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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,386 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 By Duncan Say on 11 April 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Devon Geezer on 16 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
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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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 stand-outs.

Squeeze have toned down the production on this album, letting their musicianship shine through - especially, perhaps, that of Jools Holland, his last outing (to date) with the band. In fact, in many ways, this is Jools' Squeeze album, his piano contributions giving unmistakeable, idiosyncratic character to the melodies provided by Glenn Tilbrook. It sounds, in places, as though it was Jools Holland's piano influence that shaped a lot of the melodies here.

There isn't a single poor song on this album. But while there's a whole lot of good songs here, and although the band do what they do best throughout the album - that is, perform as an ensemble, playing their pants off, with harmonies, cross-singing and important contributions all round - there aren't actually any tracks you could pick out as highlights of their long musical career. I do think that this album holds together as coherent piece, and they're clearly enjoying themselves here, but it sounds somehow empty. I get the feeling that a touch more production wouldn't have done Frank any harm at all.

I've bought Frank twice now - once when it first came out on wax cylinder, and then the CD version. I occasionally play it, but it's never the first one I go to when I fancy a bit of Squeeze. A friend of mine told me, years ago, "Oh, you like Squeeze? I have one of their albums - Frank", and I felt a little worried that he wouldn't rate the band as highly as I thought (and still think) they deserved.

If you're looking for Jools Holland before his current incarnation, this is a fine place to start your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2013
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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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