Propaganda Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
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Despite the Maels' intentions to take a completely new direction, ignoring the successful formula of Kimono My House, it segued right into Propaganda. Sparks' third and fourth albums (both on Island Records) complemented each other like a pair of bookends. Britain's `Holy Trinity' Melody Maker, Sounds and NME raved! They gave Ron and Russell tremendous coverage, featuring lengthy interviews in which they mostly discussed their favourite topic...food!
In 1974, recorded immediately after the smashing British reception of Kimono My House, Propaganda retained the same producer, Muff Winwood (brother of Traffic's Steve Winwood). The album was made in the anglo-maniac Maels' new home, England with Sparks' live touring unit; bassist Ian Hampton (replacing Martin Gordon from the Kimono sessions) and guitarist Trevor White - both former Jook members, (the late) Adrian Fisher also on guitar and drummer, Dinky Diamond.
The album cover of Propaganda launched a succession of hilarious cover shots, presenting the frail Mael brothers in extraordinary predicaments, usually helplessly victimized in some way. Here they are on the south coast of England - abducted, bound and gagged at the back of a speeding boat, and on the back cover, held hostage at a petrol station in the rear of a car. Their captors (Ian, Dinky and Trevor) are fiendishly deciding their fate. The inner sleeve finds the brothers breaking their ties and attempting to telephone for help.Read more ›
If you can only understand 3-chord rock,don't buy this CD,but if you savvy what a recording artist is all about,turn yourself on to the work of two near-genius brothers. You will not regret it,I promise...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't know why I haven't bothered listening to more Sparks. I sort of forgot about them after their fantastic debut. Anyway this band is typically awesome. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bryan
are angels. Sparks are heroes. I reincarnated in 1987 just so I could enjoy Sparks as a youth all over again. Angels.Published on July 26, 2013 by Melissa Almeida
This was a somewhat formula follow-up to Kimono My House, but still brilliant with its high-energy, almost uncategorizable alt-pop driven by Songwriter Ron Mael's keyboards and... Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by David Beard
Wrote a review that was deemed "unsuitable" so it was taken down, but there I talked of the shoddy condition and lack of outer sleeve deserved to be $5 cheaper, and seller... Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by smirkbot
Had this as a teenager and wanted to purchase a CD - great and different- however the kids cant stand itPublished on March 11, 2012 by bookworm
This album is exhilarating!
Riffs, lyrics, composition, musicianship, sense of humor, unpredictability and cohesiveness...it's got it all. Read more
Great music. Converted my old obsolete vinyl Albums to CD with this purchase and then downloaded into my MP3 player. Listen to all the oldies driving to and from work. Read morePublished on April 18, 2011 by Mr. Brad C. Vanzyl
I had owned this on vinyl when it came out and had always considered it the least of the 3 albums Sparks made in England. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by not you