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Mona Lisa's Sister Original recording reissued, Import


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  • Audio CD (November 11, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Diablo (demon/Edsel)
  • ASIN: B000003BTJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Don't Let It Break You Down
2. Under The Mask Of Happiness
3. Back In Time
4. I'm Just Your Man
5. OK Hieronymus
6. Get Started, Start A Fire
7. The Girl Isn't Ready
8. Blue Highways
9. Success
10. I Don't Know
11. Cupid

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The bonus track is good to have, but nothing essential.
Todd Rosenstock
I consider GP to be in the same league as Van Morrison and Bob Dylan as a song writer/performer.
Barry Ellis
I happen to think the album that preceded this, Steady Nerves, was one of his all-time best.
Brian J. Lindgren

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barry Ellis on September 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Long considered by MOST GP fans as one of the three best albums done by him (along with "Squeezing Out Sparks", 1979's Rolling Stone Critic's pick for album of the year and 1996's "Acid Bubblegum", his last studio effort), "The Mona Lisa's Sister" signalled the arrival of GP as a truly independant artist as well as the resurgence (in quality at least) of a somewhat moribound career. While his loyal fans enjoyed his work of the early-mid 80's, it did seem as his sense of direction and earlier commitment to his music was somewhat lacking. "Mona Lisa" was GP's first TOTALLY personal record and established the pattern he was to follow for the rest of his career, making records that make HIM happy and all of his fans have benefitted from that artistic genesis. "Mona Lisa" includes some of his absolute greatest songs, and every song is an heartfelt and riveting performance. Some reviewers have quibbled with Buddha's remastering here, but I thank it really does a lot for the lower end which was somewhat subdued on the earlier production. A matter of taste, but a truly wonderful record regardless of which mix you prefer. As readers of GP's website (found at punkhart.com) know, it is a mystery when or if GP is going to release a new studio album. Myriad label changes and a refusal to subvert his musical philosophy have led to diminished sales and recognition over the years. I consider GP to be in the same league as Van Morrison and Bob Dylan as a song writer/performer. Unbelievers only need to peruse his work of the past 20 plus years and they MIGHT be converted, or at least acknowledge that GP is one of the most underrated and underappreciated artists of his time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Fitzgerald on June 25, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I've long considered Graham Parker part of my "little, p*****-off British guy" phase, during which I listened to a lot of Elvis Costello and related artists. Parker is a cynic, without a doubt, but the heart of a true romantic still beats in his chest. Like Costello, who does not allow his varnish of world-weary cynicism to obliterate his soft side, Parker goes from sharp-tongued social criticism to whistful longing at times in the same breath. All without forgetting how to craft a good solid melody, which makes for music you can listen to even if you're not particularly interested in what it has to say.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Contrary to the previous reviewer, this WAS my introduction to GP on album. It's a fine recording. I can't tell you the impact it had. My favorite GP song of all time is on this - "Back In Time"
So why only four stars? Because I don't care too much for the remastering job here. The bass has been brought forward, and it sounds like there's some echo on the voice too. Mind you, the extra track is worth the price of admission.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Campbell on October 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This disc is the highlight of his career, because it was here that he took charge of production and made the record he wanted to make. The songs come out easily with wit and grace. Back In Time and I'm Just Your Man are probably my favorite GP compositions. And the re-make of Cupid is done convincingly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bdl803@bham.ac.uk on March 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This was Parker going from pretty indifferent `mellow` music to the heights he attained with Struck by Lightning a coupla years after this. As usual there are some classics which soon as you hear them you think they`ve been around forever: Back in time,I`m Just Your Man and Success,but there are some songs that are in moulds Parker keeps on trying but has never pulled off. Example,Under the Mask of Happiness which is kinda `Southern Rock` which English rockers can never pull off--it`s from the Rolling Stones and all they `way down New orleans` fixations-- Then there is a song about Heironymous Bosch, a painter..puh-leeze! Mr Parker can not do `arty/intellectual` themes! And there`s a problem with the opener,which sounds like Neil Diamond trying to rock out. You feel in this record a low-watt glow of laidback,soft rock rather than Parker`s usual heated style. But the stand outs are worth it,and Blue Highways and Girl Isn`t Ready help the variation here (reggae and an acoustic Sprinsteen vibe respectively) while one song I Don`t Know is virtually a little education in rock; Buddly Holly meets Elvis vocal with an African guitar riff running through it as well as an `African-sounding` choral background. The result works brilliantly and is inspired. Not a disappointing album by all means...but just one that was a holding operation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Powell on June 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After Squeezing Out Sparks, GP released his last album with the Rumour "The Up Escalator" (now out of print) in 1980 and spent most of the 80's putting out very uneven albums, hitting rock bottom with "Steady Nerves"
But in 1988, he turned things around and released this brilliant album.
This is almost as good as GP's golden era (1976-79) - not quite, but almost. "Back In Time" may be the most poetic song he has ever written, though. It epitomizes the music of GP - cynical but beautiful.
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By dev1 on April 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The angry young man, Graham Parker, doesn't appear all that angry on The Mona Lisa's Sister. With Motown style songs like `I'm Just Your Man,' `Blue Highways,' `Success,' and `Cupid,' I'd call Graham a soulful young man. He gets so close to genuine Motown that you can imagine Smoky Robinson singing "I'm not a burnin' comet that fell out of the sky" (I'm Just Your Man). `Get Started Start A Fire' contains some funky bass lines, and `The Girl Isn't Ready' is a competent Reggae. There are a couple straight-up rockers here including the sizzling `Don't Let It Break You Down' and `OK Hieronymus.'
While you're singing along with Graham like a member of a Doo-Wop back-up group, you'll probably notice that the lyrics aren't exactly `I love my baby" R&B stuff. Kids are beating-up old people on `Don't Let It Break You Down,' and I'm not certain who Hieronymus (OK Hieronymus) is, but with lyrics like "Just taste the odor of burning skin,' I doubt that I'd like to meet him. Parker is best when he's cynical: Joan of Arc is burned at the stake for lighting a cigarette in an airport (Get Started Light A Fire). Maybe "angry" is a poor choice of words. Parker is disenchanted with love "I don't know why it's not enough to feel moments of mighty love" (I Don't Know), and also frustrated that he has never been a stadium sellout (Success). He has one minor bad trait: stuffing some lines with just too many words (Back In Time, OK Hieronymus).
I've tried to find one stinker, one throw-a way on this CD, but there isn't one. The combination of spirited R&B music and caustic lyrics works successfully on The Mona Lisa's Sister.
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