|Singles - 45's And Under|
|previously released material|
(track 12 by Alan Tarney)
|Released on November 1982|
UK CHART POSITION #3 . . . US CHART POSITION #47 . . .|
GOLD RECORD (1/26/88), PLATINUM (2/1/92)
|Find it at GEMM|
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I ’ve pretty much beaten the snot out of this elpee over the years: a well-handled cover, scratched vinyl and missing sleeve are silent testimony to Singles’ allure. Hard to believe that Singles marked the end of Squeeze. A farewell US appearance on Saturday Night Live, the muted release of “Annie Get Your Gun,” and the best pop band since The Beatles had broken up. Their US fan base was just warming up (“Tempted” got them all toasty), so those who wanted to explore the Squeeze of yore did best to hook up with Singles. Presented in chronological order, this is the evolution of a brilliant pop band, from rough lads to half-erect human beings to clever commentators on les affaires du couer. In fact, Singles nearly renders the earlier elpees unnecessary for the casual fan; certainly the best moments of their first three elpees are here. East Side Story is required listening and Sweets From A Stranger holds some surprises in store, but little else in the early trio will amaze you. I never thought of Squeeze as a singles band (their singles simply didn’t do much in the US), yet there’s no denying that their singles were usually a cut above their elpee companions. Here, you can hear the band raise the bar from their first great song (“Goodbye Girl”) through to the clever “Annie Get Your Gun.” As compilations go, Singles, 45’s and Under is one of the best I own: the selection is unimpeachable, the chronological order is instructive, and the addition of a nonalbum track (“Annie Get Your Gun”) a carrot for long-standing fans. Make this the first Squeeze album you own, and I’ll wager it won’t be your last; even if it is, you’ll have the essential moments covered.
|SP-4922 back cover|
JOHN BENTLEY --
CHRIS DIFFORD --
GILSON LAVIS --
DON SNOW --
GLENN TILBROOK --
Michael Ross -- art direction
Marcus Hewitt -- drawing
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||November 1982||A&M||LP||AMLH 68552||picture sleeve|
|US||October 31, 1989||A&M||CD/CS||3338|
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