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East Side Story

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  • Vinyl
  • 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)
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By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Squeeze's fourth studio album was planned to be their most ambitious, a double album with each side of the vinyl LP produced by a different person. The four people were Elvis Costello, Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe and Paul McCartney. What eventually happened was a single album, mostly produced by Elvis Costello and Roger Bechirian, with one song, the cheerful album opener "In Quintessence" produced by Dave Edmunds. In retrospect, "East Side Story" was probably a much better finished product than the double album originally planned, as the single disc just about has enough top-notch material to ensure this is an almost entirely brilliant album. Had they stretched it out, perhaps it would be regarded as less of a success than it was. "East Side Story" is further notable for being their first album without Jools Holland and, instead, had Paul Carrack on keyboards and, famously, on vocals for the magnificent "Tempted".

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.
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Lennon and McCartney, John and Taupin, Jagger and Richards... Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook follow in the long line of great English songwriting partnerships. Never was their craft so finely demonstrated than on their 1981 opus "East Side Story". Since 1978 they had released an album a year - the song quality improving each time. Before this was recorded they lost Jools Holland to a TV career but this led to a happy fringe benefit - the arrival of Paul Carrack. It is he who sings the lead on arguably their finest and certainly their most admired song "Tempted". But there is much more to enjoy besides this perfect pop nugget. "Picadilly" evokes the heady evenings around the West End of London including a taxi cab ride through Soho presumably heading back to their native Deptford, "Vanity Fair" contains some of the best lyrical rhymes Difford ever came up with (screw loose - pineapple juice) and "Is This Love" and huge hit "Labelled With Love" are no slouches either. The only (relatively minor) drawback is the presence of the faintly annoying "F-hole". The diamond in this bagful of gems is the brilliant "Woman's World". I am firmly of the opinion that there wasn't a better feminist pop song throughout the 80's.
Buy it and improve your world.
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Great to be reunited with this album squeeze at their best
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Had to point out the nonsense by the official review that states Carrack wrote Tempted - utter tosh!!!! You can actually hear Difford/Tilbrooks demo on Eccess Moderation - clearly not as good but most definately written by them. And F-Hole leads into Labelled with Love not Tempted!

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.
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Great Elvis Costello production.
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I was turned on by Cool For Cats as a young teenager, catching the very different sound, and the weird modern lyrics.(for early eighties Denmark, this sounded pretty advanced!!)
But if you're looking for a place to start, check out this record.
The smooth sound of Paul Carrack on "Tempted"'s worldclass!!!
Enjoy!!
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