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Howlin Wind
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2005
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2005
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2001
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 8, 2006
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2003
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2000
First bought Howlin Wind in 78, which means punk had happened and a lot of this record`s sounds;blues,rockabilly and R and B were looked down on. Well very much of that period doesnt stand up now while this album does. In fact I like it better. the two tracks I thought were duff then, Lady Doctor and Not if it Pleases me can be appreciated as brilliant white English takes on musical styles most English musicians have never done well. The rest is sublime,pure and simple...the first four tracks on what used to be side two `Soul Shoes` onward are perhaps Parker`s finest medley of songs,with Howlin Wind and You Got To be kidding breathtaking takes on reggae and Dylan respectively. This album is the best rock singer ever with some of his best songs ever which crucially take on say The Stones and Van Morrison and are better than them, eg Gypsy Blood,Soul Shoes and White Honey. A vital album influencing--to me--Elvis Costello,The Boomtown Rats, The Clash and Joe Jackson especially. `Influenced`? Nah..they copied him...this was a new rock and roll blueprint. And the Rumour were a transcendent backing band...not too many dumb soloes,with great sounds and arrangements.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2012
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
on January 21, 2004
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
on January 2, 2000
Graham Parker's Howlin' Wind has stood the test of time and is one of the greatest rock n roll, r&b, punk, records ever, period. Heat Treatment equals this accomplishment. Get both these recordings immediately! I bought these in the 70's and literally wore out the vinyl copies. I have them on CD and would not be without them. He has done some great work since, but none equal them, not even the highly touted Squeezing Out Sparks (I have them all).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2007
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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