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No Parlez [Import]

Paul YoungAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 4, 1984)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia Europe
  • ASIN: B0000269Y8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Come Back And Stay
2. Love Will Tear Us Apart
3. Wherever I Lay My Hat (Thats My Home)
4. Ku Ku Kurama
5. No Parlez
6. Behind Your Smile
7. Love Of The Common People
8. Oh Women
9. Iron Out The Rough Spots
10. Broken Man
11. Tender Trap
12. Sex

Editorial Reviews

Import edition of the New Wave crooner's 1985 solo album debut that's out-of-print in the U.S. 12 tracks including the hit singles, 'Come Back and Stay', 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', 'Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)' (Marvin Gaye) & 'Love of the Common People'.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor March 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"~I bought Young's lp "No Parlez" in the mid-80s for his originals "Come Back & Stay" (written by Jack Lee) and "Tender Trap", as well as his impassioned version of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart". This cd does not have the same contents as the original "No Parlez". originals, including "Come Back And Stay", "Love Will Tear Us Apart", "Sex", "Iron Out The Rough Spots", "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home" and "Love Of The Common People". I'm happy to have these alternate versions, but I would have preferred them as 'bonus tracks', in addition to the remastered original tracks. Failing that, some forewarning that this release was not a replication but a mutation of the original album should have been part of the essential release information. Shame on those who altered the contents without advising the consumer!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I actually grew up at the time of the release of this album (I was about 17 at the time and the impact on me was tremendous). Not only was Paul's voice great, the remix version of the album (metal oxide tape at the time, cds not yet invented)was just fanstastic.

Being a music hobbyist/collector for more than 30 years now and believe me I've heard too many albums to remember, this one album is still with me while many others that I had started with have since decayed and not been picked up/replaced by me for my collection.

I guess that's how I tell if an album is a classic or not if after all the years, you still miss it if it no longer is in your collection or if you don't put it on the cd player once in a while. For this reason, when my tape eventually wore out, I waited patiently to find a good cd version but I guess I'm still stuck with the Australian release which leaves a lot to be desired given the current level of recording technology that exists out there.

It seems every thing except the kitchen sink has been remastered with bonus tracks added except for this great gem of a classic album (Rupert Holmes' "Partners in Crime" is another one). I hope Sony would reissue this soon fully remastered and in a mini-LP cardboard sleeve. I know, I for one would snap it up at the pre-order stage (same for Rupert Holmes').

Oh, about the album itself? If you are not too concerned about the sound quality being perfect or if you're not too much of an audiophile, then this album is a great addition to your current collection.

The songs are great and the singing is first class.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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The initial CD version of No Parlez included only longer versions of the hit singles alongside a few other songs. The album versions from the album were, however, nowhere to be found. In the liner notes of this re-release Paul Young describes those versions as being wearing; not an understatement. According to Paul, the album version was always the true version and finally one can listen to it on CD a quarter of a century later.

It took me not a whole lot longer than zero seconds to realize that something was wrong. The starting crushing interplay of bass & drums on Come Back and Stay is nowhere to be heard, the songs simply "starts". When I heard that the middle section where Paul sings "Since You've Been Gone...." is truncated did I realize that this is the single version being used, NOT the original album version. Things get worse: Love Will Tear Us Apart is presented here without the intro on the original album, again it simply "starts". Similar story with Love of the Common People, the long intro on the album has been shortened, similar as to the single version although I am not sure whether its identical, it is a bit longer than the version on his Time compilation. I think/hope I have spotted all the faults.

