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listen  4. Stranger Than The Stranger On The Store 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Black Coffee In Bed (Full Version) 6:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
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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’s music scene.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 7, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B000SLVW8U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2008 digitally remastered edition of the album that followed up the band's stellar success with East Side Story. While both songwriters Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford acknowledge it was a forced effort, the sessions were once again produced in part by Elvis Costello and still managed to produce some classics, like the global hit single "Black Coffee In Bed", the energetic "I've Returned" and the torch-like "When The Hangover Strikes". The original album tracks are augmented with the one-off hit single "Annie Get Your Gun", the previously released bonus songs "I Can't Get Up Anymore" and "When Love Goes To Sleep", the b-sides "I'm At Home Tonight", "Elephant Girl", "Spanish Guitar" and rarities "Tomorrow's World (Tilbrook's demo of "His House Her Home"), the demo of "Whenever We Meet" and "Last Call For Love". Universal.

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This is one of my favorite albums from one of my all time favorite bands.
Kimmie
Simply - if you love Squeeze, you'll love this - plus the bonus tracks are a welcomed addition if you ever owned the original vinyl version.
Bidjje
So you get pretty much everything good about the many diverse sounds bands like Squeeze have to offer in their type of pop music.
Andre S. Grindle

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Although hardly the way the band should have gone out (the first time at least), the fifth album by Squeeze has more than enough sweets to keep fans listening. Difford and Tilbrook have gone on record as saying this album may be a bit more "forced" than "East Side Story" but the best songs measure up to the best from that album. The bonus tracks earn this fine if underrated album an extra star based on the quality of the material. The album probably would have been stronger if there was a stronger produced there to help weed out the weaker songs from the album but Phil McDonald does such a fine job of translating the band's sound to the record (or CD in this case) that it's a minor issue.

The pressure was on Difford and Tilbrook to make that break through album. WIth producer Philip McDonald and orchestral arranger Del Newman on board, they came awfully close to making an album that was as good as its predecessor. Paul Carrack was out (he had recorded a solo album and was on tour if I recall correctly)and keyboardist Don Snow was in. While I miss Carrack's soulful vocals, the band does a terrific job with some strong tunes.

This remastered edition sounds comparable to the 1997 remasters done by Glenn Tilbrook and Roger Wake what makes this essential are the bonus tracks. We get a great selection of b-sides, demos and singles that double the length of the album. "Annie Get Your Gun" which was released as a single and SHOULD have been here is included along with its b-side "I'm Home Tonight". The two b-sides from the previous edition "I Can't Get Up Anymore" and "When Love Goes to Sleep" are also included. Some of these tracks have appeared on various compilations but they find their rightful place again with the album that spawned them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 23, 2010
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When it was released, Sweets From a Stranger was widely criticized as a sizable disappointment. The expectations were super-high following Squeeze's tour de force East Side Story, and this album is not that one's equal. It is not, however, a bad album, and if one drops the comparison it stands up on its own pretty well as a great collection of pure pop from an era when songs were more crafted than produced.
Several of the more straightforward pop songs would have sounded at home on East Side Story. "I Can't Hold On" is a rollicking pub rocker, "I've Returned" drives along with some nice dynamics between verse and chorus, and "Black Coffee in Bed" stands alongside the band's best songs and is a classic single (with great backing vocals from Elvis Costello). Other tunes venture into slightly darker and-dare I say-more mature sounding territory. "His House Her Home" and "Elephant Ride" are slower, darker tunes with wonderful melodies and the latter in particular is downright sublime. The band gets a little more experimental on the dissonant "Stranger Than the Stranger on the Shore," the jazzy torch song-sounding "When the Hangover Strikes," and the lush string-adorned "Tongue Like a Knife." All of the songs on the album, however, fit squarely into the pop vein and all bear the stamp of Squeeze - no one else could have done these tunes.
Sweets From a Stranger is not as cohesive and consistent as the band's best albums, but it shows the band venturing a little farther outside of their sunny pop safety zone than they had previously. And let's face it, a "pretty good" Squeeze album is better than the best of many other talented bands. Certainly recommended for Squeeze fans and any lovers of creative, intelligent pop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 28, 2009
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At the time that the Squeeze album previous to this East Side Story the collabortive effort of Difford/Tillbrook with Elvis Costello,both in creatively furtile periods in their musical career,were working their way around a series of almost Beatle-like pop songs from a large variety of sources. At this point the production is not handled by Costello anymore and again,their sound has changed. In 1982 Squeeze had become a very contemporary pop band with a lot of ideas,a lot of melodies and loads of lyrical complexities.On songs such as "Out Of Touch","Stranger The Stranger On The Shore","Out On The Dance Floor" and "My Very First Dance" showcase the influece of the then burgeoning "Brit-Funk" sound,with these echoey polyrhythms,not to mention a strange and rather dark harmonics.In the case of the melody and lyrics they are about like everything else here;rather dark and reflective. But luckily very mature:there isn't any big time angst here,just some wondeful,deep poetic reflections that turn all the sadness into something beuatiful.And that is a place where the dark side of pop lyrics work best to my way of thinking.Some of the songs here,including the bonus tracks are kind of...well poppy retread tunes in the style of the previous album but nice in a simple Beatley kind of way like on "I Can't Hold On" or the quircky bonus cut "Elephant Girl".Other tunes like the majestic "Tongue Like A Knife" make excellent use of the orchestra by expressing irritation more by means of expressiveness than anger. Two big hits are presented here too,one from the album and one as a bonus single.Read more ›
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