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It's 1973 in South London. Teenage friends Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook form the band that will see them dubbed The New Lennon and McCartney. Over 35 years later, with their legacy intact and as vital as it has ever been, Squeeze are still touring and reminding fans worldwide just why they have left such an indelible impression on the UK & US music scene.
As befits one of the UK s much-loved acts, there is no end of Squeeze fans currently wearing their influences firmly on their sleeve, whether it be Mark Ronson, Kasabian, Supergrass, Lily Allen, The Feeling or Razorlight. With their fingerprints keenly felt throughout the fabric of popular music, it is only right that these songs, with their evergreen and popular sound, continue to be played and enjoyed live. And so since 2007, a newly reformed Squeeze have been slowly finding time to play a series of gigs and festival dates, preferring to reaffirm their abilities as a band rather than follow some of their peers who have come out in a blaze of publicity, only to be met with disappointment. The new Squeeze line-up, their most able yet, is completed by Squeeze veteran John Bentley and Tilbrook's Fluffers cohorts Simon Hanson and Stephen Large.

1. Take Me I'm Yours
2. Slap And Tickle
3. Up The Junction
4. Goodbye Girl
5. Cool For Cats
6. Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)
7. Another Nail In My Heart
8. Tempted
9. Is That Love
10. Labelled With Love
11. Black Coffee In Bed
12. Hourglass
13. Some Fantastic Place
14. Loving You Tonight

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 3, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XOXO RECORDS
  • ASIN: B003O63T28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. Dalessandro on August 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Yes, new material will be great when it comes, but with their musical creativity never in question, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook had two aims with this brilliant idea. Firstly, to "own" a piece of the many musical gems they have created. They admit to this. Secondly, to prove that they still have all of the technical talent and physical ability to sing, play, and produce a record exactly as they did in their youth on the major record labels. I've always wanted to see if a musical artist could pull something like this off. These aren't just alternate takes from the same day, studio, and producer. These are self-produced versions decades removed from the originals, but so faithful to the originals it scares me. I'm sure it was a painstaking process.
Imagine the Beatles if they were all still with us, going into a studio and attempting to record "A Hard Day's Night" again in 1994 and making it sound like the 1964 original. The result would be quite interesting. How about Rembrandt duplicating one of his early masterpiece paintings thirty years later? Both paintings would still be almost priceless today.
Squeeze fans will think Gilson Lavis is providing the beat on "Another Nail in My Heart", and Jools Holland is doing the piano solo on "Pulling Mussels From the Shell". Difford & Tilbrook surprisingly sound 21 years old on "Cool for Cats" and "Up the Junction" respectively.
Now let's have fun spotting some of those tiny differences. The biggest is that Tilbrook does the lead vocal on "Loving You Tonight", achieving something he could never do on "Tempted": He sings the song every bit as good as (and maybe better than) Paul Carrack. Carrack guests on "Tempted" and sings it straight, but some slight phrasing differences are revealed. In the chorus of "Another Nail...
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By rhussey on August 4, 2010
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The new recordings prove again that Squeeze songs stand the test of time. The songs sound great and Tilbrook and Difford still sound almost exactly like they did in 1980. One of the best things about this release is having some of their greatest hits recorded with the same players and then mixed/mastered at levels similar to other stuff on my ipod. My only gripe is that some of my favorites ("If I Didn't Love You") were not included. I have always liked Glenn Tilbrook's vocals on "Tempted" as much as Carrack's and wouldn't have minded a good studio recording with his lead but I like the nice change on "Loving You Tonight" just as well. Overall I would highly recommend this album and I can't wait for the next one with all new originals.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve Lanzarotta on March 13, 2011
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Squeeze has occupied an off-and-on place in my affections for over 30 years. My parents came back to LA from a trip to England with "Cool for Cats" in the late Seventies and, though it was a little too syntho-pop for me, I couldn't stop playing "Up the Junction," which seemed like a great song to me then (and now). I was working at a record store when "Argybargy" came out, and I played the first side over and over in the store until everyone had to either admit it was a great record or that they wanted to strangle me. By "East Side Story," Squeeze were no longer my little secret.

I kind of lost track of them after that version of the band broke up, but bought "Babylon and On" on a hunch when it first came out some years later and loved it. That was the last new music I heard from Squeeze for awhile (over 20 years!) until I was trolling around Youtube a couple of weeks ago and found "Some Fantastic Place" which struck me, somewhat unbelievably, as the best song of theirs I'd ever heard. Clearly, I had some catching up to do.

I immediately looked for a greatest hits package that spanned their whole career and came across the curious case of "Spot the Difference." Having inadvertently bought disappointing re-recorded best hits packages in the past, I was skeptical. But the first clip I listened to was the great guitar solo from "Another Nail in My Heart," and I was stunned. It was practically perfect in every way - Glenn Tilbrook is the Mary Poppins of Rock and Roll! Needless to say I immediately ordered the CD.

Having listened to the record several times now, it is really amazing how good it is. Sure, there are some differences, but really, I have absolutely no regrets that I bought these versions of the songs rather than the originals.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Toni Danchik on August 12, 2010
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This new disc has excellent sound quality which you don't get from the older recordings and yeah, I can spot a lot of differences which sets it apart from the originals. Both the new and the old recordings are great but again, the sound quality from this new release is superior to my old CD's of the same music. I also love Simon's powerful drumming on this recording. They still got it after all these years. New material or not, this band has stood up against the test of time, I think it is worth my small investment to help them keep going and re-gain ownership over their songs. They deserve it!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christopher J. Welch on August 4, 2010
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Obviously released to cash in on the extensive American tour, and the Winter trek around the UK, Spot The Difference is possibly the most bizarre record Squeeze have ever released. Basically a collection of their better known singles re-recorded during 2010 featuring the current band line-up and with a guest vocal from Paul Carrack on Tempted.
Quite why messers Difford & Tilbrook wanted to mess with the sublime originals is a mystery, one suspects licensing deals and copywrite might have something to do with it, but whatever the reasons this is for die hard fans only.
In all fairness trying to re-create the recording techniques, the sounds of wobbly antique synths, 70's drum machines and sequencers must have been a nightmare. No Gilson, no Holland and, for the later tracks no 'bendy' bass from Keith Wilkenson. It's also worth noting that both Tilbrook's and Difford's voices have changed and matured over the years.
Some of the tracks work really well - Pulling Muscles From A Shell, Goodbye Girl and Black Coffee In Bed (replete with much tighter backing vocals). Others such as the Tilbrook sung 'Loving You Tonight' pales against the Paul Carrack original and Some Fantastic Place loses much of the emotion and beauty of the sublime original.
The problem is that everything is a little TOO perfect - the energy, the odd mistake, the excitement of knowing just how good they really were is missing.
BIG SQUEEZE is still the best way to enjoy the Deptford boys back catlogue - plus you get all the great B-Sides.
Next time round lets have a new collection of Difford & Tilbrook originals. Thats what we all really want.
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