The Up Escalator Extra tracks
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· Lemon Recordings second Graham Parker album "The Up Escalator" was originally released in 1980 and was GPs first album after leaving Mercury Records. Produced by Jimmy Iovine (Bruce Springsteen,Tom Petty, Patti Smith) this album has not been available for quite some time.
· Top notch songwriting from GP on this album and also the last album to feature Brinsley Schwarz and the Rumour complete....
· Also features Bruce Springsteen and 2 Bonus Tracks including an unreleased live version of `Hey Lord Don't Ask Me Questions' recorded in 1981.
Top Customer Reviews
This album is far removed from pub-rock. It has a meaty production, excellent arrangements, and an A-list of guest contributors (Springsteen provides backing vocals). But it is the songs and Parker's delivery that shines.
The outstanding track, complete with Springsteen vocals, is "Endless Night". An epic tale of battling against the odds. When I bought this in the 70's, I thought it was the best thing ever made. I was younger then, but this still an excellent album, and is probably Parker's finest moment.
And the songs are good. They are not great songs, but that is almost their point; there is something warm and accessible about this album that sets it apart. GP lacks the scope of a talent such as Springsteen's or Elvis Costello's, but in consequence he does not hide behind his talent as they sometimes do, coming out with great music that is not always easy to connect with. Devil's Sidewalk sounds something like the Springsteen of Darkness on the Edge of Town, but GP is a much more direct songwriter. There is something intimate and conversational about him, in this mode. Likewise, a song like Stupefaction or Maneuvers could almost have come from Costello's Armed Forces lp; there is an element of witty word-play that links them. But while Costello loves the intricacies of his own lyrical and musical games, GP likes mainly to sing like Sam Cooke and expend energy. GP's songs lack the distinction of Costello's or Springsteen's, but they are more instant, keeping level with on the listener.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This CD is a five star gem and stands up to many plays. A worthy follow up to 'Squeezing Out Sparks'.Published on 23 April 2012 by Eccentric Sleeve Notes
This is a really great album, up there with Squeezing Out Sparks as a classic of this period in Graham Parker's recording career. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2011 by ColinHennig
The $64k question at the time was: How do you follow Squeezing Out Sparks?
Well this was the answer, and a pretty devastating one at that. Read more