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No Parlez
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 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
on July 16, 2005
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. I still enjoy listening to and singing along with "Love of the Common People", "Come Back and Stay", "Wherever I Lay My Hat" (Paul was very heavily influenced by Marvin Gaye and it shows in all the songs here)"Love Will Tear Us Apart" and more. I guess the only filler in this album could be "Sex" (the last song) but overall, all the songs are great if you are into soul and that classic 80s sound. I know I am! By far, Paul Young's greatest album.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
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.

In whole, a major disappointment due to shortened versions, and simply baffling since it is stated that this IS the original album. I thus give it only three stars, which may be generous. Any comments, especially from someone responsible for this re-release would be welcomed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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.Paul Young never recorded another album like 'No Parlez'.Even as his next couple releases had some similarities they each further polished his sound into something much more commercial and radio friendly.And where 'No Parlez' has tons of radio potential it focuses more on being artful and musical and showcases the singer.George Michael would later begin crafting more individual albums in his own brand of British R&B and that and changing tastes would take some of the wind out of Paul Young's career.But on 'No Parlez' Paul Young,singer and artist is presented at his best and if you enjoy British R&B in the 80's this is a must have CD.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2004
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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. Paul Young's soulful voice and these engrossing songs make for a full-on winner. Paul's later albums all contain gems, but are uneven at best. This is Paul Young at his finest and his finest is better than most anyone else's!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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. If you are the type of person who complains that all those old Motown songs sound like they were recorded in a Detroit basement, then don't buy this very eighties-sounding pop/soul collection. Personally, I think Paul Young is up there with Rod Stewart and Chris Robinson as one of the premier white soul shouters.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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. Paul Young has a great voice with a touch of Rod Stewart scratchiness. What I like best about the album was the sequence of tracks served to make the sum effect of the album greater than individual efforts. Each selection seemed to naturally dovetail into the next: fast, slow, earnest, playful, it's a great album to listen to on the road. I've only listened to the CD version once and while it's CLOSE, it was just a tad of a letdown, putting me in agreement with a previous reviewer that something should have been placed on the CD jacket advising (I'd say "warning", but that carries negative connotations) potential buyers of the difference. I did briefly own a cassette of this album with "dance cuts" of many songs, but it was overkill in some of the songs' cases. Bottom line: buy it for Paul Young's reputation as a great vocalist, but be advised of the disparities from the vinyl original.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2008
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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. The album opens with 'Come Back and Stay' with a pumping bassline and superb backing vocals and leads to the fabulous 'Wherever I Lay my Hat', which for me is the song that defined his career. Fantastic soulful melody lamenting lost love delivered in that rasping voice where you can hear each ache and pain. An ambitious version of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', works well (though some Joy Division enthusiasts may differ on that one), with 'Ku Ku Karama' and 'Love of the Common People' being also fantastic. Yes, it is 80's pop but it is also magical. Young made many successful albums after this but this is the one that he will be remembered by and I am sure is most proud of. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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. I loved that song!
NO PARLEZ has that song and other tunes common in those technopop years.
Young is a good vocalist, enamored of earlier R&B artists and songs as evidenced in his soulful version of Marvin Gaye's WHEREVER I HANG MY HAT and his spritely remake of LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE. Other highlights include NO PARLEZ, TENDER TRAP, IRON OUT THE ROUGH SPOTS and LOVE WILL TEAR US APART.
What I like most are the musical flourishes, the great bass work and those delightful background vocals by the Fabulous Wealthy Tarts. Fun stuff!
NO PARLEZ takes me back to those synth-pop days and makes me smile. This is a great example of those days.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is the first album I bought released by Mr. Young. Although at times the women backing him up can seem screechy, it was the backup choice of that time. His voice is unequivocal. There is a great strength in his voice. The only reason I didn't give him 5 stars is because of the female backup. Come back and stay earned him great US recognition, Wherever I Lay My Hat is a greater cover than the original in my opinion. Broken Man is so very soulful. One truly believes he has been a broken man.
My only reservation in recommending this cd, is the female backup on a couple songs. But there is a wonderful option of not playing those tracks and just loving the groove you find yourself in.
Great stuff!!!
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