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4.0 out of 5 stars Ron and Russ catch that Saturday night fever!
Although not up there with Kimono/Propaganda/Indiscreet etc, this 1980 release has more than enough tunefulness (is there such a word?) to satisfy most Sparks fans. A previous reviewer poured scorn on "When I`m With You"`s big success in France, well, there`s nothing wrong with the French. They knew a great song when they heard it, unlike the UK`s recoprd buying public...
Published on 26 Sep 2009 by JUDE

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3.0 out of 5 stars Diluted wonderfulness
The Sparky brothers had a lot to live up to when this album was released in 1980. They had added a jolt of wit and intelligence to the thriving 'disco' movement with their Moroder collaboration "Number 1 in Heaven" and punters were keen to see if there was more magic in the Mael well of inspiration. The answer, according to this album, was that there *was* more...
Published on 8 Feb 2009 by not_a_real_folkie


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3.0 out of 5 stars Diluted wonderfulness, 8 Feb 2009
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not_a_real_folkie "not_a_real_folkie" (Farnham, Surrey, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Terminal Jive (Audio CD)
The Sparky brothers had a lot to live up to when this album was released in 1980. They had added a jolt of wit and intelligence to the thriving 'disco' movement with their Moroder collaboration "Number 1 in Heaven" and punters were keen to see if there was more magic in the Mael well of inspiration. The answer, according to this album, was that there *was* more inspiration, but that basically Sparks were marking time until they regrouped in 1981 with the back-to-basics 'garage band' sound of "Whomp That Sucker".

Thus Terminal Jive continues the glossy production of the Moroder factory, adding more of the sanitized heavy metal guitars and punchy production from Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" and downplaying the duppaduppaduppaduppaduppa "I Feel Love" synths of the Number 1 in Heaven album. On the opener "When I'm With You", this makes for sublime pop, as recognized by those connoisseurs of fine popular music... the French, who sent it to No. 1 for several decades and gave the Mael brothers an excuse for a France tour every year since 1980. "Just Because You Love Me" is also glorious and punchy, complete with false ending that's custom-made for the dance floor. "Young Girls" is musically a perfect three-minute pop song, although lyrically it sounds rather pervy, a fact that wasn't helped by the picture sleeve of the single version that showed a virginal young woman of indeterminate age. Bit of a lapse of judgement there, I think, chaps.

Apart from these, however, the musical quality-control seems to have slipped, and there are some real 'nice-words-shame-about-the-tune' moments on (what used to be) Side 2. An uninvited 'instrumental' version of "When I'm With You" completes the feeling that they'd really got enough stuff for a great EP but Virgin wanted another full album. The inclusion of a song called "Rock and Roll People In A Disco World" just confirmed the fact that they were playing in the studio with one eye on the EXIT signs.

Good job, then, that they parted company with the Moroder machine after recording this album and returned to their rougher, guitar-based roots... until their next dabble with dance about 6 years later, that is.

The CD remaster is fine, faithful to the original (compared with my vinyl copy anyway) but the absence of bonus tracks and the album's proportion of filler makes this a Sparky hiccup rather than a Sparks Inpirational Album. A must-have for fans, tho', for the 3 songs mentioned above.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Has its moments but not as good as No.1 Heaven, 25 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Terminal Jive (Audio CD)
In fairness the Mael brothers were guests on this album. However, there're some gems on here. The lead single 'When I'm With You', though failed to chart in the UK despite good radio coverage, it was Sparks best ever seller in France. The follow-up single 'Young Girls' was maybe not the best choice for commercial success. Noisy Boys and Stereo had they been released would have all but got a chart placing somewhere in Europe.

Produced by Giorgio Moroder and Harold Faltermeyer.

Side One
1. When I'm With You (Ron Mael/Russell Mael)
2. Just Because You Love Me (Ron Mael/Russell Mael)
3. Rock'n'Roll People In A Disco (Ron Mael/Russell Mael)
4. When I'm With You-Intrumental (Ron Mael/Russell Mael)

Side Two
1. Young Girls (Ron Mael/Russell Mael)
2. Noisy Boys (Harold Faltermeyer/Keith Forsey/Ron Mael/Russell Mael)
3. Stereo (Giorgio Moroder/Ron Mael/Russell Mael)
4.The Greatest Show On Earth (Harold Faltermeyer/Giorgio Moroder/Ron Mael/Russell Mael)

By one year after this album the Sparks duo moved back to LA and had become a fully fledged Band again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ron and Russ catch that Saturday night fever!, 26 Sep 2009
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Although not up there with Kimono/Propaganda/Indiscreet etc, this 1980 release has more than enough tunefulness (is there such a word?) to satisfy most Sparks fans. A previous reviewer poured scorn on "When I`m With You"`s big success in France, well, there`s nothing wrong with the French. They knew a great song when they heard it, unlike the UK`s recoprd buying public who elevated "Ashes To Ashes" by David Bowie to numero uno in their charts that summer. I know which I prefer. The fact is, anybody who was anybody went disco in the late seventies/early eighties. The Beach Boys, Bee Gees, Alice Cooper, Queen.....and yes, Sparks. Although I did not and still don`t like disco, this album was better than the vast majority of stuff out at that time. Ron Mael actually co-operated with other song-writers on this disc, a bit of a surprise, but the quality is there. Songs like "Young Girls" would not be out of place on any of the great Sparks albums. I agree with my fellow reviewer in regards to the instrumental track, but no song goes on too long and most have something to offer. Buy it, put on your Saturday Night Fever garb and enjoy.
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