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Three Chords Good

Graham Parker Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00917IQFY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Great To Have Them Back 6 Dec 2012
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Now when I first heard the rumour (sorry), a year or two back, that master songwriter Graham Parker was planning to reunite his great band of 30 years ago, I was (of course) suitably excited. After all, this is a combination that produced some of the greatest music of the late 70s/early 80s (right up there with their peers and comparators - Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison and Elvis Costello). OK, let's get the 'bad' news out of the way first. For me, Three Chords Good is a good (maybe very good) album, but does not (for me, unsurprisingly) reach the heights of their classic first four albums (Howlin' Wind, Heat Treatment, Stick To Me, Squeezing Out Sparks) or indeed even Parker's later superior albums (Mona Lisa's Sister, Human Soul, Burning Questions).

Also, perhaps unsurprisingly, Three Chords Good features Parker's song-writing more in the mould (and mood) of his later more acoustic and mellow works rather than having (with a handful of exceptions) the vibrancy of the early albums. Linked to this is the fact that I can't help thinking that the album does not make full use of the musical talents at Parker's disposal. Whilst Bob Andrews' keyboards are certainly to the fore and are suitably impressive, The Rumour's two ace guitarists (Brinsley Schwarz and Martin Belmont) are, for me, woefully underused here - there are very few examples here of Brinsley's trademark searing guitar breaks and even less of Belmont's flying Fender (and I can assure you there's nothing wrong with their playing these days, as evidenced by their performances for Ducks Deluxe at a gig a couple of months back).

Having said all of this, there is enough good material here to make the album an essential purchase for any GP and the Rumour aficionado.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
For those who thought the coming together this year of Dexys after 27 years was a fair old passage of time, think again. It appears that the great Graham Parker has trumped this by reuniting his original band the Rumour for their first album "Three chords good" after 31 years of separation. It is the most welcome of returns for a singer and artist of real stature. He has recorded some stellar solo albums over the years (check out the wonderful "Imaginary Television") but never quite made the impact that he did when combined with the rock solid backing of the Rumour. Their early albums such as "Howlin Wind" and the superb "Squeezing out sparks" are as good as any thing that came from the pen of Elvis Costello or Nick Lowe and as a live outfit Graham Parker and the Rumour needed fire engines at the ready they were that incendiary. This reviewer once lost three pounds in weight at one of their gigs when amazingly Parker was supported by the Springsteen protégées and fellow travellers Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes; what a night! This despite the fact that Parker was one of the most unlikely rock stars whose ever present sunglasses always seemed bigger than his head and his diminutive size betraying a man of huge fiery passion.

It is pleasing to report that the bringing together of all the original constituent parts of Graham Parker and the Rumour works with ease and aplomb. Granted the cover picture looks like a bunch of middle age blokes standing outside a pub but these same blokes form part of one of the best backing bands this side of the E Street Band. They include the great Martin Belmont and that guitarist at the heart of British music and inventor of pub rock Brinsley Schwarz.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a comeback! 5 Dec 2012
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Beware, I am an original parkerphile, so objectivity might be beyond me, but this really is I believe a wonderful piece of work by any standards. The first 4 tracks in particular could hold their own on any GP album you care to name and most anything I've heard for a very long time; Long Emotional Ride is simply one of the best songs I've heard in the past 5 years with the capacity to squeeze a tear from the hardest hearted old cynic; Snake Oil Capital of the World's sneaky reggae inevitably invites comparisons with past glories but has a lyrical bite and wit all the new Mr Parker's own. There's even a bit of politics and 2 tracks featuring that rock n' roll powerhouse the kazoo!
Parker's voice has lost a touch of it's gravelly growl but he seems to have discovered a new octave which more than makes up for that. The Rumour are still what they always were, perhaps the finest backing band on the planet, plus some more tricks they have learnt in the past 30 years. You can sense their collective joy at the sound they are producing.
I thought the new Dexys album and tour and the return of Kevin Rowlands was the comeback of the year, but now I'm not so sure. We are truly blessed to have KR and GP back and firing on all cylinders. Now all we need is GP and the R to announce their UK tour dates for 2013 and all will be well with the world.
Buy this album and force everyone you know to do likewise; they will be eternally grateful to you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good yes, Great no! 12 Jan 2013
By Barmee
Format:Audio CD
Like others here I am a long time Parker fan. I doubt there is anything he has released that I don't own. As such this is painful for me to write...
The reunion with The Rumour is so exciting - and such a let down.
This fine group of musicians used to sound so hot and vital. Now however you hardly hear any of them. They may as well be session musicians.
Not only is the musicianship average at best (you hear more of GP's kazoo at times than you do of those fabled keyboards and guitars from the days of squeezing out sparks) but the songs are for the most part hackneyed and average at best ('Snake Oil...' being an exception). GP still sounds angry as ever but his rhymes are well below his best.
I hate myself for saying all this as GP is a god to me - but unlike one reviewer here I would NOT give this CD to my friends for fear if giving them the wrong impression of the man. It is not a terrible album by the standards of many other musicians, but it is near the bottom of the pile by GP & the Rumour standards.
I hope they give it another go but I also hope it is more like their old stuff together or else why bother reuniting?
Oh yeah and the CD sleeve is truly awful.
Perhaps a long overdue due GP tour of the UK would cheer me up?!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars really loved this cd.
great cd.
Published 17 days ago by Glenn
4.0 out of 5 stars with an album that proves he can still write some good tunes, that...
A welcome return for Graham Parker and the Rumour,with an album that proves he can still write some good tunes, that dont sound dated, and some of the lyrics are very topical as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ian
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good to have GP and the Rumour - great live !
Published 4 months ago by graeme
4.0 out of 5 stars GP is back with the Rumour
Good comeback album with three or four very strong tracks.Long Emotional Ride and Coathangers top the list. Really looking forward to live gigs starting next month.
Published 6 months ago by robsian
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Re-formed after 30 years, and still sounding as good as ever. Amazing! See them live if you can, they're as good as new.
Published 11 months ago by Nemesis
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to form
Having been a Parker fan for over 30 years there have been some note able lows in that period but this album shows GP has lost none of the chemistry he has with the Rumour. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Squeezing out the Sparks
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School New School
Excellent album throughout.
Watched them on Jools Holland play one song, bought the album now cannot stop listening to it !
That's the way to do it more please !!!
Published 12 months ago by R. D. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Return
Having read the luke warm reviews I was wary of getting this - it having originally passed under my radar. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Timbo
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Chords Good - Not Really
I saw them live (and brilliant) at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London last Saturday. They did a few songs off this album, much better live "rocking" versions, more like the old GP... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Neat Change
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great, just different
Great album that improves with every listen - Parker's song writing has evolved over the years and the band still sound as good as they did in the early days. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Neil
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