CD 5268 Frank
Produced by Eric "E.T." Thorngren and Glenn Tilbrook
Released on September 1989
US CHART POSITION #58 . . . US CHART POSITION #113
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K ronomyth 10.0: THE FURTER ADVENTURES OF SQUEEZE. Frank is furter along the curve than Babylon, nearly aligning with the arc one might have extrapolated from Sweets some seven years on, which is a long-winded way of saying this is what I expected a Squeeze album from 1989 might sound like before I could have imagined that frutti post-sweets hiccup. It’s a subtle difference from their last album: same line-up, same producers, but not as over-the-top in its attempts to charm you (“853-5937,” “Hourglass”). In fact, it aligns with the classic East Side Story in more than a few ways, from the swingin’ throwbacks (“Dr. Jazz,” “Is It Too Late”) and sympathetic portraits of real-world relationships (“She Doesn’t Have To Shave,” “Can of Worms”) to an opener (“If It’s Love”) that clearly invites comparison to the classic “Is That Love.” I see this album as a slight inching forward that began with Babylon and culminated with Play. The synthesizers are replaced with accordion, the quick wit rolls a bit more naturally, Difford gets another neat cameo (“Slaughtered, Gutted and Heartbroken”) and this time so does Jools (“Dr. Jazz”). A few tracks on here belong with my favorites from Squeeze, including “Melody Motel,” a country-styled tune that ranks alongside “Labelled With Love.” If it’s not a complete return to form, at least it’s nice not to have to explain away the synthesizers and Langer/Winstanley-styled horn charts. Of course it’s not the breathtaking accomplishment of East Side Story, and nothing could be again, but Squeeze fans had been holding their breath for a while waiting for an album like Frank and could now reasonably exhale without worrying where their next gulpful of goodness would come from.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. FRANK    (public domain)    0:15
  2. IF IT'S LOVE    4:02
  3. PEYTON PLACE    4:08
  4. ROSE I SAID    3:36
  5. SLAUGHTERED, GUTTED AND HEARTBROKEN    4:37
  6. (THIS COULD BE) THE LAST TIME    3:49
  7. SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO SHAVE    3:27
  8. LOVE CIRCLES    5:34
  9. MELODY MOTEL    3:51
  10. CAN OF WORMS    4:47
  11. DR. JAZZ    (Julian Holland)    4:04
  12. IS IT TOO LATE    3:12

    JPN CD reissue bonus track
  13. FRANK'S BAG

    UK CD reissue bonus tracks
  14. RED LIGHT
  15. FRANK'S BAG
  16. GOOD TIMES BRING ME DOWN
  17. ANY OTHER DAY
  18. WHO'S THAT
  19. IF I'M DEAD
  20. SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO SHAVE (ACOUSTIC VERSION)
  21. MELODY MOTEL (ACOUTSIC VERSION)

    Tracks 1-12 written by Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook unless noted. All songs arranged by Squeeze.

CREDITS

CHRIS DIFFORD -- guitar and vocals
JULIAN HOLLAND -- piano, organ and vocals
GILSON LAVIS -- drums
GLENN TILBROOK -- vocals, guitar and keyboards
KEITH WILKINSON -- basses and vocals
Karen Beany -- abcking vocals (2)
Monique Dyan -- backing vocals (2)
Matt Irving -- accordion (3,9)
Barrie St. John -- backing vocals (2)
Eric "E.T." Thorngren -- engineer, mixing
Stylorouge -- design
Trevor Rogers -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK September 1989 A&M LP/CS AMA/AMC 5278 lyric sleeve
US/CAN September 1989 A&M LP/CD/CS SP/CD/CS 5268 lyric sleeve
GER 1989 A&M LP 395278 lyric sleeve
JPN 1989 A&M CD PCCY-10016  
JPN 2007 Strange Days CDX POCE-1136 digital remaster w. bonus track
UK 2008 Universal CDX 9832840 w. bonus tracks

 

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