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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 (14 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Essential
  • ASIN: B00000IHCD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Lagram on 7 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is where it all began for me - 30 years on and still buying Sparks CD's/Albums, attending the slightly more regular UK concerts, buying the 'Live in London' DVD (only available from fan club at present), wearing the old and somewhat ill fitting T-shirts...
I remember Johnnie Walker in the mid 70's playing Girl From Germany in his 'One that got away' slot on Radio 1 - to this day it remains one of my all time favourite Sparks tracks. Lyrically Ron Mael was already ahead of his time - and still is.
The first of the two albums features 'Sparks' is very raw but shows signs of the complexity of many of Sparks tracks to follow in later years.
Whilst Girl From Germany is a classic pop tune of its type, there are also fun tunes like Here Comes Bob, Sacharrin and the War and Fa La Fa Lee.
Musically Rons songs provide a perfect foil for the falsetto tones particularly prevent in Russels early recording career, and the ability not only to 'pen' simple tunes, but also complex arrangements. Lyrically Ron has a clever penchant for use of the double entendre, and insight to produce lyrics often later palgiarised by other performers / artists - check out 'She ain't heavy she's a brother to me' on Fa La Fa Lee (Remember the Hollies later hit He ain't heavy he's my brother?).
The second album 'A Woofer in Tweeters' Clothing' showed a natural progression from the earlier recording, with a more polished sound, and yet another classic of its' time, giving them a good platform to launch their attack in 1974 on the UK chart scene.
Solid backing from the other musicians should be noted, Earle and Jim Mankey, and drummer Harley Feinstein (however these guys did not follow the Mael brothers 'across the pond' to the UK).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MrHonorama on 25 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
The first two Sparks albums are clearly products of the early 70's, stamped forever in time by the production of Todd Rundgren and former Electric Prunes lead singer Thaddeus James Lowe. But the abundance of ideas and the daring to try to carry them off give both efforts a freshness lacking in so much contemporary music. The first album, which was released eponymously under the band's original moniker, Halfnelson, swirls together influences from The Kinks and Small Faces (in their more twee conceptions), bits of psychedelia and a general weirdness that has been the permanent trademark of Sparks leaders Ron and Russell Mael. The songs range from the tinny garage rock of "Fa La Fa Lee" (a charming incest lament), to the dreamlike "Fletcher Honorama", the blistering "No More Mr. Nice Guy" (yes, Sparks could rock),to the lush "Simple Ballet" and topping (or bottoming?) this roster is guitarist (and future producer of note) Earle Mankey's "Biology II" -- a love duet between a sperm and an egg. The follow up, included on this 2-for-1 collection, A WOOFER IN TWEETER'S CLOTHING, adds some of the baroque elements that remained with the band when they hit their KIMONO heyday. It is a flat out masterpiece. Take a trip to "The Louvre", where a statue mocks tourists, asking them to "lift me -- I dare you to try." Giggle at the silly symphony that is "Here Comes Bob" -- an L.A. guy who crashes his car into others solely to meet people. Enjoy the melodrama of "Moon Over Kentucky". Empathize with the protagonist of "Girl From Germany", whose Holocaust scarred parents can't stand the fact their son is dating a German gal. This is just the tip of an extremely bizarre iceberg. If you want something completely different, check this out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MigRant on 26 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Sparks - pre-chart success - were a cult band in progressive music circles. On "Woofer" they manage on every track to do the unexpected, both in terms of lyrics and music. Much seems tongue in cheek, and lyrics are open to translation in many ways - the new sleeve notes that accompany the CD answer questions that have haunted me for quarter of a century. In terms of style, comparison can be made with very early Roxy Music, mixing (then) current rock with older, more sedate rhythms and vocals. (Not that the results bear any similarity). Sparks were/are totally unique in style and Moon over Kentucky with its' wierd echo and eccentric yodels is still an all time classic.
The additional bonus of getting their first LP release "Sparks" on the same CD was a surprise - and a rewarding one - whilst the earlier songs are raw and don't hang together quite as well as on "Woofer" they are still unmistakably Sparks.
The first time around I brought "Woofer" the same week I purchased "Hunky Dory" by Bowie and for sheer innovation, musical excellence and the fact that even now, you can listen and relisten and discern new things happening in both music and lyrics - it is difficult to say which I would take as a "desert island disc".
Whilst Sparks later releases made the more money and a they became a "pop" band - these early releases show the formative stages of their style and in many ways demonstrate much of the essence of the early 70's which was about breaking new ground, developing new styles and, above all, enjoying the music, both as a performer and as the audience.
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