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Graham Parker and the Rumour / Stick to Me Import, Original recording remastered


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listen  1. Stick To MeGraham Parker & The Rumour 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse DownGraham Parker & The Rumour 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Problem ChildGraham Parker & The Rumour 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Soul On IceGraham Parker & The Rumour 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Clear HeadGraham Parker & The Rumour 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. New York ShuffleGraham Parker & The Rumour 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Watch The Moon Come DownGraham Parker & The Rumour 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Thunder And RainGraham Parker & The Rumour 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Heat In HarlemGraham Parker & The Rumour 6:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The RaidGraham Parker & The Rumour 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 

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For over 30 years, Graham Parker has been slinging a signature sound across continents and airwaves that has rightly earned him a spot in the pantheon of truly original and influential figures in rock and roll. Since his early days with his band the Rumour (with whom he has two albums in Rolling Stone’s “Top 100 Albums of All Time”), Graham has coupled punk’s energy ... Read more in Amazon's Graham Parker Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 9, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram UK
  • ASIN: B00005LP1G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,965 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered edition of Parker's third full length album for the Mercury label. Includes the hit single "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" (which was later covered by Paul Young), "The New York Shuffle" and the title track. Includes sleeve notes from Parker as well as an expanded booklet and exclusive photos.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Keef on December 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
While "Stick to Me" is generally considered weaker than Parker's previous 2 albums, it may be more fun than either. STM finds Parker and the Rumour switching between bar band mode and the intensity of the earlier LPs. As far as songs go, there are enough good ones here for STM to hold its own. The standouts from a songwriter perspective are "Thunder and Rain," "Stick to Me" and "Watch the Moon Come Down." "The Raid" and "New York Shuffle" are great songs, too, but show the band's more playful, Chuck Berry side.
In the late 70s Parker and the Rumour were one of the best white R&B bands going, right up there with the Asbury Jukes, and nearly the equal of the 60s Stones. Parker would later slip a little too far into new wavish keyboards and sensitive singer-songwriter territory, but "Stick to Me" represents the hard R&B that personify GP's early efforts. Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Siegling on May 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Graham Parker's "Stick to Me" had a troublesome birthing process, with the entire album having to be re-recorded at little expense after the original production fell victim to disintegrating tape stock. Nick Lowe came in at the last moment and produced a quick and dirty version of an album that from all accounts was much more ambitious, arrangement and production-wise.

I always liked this album but it wasn't until seeing half or slightly over half performed live with the Figgs a few years ago that I think I "got it".

"I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" is a perfect cover for Graham, he would have written it eventually had he not been beaten to the punch.

The vinyl originally came with stickers of the cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jersey Kid on November 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
`Stick to Me' is a bit of an ironic title in light of the back-story about how the entire album had to be re-recorded after the master tapes were found to have been contaminated with a coating. And, it shows - or rather, can be heard - as the overall sound quality is well below that experienced with GP&R's two earlier albums and the quite remarkable follow-up, `Squeezing Out Sparks.' Parker's voice is pushed back to where, at times, I felt he was fighting to be heard over his ever dependable band. There is also a thinness and boxed-in tone that gives an almost lo-fi DIY aspect to the recording.

That's a shame because while the music may be a shade weaker - maybe less consistent is a better term - than that found on `Howling Wind' or `Heat Treatment,' there are still some sterling pieces of music on it. In particular, `Thunder and Rain' and `Watch the Moon Come Down' find Parker and the band showing their strength to advantage. A weaker track `Heat in Harlem' was a surprise and disappointment, sounding like something the latter day Stones would have done as part of their going-through-the-motions period.

Worth the price of admission, mind you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. LeBaron on March 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This was one of the coolest albums to come out in 1977, but this CD is missing one thing that came with the LP: the EP known as The Pink Parker, which included two live tracks produced by Nick Lowe (as was the album)and two other studio tracks produced by Mutt Lange including the absolutely amazing song "Hold Back the Night", which got some airplay back then up here in the Northeast. If they had included the EP tracks with this CD, it would have made a great album even greater. Still, not a bad effort at all for the title track and the great song "I'm Gonna Tear your Playhouse Down", no disrespect for Paul Young's very successful cover version several years later, but the version included here is, to my ears, the definitive version of that song. If you can hunt down and find the Pink Parker EP, you won't regret it at all...I suggest eBay if you want to look for it.
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Graham Parker's first two albums, Heat Treatment and Howling
Wind were masterpeices of the genre, both 5 star LPs and essentials for anyone with a taste for English R&B bar band music of the late 70s. Stick To Me seemed like a notch below those LPs at the time. The production sounded rushed, which it was. It was done under tremendous time and financial constraints because the first version of the LP was scrapped when the tapes were ruined. Nick Lowe produced the rush job, and the sound of this LP did not have the clarity or polish of the first two LPs, which initially put me off of it. Also, I thought that several of the songs were not top-notch. Time has been kinder to this LP than some of his later releases, and now I find it an enjoyable listen. After all, it was still G.P. and the Rumour going full throttle, and when they were right, they were something to hear. The Rumour was the most sympathetic band Parker ever had, and they were with him for only one more LP after this, the highly regarded Squeezing Out Sparks.

Taken for what it is, and with hindsight, this is one of Parker's stronger efforts. It still doesn't hold up to his first 2 LPs, and doesn't have the depth in the songwriting or production that makes Squeezing Out Sparks a classic, but that doesn't mean it isn't a worthy release. If you like Parker and haven't given Stick To Me a serious listen, you're missing out.
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