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Graham Parker And The Rumour Live At Rockpalast 1978 + 1980 [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Graham Parker, The Rumour
  • Directors: Christian Wagner
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Made in Germany Music
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar. 2005
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,819 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Graham Parker (born November 18th 1950 in London) has held onto his reputation as one of the most important singer-songwriters for more than 25 years. Two of his albums are listed in the Rolling Stone -magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ( Squeezing Out Sparks and Howlin Wind ). With his raspy soulful-punk voice Parker added his own touch to the optimistic spirit in the U.K. of the early 1970s and brought to bear his musical influences: Rock, R&B, Soul and Country (after he had heard Neil Young's Harvest and songs like Sweet Virginia and Dead Flowers by The Rolling Stones). Together with the Rumour a fusion of young musicians from the English roots-bands of the time like Brinsley Schwartz Graham Parker gave two shows at the Rockpalast. This CD-Set presents both concerts: The first from 1978 at the WDR-Studio, where The Rumour was backed up by a horn section, using the same type of band as on Heat Treatment (released in 1976, following on the heels of their debut album Howlin Wind , produced by Nick Lowe). Graham Parker's second appearance was at the Grugahalle Essen in 1980, where he opened the 7th Rockpalast Night. The compete concert (broadcast on ARD-TV in Germany and over the Eurovision Network throughout Europe) ,not only presented the talents of Graham Parker And The Rumour, but also included The Police and Jack Bruce & Friends. For the first time the BBC was there to record the concert. A sensation for the Rockpalast, but frustration for Graham Parker: The Beeb aired only part of the concert, but they were only interested in the superstars like The Police. Graham Parker's commnts about this can be found in his interview included on this DVD. The Grugahalle concert also had a celebrity: Instead of keyboardist Bob Andrews, who played in the WDR-Studio concert, Nicky Hopkins sat at the Piano (formerly a member of The Jeff Beck Group, Quicksilver Messenger and The Steve Miller Band, as well as a sideman in numerous recordings for other famous groups such as The Beatles or The Rolling Stones). The concert revolved around the songs on the just-released album The Up Escalator (1980), which was to be the final album that Graham Parker and The Rumour would release together. Peter Rüchel, Rockpalast.Disc: 1 1. Stupefaction 2. No Holding Back 3. Julie, Julie 4. Love Without Greed 5. Discovering Japan 6. Passion Is No Ordinary Word 7. Howlin Wind 8. Thunder And Rain 9. Maneuvers 10. Don't Get Exited 11. The Beating Of Another Heart 12. Empty Lives 13. Devil's Sidewalk 14. Endless Night 15. (Can't Get No) Protection 16. Nobody Hurts You 17. Hey Lord, Don't Ask Me Questions 18. Tripe Face Boogie 19. Soul Shoes(all from Grugahalle Essen Germany, October 16th 1980) Disc: 2 1. Heat Treatment 2. White Honey 3. Soul On Ice 4. Back To Schooldays 5. Fool's Gold 6. Heat In Harlem 7. Watch The Moon Come Down 8. Thunder And Rain 9. Stick To Me 10. I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down 11. Don't Ask Me Questions 12. Not If It Pleases Me 13. The New York Shuffle 14. Soul Shoes 15. Hold Back The Night(all from WDR Studio, Cologne , January 23rd 1978)

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. C. Anthony on 3 Jun. 2013
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Not heard of GP until I watched a recent programme on BBC4 that really interested me as someone who was never into "punk". Not as heavy as Sex Pistols & the like - more of the Elvis Costello but GP was there before any of them. The band suffered from not having recording exposure because they were so good live they were always touring & "missed the boat" with record deals.

This live recording proves that they were amongst the best if not the best.
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You've Got to Be Kidding 31 Oct. 2012
By The Whistler - Published on
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This 2DVD set is an absolute dream for the hearty GP&tR fan. 2 concerts. 1978. 1980. Simple. The first, thank God, was GP&tR captured in early 1978 supporting their Stick to Me LP. This footage is incredible. Accompanied by a 4 piece brass section, the performance is simply jaw dropping. A/V quality is amazing for its age. The 1980 concert is the band, sans brass, supporting the Up Escalator LP.....awesome! Overall the quality of the packaging, liner notes, A/V is excellent! Well done Rockpalast for showing off one the great and most criminally underrated songwriters/bands of all time...Highly recommended!!
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Great quality, great performances 13 Jan. 2013
By Jeffrey Band - Published on
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Great quality video and audio of Graham Parker & The Rumour in their prime. I've been a fan since the late 70's and this set is totally worth a purchase.
This Is The One 11 Oct. 2014
By ClwydJ - Published on
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GP used to be a party favourite of the old gang, The Up Escalator & Squeezing Out Sparks got played to death. Bellowing out Discovering Japan with all your inebriated buddies is the stuff memories are made of. Looking to touch bases with GP again I picked up his Live At The FTC dvd, & while I enjoyed it it left me hungry for the younger, angrier GP. And here we have him. The first concert predates the above mentioned albums, but the second concert is the one I was looking to find! All those great songs I remember coming to life again, live, straight from 1980. Good stuff... no, great stuff! It's a wonderful snapshot of GP in his prime, & this will be my go-to concert when I feel the GP urge.
Five Stars 31 Dec. 2014
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Graham at his musical best. 6 May 2013
By Denver Music Fan - Published on
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Better than the stuff that he puts out now, and free of all the political BS that we now have to endure from artists of his ilk.
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