Squeeze had its roots in the same UK lyricism and wit as late 1970s Elvis Costello. These charming songs succeed through their deft characterisation and catchy tunes. There is also plenty of stylistic variety, from the plaintive rock of Goodbye Girl to the out and out country of Labelled With Love. Other great songs here include Tempted, Pulling Mussels From The Shell, Up The Junction, Tale Me I'm Yours, Hourglass, King George Street and Trust Me To Open My Mouth. This is fine pop music, quirky and charming, especially when Squeeze go into story-telling mood as on Labelled With Love. The sound is peculiarly British but the songs have universal appeal. Squeeze emerged during the punk revolution but they outlived that era and their memorable songs have stood the test of time very well.
I watched Squeeze far too many years ago at the Liverpool Royal Court.Three things stood out,the amazing voice of Glenn Tilbrook,the amazing Jools Holland on Piano and then the appalling language from Jools that continued throughout the entire concert!The music has stood the test of time because the quality of the band shines thro' on every track.This album is at a giveaway price,worth every penny and i just hope Squeeze carry on entertaining is their own unique,quirky way that wants you to hear them time and time again.It's wrong to highlight individual tracks 'cos the whole CD is great.
on 20 September 2000
Originally released around a decade ago, this album chronicles the evolution of the band, from the hard sounds of the late 70's (Take Me, I'm Yours, Cool for Cats) to the refined, pop sound of the late 80's (Hourglass etc). As someone who had never hear dany Squeeze until a few weeks ago, this album provides the variety and originality needed to soothe the new listener, whilst stir and rouse the die hard fans as well! When Crowded House's Greatest hits came out a number of years ago, the advertising slogan was something like 'it's amazing how many Crowded House songs you know'... wsell, in my opinion, this can also be applied to Squeeze. Labelled with love, Black Coffee in Bed, Up the Junction and Another Nail In My Heart to name a few. In the words of the first track... 'Take Me I'm Yours, because dreams are made of this'... Top marks to Difford and Tilbrook!
Back in the 80s, I used to own a cassette of Squeeze's Greatest Hits. With the switch to CD and downloads, I largely forgot about them, apart from the odd track (normally Up the Junction or Cool for Cats) turning up on a compilation. Then a couple of weeks ago they were the topic of a documentary on BBC 3, inspiring me to order this album.
It is absolutely fabulous, a collection of perfectly crafted pop songs, most of them telling brilliantly evocative, bitter sweet, stories of young urban or suburban love. Lyrically, Squeeze occupy a very similar territory to Madness, describing the minutiae of working class life in London, with the odd exotic diversion. Madness take the listener on a Night Boat to Cairo, Squeeze visit the desert in Take me I'm Yours.
Musically there is a range of styles from the slick 70s American soul of Black Coffee, (close your eyes and you'll see the matching suits and synchronised dancing), through the rawer soul of Tempted, a song with an irresistible momentum, to the country and western of Labelled with Love and the jive of Annie Get your Gun.
All of the favourites are here, including the plainly bonkers Cool for Cats, the romp of Slap and Tickle, the summer anthems of Goodbye Girl and Pulling Mussels from aShell. Despite massive over exposure, Up the Junction survives as a sublime soap opera of lost love.
The selection ends with songs with which I wasn't previously familiar, but which are a joy to discover, such Hourglass or Footprints.
So, as a collection of witty, very british, catchy pop tunes, this is wonderful. If you have forgotten how brilliant Squeeze were and are, or if, amazingly, you are new to them, do yourself a favour. This album is an absolute treat.
on 19 February 2007
i may only be 19 yrs old and probably not really old enough to know them properly, but they were an awesome band. i love every single song of theirs. its still ace now. so go, go buy it. u will love it
on 28 March 2010
Hadn't listened to Squeeze in years, in fact, I was never really a big fan of them when they were around! On listening to this, however, I realised just what I was missing - superb album that stands the test of time really well.
I saw Squeeze in concert in 1981 when I suppose they were at the height of their popularity.
This CD brought it all back, it's a 'must buy' for not just the original fans but new fans too.
A great collection of all their hits, some real gems including Tempted, Take me I'm yours, Slap and Tickle, Up the Junction, Goodbye Girl and many more.
I remember most of the tracks on this CD, all of my favourites are there, catchy tunes where the lyrics actually meant something and amazingly I found I remembered most of them. I'd forgotten how great they were!
on 5 June 2010
Squeeze is one of those bands where (way back when) I would hear a track of theirs on the radio and say "hey, that's pretty good!", but never actually got around to buying any of their records. I guess I had less free cash in those days too.
While browsing in Asda the other day I came across this CD, with "Take Me I'm Yours" as the first track. I've been remembering that tune for 32 years without ever knowing it was a Squeeze song! I recognized a couple of other titles too, e.g. "Up the Junction" and "Cool for Cats", the rest was not familiar, but for this price it was enough.
Now that I've listened to the whole thing several times I must say this is one of the best CDs I've ever bought. Every track on here I rate individually as 4 or 5 stars, it really is quality stuff. The Squeeze style seems to good honest catchy songs, done really well without any flash or bling. I can't recommend this enough - for lovers of real music, of all ages.
on 27 January 2015
Two of England's best songwriters have many of their finest moments stuffed onto this Greatest Hits. Essential purchase, even just for the sound of Glenn Tilbrook's absolutely wonderful voice usually overlooked in the pantheon of Great British Vocalists. The tunes are astonishing too: this compilation should be re-named 'This is How to Write Pop Music'. The heartbreaking, tragicomic lyrics of Chris Difford are peerless.
As with any compilation of a band with 15-odd albums to their name there will be omissions and criticisms, but pick a track and follow it to the album from whence it came. I doubt you'll be disappointed. If you're new to Squeeze... enjoy the journey.
on 31 August 2011
Squeeze are good, very good. It doesn't matter what your age is, your musical taste or indeed where you categorise them
For people of "an age" like me, "Cool for Cats" takes me back to being in the local pubs on a Saturday night with my mates. "Up the Junction" instantly reminds me of the radio being on back home and my Mum wondering why Radio 2 was playing it instead of Jim Reeves.
So for me, I listen to this for nostalgic reasons every bit as much as sheer musical brilliance. But you should listen to it for the music you know. Jools Holland spends his days playing other people's music on his show, but if he were to play his own? Well, listen to it...