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New Music For Amnesiacs - The Essential Collection [Double CD]

Sparks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Lil Beethoven Records
  • ASIN: B00FL4D49O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,964 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Wonder Girl
2. Girl From Germany
3. This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us
4. Amateur Hour
5. Propaganda
6. At Home, At Work, At Play
7. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
8. Something For The Girl With Everything
9. Looks, Looks,looks
10. Get In The Swing
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Cool Places
2. Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat
3. Music That You Can Dance To
4. Change
5. Singing in the Shower
6. So Important
7. National Crime Awareness Week
8. When Do I Get to Sing 'My Way'
9. (When I Kiss You) I Hear Charlie Parker Playing
10. Something for the Girl With Everything (With Faith No More)
See all 18 tracks on this disc

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Following the release of their boxset Sparks: New Music For Amnesiacs, The Ultimate Collection, Sparks now release a condensed 2 CD selection spanning their 40+ year career entitled Sparks: New Music For Amnesiacs, The Essential Collection. One of the most influential bands in pop, Sparks have been at the forefront of music from the glam rock of the 70s, their reinvention as an electronic pop duo when collaborating with Giorgio Moroder, through to their most recent chamber rock/pop. Their frequently changing styles and visual presentations have kept them on the cutting edge of modern artful pop music. Ron and Russell Mael are held in esteem by such bands and performers as Morrissey, MGMT, Sonic Youth, Arcade Fire, Bjork and Depeche Mode all of whom have cited Sparks as a major influence. Starting with their first album, originally released under the band's former name 'Halfnelson', and concluding with tracks from 2008's Exotic Creatures Of The Deep, these 40 songs provide the perfect introduction to this extraordinary band's career.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparks Fly 12 Dec 2013
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Sparks have since their birth evolved through the musical cosmos as one of the most creative and influential bands ever to exist. Constantly re-inventing themselves whilst never losing their focus or sense of humour they have provided 40 years of pure pleasure.

Thank you & keep flying high.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally... The "Best Of" they Deserve! 2 Dec 2013
There are a few compilations of the Mael brothers' work on the market but none has ever seemed to have tried too hard to cover their entire career, seemingly focussing either on the early 70's glam-inspired era or the later more electronic pop excursions. This one covers both of these eras extensively, also adding the best stuff from their patchy 80's phase, 90's rebirth and what I believe to be their most exciting and entertaining work in the last 10 years or so.
It's a gripping journey which can seem quite overwhelming in it's scope and variety but it's all inescapably Sparks. Listen to the brief title track from 1974's "Propaganda" and then 2006's "Dick Around" and they could be off the same album.
There isn't a bad track on here - thoroughly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant collection 30 Jan 2014
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Of course I'm going to rate this high because it's a brilliant collection – that's why I bought it. :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must 8 Jan 2014
By barf
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Great great great music from the best brothers in music. A must for any music fan of any age. Great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 6 Jan 2014
By pw
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Great compilation from one of the most influential bands in pop history. Sparks have influenced so many bands from the Pet Shop Boys to the Killers. Buy this cd and you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This double cd compo is big enough ! 25 Aug 2014
By Dave C
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As another reviewer states,this could have been a triple cd . However this double cd has 40 songs spanning the Mael bros career,and in my opinion there are only 2 songs that I am not keen on . Some of the songs here were new to me,a long standing Sparks fan. Anybody needing an introduction to Sparks and is considering a compilation should get THIS one,as it's comprehensive and omits a few of the singles which in my opinion were a little irritating. Clearly the songs included here have been wisely chosen !
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of songs 30 May 2014
By ChrisR
I've always had a mixed relationship with the music of Sparks, not quite 'into' them enough to call myself a dedicated fan, although I loved their two best known singles from the late seventies, I never invested my money in any of their albums until Gratuitous Sax when Simon Mayo plugged it to death on his Radio One Breakfast Show. It was the beginning of a new era for Sparks, and I've pretty much been onboard ever since then. My next purchase was Plagiarism, so most of the songs on this album of reinvented old material were the first time that I'd ever heard them, and right up until the release of this compilation i'm reviewing here, they were still the only time I'd ever heard them. So to hear those 'plagiarised' songs in their original format came as a very pleasant surprise to me when I discovered that the original versions sounded a lot better than the newer versions. I have to say that the whole two cd's have exceeded my expectations. Although I really like a lot of Sparks' material, I also find a lot of it, well..... boring! (sorry that's my personal opinion) I do lean more towards the rock genre, so the 'pop' aspect of Sparks (especially the earlier stuff) doesn't appeal to me as much. But I'm so glad I bought this compilation as there is not a single track on there that I don't like, even the more 'pop' oriented tracks have elements of rock enough to keep me interested, and many of the earlier period songs on here are pure rock. It really goes to show how diverse their music is, covering a wide range of genres (pop, rock, orchestral etc), there really is something for everyone to enjoy on these two cd's. I highly recommend it. I just edited to add that I was a bit disappointed with the sleeve notes. I thought a career spanning 40 years would have been worthy of something a bit more special than the 6 page booklet included in the sleeve.
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