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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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Initial post: 5 Dec 2012 17:21:53 GMT
Great review that sums up what a lot of us are probably thinking. The end of 2012 has been marvellous for me with a superb and very touching new album from the great Ian Hunter, and now this from Graham and the Rumour, one of the most wished for reunions in the last thirty years. Don't they sound great together again !

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2012 13:27:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2012 13:29:36 GMT
Yes it is great to have GP back with the Rumour on a class album. Agree with your comments on Ian Hunter as well, if only Hunter and Parker (with The Rumour) would tour together in Britain (i have made this request to Ian Hunter via his website, they have played dates together in America) it would make for a series of brilliant shows.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2013 20:56:47 GMT
Unfortunately there will be no UK dates from GP and the Rumour as Graham is too nervous to leave the US of A for fear of not getting back in. (Old drug convictions and all that sort of stuff.) However, you could do worse than go and see Ducks Deluxe with Martin and Brinsley.

Posted on 29 Aug 2013 17:08:58 BDT
Keith M says:
Just in case people weren't aware GP & Rumour have now confirmed 4 dates in October - Leeds, Glasgow, Bristol and London (Shepherd's Bush Empire).
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