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Graham ParkerAudio CD
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For over 30 years, Graham Parker has been slinging a signature sound across continents and airwaves that has rightly earned him a spot in the pantheon of truly original and influential figures in rock and roll. Since his early days with his band the Rumour (with whom he has two albums in Rolling Stone’s “Top 100 Albums of All Time”), Graham has coupled punk’s energy ... Read more in Amazon's Graham Parker Store

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  • Audio CD (March 9, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • ASIN: B0001CCWX0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Personnel: Graham Parker (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, harmonica); Lucinda Williams (vocals); Ben Peeler, John Would (lap steel guitar); Tom Freund (melodica, keyboards, acoustic & electric basses, background vocals); Don Heffington (jews harp, drums, percussion). Recorded at Stanley Recording Studios, Venice, California.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortably Americana May 1, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I must confess that I was not much of a Graham Parker fan until I purchased a copy of A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd and heard his incredibly stark and haunting version of Comfortably Numb. At that point, I had to learn more. The earlier stuff rocks -- this guy dances circles around Elvis Costello. But Your Country provided an even more profound surprise. Brit Pub Rocker Graham Parker has mastered . . . AMERICANA? It's true and Lucinda Williams is there to provide her stamp of approval on Cruel Lips. Your Country features a first rate, crack band and warm, inviting production values from John Would and Stanely Recordings (Check out Would's band Yortoise "I Love You to Death" if you get a chance). In addition to brilliant songwriting, its obvious that Graham can more than carry off all musicianship required by Your Country. But add in a superior player like Tom Freund and you get something pretty close to an all time classic. All I can say is purchase and enjoy -- I did!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best just keeps getting better March 10, 2004
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Graham put out his best album ever last time with Deepcut to Nowhere. Great grooves, great hooks, superb lyrics. This one doesn't miss a beat. Ironically, Lucinda Williams sings on Cruel Lips-Ironic in the sense that all great musicians from her to Springsteen to Dylan think Graham is a genius songwriter.
There's something to a country tinge to many of the songs-especially the first three, but many of the songs groove to that trademark, hook-laden, rock and roll Graham has honed and perfected over the years. Fair Ground is one of the greatest songs he has ever written and pretty much puts into one song where the great Mr. Parker is at this point in his career. A great point, by the way.
To get excited by a release from an artist who has delivered so much in almost the last 30 years is one thing, but to have an artist doing his best stuff after 30 years is something rivaling the devine.
If you haven't yet discovered the greatness in Graham Parker, first, shame on you, second, start with Deepcut to Nowhere and then snatch up Your Country.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must own for even a casual parker fan April 2, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
parker has been hit or miss his whole career, but when he hits, as in the case of "squeezing out sparks", "mona lisa's sister" and "struck by lightning", he's as good as anyone out there. this is his best since "struck by lightning" for sure (although "burning questions" is pretty great too). not a weak track to be found here, and several of them, most notably "the rest is history", "nation of shopkeepers", and "fairground", rate among parker's best ever. if you're even enough of a fan to read this review, you need to own this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GP comes out as a winner again March 11, 2004
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It is quite interesting that people who are not into Graham Parker tend to think that he always sounds the same. On the contrary we who are into GP knows that he is very diverse, he can deliver a slow and touching ballad with the same grace as he can deliver a hard rocking R'n'B number. Through all his music you still can find some trademark criterias. Well-crafted and melodic melodies - very often with a memorable hook, sharp and clever lyrics and that rich and emotional rasp vocal (which the fans adore and many others really dislike).
This time it is time for GP to conquer the country genre. It is absolutely no new area for him, but never before has he done it so consequently in one and the same album. And once again he comes out as a winner. Your Country is a rootsy album filled with traditional American music with a GP twist to them. The band is very groovy and tight and there is a clear album feel to the record, not only a batch of songs put together. Add to this that the whole album overall is very good recorded HiFi-wise and you realize that you have to get this one.
Let's go through the album song by song:
1. Anything for a laugh (8/10) - The album starter sets the country mode right away. Stripped down arrangement and a good lyric. It first reminded me of "Christmas is for mugs" from GPs "Christmas Cracker" but this one is better. One of many songs on the album that need several listens to shine.
2. The rest is history(10/10) - A fantastic song which makes me think of Bob Dylan. It is country flavoured but more GP than country to my ears. I love the energy and melody in the latter part of the verses and I love the laidback chorus. Nice backing vocal too.
3. Cruel lips (8/10) - a genuine country ballad with Lucinda Williams on backing vocals.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIVERSE AND CAPTIVATING CD April 7, 2004
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This gentleman gets better with age. A wonderful collection of songs, with as always, intelligent and interesting lyrics. Very tight band and excellent sound quality. Clearly by a craftsman who takes pride in the total package. Thank you Mr. Parker!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He does it again August 4, 2004
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I was a big GP fan back in the early days, but like a lot of people, I started to lose interest around the time of Another Grey Area and The Real Macaw. I totally lost track of him for twenty years, until 2003, when I got a bug to hear Life Gets Better Yet again. I ordered the Master Hits CD from Amazon, and then found a Best of..at the library. I was hooked all over again. I've obtained every GP album out there within the last year, and have obsessively listned to them all. I wonder what in the world I was thinking when I "lost interest." Your Country fits smoothly into his ouevre. Although there were a few songs on last year's Deepcut to Nowhere that I like better, this is overall the stronger collection, one of his best. (As an aside, one album that doesn't get any attention on Amazon is Loose Monkeys, which is only available from Razor & Tie. It's a collection of great songs that never made it onto albums. Give it a try, too.)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Bad
Agree with Thomas that this and Human Soul are Graham's two worst albums (along with Buring Questions which is probably his very worst). Read more
Published 1 month ago by MJH
4.0 out of 5 stars A superior recording
'Your Country' is not a country music album! I don't care if Lucinda Willimas does sing on it; nor do I care that it was released Chicago-based Bloodshot Records, an outfit known... Read more
Published on October 12, 2007 by Jersey Kid
5.0 out of 5 stars A new twist from an old master
Have most of his (and the Rumour by themselves) early albums, and think they are great. This is as good, or better than any of the early work! Read more
Published on August 10, 2006 by J. Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Graham Parker, Countrified
This was a bit of a departure, or so I thought when I picked up "Your Country." Used to Parker's hard-hitting, acidic vocal and writing style, I was surprised to hear an almost... Read more
Published on November 9, 2005 by tgfabthunderbird
4.0 out of 5 stars It Pleases Me
Definitely GP's best in awhile - to me. It's not like "Acid Bubblegum" and it is like "Struck by Lightning" (though less sentimental than the latter). Read more
Published on November 3, 2004 by foundpoem
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Return to Form
I loved GPs early stuff through The Real McCaw. His later stuff has been inconsistent with a few gems (Struck By Lightning / Mona Lisa's Sister). Read more
Published on July 7, 2004 by Michael J. Holland
3.0 out of 5 stars Pop, Rock, Country and Soul for Grown-ups
This is not a groundbreaking, earthshaking, gimmicky CD ... just a cohesive, engaging, satisfying release by an old pro who still has something to say. Read more
Published on May 10, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant album by Graham Parker
Beginning with his debut album in 1976, Graham Parker has been among the most consistently great solo artists there has ever been. Read more
Published on March 29, 2004 by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Parker goes Americana
Some of Parker's output in the '80's and '90's has suffered from a blandness in musicianship and production, almost as if Parker were still fervently attempting to remove himself... Read more
Published on March 28, 2004 by Alan Zucker
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