Saturday, 13 May 2017

Sparks Debut 1971 Flac & mp3

Sparks - Sparks (1971)

Within the first track of their debut album -- the crisp, minimal pounder "Wonder Girl," featuring Russell Mael's falsetto already engaged in swooping acrobatics and Ron Mael's sparkling piano work to the fore, singing ever-so-slightly-weird lyrics about love that couldn't quite be taken at face value -- Sparks established themselves so perfectly that arguably the rest of the brothers' long career has been a continual refinement from that basic formula. Even more striking is realizing how astoundingly prescient it was; what must have sounded indescribably strange in 1972 now feels like the precursor to nearly all of new wave, a fair chunk of synth-pop, and just about any music with a brain.
As it stands, the original Sparks group, with brothers Jim and Earle Mankey on bass and guitar and Harvey Feinstein on drums accompanying the Maels, was as tight and accomplished as the classic Alice Cooper lineup, but given to their own brand of clever insanity (the fact that there's a loud-rocking original on here called "(No More) Mr. Nice Guys" makes you wonder if that other band wasn't listening in). Todd Rundgren's production is generally spare but very effective, with snippets of cymbal and keyboard leaping out from the speakers at odd moments. The twisted, '50s piano-rock loper "High C" practically invents Queen in both shuffling rock-out and heavy rockabilly camp phases; "Fletcher Honorama" slides and slinks along in a wickedly dreamy way; and "Slowboat" combines show tunes, cabaret, and rock to magnificent effect.
With other songs like "Biology 2," "Fa La Fa Lee," and the brilliantly titled "Saccaharin and the War," Sparks remains a wonderfully entertaining listen and an honestly unique debut.(

Hello Folks, good morning to you all and hope you will have a nice weekend. Today i will post again a little more here on the blog. After this Sparks post it will take a few hours but than i will be back with some very (at least i hope you will think the same about it :-) ) nice albums from different directions and times of release. Okay see you later and i hope you will have fun with this imho fantastic debut by the wonderful awful Sparks :-). Wonderful for her really great stuff they recorded in the past and awful for the disastrous songs they also released in the bands career, lol.

           Frank          Flac part1  &  Flac part2


  1. Hello Leftenant Reg? If you look at the upper right side you see the section 'About me' and if you than take a look underneath the guitar you will find a section that is called 'Password'. The password is always: SB1
    Have fun
    Kind regards