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Howlin Wind [Import, Original recording remastered]

Graham ParkerAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (July 9, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram UK
  • ASIN: B00005LP1F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,201 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. White Honey
2. Nothin's Gonna Pull Us Apart
3. Silly Thing
4. Gypsy Blood
5. Between You And Me
6. Back To Schooldays
7. Soul Shoes
8. Lady Doctor
9. You've Got To Be Kidding
10. Howlin' Wind
11. Not If It Pleases Me
12. Don't Ask Me Questions
13. I'm Gonna Use It Now

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered 25th anniversary edition of Parker's opening salvo of a long, distinguished recording career. The album was hailed by critics in 1976 as one of the best debut records ever, no doubt due Parker's incredible songs and the seasoned experience of his backing band which had long cut their chops in pubs around England and whose members included Brinsley Schwarz himself, Martin Belmont from Ducks Deluxe and Stephen Goulding and Andrew Bodnar from Bontemps Roulez. Includes the Parker classics "Don't Ask Me Questions", "White Honey", "Back To Schooldays", "Soul Shoes" and the the title track. Includes liner notes penned by Parker and exclusive photos.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Howlin Wind June 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have to agree with the only other person who took the time to review this album. The over hyped and over produced bands seemed to get the ink while bands like Graham Parker and the Runour just produced great music and were great live. Elvis Costello was receiving great reviews and deservedly so, but Graham Parker was right there with him. Howlin Wind covers the full spectrum from rockabilly to the blues and this was definitely one of the best albums of 1976. Heat Treatment was the follow up and it wasn't far behind Howlin Wind. People from the Capital District in upstate New York are extremely lucky. Graham Parker resides close by and we're fortunate that he plays locally with some of the areas talenteed musicians and whether solo or with others he never disappoints.

