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Frankly, it doesn't get much better than this...,
This review is from: Frank : Expanded Reissue (Audio CD)
Now I love Squeeze and although I always liked their singles it wasn't until a friend lent me their early album releases that I really began to appreciate them. In the late eighties I eagerly awaited their reformation for the disappointing Cosi Fan Tuti but as their albums continued to flow they gradually got better.
Frank is one of those forgotten albums from those days. The singles that came from it are not fondly remembered and its songs don't generally litter the numerous compilation albums that you can buy, but, well but, the first side of the original vinyl is just the most powerful Squeeze studio performance. From "Is it love", through "Peyton Place", "Rose I Said" and onto the sublime "Slaughtered, Gutted and Heartbroken" you are put through all loves' drama and tragedy in less then fifteen minutes.
And there's more. The second side has the psychaedelic feel of "Love Circles" and followed by the tragedy of "Melody Motel" and then there is (in my view) the most perfect Squeeze song of all time. "Can of Worms", amazing lyrics as the complexities of modern family life are dissected and laid bare.Jools has his moment in the sun with a fantastic slice of boogie "Dr Jazz" and the vinyl album finished with another boogie number "It's too late".
The old Side two is patchier than Side one but it has (for me) the stand-out track of the album.
The expanded material here is interesting because it was either extremely rare, being b-sides of singles than sold badly or was never released. They manage to keep the boogie feel going with "Red Light", "Frank"s Bag" is about as raucous an instrumental that Squeeze have produced especially with Jools starting things off with "nice Piano intro, rip the a*** off it". "Good things bring me down" is a fantastic piece of blues and then we're into a couple of curios and unplugged versions of "She doesn't have to shave" and "Melody Motel" from the Beeb to finish it off.
Great. Just great.