- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: A&M Records
- ASIN: B000LY321E
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 568,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
East Side Story
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Top Customer Reviews
The major highlights of "East Side Story" are the superb singles. "Tempted" is one of the finest songs Difford and Tilbrook have ever written, four minutes of absolute genius where the protagonist gets used to his newly found option after becoming single. Everything about this song is perfect, Carrack's vocals, Elvis Costello's two line cameo, the gorgeous organ, bass line and the fantastic Chris Difford lyrics where he, as always, makes the ordinary extraordinary. "Is That Love" is a supremely catchy track where the romantic notion of love is cynically dissected. The line "My assets froze while yours have dropped" always raises a smile. "Labelled With Love", delivered like an plodding old country and western song, is the superb tale of the back-story behind an eccentric woman and the poor existence she is barely living. It's beautifully human.Read more ›
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That out of the way, In my opinion Squeeze wrote two very "complete" albums This one and "Play". Play was a really great album but released years later when they couldn't get arrested but well worth searching out. This one was released at their peak and contains the hits Tempted, Is That Love and Labelled with Love. This sums up the theme but this is no slushy love theme but a wonderful observation of the frailties of love both lost found and forbidden.
The great crime was this album was released with no lyric sheet as was the previous albums before it. This I cannot understand as the lyrics were fabulous if you could work them out -try keeping up with Piccadily!
Womans World is a real gem with its look at the drudgery faced by all mums that take the role of the housewife.
Vanity Fair -is a beautifuly arranged piece with just an orchestra - perhaps the sequel to She's leaving Home?!
Above all I love the tunes and am a big fan of Tilbrook and his ability to let Diffords words come to life is such a sympathetic and suitable way.
I have to say I miss the character of Jools Holland and the keys definately take a back seat compared to previous albums. Also the production is a little light i would have liked a bit more balls particualrly with the great drumming which is not high enough in the mix.
In summation a good solid album that really sounds like it is an album instead a collection of songs. I personally think Argybargy is the essense of Squeeze but this one is probably a more complete listening experience. Where's the deluxe version though? I would love to hear this remastered properly.
But if you're looking for a place to start, check out this record.
The smooth sound of Paul Carrack on "Tempted"'s worldclass!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
brought mainly as my favourite song from Squeeze on it [full length] Labelled with Love. few others I like too but had never heard.Published 4 months ago by mrs e.
Without the inevitable vinyl scratches it's even better than in the 80s :)Published on 27 Jun. 2015 by Sue
I know reviews are subjective, but I'm a little bemused at the other descriptions which to me seem totally overblown, so I'm going out on a limb here and giving my honest, personal... Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2014 by Matt
The singer-songwriting team of Difford and Tilbrook are in fine form here with superb compositions including 'In Quintessence' and 'Is That Love? Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2014 by Prog Rob
I love Squeeze, and this album is, quite simply, their best. End of!Published on 17 July 2014 by T. Bray