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Propaganda [Extra tracks]

Sparks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Island Masters
  • ASIN: B00000740H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Propaganda0:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. At Home At Work At Play 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Reinforcements 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. B.C. 2:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Thanks But No Thanks 4:150.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Don't Leave Me Alone With Her 3:020.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth 2:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Something For The Girl With Everything 2:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Achoo 3:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Who Don't Like Kids 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bon Voyage 4:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Alabamy Right 2:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Marry Me 2:460.99  Buy MP3 

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Ah, the eternal problem of how to follow up the overnight success. It's often the case that groups change their sound and image to keep up the commercial winning streak once they hit the big time, often at the expense of their original appeal. Sparks, however, are a law unto themselves. Whatever acclaim was brought by Kimono My House appears to have been ignored by the Mael brothers, who instead solidified the style of demented, sinister pop songs that the band pioneered.

In this case, Ron Mael's eye for lyrical detail, welded to an off-kilter tune, makes for a unique offering. Who else could write the utterly sincere "Bon Voyage", sung from the viewpoint of the animals that didn't get onto Noah's Ark? Also apparent is an early indication of Sparks' reluctance to be pigeonholed as a guitar band; the opening title track is an acapella offering, while the jazzy flourishes that colour the following album Indiscreet make their appearances on nearly every track. Sure, they still rock out, especially on "At Home, At Work, At Play" and "Something for the Girl with Everything", but the detail beneath the surface shows Sparks' unique gift for the darkly humourous. Highly recommended. --Thom Allott

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my whole perception on music 3 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A fantastic album! This is the first Sparks album I bought and it changed my whole view on music on the first listen and even after playing it several times it doesn't tire on me. It is totally original, bold, quirky arty rock that jumps out the stereo. On the first few seconds of the title track/opener I thought 'wow'. This is the lesser known follow up to the legendary 'Kimono My House' (which also has a great opening) and was amazingly released in the same year, 1974. Sparks were, then, extraordinarily creative and prolific and this release is just as good as its predecessor, if not (dare I say it) better. The songs gel together better and there are no duffers on the original album (Sorry, I can't comment on the 2 bonus tracks as I've not got that version but if they're half as good as the ones on Kimono then they're a good listen). The next album, Indescreet, seems lame in comparison as it does not have the 'wow factor'. The singles are the gorgeous 'Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth' and the operatic 'Something for the Girl with Everything'. Great songs, though not as successful as the singles from Kimono which is why the album's not so well known. When I got the album, I did not know anything about it or Sparks, other than that they were influential on a lot of 80s artists. I guessed that the singles were the operner 'Propoganda/At Home, At Work, At Play' (1 minute Acappella stunner followed by New Wave rock) and the Rocky Horror-like 'Don't leave me alone with her'. These could have been hits. If you write the musical notes down to many songs you'd find that the compositions are almost classical in nature whereas the sound is very rocky -like New Wave music five years ahead of its time - what a combination! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reissue of Sparks second classic from 1974... 17 Oct 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Obviously `Kimono My House' (released the same year as this album) is an accepted classic album, but perhaps this 21st Century Editions reissue programme will remind people there is another classic: `Propaganda.'

The original 11-track album is present and correct, the Mael brothers joined by Dinky Diamond, T White, Ian Hampton, Adrian Fisher, and producer Muff Winwood - like `Kimono' this album fits well alongside the stuff they called glam rock: Aladdin-Bowie, T-Rex, The Sweet, The Rubettes, Roxy Music, Sailor, the Glitter act we don't talk about now etc. Having the pleasure of seeing Sparks on their latest tour, it was notable that after their latest `Hello Young Lovers' (played in its entirety), it was `Propaganda' that got the biggest airing with storming versions of `Achoo', `Something for the Girl with Everything', `Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth' & `At Home At Work At Play' (...or perhaps I have the wrong song for the start of the encore?).

