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Shortcuts: The 7 inch Mixes[1979-1984] [Double CD]

Sparks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Repertoire Recs
  • ASIN: B008EK5LX4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tryouts For The Human Race - Single A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 289,1979
2. The Number One Song In Heaven - Single A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 244,1979
3. La Dolce Vita - Single A-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 100294,1979
4. Beat The Clock (3 48 version) - Single A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 270,1979
5. Young Girls -Single A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 343,1980
6. When I'm With You - Single A-side, (UK) Virgin VS 319,1980
7. Rock n Roll People In A Disco World - Single B-side (France), Underdog 49705,1980
8. Funny Face - Single A-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 102744,1981
9. Tips For Teens - Single A-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 103279, 1981
10. I Predict - Single A-side, (UK) Atlantic K 11740,1982
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Disc: 2
1. Please, Baby, Please - Single A-side, (France) Carrere 13287,1983
2. With All My Might - Single A-side, (France) Underdog 13573,1984
3. Pretending To Be Drunk - Single A-side, (USA) Atlantic 789616,1984
4. My Other Voice - Single B-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 100294, 1979
5. Just Because You Love Me - Single B-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 101999,1980
6. When I'm With You (Instrumental) - Single B-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 101230,1980
7. Wacky Women - Single B-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 103279, 1981
8. Don't Shoot Me - Single B-side, (Germany) Oasis / Ariola 102744, 1981
9. Moustache - Single B-side, (UK) Atlantic K 11740,1982
10. Nicotina - Single B-side, (Germany) Metronome 0030564, 1982
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Product Description

Since they emerged into the mainstream in 1974, Sparks brothers Ron and Russell Mael have endeared themselves to successive generations of fans with their wry humour, offbeat quirkiness and lyrical and musical inventiveness. This compilation picks up the story in 1979, when Sparks commenced a renewed assault on European chartdom, with Giorgio Moroder - the Italian-born producer who, with Pete Bellotte, had turned Donna Summer into a disco megastar. It charts a particularly fertile period in a long career. A & B-sides of all the period singles are included, as it runs from early hits like Beat The Clock and The Number One Song In Heaven (highly influential on 80s hit stars the Human League) through biggest American hit single Cool Places (performed with Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos) to selections from 1984's Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat LP. Booklet with authoritative and extensive liner notes written by respected Record Collector journalist Michael Heatley. Expertly remastered superb sound - top quality reproduction. The best in the business!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music, just one rarity 13 Aug 2012
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The music is great, of course. But if you have Repertoire's 2000 compilation "The Best Of Sparks" and the albums from the period that this compilation covers then the one thing here that you don't already have is the "Cool Places" B-side "Sports". All the 7" mixes here are on that "Best Of" from 2000. The other tracks (I make it 19 of the 29 tracks here) are album versions. That includes the "Canadian Single Version" of Beat The Clock. It seems that those crazy Canadians put the album version on the single.
If, on the other hand, you don't have those albums then this is great! What are you waiting for? Buy it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation! 1 Dec 2012
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This is a great little compilation covering 7" a-sides and b-sides from 1979 to 1984; an upgrade ofBest of

The importance to Sparks fans is two-fold; the inclusion of the 7" version of Modesty Plays and the rare b-side Sports are available on CD for the first time.

The CD includes actual 7" versions, different to the album versions; Tryouts for the Human Race, The Number One Song In Heaven, La Dolce Vita, Beat The Clock, Young Girls, When I'm With You, Modesty Plays, All You Ever Think About Is Sex, and album versions not changed; Rock 'N Roll People In A Disco World, Funny Face, Tips For Teens, I Predict, Eaten By The Monster Of Love, Angst in my Pants, Cool Places, Please Baby Please, With All My Might, Pretending To Be Drunk, My Other Voice, Just Because You Love Me, When I'm With You (Instrumental), Wacky Women, Don't Shoot Me, Moustache, Nicotina, I Wished I Looked A Little Better, Rockin' Girls and Beat The Clock and as mentioned Modesty Plays and Sports.

It's a pity that a full 80s compilation of 7 inches is not released, but this is still great to have; a must for those who don't have the previous compilation and a nice upgrade for those that do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparks No 1 songs 31 Aug 2012
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This is a good collection of the singles. The sound is mighty fine.
some gems I did not know about "Pretending To Be Drunk - Single A-side, (USA) Atlantic 789616,1984"
Wacky Women.....Cool
When I'm with You, now I can make a good 12 inch mix for me buddy DazzEB in Burnham On Sea.
Don't Shoot me.. nice hard edge to this tune.
Sparks rock, buy and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! 1 Aug 2013
By Julio
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I bought this because one song. But I've discovered many great songs. My favourites are "Cool Places" and "Sports". Buy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Collection 15 May 2013
By JWK
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A really good collection of 'Sparks' singles.
The only thing I didn't like about this was that the cover was cracked!
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