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Sharks


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Product details

  • Audio CD (12 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Talking Elephant
  • ASIN: B0055V0HV6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. world park junkies
2. follow me
3. ol' jelly roll
4. brown eyed boy
5. snakes and swallowtails
6. driving sideways
7. steal away
8. doctor love
9. broke a feeling

Product Description

Product Description

Sharks were a British rock band, formed in November 1972, by the ex-Free bass player, Andy Fraser, upon his departure from Free and guitarist Chris Spedding (Motor Bikin' fame) . They were signed to Island Records, and were rated by critics, especially for Chris Spedding's guitar work. This is the first of three albums recorded by the band and considered to be their best work.

Review

Just done a back to back comparison of songs from this remastered CD with those on the old double First Water/Jab It In Your Eye CD. No contest - the old CD sounds muddy and dull and the new one is clear and reveals subtleties in the instrumentation and vocals that make the music much more dynamic. The Sharks were a fantastic live band, and whilst the two studio CDs didn't really capture all their power, the songs on both have largely stood the test of time and still sound great. --Hulls Angel

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars A rare album re-released. A secret only for the initiated. Shush...dont let everyone know! 14 May 2012 By Harpic Format:Audio CD|Amazon Verified Purchase Snips = this is not a powerful gritty voice, Its a cement mixer going down a gravel path in third gear. Chris Spedding = one of the forgotten gods of the '70's. Thrill to that guitar. Andy Fraser = despite his justified fame with Free, takes a bit of a back seat to the aforementioned. (Sorry Andy...a bit overshadowed here IMHO...but still very, very impressive) The lyrics can be a bit naff (Snips, you tinker! - but we were all young once), but just rock on to this seminal work of the 70's. Its made me so happy being able to hear it again :) Don't just sit and read this comment....buy the CD! You will not be sorry. --Amazon

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars great smokin 70s hard rock 28 Jan 2012 By Edward J. mccarthy Jr. - Published on Amazon.com Format:Audio CD|Amazon Verified Purchase great smokin 70s hard rock, this outfit was short lived but they banged out two great albums, this one here seems to be fans most favorite but i liked jab it in your eye as well, great remastering here with a great booklet, this was a powerhouse band with chris spedding and paul (ex free) both on the axe, great keyboards here to that gave this a good commercial feeling yet a great hard rock sound, i cant say this outfit was ahead of its time but they where more like right on time, just spin this and get two songs in and already you will be able to tell this is a totally mid 70s masterpeice, im not to sure on what the touring situation was behind this band becouse not to long after both these sharks records came out paul would be dead ( rip) but this music sure passed the test of time almost 40 years later!!!!!!!!!!! i think these two seperate issues sound better then the two on one cd issue that came out back in the early/mid 90s but i was dissapointed that there are no bonus tracks included here but then again these guys where probably on a tight budget and may not have extra stuff in the vaults. regardless this great rock masterpiece is hard to compare to anyone else of the time but if you lean more on the hard rock/rockablilly side i think this should suit you well. --Amazon

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. B. Middleton on 16 Feb 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
INTRODUCTION: Sharks' debut First Water is an epic in the same way as say, Chicago's 1st album or Led Zeppelin's 2nd. Like those it's anthemic, inventive, and musically unique, with soft-left agitprop poetically risqué lyrics. First Water, at its launch in '73, was hailed as as a masterpiece by the music press. Later in the year UK critics declared Sharks the best live band on the planet. The following year Sharks released 'Jab It In Yore Eye,' which was a weaker album overall due to lineup changes, but with sublime moments (worth buying for the incredible single "Sophistication" alone). When Sharks were on late night Old Grey Whistle Test in '73 it was a series highlight, a pristine performance I fondly remember. But when only a year later the magical combination known as Sharks had disbanded, critics and fans were stunned, bewildered and hardly able to believe it.
REVIEW: The immediate, confident, proletarian opening track "World Park Junkies" sets a high standard, sounding like one of the greatest singles that never was. Track 2, "Follow Me" has catchy electric piano accompaniment; piano being just one element on a guitar-based AOR album of blues-rock with semi-psychedelic lyrics. "Snakes and Swallowtails, (track 5) is an exciting, full-on, driven track, one to die for, which too, would have made a fine single. Track 7 "Steal Away" (6.13), is a simply exquisite respite track, an incredible masterpiece in its own right. (Sublime vocals, thanks Snips!) Oozing with originality, First Water is that rarity; substantial, without weak tracks or filler; and incredibly entertaining with a strong sense of it's own identity.
Many have tried to describe Snips' vocals and no wonder, they are staggering. Nuanced, deceptively laconic, gravel-perfect authentic blues, confidently delivered.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harpic on 14 May 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Snips = this is not a powerful gritty voice, Its a cement mixer going down a gravel path in third gear.
Chris Spedding = one of the forgotten gods of the '70's. Thrill to that guitar.
Andy Fraser = despite his justified fame with Free, takes a bit of a back seat to the aforementioned. (Sorry Andy...a bit overshadowed here IMHO...but still very, very impressive)
The lyrics can be a bit naff (Snips, you tinker! - but we were all young once), but just rock on to this seminal work of the 70's. Its made me so happy being able to hear it again :)
Don't just sit and read this comment....buy the CD! You will not be sorry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alastair Dumbell on 12 Feb 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This was one of my favorite bands of a distant youth. It is a very evocative sound with strong and economic playing by Chris Spedding and the guys. Snips (Steve Parsons) was one of the best vocalists of that time, and wrote some great lyrics. Prior to the re-issue of this work the pre-owned dual CD was selling for £85 or so so I was not alone with my happy memories after my original vinyls clapped out!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. T. Earle on 22 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
This replacement CD was long awaited for my worn out vinyl original.
Past forays into the purchase of the CD version were found to be on the expensive side, so I was delighted to find this one at an acceptable price.
It was as if I had been transported back into the seventies as it fired up, and the likes of 'Ole jelly roll, and Snakes and swallowtails reminded me of what a very underated band Sharks were.
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