66097-2 The Best of Graham Parker 1988-1991
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Released on September 29, 1992
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K ronomyth 15.5: DON'T GET ME STARTED. START A FIRE. Grooaann. Yet another major label making a major mess of his discography with yet another compilation. As much as I liked the RCA albums, the best of Graham Parker belongs to Mercury and Arista. RCA got the mature Parker, which makes for an interesting chapter but not a brand new book. And what’s with all the Bruce Springsteen poses? I’m not telling you this is a bad disc. It’s got the best side of Mona Lisa’s Sister (which I mustachioed the first time around), a couple of choice cuts from the likeable Lightning and “Little Miss Understanding” from Human Soul. It also doesn’t shy away from the live disc, a move that’s either very brave or very brazen. And as a bonus for fans, there are two unreleased tracks (“Ordinary Girl,” “That Thing Is Rockin’”) that are worth hearing more than once. Still, I wouldn’t blow your hard-earned money on this. Buy Struck By Lightning or Burning Questions instead. Buy an album from one of those other labels that tossed him away like a half-smoked cigarette because they were so sure they had another pack of Parkers in their pocket. (They didn’t.) But don’t start buying a best of Mercury, Arista, RCA or Razor & Tie unless you want to start cutting Parker up in expensive little pieces. Whether it has eighteen tracks or eighty, two unreleased tracks or ten, The Best of Graham Parker 1988-1991 is a cold-hearted cash-in compilation, plain and simple. If RCA wants your money, let them sell you the four albums they paid for.

TRACK LISTING

  1. GET STARTED. START A FIRE    5:08
  2. ORDINARY GIRL    3:06
  3. TEN GIRLS AGO    3:27
  4. THE 3 MARTINI LUNCH (LIVE)    3:37
  5. LITTLE MISS UNDERSTANDING    3:18
  6. SUCCESS    3:47
  7. DON'T LET IT BREAK YOU DOWN    3:33
  8. SOUL CORRUPTION (LIVE)    6:04
  9. THE SUN IS GONNA SHINE AGAIN    3:53
  10. THAT THING IS ROCKIN'    3:42
  11. I'M JUST YOUR MAN    3:41
  12. AND IT SHOOK ME    3:40
  13. DURBAN POISON (LIVE)    3:12
  14. CALL ME YOUR DOCTOR    3:38
  15. HOTEL CHAMBERMAID (LIVE)    2:37
  16. A BRAND NEW BOOK    3:28
  17. WRAPPING PAPER    3:35
  18. YOU GOT THE WORLD (RIGHT WHERE YOU WANT IT)    5:37

    All songs written by Graham Parker

CREDITS

GRAHAM PARKER -- producer (2,10)
Jon Jacobs -- producer, engineer (10)
Brinsley Schwarz -- producer (2,10)
Paul Williams -- project supervision
Bruce Scavuzzo -- repertoire selection and sequence
Frankie Pezzella -- project coordination
Jacqueline Murphy -- art direction/design
Sam Bayer -- illustration

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US September 29, 1992 RCA CD/CS 66097-2/4  

 

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