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While "Three Chords Good" is less aggressive than those early GP & Rumour albums, it is arguably still just as good. They are not trying to sound like they are still in their 20s and early 30s. The sound captured on "Three Chords Good" is of a band in their 60s. That means it's a more reflective and less juiced up sound. But the songs are still extraordinary and the album rocks as much as it needs to. The playing of The Rumour is more subtle than on the early GP albums, but still top notch. These are exceptionally talented musicians and it shows.
The Rumour were one of the great backing bands and what a shame that Graham Parker chose to disengage from them after 1980. While that didn't stop Graham Parker from releasing many great albums in the 3 decades since, it was still a tragic mistake to disassociate from The Rumour. Since The Rumour were arguably one of the great backing bands ever, what came after from Graham Parker could only compare negatively since no matter how good the playing might have been and no matter how great the songs and strong the albums were, the end result could never be quite as brilliantly realized as would have been the case, both live and on record. That's perceptive reality, whether it's justified or not.
Regardless of what might have or could have been, the bottom line is that "Three Chords Good" is a classic Graham Parker and The Rumour album.Read more ›
In recent years, Graham has gravitated toward a more acoustic roots rock sound and this works very well in defining the sound of his solo career. The problem is that Three Chords Good is not a Graham Parker solo album, but rather a reunion album of Graham Parker & The Rumour. The best known member of The Rumour is lead guitarist Brinsley Schwarz, who emerged from what we can only assume was retirement or hiding to be part of this magical reunion. Was Brinsley's talent properly utlized? Give this album a listen and decide for yourself.
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just beautiful parker along with the rumour.. no longer the young angry rockers, but still releventPublished 17 months ago by Ken
I think it's fair to say when word got out that Graham was reuniting with his legendary backing band The Rumour the expectation was for a rocking album. Read morePublished 18 months ago by A Customer
Very nice GP and the Rumor album. I play it all the time. The Chairman still has it. So does the Rumor. Worth the wait.Published 23 months ago by Robert Harris
Like almost all GPs work since the Mona Lisa's Sister this music is very mediocre. Nothing really stands out at all -- it is mostly listenable enough but unfortunately in the end... Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by MJH