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Friday, 16 September 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 260 - Graham Parker and The Rumour

Howlin' Wind - Graham Parker and The Rumour
Vertigo
Produced by Nick Lowe
Released April 1976
Did Not Chart


Tracklist
A1 White Honey    
A2 Nothin's Gonna Pull Us Apart    
A3 Silly Thing    
A4 Gypsy Blood    
A5 Between You And Me    
A6 Back To Schooldays    
B1 Soul Shoes    
B2 Lady Doctor    
B3 You've Got To Be Kidding    
B4 Howlin' Wind    
B5 Not If It Pleases Me    
B6 Don't Ask Me Questions

Personnel
    Graham Parker – vocals, acoustic guitar, Fender rhythm guitar
    Brinsley Schwarz – guitar, Hammond organ, backing vocals
    Bob Andrews – Lowrey organ, Hammond organ, piano, backing vocals
    Martin Belmont – guitar, backing vocals
    Steve Goulding – drums, backing vocals
    Andrew Bodnar – Fender bass


Brass
    Stewart Lynas – brass arrangement
    Herschel Holder – trumpet
    Dave Conners – first tenor saxophone
    Brinsley Schwarz – second tenor saxophone
    Danny Ellis – trombone
    John "Viscount" Earle – saxophone


Additional personnel
    Paul Bailey – guitar on Between You And Me
    Dave Otway – drums on Between You And Me
    Paul Riley – bass guitar on Between You And Me
    Noel Brown – slide guitar on Back To Schooldays, dobro on Not If It Pleases Me
    Dave Edmunds – guitar on Back To Schooldays
    Ed Deane – slide guitar on Soul Shoes
    Stewart Lynas – alto sax on Soul Shoes

Heat Treatment - Graham Parker and The Rumour
Vertigo 
Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange and Nick Lowe (Back Door Love only)
Released October 1976
UK Chart #52
US Chart #169


Tracklist
A1 Heat Treatment    
A2 That's What They All Say    
A3 Turned Up Too Late    
A4 Black Honey    
A5 Hotel Chambermaid    
B1 Pourin' It All Out    
B2 Back Door Love    
B3 Something You're Goin' Thru    
B4 Help Me Shake It    
B5 Fools' Gold

Personnel
    Graham Parker – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
    Bob Andrews – keyboards, backing vocals
    Brinsley Schwarz – guitar, backing vocals
    Steve Goulding – drums, backing vocals
    Andrew Bodnar – Fender bass
    Martin Belmont – guitar, backing vocals


Additional personnel
    John "Viscount" Earle – saxophones
    Danny Ellis – trombone
    Albie Donnelly – saxophones
    Dick Hanson – trumpet


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I'm off to see Graham Parker and Brinsley Schwarz tonight play at the Oran Mor in Glasgow. It was a birthday present from my wife (who will be going with me) way back in May so have been waiting over four months for this night to come around!

I thought that would be a good excuse to pull out the Debut Album and the follow up from Graham Parker and The Rumour and give them a blast.

Both albums were released in 1976 and I remember at the time thinking that there was no one doing what they were (maybe Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes across the pond who had also released their Debut in 1976), there probably was a few others but you don't have much of a musical radar when you are 13 years old and relient upon the radio and the music press to find out what's happening (kids today with the Internet don't realise how good they have it with so much music at their fingertips!).

They also reminded me a little at times of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band when they got to do those little Soul infused Rock numbers like E Street Shuffle and Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out. Just in passing Graham Parker did get to record with Bruce Springsteen and Danny Federici when he was making The Up Escalator album and Bruce can be heard on Endless Night.




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