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East Side Story [Import]

Squeeze Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (22 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cd Listening Bar Ieg
  • ASIN: B000PSJCZ6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In Quintessence
2. Someone Else's Heart
3. Tempted
4. Piccadilly
5. There's No Tomorrow
6. Heaven
7. Woman's World
8. Is That Love?
9. F-Hole
10. Labelled With Love
11. Someone Else's Bell
12. Mumbo Jumbo
13. Vanity Fair
14. Messed Around

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5.0 out of 5 stars Suburban Bliss 17 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ignore the official reviewer's championing of their hits album. East Side Story is very special. Squeeze had managed to ditch their early pop bombast and sound confidently at ease on this disc. Difford and Tillbrook's songwriting moves to where it's firmest; suburbia. Tiny snapshots of English life, teenage tears, middle-aged angst, old ladies living on memories, fumbling sexual liasons and hard decisions; it's all here. Like country and western but from an objective eye and with strong beaty tunes to back it up. As British as a bus shelter on a wet afternoon but far more enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tempted to but it? You should. 6 Dec 2002
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Lennon and McCartney, John and Taupin, Jagger and Richards... Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook follow in the long line of great English songwriting partnerships. Never was their craft so finely demonstrated than on their 1981 opus "East Side Story". Since 1978 they had released an album a year - the song quality improving each time. Before this was recorded they lost Jools Holland to a TV career but this led to a happy fringe benefit - the arrival of Paul Carrack. It is he who sings the lead on arguably their finest and certainly their most admired song "Tempted". But there is much more to enjoy besides this perfect pop nugget. "Picadilly" evokes the heady evenings around the West End of London including a taxi cab ride through Soho presumably heading back to their native Deptford, "Vanity Fair" contains some of the best lyrical rhymes Difford ever came up with (screw loose - pineapple juice) and "Is This Love" and huge hit "Labelled With Love" are no slouches either. The only (relatively minor) drawback is the presence of the faintly annoying "F-hole". The diamond in this bagful of gems is the brilliant "Woman's World". I am firmly of the opinion that there wasn't a better feminist pop song throughout the 80's.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New to Squeeze? Start With This Album! 29 Mar 2005
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Format:Audio CD
I was turned on by Cool For Cats as a young teenager, catching the very different sound, and the weird modern lyrics.(for early eighties Denmark, this sounded pretty advanced!!)
But if you're looking for a place to start, check out this record.
The smooth sound of Paul Carrack on "Tempted"'s worldclass!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars East is best 22 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
'East Side Story' was a surprise success. Considered by some in 1981 as the best album of that year, albeit against less competition than usual, it ranks as the band's best album. Their moment appeared to have passed, their commercial peak having been 'Cool For Cats.' There had also been two personnel changes, but the important Difford/Tilbrook writing partnership was still intact. Squeeze had fitted neatly into the new wave atmosphere with their Beatle-influenced pop and streetwise Cockney Carry On lyrics. They were able to adapt because of a fashion for retro 1960s pop with a touch of soul, but mostly because they always had good quality songs.

On 'East Side Story' they retained their humorous and melodic elements, while widening the scope of their approach and putting more groove into their music. The revered 'Tempted,' for instance, is a more mature song, not instantly commercial, but one which crawls under your skin with its soulful plod and nerve-probing lyric. 'In Quintessence' sets off like Booker T & The MGs while 'Mess Around' ventures into rockabilly, another revived form of that era. Oddly, the first single and most instant, 'Is That Love,' failed to take the charts by the scruff, but the country ballad, 'Labelled With Love,' did. Elsewhere, the band experiment a little with songs like 'Heaven' and 'There's No Tomorrow,' with an approach reminiscent of XTC. Otherwise, the album is full of bright hooks, especially on 'Piccadilly' and 'Woman's World.' Even the bonuses are worthwhile, ending with the rousing 'Looking For A Love.' This is first class British pop.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably their most complete album 8 Jan 2011
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Had to point out the nonsense by the official review that states Carrack wrote Tempted - utter tosh!!!! You can actually hear Difford/Tilbrooks demo on Eccess Moderation - clearly not as good but most definately written by them. And F-Hole leads into Labelled with Love not Tempted!

That out of the way, In my opinion Squeeze wrote two very "complete" albums This one and "Play". Play was a really great album but released years later when they couldn't get arrested but well worth searching out. This one was released at their peak and contains the hits Tempted, Is That Love and Labelled with Love. This sums up the theme but this is no slushy love theme but a wonderful observation of the frailties of love both lost found and forbidden.

The great crime was this album was released with no lyric sheet as was the previous albums before it. This I cannot understand as the lyrics were fabulous if you could work them out -try keeping up with Piccadily!

Womans World is a real gem with its look at the drudgery faced by all mums that take the role of the housewife.

Vanity Fair -is a beautifuly arranged piece with just an orchestra - perhaps the sequel to She's leaving Home?!

Above all I love the tunes and am a big fan of Tilbrook and his ability to let Diffords words come to life is such a sympathetic and suitable way.

I have to say I miss the character of Jools Holland and the keys definately take a back seat compared to previous albums. Also the production is a little light i would have liked a bit more balls particualrly with the great drumming which is not high enough in the mix.

In summation a good solid album that really sounds like it is an album instead a collection of songs. I personally think Argybargy is the essense of Squeeze but this one is probably a more complete listening experience. Where's the deluxe version though? I would love to hear this remastered properly.
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I love Squeeze, and this album is, quite simply, their best. End of!
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5.0 out of 5 stars eastside story
A sad loss when jools Holland decided to concentrate his career on C4s the tube and started the demise of squeeze
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5.0 out of 5 stars long time...
a long time ago i loaned this album ( in LP form if you please.. ) to an acquaintance &....never saw it again - the album or the acquaintance

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Published 17 months ago by nuno1959
5.0 out of 5 stars Squeeze at their best
What a find and 2 bonus tracks as well!! Love this band and all their music, but this is one of their finest albums for me!
Published 19 months ago by cool4cats
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Another "classic Squeeze album to add to my almost complete Squeeze collection. Such a fantastic live band that translates very well to recording. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Hime Arite
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Brill to listen to them again....arrived very quickly and was in excellent condition...and i'll be looking for more to buy.... they are still as good now...
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