Kevin Burns
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are You Kidding? Great Album!! May 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm shocked, shocked I say, that there is not one review for one of the best albums of the 70s. This is like the antithesis (or perhaps the antidote) to the overproduced bands of the era (Styx, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult, ugh, Jefferson Starship fer chrisakes!). Buy this and buy Heat Treatment too while you're at it. I give a slight edge to Howlin Wind but that just depends on my mood. It's like the best bar band you ever were lucky enough to stumble in on and hear and the great thing is, it sounds good when you're sober too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island Disc January 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the great rock albums of the 70's, or any other decade. With the onset of the awful disco movement coming on, what a breath of fresh air this guy was. We had all the punk rockers out there who couldn't sing or play. But when this little English pub rocker came along with this album, it blew all those pretenders out of the water. He had a snarly voice that sounded like he just swallowed a mouthful of gravel, but he had SOUL! And that's all that really counts. With a chip on his shoulder a mile wide, he comes swinging out of the gate with that nasty little drug song called "White Honey". Whatta great rock song! When he sings "we're gonna hit white honey when the chips are down, we're gonna taste white honey when there's no one around", it sounds like he's been down that road before. Parker sings with more emotion than just about any singer can hope to achieve. He can be serious one minute, as in "Howlin Wind" or "Don't Ask Me Questions", or he can have some fun on songs like "Silly Thing" or Lady Doctor". Not many bands would be able to pull off the songs he wrote for this album, but Parker hired The Rumour, who were some of the best musicians England had to offer. I've always thought these guys were England's answer to Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. They were THAT good. I can't say enough good things about this album. It's fantastic! Also, I highly recommend his second album "Heat Treatment". It comes a very very close second to this one. Good luck finding it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic that's our little secret! September 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is one of the best albums to come from the 70's. Elvis Costello had stolen a lot from this man. In a way I like that Graham Parker isn't really well known because it makes him more exclusive to the people that have good taste and not just a well known no talent flash in the pan singer for the fickle masses. The only thing I worry about an artist like this, is that the record companies decide not to make their albums anymore since they don't sell very well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic debut June 5, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Great debut album, full of fire and passion and songs with hooks and daggers. I'm only taking a star away because for this "Anniversary Edition" the label only threw in 1 bonus track. Why so miserly? Give the fans more, you chumps! A few live tracks, some B-sides, something more than one extra track. That's pathetic! Okay, my tirade is over. What they HAVE given you is still a fine and fiery album from GP and the Rumour, some of the best rock & soul made in the 1970s. It's stood the test of time, as has Graham Parker himself. Check out the recent albums he's recorded and take comfort in the fact that this man still has a lot to say, and a lot to play. Age has not diminished his energy or excellence. Meanwhile, let "Howlin' Wind" blow your mind!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Debut Album August 7, 2007
By raja99
Format:Audio CD
When I first read the positive reviews about this album and hearing "White Honey", I decided to give the album a try. This album is filled with stunningly literate pub rockers, which are invigorated with cynicism and anger. The songs are distinctly original and the production, by Nick Lowe, makes Parker and his backing band, the Rumour, sound like a terrific bar band. Very few debut albums reach the heights of this near masterpiece.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how The Band's third album should've sounded January 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you enjoyed MUSIC FROM BIG PINK and THE BAND (the "brown" album) you are likely to enjoy HOWLIN' WIND. Rootsy, gutsy, soulful and only occasionally punkish. The "punk" aspect of this album mostly has to do with attitude, rather than music. Parker crafted an album that has aged very well and will undoubtedly sound terrific 10 years from now, and the remastered sound is terrific! Highest recommendation to fans of early-70's Van Morrison, early Springsteen and the aforementioned The Band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't that be, "I'm gonna how-ooo-owwwl ... "? November 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is just a terrific, timeless album. It still sounds incredibly fresh today. Graham Parker is usually categorized as a "pub-rocker," which he was, but he was also an amazing gifted song-writer and an unmatchably passionate performer. There's a lot of good humour on this album, and a lot of wistfulness too. If you are a fan of Bruce Springsteen, or Van Morrison, you owe it to yourself to check this album out. Incidentally, this made Rolling Stone's list of the "Top 100 Albums since Sgt. Pepper's," published way back in 1987, but still valid today. That's how I discovered it, and of all the great albums on that list, this is one I come back to again and again. Not a "deep" listen, but one that is surprisingly moving, whether high-spirited, angry, romantic, or sad. There is no point in singling out special favorites, since every song on here kills. A classic from the first track to the last.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
This is one of the best albums of all time and that is no exaggeration! So much better than anything Elvis Costello could ever dream of doing. Every song is great - buy it now!
Published 2 months ago by MJH
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK
I was expecting something more after hearing about Graham Parker. I was not bad, but it sounded kind of dated.
Published 2 months ago by William Snypes
5.0 out of 5 stars This One and _Squeezing Out Sparks_ are the Ones
For my money - and I did actually buy these - this one and _Squeezing Out Sparks_ are the Parker albums to get. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Zagut
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!
The remastered sound is excellent! A great reminder of why so many people are Graham parker fans! The original "Between You and Me" sounds even better!
Published 16 months ago by Christopher P Balesteri
5.0 out of 5 stars Denim never looked any better on the weedy English dude
So there was no way that I would get excited about this guy. It was the seventies and here was a little English dude who looked like a denim lounge lizard but needs must. Read more
Published 19 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great debut album
Graham Parker / Howlin Wind: Great Rockin' songs expertly done! This is a Great album that should have become a familiar classic, and it would have been if Mercury records had... Read more
Published on January 4, 2012 by J. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars desperately reaching for the shadow of my youth
I've had Dire Straits' Making Movies album on the brain for some reason. It's one of my favorites, but I haven't owned it for years. Read more
Published on January 13, 2011 by Sarcalogos misericordia vobis
5.0 out of 5 stars Pub Rock & Soul Classic
I was in a record store in State College, PA in the 70's when I heard Silly Thing on the store's sound system. Read more
Published on January 14, 2010 by S. Orrico
4.0 out of 5 stars HOWlin' Weend
The 1st time I heard Graham was in 1977 on WNYU radios "New Afternoon show" & I remember drivin' in my car when the opening epic notes of "Questions" filled the cab of my '72... Read more
Published on April 26, 2009 by T. gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars my 8 year old gets it
Howlin' Wind is just about as good as a rock album gets. No serious collection should be without this album. You don't have it? You've got to be kiding!
Published on January 16, 2009 by The ROM Raider
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