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Mael Intuition: Best Of 1974-76 [Import]

SparksAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 7, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B00000740F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us
2. Amateur Hour
3. Here In Heaven
4. Thank God It's Not Christmas
5. Hasta Manana Monsieur
6. Complaints
7. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
8. Somthing For The Girl With Everything
9. Achoo
10. Propaganda
11. At Home, At Work, At Play
12. Reinforements
13. B.C.
14. Hospitality On Parade
15. Happy Hunting Ground
16. Without Using Hands
17. Get In The Swing
18. It Aint 1918
19. In The Future
20. Looks, Looks, Looks

Editorial Reviews

Island Records filled a void in the early days of the CD by culling this 20 track collection of Sparks since an anthology of the group didn't exist at the time of this set's release in 1990. These tracks come from the band's three most popular albums in the UK. and include "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us", "Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth", "Achoo", "Amateur Hour", "Thank G-d It's Not Christmas", "Hasta Manana Monsieur", "Looks Looks Looks" and many more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Mr Gill, but this is a masterpiece!! January 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm afraid Mr Gill is wrong here - this album does not slump after the first six or seven songs (Something For the Girl With Everything is their best and most frenetic), but barrels on to the end (the superb Looks Looks Looks) with manic energy and great melodies. Far from dating badly, this stuff holds up far better than Sparks' synth pop from the 1980s. This compilation is superior to the Profile compilation for this very reason. I have had this for three years and still listen to it at least once a week - it's a real gem. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let The Sparks Fly November 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
How can you go wrong with a compilation comprised of tracks from Sparks' three best albums? This CD serves as an excellent introduction to the bizarre, facinating and ultimately addictive music of the Mael brothers. One word of caution, however: You will want to buy all three albums in their entirety after hearing such masterpieces as "This Town..." "Hasta Manana", "Reinforcements" "Something for the Girl With Everything" and "Happy Hunting Ground". Rock and roll is rarely this original- and this fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sparks! January 22, 2014
By mpage
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When most of us thought new wave was during the early '80s, it actually was conceived in the early '70s with Sparks back when it was considered glam-rock. This collection, however, draws mainly from their 3 albums[Kimono My House; Propaganda; and Indiscreet] released between 1974 and 1976. In fact these were the very same albums that my older sister had. Although the music featured here was then glam-rock yet it did pave way for the new wave craze which generated groups in the early '80s[Personally I prefer the pre-Valley Girl Sparks' sound musically]. "This Town Isn't Big Enough For The Both Of Us" serves as a great kick-off here just as it did on the Kimono album[Forget the Siouxsie And The Banshees' version for that matter]. "Hasta Manana Monsieur" is sheer power with a hard driving lead guitar line against a steady keyboard playing pace. Love the acapella work on the very brief title song from "Propaganda" before it shifts into "At Home, At Work, At Play" which delivers fantastic force. Russell Mael's vocal talents always fills in the gaps where needed as does his brother Ron on keyboards. "Achoo" is to me the most humorous of all Sparks' songs. Brings me back to my dawn of adolescence when playing a game of cards with my sister and she actually sneezed on one of the "achoo's" while it played on her stereo. This collection comprises about half the amount of material of each of the 3 albums mentioned. The intro of "Get In The Swing is somewhat similar to a high school pep rally as opposed to carnivalesque. What's amazing or should I say amusing is that tracks 14-20[from Indiscreet] were produced by Tony Visconti(Once married to singer Mary Hopkin and had also produced albums for T. Read more ›
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Lost & Found" Is Missing May 17, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This contains most of their best songs from their UK period with Island Records. The Maels or Sparks were good during this period thanks to an excellent backing group of three Brits namely Dinky Diamond, Adrian Fisher and Martin Gordon.
The Maels with their Sparks creation shot to the top in the UK with their excellent "Kimono My House" album. They almost immediately fired Gordon followed by Fisher and lastly Diamond when they packed it up to leave the UK after 3 albums.
This era or at least Kimono worked so well because of the Mael's talents plus Gordon arranging the songs plus his bass playing, Fisher excellent guitar work and Diamond's solid drumming.
Listen to the Kimono songs versus the next two albums and the Maels have lost the clue or actually Gordon arranging the songs. We go from masterpieces such as Kimono's "Hasta Manana" to later rubbish on Indiscreet like "It Ain't 1918." This rubbish will be the hallmark for the balance of their career.
The Mael's had a small reversal when they had Giorgio Moroder produce them but it was essentially a rehash of the work the Munich-based Italian did with Donna Summer. Suppoedly, the Mael's chased Moroder all over to get him to do the album and Moroder did it after cutting a sharp deal to benefit the producer.
This D does not include the excellent Kimono era B-side Lost and Found so I would probably pass on this one.
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