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  • Audio CD (3 Nov. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Lemon
  • ASIN: B0000CESUB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. NO HOLDING BACK
  2. DEVIL'S SIDEWALK
  3. Stupefaction
  4. Empty Lives
  5. The Beating Of Another Heart
  6. Endless Nights
  7. Paralyzed
  8. Manoeuvres
  9. Jolie Jolie
  10. Love Without Greed
  11. Women In Charge
  12. Hey Lord Don't Ask Me Questions

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Product Description

· 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.

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By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
It was probably Graham Parker's label problems with Mercury that stopped him from being a big star. At this stage in his career, he was as pasionate as Springsteen, but much more accessible. While critics hailed "Squeezing Out Sparks" as a fine album, it was a stepping stone for this album.
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.
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Absolutely filled to the brim with killer songs, there's barely an ounce of filler here (and how often can you truly say that?). I've got a major passion (no ordinary word) for GP and tend to find something to think well of on pretty much all his records (even 'The Real Macaw')... but it's this one and Squeezing Out Sparks that I always come back to, time and again. And contrary to popular critical wisdom, I tend to think that this is actually the better of those two albums... (although both are absolutely required listening). Never understood the lazy, unfavourable juxtapositions with Costello or Springsteen -if ever proof was needed that Parker writes songs strong enough to stand on their own terms this was it. Nor does `pub rock' get anywhere close to doing this record justice. 'No Holding Back', 'The Beating of Another Heart' and 'Love Without Greed'... songs that stand out for me as particular corkers, rising waaaaaay beyond the boundaries of that particular pigeonhole, although really the special thing about 'The Up Escalator' is that the whole record just `works' as a single first-rate body of songs, in a way very few albums ever do. The GP neophytes should buy this, then its predecessor, Squeezing Out Sparks... then check out the rest!, starting with his more recent albums on Bloodshot Records (none of them duds). And the doubters should listen again.
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Admirers of Squeezing Out Sparks, the preceding GP lp, must have been a little disappointed when The Up Escalator came out. Up Escalator has little of the finesse and less of the edge of its predecessor, and sounds less authentic somehow - certainly less British new wave. While Squeezing Out Sparks lives in a kind of transatlantic zone of its own, Escalator inhabits the States, even borrowing some of its favourite musicians - Springsteen himself, and the late Danny Federici of the E Street Band. It has that characteristic Jimmy Iovine sound, big and not necessarily subtle, but a sound that suits the songs nonetheless.

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.
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Although he has made a lot of great albums this is the best by far. Every song is a winner. If you are just finding out about GP then get this one first and find out about the great man.
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The last of GP's five first great albums with the original Rumour, full of excellent songs with catchy tunes and great lyrics, includes one of his best ever ballads "Beating of Another Heart", I found this album the most accessible when I was first getting into his music, which was around the time this was released. He has never made an album as good since, although he has consistently produced many excellent songs.
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