The production at the time was revolutionary; Lauri Latham (later worked with Echo & the Bunnymen, Squeeze and The Stranglers) came with a distinctive glossy and crisp sound. Although it became soon dated, it sounds today very fresh. The re-mastering is good, it is as if the tapes were cleaned with the separation much clearer. The music has also aged well, Paul Young's voice still gives me goose bumps. A bonus CD is included with the boring 12 inch versions but an interesting version of Tears For Fears' Pale Shelter and 2 great live recordings.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Young's First Album Is A Treat For The Ears November 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Before George Michael went solo,there was Paul Young.In the early 80's Britain was undergoing a massive infusion of 'white' R&B acts,the most notable of which turned out to be Wham!,Culture Club,Spandau Ballet,ABC,Level 42 and The Style Council.Each band had it's own particular music flavor but there weren't any popular soloists,until Paul Young came along and changed all that.His trademark was great vocal individuality and confidance-his soulful crooning and his raspy falsetto made him second to none and his 1983 debut 'No Parlez' is a true cornerstone of a legend who should've been.Musically he had his niche too:instead of relying on original songs Young prefered hot adaptations from other songwriters and by having his band blend new romantic pop with modern,horn driven R&B he became innovative from a very musical perspective."Come Back And Stay" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart" are both very poppy but introduce the album well wheras young utterly reinvents Marvin Gaye's "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" for the Paul Weller/Style Council generation.Relying heavily on synthesizers and drum pads to accent his voice Young certainly does his but to give up the funk here too such as on the quirky "Ku Ku Kurama",the Minneapolis sounding "Sex" and the deep bass driven groove of the title track of three of the funkiest songs to come out of Young's whol catalog.Some of the songs take on a far more electic R&B approch such as the lyrically intruiging "Love Of The Common People",the almost comic "Iron Out The Rough Spots" (with it's whisle sound effect) and two more Hall & Oates type songs in "Oh Woman" and "Tender Trap" (that American duo would later pen one of Young's biggest hits) and Young's original "Broken Man",the only ballad on the album with a very dramatic presentation. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Parlez
Most of you know Paul Young as the guy who does the opening line in "Do They Know it's Christmas?". Then maybe the crooner of a lesser known Hall & Oates song, "Every Time You Go... Read more
Published 22 months ago by R. M. Ettinger
5.0 out of 5 stars J'ETAIME NO PARLEZ
Back in the eighties heyday of MTV, the video of Paul Young's COME BACK AND STAY was one of my favorites. I can still see the ghostly woman and the crashing waves. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by Michael Butts
5.0 out of 5 stars NO PARLEZ THE REAL THING
Published on August 5, 2011 by REDFIRE66
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue-Eyed Soul at It's Best
This is Paul Young's debut album as a solo artist and at the time of it's release, it was clear that he was going to be mega. Read more
Published on October 20, 2008 by Paul A. Kirwan
4.0 out of 5 stars good, but NOT the same as the LP
this CD is NOT the same as the original record version. The songs are the same name, but quite different otherwise.
Published on June 22, 2008 by Semaphore
5.0 out of 5 stars A desert-island disc!
I own the original CD, not the import listed here. Many many years after its original release, it's still one of favorite albums of all time. Read more
Published on December 28, 2004 by eugelicious
3.0 out of 5 stars Great blue-eyed pop/soul
The last reviewer is very obviously angry at the state of commercial music today. However, I feel his anger towards Paul Young is very misplaced. Read more
Published on December 5, 2004 by D. Myers
1.0 out of 5 stars So horribly dated - and badly remixed
Though acclaimed by most critics back in the 1980s, Paul Young's "No Parlez" perhaps more than any album ever made epitomises the declining fortune in the hands of critics that... Read more
Published on March 10, 2004 by mianfei
5.0 out of 5 stars All in one =) - I buy it cuz I know it already !
The hard to find 12 inch mixes of his greatest tracks on THIS CD.
Well if you want the album with the album versions of all tracks look for the album without this track... Read more
Published on July 5, 2003 by Dejan Dozic
4.0 out of 5 stars British Technopop that jumps
I bought the vinyl album in 1984 while stationed in England when technopop and "new romantics" were the coming thing on the British music scene. It's very catchy. Read more
Published on March 19, 2001 by S Kammerer
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