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Sweets From A Stranger [Original recording remastered]

Squeeze Audio CD
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It’s 1973 in South London. Teenage friends Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook form the band that will see them dubbed ‘The New Lennon and McCartney’. Over 35 years later, with their legacy intact and as vital as it has ever been, Squeeze are still touring and reminding fans worldwide just why they have left such an indelible impression on the UK’s music scene.

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  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000SLVW8U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Out Of Touch 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Can't Hold On 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Points Of View 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Stranger Than The Stranger On The Store 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Onto The Dance Floor 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. When The Hangover Strikes 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Black Coffee In Bed (Full Version) 6:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I've Returned 2:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tongue Like A Knife 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. His House Her Home 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Very First Dance 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Elephant Ride 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I Can't Get Up Anymore 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. When Love Goes To Sleep 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Annie Get Your Gun 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I'm At Home Tonight (Limited 7" single version) 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Elephant Girl 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Spanish Guitar 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Tomorrow's World (His House Her Home) (Glenn Tilbrook Demo) 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Whenever We Meet (Demo Version) 2:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Last Call For Love 3:270.99  Buy MP3 

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A darker album, Sweets From a Stranger, from 1982, loses the cheeky chaps from previous albums and deals with the effects of alcohol and break-ups in almost literary style - the track His House Her Home was a direct influence on the writer Nick Hornby!

Includes Squeeze classics such as Black Coffee in Bed, I've Returned, When The Hangover Strikes and the aforementioned His House Her Home - more incisive, bitter-sweet observations on British life.

This re-issue includes 9 bonus tracks - demos and radio session versions, a luxurious booklet and new liner notes.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BITTER SWEET 14 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
By 1982 Squeeze were one of the biggest of the New Wave bands, in both the UK and America, and had enjoyed consistent critical and commercial success for 4 years. The song writing axis of Difford & Tilbrook was being championed as the new Lennon & McCartney and their last long player, Eastside Story, had received brilliant reviews and spawned a top 5 single.
Their record company, A&M, were keen on releasing a new record as quickly as possible so as to capitalise on their latest US success and to consolidate the bands high profile positon in Britain.
The resulting album, with new keyboardist Don Snow, was a mixed bag of slick pop/rock, poorly realised arrangements and too little preparation. Many of the songs suffered from an over - reliance on modern technology and as such there is dated feel to SFAS that is missing from most of the rest of their back catalogue (see also Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti).
But this being Difford & Tilbrook there are at least four truly great Squeeze songs - 'I've Returned' is a energenic power popper with a stunning Difford lyric and a tight band performance, 'Tongue Like A Knife' is a wonderfully orchestrated and near literal tale of infedelity, 'Elephant Ride' an accoustic strummer with a Beacboysesque melody and a passionate Tilbrook vocal and 'Black Coffee In Bed' a slick Temptations pastiche and massive live favourite.
The rest veers from the sublime - 'When The Hangover Strikes' and 'Points Of View' to the ridiculous - 'Stranger Than The Stranger On the Shore'. It was Squeeze's most polished sounding record to date but the heart and soul so prevalent on previous releases is largely lacking.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Laurent
Format:Audio CD
Difford and Tilbrook have mixed feelings about this album, mainly because they were exhausted and had almost pulled the plug on Squeeze by the time it was conceived. Sure there is some filler in there, and the production shows the first signs of the dated 80's production excesses of the two subsequent albums, but the average songwriting quality remains excellent(When The Hangover Strikes is my absolute favourite). The remastering job is very good, not too loud / too compressed like all other reissues out there. But the usual flaws with expanded editions are there, mainly the missing track: of all the non-album songs released at the time, all are there (and it's great having the ultra-rare I'm At Home Tonight on CD for the first time) except The Hunt, the excellent atmospheric b-side of Black Coffe In Bed. So you'll still have to look for the original 7". Instead you get a sub-par demo of His House Her Home and the available everywhere else Annie Get Your Gun, so it's not like there was no time left on the CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hangover Strikes 11 July 2013
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Squeeze's fifth studio album is one that I've found a little more difficult to love than all of its predecessors, but it's also fair to say that I haven't given it as much time as other Squeeze albums I've enjoyed more since I first bought it back in 2009, so I've had to listen to it quite a few times over the past few days and, when you do give it more attention, it reveals itself to be a very good collection of songs, indeed. "Sweets From A Stranger" is nowhere near as instant as their fourth, "East Side Story", is arguably the weakest Squeeze album to date (at that point) and a little too slick in the production, but many of the songs are much stronger than I first thought and, like many complex albums, repeated listening reveals many rewards.

There is one absolutely massive hit on here, one of Squeeze's best known and loved songs, "Black Coffee In Bed", which I love so much I could probably write an essay on it; it is one of those irresistible combinations of a superb Difford lyric about a freshly single man enjoying his new life with one of Tilbrook's most catchy and commercial white soul scores. When you listen to it, it is difficult to do anything but sing along to Glenn's utterly brilliant vocals, grin with pleasure at the wonderful guitar solo and enjoy the superb Elvis Costello and Paul Young on perfect backing vocals. My copy (the 2008 re-issue) also contains the excellent "Annie Get Your Gun", packed full of energy and melody. The other bonus tracks include the enjoyable "I Can't Get Up Any More" and the brilliant "When Love Goes To Sleep", a classy composition which has Abba-like keyboard touches and sounds, to my ears, like another hit that really should have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweets From a Stranger cd 22 May 2013
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One of my favourite Squeeze albums. Absolutely love it. Some great tracks. Brings me back to my late teens. Memories!
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