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FRANK

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
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B002P3HXFK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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TRACKS ARE .. FRANK / IF IT'S LOVE / PEYTON PLACE / ROSE I SAID / SLAUGHTERED GUTTED & HEARTBROKEN / THE LAST TIME / SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO SHAVE / LOVE CIRCLES / MELODY MOTEL / CAN OF WORMS / DR. JAZZ / IS T TOO LATE

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frankly, it doesn't get much better than this... 11 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
Now I love Squeeze and although I always liked their singles it wasn't until a friend lent me their early album releases that I really began to appreciate them. In the late eighties I eagerly awaited their reformation for the disappointing Cosi Fan Tuti but as their albums continued to flow they gradually got better.

Frank is one of those forgotten albums from those days. The singles that came from it are not fondly remembered and its songs don't generally litter the numerous compilation albums that you can buy, but, well but, the first side of the original vinyl is just the most powerful Squeeze studio performance. From "Is it love", through "Peyton Place", "Rose I Said" and onto the sublime "Slaughtered, Gutted and Heartbroken" you are put through all loves' drama and tragedy in less then fifteen minutes.

And there's more. The second side has the psychaedelic feel of "Love Circles" and followed by the tragedy of "Melody Motel" and then there is (in my view) the most perfect Squeeze song of all time. "Can of Worms", amazing lyrics as the complexities of modern family life are dissected and laid bare.Jools has his moment in the sun with a fantastic slice of boogie "Dr Jazz" and the vinyl album finished with another boogie number "It's too late".

The old Side two is patchier than Side one but it has (for me) the stand-out track of the album.

The expanded material here is interesting because it was either extremely rare, being b-sides of singles than sold badly or was never released. They manage to keep the boogie feel going with "Red Light", "Frank"s Bag" is about as raucous an instrumental that Squeeze have produced especially with Jools starting things off with "nice Piano intro, rip the a*** off it".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bona Fide Squeeze cracker! 16 Sep 2008
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Definitely one of my all time favourite Squeeze albums - often overlooked, it's a real cracker packed with melodious gems and Chris Difford's lyrics have never been more acutely observant and incisive....and downright brilliant! From the ashes of a doomed extra-marital affair (Rose I Said) to being joyously & newly loved-up (This Could Be The Last Time) to observing the daily realities of a modern relationship (Can Of Worms). Add to that the sheer joy of Glenn Tilbrook's melodies being at their catchy best (If It's Love, Peyton Place, She Doesn't Have To Shave, Is It Too Late, Melody Motel......all excellent). A definate bona-fide Squeeze cracker!
Jool Holland makes a welcome return to the band on this album - and boy, he's on top form here! Listen out for the sublime piano solo on Peyton Place or Jools' catchy sing-a-long vocals on Dr. Jazz. Fantastic stuff.
Also included on this remastered reissue are some great bonus tracks & b-sides: Who's That and Red Light being two stand out tracks.
Essentially, to these ears, this album sounds like the band having FUN again - and it shows in the resulting superb musicianship on show here... top notch.

If you're new to Squeeze and don't already own this album, trust me, you can't go far wrong with this album. Give it a go, you won't be disappointed...!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frankly, it's fantastic! 22 July 2013
By A. Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Bit of a curious one, this album. It sold relatively poorly, leading to A&M dropping them from the label and yet it received quite a lot of critical acclaim at the time and, to me, it's one of their underrated gems. I bought it back in 2008, just after the remastered and expanded version was released on CD and so have an extra eight tracks in addition to the original album. The songs are really very strong, as both master wordsmith Difford and musical maestro Tilbrook are in great form. It was also piano and keyboard virtuoso Jools Holland's last studio album with the band, bringing his second stint to a close on a very positive note. The singles, "If It's Love" and "Love Circles" are excellent, the former having some very funny, touching lyrics about the giddiness of new love, backed by an upbeat, melodic, inventive piece of music, the latter being a beautifully bittersweet song about falling in and out of love and the regrets afterwards. In my opinion, it's one of their most overlooked songs, possibly because it's a Chris Difford vocal and has quite an understated feel to it, but it really is a very emotive and powerful composition.

Now, if this album was all about the singles and was full of filler, I could understand it being a commercial flop, but it's actually a superb album from start to finish. There are some songs that probably should have been singles ("Melody Motel" is one that springs immediately to mind) and it's brilliantly produced, with a very strong sound, leaving the softer synth sounds of the eighties well and truly behind. There are so many brilliant songs on "Frank".
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Squeeze tortoise 14 Oct 2012
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Of course, the above pun only works if you pronounce it like "tortus" rather than
"tortoyz", but that`s beside the point. The point is, this is another wonderful album by the wonderful Squeeze, a band in a million.
It begins with some jaunty banter from "new" member Jools, Prince of Holland. After this fol-de-rol the real matter in hand gets under way, to wit: witty, intelligent, joyous, varied songs by the greatest pop/rock group since the Beatles.
Unlike, say, East Side Story, this isn`t a parade of "Greatest Hits", but it is packed with marvellous songs, mostly sung by Wonderboy himself, the thrillingly talented Glenn Tilbrook, though Jools shines on one of the excellent Extras, the bluesy Good Times Bring Me Down. Never heard him sing so well.
They had something to prove on Frank, and whatever it was, they proved it and then some. What sets Squeeze apart - apart from their all-round exceptional brilliance, that is - is their mixing of a sixties pop sensibility with a kind of "controlled shambles" typical of seventies pub-rock, the milieu from which they sprang. They seldom lost that sense of the sheer pleasure of writing memorable songs and making exultant music. Whenever they got too slick - on a couple of albums - they returned to the source.
Chris Difford, lyricist of the gods, sings the downbeat Slaughtered, Gutted And Heartbroken:

And oh my dear, I find myself
a stitch short of a tapestry

Words like that appear to flow from diffident Difford like honey from a hive. Think of all the great and good Squeeze songs and their scintillating lyrics. We have St Christopher to thank for them, or at least most of them. The man is close to being a genius. Glenn & Chris, two near-geniuses in one band!
Enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let me be Frank...
This 1989 album followed on from 'Babylon and On' which gave Squeeze great chart success in the UK and the US. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2010 by Hannah Stringfellow
4.0 out of 5 stars Jools among tortoises
This album gets a four-star rating because of all the hard work that's been put into it, including the bonus tracks, of which "Who's That" and "Good Times" are the obvious... Read more
Published on 13 April 2009 by Mr. M. Bloomfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank is available again - at last
A great return to basics after the excesses of the mid 80's. This album is intimate, vibrant and thrilling. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2009 by Laurent
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost masterpiece
Their finest hour by miles. I once tried to impress a female Squeeze fan with my knowledge of this lost masterpiece. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2008 by Mr. A. Curragh
3.0 out of 5 stars LISTEN OR THE TORTOISE GETS IT !
Frank was Squeeze's 1989 low key follow up the big selling Babylon and on album and as such hopes were high for another hit record. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2008 by Mr. Christopher J. Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars To Be Frank
Whilst it is understandable that people are suspicious of reissued albums, i believe that this album and the rest of the Squeeze back catalogue are well worth shelling out... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2007 by N. G. Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait....
I had a tape cassette of this album, and I wore it out. I have every other Squeeze release on CD, and I cannot WAIT for this to come out so I can add it to the pile. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2007 by Jollification
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