest work from the best kept secret in the west.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HATS OFF GP! DAMN! March 18, 2007
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For the record I don't usually write reviews. I loved the previous album but this one is brilliant and so fresh! The songs are original and terrific, great lyrics as always and the band is very solid; I even danced with the damn thing! If Dylan made an album like this it'd be hailed as a masterpiece, honest! Thank you Graham!

"If I never make a record again, that'll be fine with me. This is it. My work is done here." -- Graham Parker
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey through life with an expert guide April 7, 2007
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The first time I listened to 'Don't Tell Columbus,' I was a little disappointed. Instead of stridently angry lyrics amidst R&B-based melodies, I heard words and music that soundly suspiciously like Dylan.

And then I really listened to this absolutely stunning set of insights and observations about life.

Aging gracefully is not an easy propositon for anyone. It's even more difficult for rock 'n' roller where the temptation of reunion tours, nationally televised cosmetic surgery, revolving door stays in therapy/detox and short-lived marriages to significantly younger one-legged gold-diggers all make for life's progress to moprh into the notional highway to hell.

Graham Parker has been aging gracefully and graciously for a number of years. This album marks a pinnacle event in that progession. Whether singing sbout the 'teenage years' of his other homeland or commenting on and about the wisdom gained from enjoying and enduring love and loss, Parker takes us on a journey through 12 pieces of genius.

Among the greatest - and, believe me, this is a matter of individual choice because each and every listener will make equally rational choices of his/her favorite based on their own life-experiences - are 'The Other Side of the Reservoir' and 'All Being Well.' The maturity and sincerity contained in both shine with not a hint of resignation,
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's the word for better than best? September 5, 2007
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I used to keep a fairly long list of folks whose next album I would automatically buy no matter what, sure they could do no wrong. Over the years nearly all have fallen off, some quietly and some with spectacularly loud and ugly thuds (Elvis Costello). Graham Parker has lived on my list longer than anyone and will undoubtedly never leave. "Don't Tell Columbus" is an amazing album by an amazing artist. It defies belief that a human being can make music this good so consistently for so long. It's almost scary to report that he's even getting better - I can think of no apt analogy to any other artist in music or any other field. I urge you to immediately quit reading my ignorant ramblings here and just listen to this CD. Blowhards like me are a dime a dozen - Graham Parker is one of a kind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graham Parker Saved Me
I've been listening to this CD for a couple of years now, and am just now getting around to writing a review. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jonathan C. Eifrig
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Vital
I went and re-visited this album again recently after buying it about 5 years ago. Yeah! Still that "wow" factor at play. Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars This guy just never misses
Another in a long line of outstanding, kick-ass rock and roll records from Graham. Nobody out there does it better. Yee-haa!!!
Published on March 6, 2011 by sometimecritic
5.0 out of 5 stars His Masterpiece
I was a big GP fan back in the 70s and 80s and had purchased Howlin' Wind, Heat Treatment, Stick to Me, Squeezing Out Sparks, The Up Escalator, Steady Nerves, Live Alone and Human... Read more
Published on January 19, 2010 by Robert M. St John
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
This guy is great. Some of the best music we've ever purchased. Definately a strong touch of Dylan with strong, driving beats. We love his voice. Give this a try. Read more
Published on July 5, 2009 by Peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT CD
I am a HUGE Graham Parker fan, and, for the most part, I think his CDs have gotten better and better over the last ten years. Read more
Published on November 19, 2008 by MC
2.0 out of 5 stars I think it's very average for him.
I started liking Graham Parker back in the 70's when most people in America were into ELO. I had not heard anybody like him, his stuff was contemporary but old fashioned sharp... Read more
Published on December 14, 2007 by Fizzle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album from a Great Artist.
Graham Parker is one of the two most underrated preformers of the last 30 years. (Richard Thompson the other). Read more
Published on November 22, 2007 by Glazzzmann
5.0 out of 5 stars A fan but really it's a five star.
I've been listening to Graham Parker since 1976 I believe, and I have a world of respect for him as a writer,singer and performer. Read more
Published on September 8, 2007 by Richard Rimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Tell Columbus
A fabulous CD! I grew up listening to GP and especially liked his 'Squeezing Out Sparks' LP when I was in my late teens. Read more
Published on August 11, 2007 by Malcolm Worby
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