- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: KITCHENWARE
- ASIN: B003YXG0B8
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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from langley park to memphis LP
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Of all the Sprouts' albums (and I do have them all), this is for me one of the best. The sheer range of themes and styles sweeps the listener from the orchestral 'Manhattan' through the poignant 'Nightingales' to the slightly tongue-in-cheek 'Cars and Girls' without losing either ones interest or engagement. The lyrics are consistently intelligent without the impenetrability of some of the Sprouts earlier work, and Paddy never insults or cajoles his audience - just gently guides them (or perhaps 'seduces' would be a better word) through his emotional journey. I would defy any true romantic to hear 'I Remember That' without a sigh and a nod towards past loves long lost, or not to smile at the 'Venus of the Soup Kitchen' and wonder where to sign up.
Call it 'sophistipop' or 'intellipop' or whatever strange polyglot combination catalogues use to cram artists into a box; say they sound a bit like Blue Nile or Big Dish or some other band that makes their own way off the beaten track through the maze of life: Prefab Sprout are unique. Of course, I'm already a fan, so you'd expect a good review. But don't miss the point - it was this album that made me a fan in the first place.
"From Langley Park To Memphis" was first issued March 1988 on Kitchenware Records in the UK and on Epic Records in the USA. It felt like a more commercial version of its brilliant predecessor "Steve McQueen" from 1985 - and building on that incredible groundwork - it was eagerly awaited - and so raced to Number 5 in the UK charts.
It was released on LP/MC and CD at the time in fairly good sound - but a remaster has been long overdue. Some of its hit singles have been remastered for "Best Of" compilations, but this is the first time the entire album has been sonically upgraded - and it's an absolute wow - even it is only available as a limited edition import from Japan...
This 26 August 2009 Japan-only CD is on Epic EICP 1245 (Sony Music Japan) and is part of 6 albums reissued there - all in remastered form (45:32 minutes). It's one of those mini LP replica sleeves in an Obi and resealable outer plastic (picture provided above), which also reproduces the original inner sleeve. The inner sleeve's nice to look at, but of course because of its 5-inch size, virtually illegible - hence the need for the separate lyric booklet. There's also another insert advertising further Eighties CD titles, but it's entirely in Japanese...
CD sites in Japan have claimed that each has 2009 remastering, and although I can't actually find this in writing anywhere on the disc or packaging (that I can understand), I don't need to see it in writing because I can hear it. The sound quality is simply GLORIOUS.
Highlights include the beautiful melody of "I Remember That" (lyrics above) and an incredible punch out of "Knock On Wood" and an absolutely HUGE feel to "The Golden Calf".Read more ›
"From Langley Park..." has a distinctly playful air about it, indeed a few of the songs are reminiscent of the soundtracks to the classic old Disney cartoons with lots of sweeping strings and cutsey lyrics ("We are cartoon cats..."!). Despite the sweet feel to the material, there is bite also. "Cars and Girls" takes a pop at (then) label mate Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen and his distinctly limited imagination.
This album is worth buying to hear "Nightingales" which is, perhaps, the Sprouts most realised work. Stevie Wonder guests on harmonica and, along with Paddy's almost whispered vocal, the effect is stunning. It is the musical equivalent of the world's most luxurious chocolate eaten with the girl of your dreams.
The only real letdown is "The Golden Calf" where the band unconvincingly rock out. Paddy, leave that to Bruce.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Let's get this straight. I loved Prefab Sprout, still do. And I loved this album when it came out in 1988, indeed it was my introduction to them. And it's good ..... but. Read morePublished 5 months ago by a_vinyl_music_lover
Heard a track on the radio and thought I'd buy the album. Thanks guys.Published 16 months ago by Stu
Reminds me of my youth and more. Great sound and lovely to have the extra acoustic tracks which are so adeptly delivered by this great band. Thanks.Published on 29 April 2014 by Tony Slattery
Up there as one their best albums. Some memorable tracks including "Cars & Girls" and "King of Rock & Roll". There is a good crisp and clean sound across theis album. Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2013 by Bogfairy
Always liked the album when I first bought it on vinyl.This purchase was on a whim but I still very much enjoy itPublished on 27 Aug. 2013 by tim acklam
After the absolutely amazing "steve mcqeen" the album "langley park to memphis" sees the beloved sprouts trying new sounds..some work some dont! Read morePublished on 1 May 2007 by Whatyathinkaboutthat?
For me,this is where the rot started to set in for the Sprouts.After the edgy'Swoon'(loaded with promise)and the near perfect 'Steve McQueen,Paddy McAloon had established a... Read morePublished on 27 July 2005 by M. A. Reilly