`Propaganda' is very much a relative of `Kimono', a magnificent blend of pop and pomp, glam and prog...the stuff that Billy Mackenzie later tagged popera maybe? `Propaganda' is one of their classic albums closest to `Kimono' - `Number One in Heaven' (reissue! Expand! Etc!) a far more electronic wonder, while the recent `Lil' Beethoven' and `Hello Young Lovers' are much more modern (& great!). The album is packed full of highlights, but the ones I like the best are the dramatic `At Home....', the hilarious `Don't Leave Me Alone with Her', the euphoric `Something for the Girl with Everything' (which I'd take over `This Town...! & was memorably re-recorded by Sparks & Faith No More on their `Plagiarism' album), and the catchy art rock of `Achoo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one CD.... 23 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you only buy one CD this year - get Indiscreet! It's awsome! But after that - get this one - 99% as good! Unfortuneately I'm old enough to remember Sparks the first time around - I loved them then - I adore them now! There are few words good enough to describe how wonderful this CD is - it's a work of art! The opening track, which blends seemlessly into the second, sends shivers down your spine. then you are launched into an hour's journey of what pop is all about - variety, imagination (like few others) and tunes to die for! You will NEVER get tired of listening to this - the only thing worth interupting it for is another brilliant Sparks CD. Puts 'modern' artists to shame! Enjoy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparks Twin Peaks...Part 2 16 Feb 2006
By not_a_real_folkie VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Along with 'Kimono', this album represents the point where the Mael Bros' curiously anglo-centric pop reached its zenith. In many ways it's more consistent than Kimono, with some truly superb songs. "ABC" has machine-gun delivery from Russell Mael disguising some truly witty lyrics and a tremendous melody. "At Home..." is similarly quick-fire and almost obscenely tuneful. "Don't Leave Me Alone with Her" tells the knowing tale of a bloke being cornered by a girl who's head-over-heels for him, but he doesn't feel the same. "Thanks But No Thanks" features Sparks' possibly most graceful band arrangement, with feathery acoustic guitar underpinning the marvellous one-note guitar solo on the outro. "Never Turn Your Back..." is an acknowledged classic that sounds as if it has always existed; the first time I heard the album I checked to see that it wasn't a cover version!
Good production (Muff Winwood, as 'Kimono'), punchy melodic songs and barbed, witty lyrics. Could they do no wrong...? Just give them a couple of years (!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars How often can you play an album through from start to finish without...
The perfect companion piece to Kimono My House, perhaps a little less immediate but no understatement to say this album is a masterpiece. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Q Quarters
5.0 out of 5 stars She's spewing out her propaganda
In following up the huge success of Kimono My House, it was business as usual for Sparks. A mere 6 months later came Propaganda - an album that retained the sound and aesthetic of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars PROPAGANDA
Published 7 months ago by Philip Rafferty
4.0 out of 5 stars Sparky
Overall, a great listen with classics like Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth sounding better than I remembered. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mattydor
4.0 out of 5 stars Progaganda
This was to replace my vinyl copy of this album. Still sounds good to me but I prefer Kimono My House.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs V Alderman
3.0 out of 5 stars Mermory plays tricks !
My memory is playing tricks with me ! Very dated and no 'stand out ' songs. Listened to it once. That's enough.
Published 16 months ago by Glenn Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Propaganda
What do Soft Cell,Erasure and The Pet Shop Boys all have in common?(apart from the obvious).
I'll give you a clue. Read more
Published 22 months ago by BIG T
5.0 out of 5 stars Spark Who else ?
Yet another bundle of there brilliance all neatly packaged up into a brillant cd .The amasing writing skills and musical genius of these brothers is a good example of how diverse... Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2010 by C. Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it or love it,
there's no more options with this album. A description? Surrealistic Mottown-flavoured glam delirium. Buy this one now, and better before "Kimono my house".
Published on 23 May 2009 by Trebla777
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Bon Voyage' indeed!!!
As great an album as it's predecessor (Kimono ...) undoubtedly is, Propaganda outshines it - and some. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2008 by UFC Mark
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