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Sweets From a Stranger Import, Original recording remastered

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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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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 (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 23, 2010
Format: Audio CD
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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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 By Stephen Mann TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 22, 2015
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Squeeze were going from strength to strength, performing music that was melodically interesting (without being so experimental it distracted from the lyrics as was the case on their debut) with virtuoso skill. Those lyrics were examining darker subjects as time went on, and doing so cleverly. Often the upbeat pop-y sound of a Squeeze track from this era could mask a startling story unwinding at the mike that would have the listener suddenly realizing they'd been led into a bad part of town by that nice boy.

A Squeeze stage show from this era was a thing of beauty - an outpouring of sheer energy that almost took the paint of yer teeth with the force of it. I saw them in Nottingham before their fist "hiatus" and they rocked for two hours solid with no pause. When the call for an encore threatened to crack the ceiling plaster Difford trotted back up to the Mike and drawled "Relax, no one's goin' 'ome" and they launched into three more numbers like they were just starting the show. I was gobsmacked as I walked out of the place around midnight, and the next day I bought every album of theirs I could find. (Argybargy is my favorite if you were wondering).

Saw them again at the Nassau Colosseum in '85 I think it was. Jools was back at on piano by then. They were touring Babylon and On, which was wildly popular in the US.

Sandwiched between the UK popularity storm of the Big Three (Cool for Cats, Argybargy and East Side Story) and the US "discovering" Squeeze bigtime in the mid 80s was Sweets From A Stranger. The band, of course, fell apart after the Sweets tour. This invariably happens when bands drive hard into the sun for too long.

Some feel the material is not strong on this album.
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