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Graham Parker and the Rumour / Stick to Me Import, Original recording remastered

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Digitally remastered edition of Parker's third full length album for the Mercury label. Includes the hit single "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" (which was later covered by Paul Young), "The New York Shuffle" and the title track. Includes sleeve notes from Parker as well as an expanded booklet and exclusive photos.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 9, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram UK
  • ASIN: B00005LP1G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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While "Stick to Me" is generally considered weaker than Parker's previous 2 albums, it may be more fun than either. STM finds Parker and the Rumour switching between bar band mode and the intensity of the earlier LPs. As far as songs go, there are enough good ones here for STM to hold its own. The standouts from a songwriter perspective are "Thunder and Rain," "Stick to Me" and "Watch the Moon Come Down." "The Raid" and "New York Shuffle" are great songs, too, but show the band's more playful, Chuck Berry side.
In the late 70s Parker and the Rumour were one of the best white R&B bands going, right up there with the Asbury Jukes, and nearly the equal of the 60s Stones. Parker would later slip a little too far into new wavish keyboards and sensitive singer-songwriter territory, but "Stick to Me" represents the hard R&B that personify GP's early efforts. Highly recommended!
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Graham Parker's "Stick to Me" had a troublesome birthing process, with the entire album having to be re-recorded at little expense after the original production fell victim to disintegrating tape stock. Nick Lowe came in at the last moment and produced a quick and dirty version of an album that from all accounts was much more ambitious, arrangement and production-wise.

I always liked this album but it wasn't until seeing half or slightly over half performed live with the Figgs a few years ago that I think I "got it".

"I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" is a perfect cover for Graham, he would have written it eventually had he not been beaten to the punch.

The vinyl originally came with stickers of the cover.
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This was my first exposure to Graham Parker & the Rumour. I picked up the vinyl album in a budget bin during the early 80's. Back then I didn't have much money, and that was the only way I could pick up something I could afford. I took a chance on this album because I had heard of Graham Parker - he had been getting some good press, although I wasn't very clued in to what was going on. I had never heard anything by him and didn't know anything about this album - like all the production difficulties that had doomed the album with the critics and the change in styles from his first two albums. Anyway, with nothing to compare the album to and no preconceived bias, I really liked it, particularly the songs Stick to Me, I'm Gonna Tear Your Play House Down, and Soul on Ice. I actually think the lack of glossy production gives the album a gritty punch. But even though I liked the album, it was a long time before I added anymore Graham Parker to my music collection many years later when I had enough money to buy most anything that I wanted. I ended up buying Squeezing Out Sparks, which is an okay album, but I have to say that I prefer Stick to Me over it. I may pick up Howlin' Wind just to see what his early stuff is like, but really l'm convinced this was his high water mark.
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A flawed album, but at its best this catches Parker and band between their pub-rock roots and their new wave future. The best songs have a hard-charging sweep (title song, the Ann Peebles cover" I'm Going to Tear Your Playhouse Down," "Thunder and Rain"). These and others such as "Clear Head" and "Soul On Ice" are more aggressive than their earlier efforts but without the jumpy staccato attack of SQUEEZING OUT SPARKS. "Watch the Moon Come Down" is an effective ballad, but the two-part "The Heat in Harlem" is a good idea not completely thought out. The peaks far outnumber the valleys.
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Ever since the release of Graham Parker’s “Heat Treatment,” he’s always held a special place in my musical heart. “Stick to Me” is a good effort. Yeah, there are several clunkers but overall, it’s quintessential Parker. The horn section is tight and the hooks are all in the right places. The opener ‘Stick to Me’ has Parker out front delivering searing vocals. Got to love ‘I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down,’ sweet driving bass groove. ‘Soul on Ice’ is another cooker. The band is in fine form on this one as well. I wish this album was more consistent. It could have eclipsed ‘Heat Treatment.’ I read somewhere it was rushed to production to capitalize on the success of ‘Heat Treatment’. Whatever, the songs that are good are worth the price of admission.
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Disappointing after hearing Heat Treatment and of course his master piece Squeezing Out Sparks; I know they had to rerecord their tracks due to technical problems etc etc, but the fire and intensity plus sound just not their.
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I have heard many different albums by Graham Parker, and I bought them because this one is so good. Unfortunately I haven't heard any of them which are as consistently good as "Stick to Me" If you are new to Graham Parker this is the CD I would recommend.
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I first heard Graham Parker by way of Heat Treatment. In some ways this album is better. I remember the original vinyl issue had an insert of stickers. And I remember scoring an extra sealed cutout copy for a buck. (Unfortunately no, I don't still have it). And I also dumbly sold the original issue cd version, which became impossibly rare to find again. Thank goodness for this reissue. I'll be keeping this one a loonng time...
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