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Gratuitous Sax Senseless Violins

Sparks Audio CD
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The artists who would come to be known for posterity as Sparks commenced inventing their often-copied, seldom-equaled brand of music back around 1970, when pop was young and brash and the Southern California airwaves awash with a contingent of post-British invasion inspirations like The Kinks, Barretts Floyd, and The Seeds. The purchase of countless shiny-sleeved ... Read more in Amazon's Sparks Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Jun 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Logic Records
  • ASIN: B000005X9X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Gratuitous Sax0:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. When Do I get to Sing "My Way" 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. (When I Kiss You) I Hear Charlie Parker Playing 5:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Frankly, Scarlett, I Don't Give a Damn 5:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Thought I Told You to Wait in the Car 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil 5:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Now That I Own the BBC 4:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tsui Hark (feat. Tsui Hark & Bill Kong) 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Ghost of Liberace 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Let's Go Surfing 5:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Senseless Violins0:490.99  Buy MP3 


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My GOD this is so so addictively amazing. 25 Jan 2009
By Jon B
Format:Audio CD
I have loved Sparks since the early 70s, but they sort of drifted out of my conciousness somewhere after No.1 in Heaven, until Lil' Beethoven. Having got that, and subsequently the INCREDIBLE Hello Young Lovers (flawless) and the superb Exotic Creatures.... I went in search of those Sparks albums from my "lost years" to see what I could find.
This... THIS album is just stunningly good! I've half a mind to say I actually prefer it to anything else they've done. Better than Propaganda or Hello Young Lovers? Yes, probably.
First listen through I thought... hmmm.... this is quite good. By the third I was addicted. Highlights? Most of it. Frankly Scarlett.... Hear no Evil... I thought I told you.... and When I kiss you.... This is just musical bliss. A GREAT CD for driving in the car.
Ok, so this hasn't been a very coherent review. Sorry. But what I'm trying to express is, if like me you had missed out on this gem, but have liked any of Sparks more recent stuff (or if you are a Pet Shop Boys fan... because you'll LOVE this), then I can recommend this CD. Wholeheartedly. Get it. Fall in love with it.

Warning.... like most Sparks music it will stop you sleeping well.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Return 26 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins (GSASV) was the comeback album of Sparks. Released late 1994, the album had a sound that was close to the pet shop boys ('When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way''), light euro-house ('Now That I Own The BBC'), and surprisingly vigorous house. That I've mentioned house twice already is a good marker of the prevailing sound of GSASV.

Sparks had been out of sorts since 1983's 'Sparks in Outer Space'. The three following 80s albums each suffered from production that was behind the pack. In the 70s the group had been sonically ahead of the pack with 'Kimono My House' and later 'No. 1 in Heaven'. Their passe late 80s sound found them struggling, and held back Mael's great songwriting. GSASV doesn't present a reinvention - as many reviewers have been quick to comment - rather, by using the sound of the early 90s they made their style work again. The use of house rhythms on the harder tracks worked in a more satisfying manner than had been attempted on 1986's misfire 'Music That You Can Dance To'. It helped too that the material was funnier than usual. The lengths of the song titles are jokes in themselves; 'I Thought I Told You To Wait In The Car' and 'Frankly, Scarlett, I Don't Give A Damn' revel in their convoluted mockery.

'When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way'' is the obvious standout, and arguably their best single since 1985's 'Change' or perhaps 1981's 'Funny Face'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome comeback for Sparks. 25 Aug 2009
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Despite being a Sparks fan club member (back in 1975) I have only recently heard this, although I had heard (and bought) the brilliant `...My Way` sigle in 1994. I am no lover of dance music, but this is a fantastic album, there are lots of highlights, no real lowlights. From the Propagandaesque opener, to the amazing `Ghost of Liberace`, Ron and Russ have produced a quality album. `Hear No Evil...` has a bewitchimg, almost oriental melody, you never grow tired of `...Charlie Parker` or `BBC..` with funny, hypnotic tunes. The genesis of Sparks latter albums can be heard on some of the tracks, particularly `I Thought I Told You To Stay In The Car`. Typically brilliant Mael magic.
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