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Graham Parker Part 4

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Fixing the drunken errors of last night, by now they should be corrected.....I tried to get ALL of the
studio stuff up in 1 day/3 posts.......a little bit too much work and I got some links confused as will happen when one is all clouded up on Michelob, etc.....anyway the RUSH was I wanted to get to today and tomorrow's posts, with all these wonderful live shows........trust me, yesterday's rush just an appetizer course for today and tomorrow, THESE are great!

Let's start off with an early one, the "Pink Parker" EP, I think it's fairly hard to locate, unsure, but I haven't seen a lot of em.....great "Hold Back the Night" and a live "White Honey" stand out....

A very early set from NYC's Bottom Line from 1976 features a fine set list (higlight for me: a tortured "Something You're Going Through", but many of the highlights from the first two albums are here) and the normal Parker/Rumour wonderful stage presence. A good piece.

From early on, also (1976-7) comes "Live on the Test" ("The Old Grey Whistle Test"), smouldering performancs of all of the best early numbers ("Gypsy Blood" smolders on this one), and there are some early looks at some "Squeezing Out Sparks" stuff ("Saturday Night is Dead")....normally I don't have a note regarding the source from which I acqired these, but since this time I do, thanks to Jeffen at "Music Ruined My Life" for this one (maybe others here too, unsure)

Staying in 1976, we move on to San Francisco, similar set list to the other shows of that era, but it still smokes. The Palladium in NYC is the setting for our first 1977 set, incorporating some stuff from "Stick to Me", which translate even better as live numbers than on record ("Soul on Ice", "Heat In Harlem"), a very, very good set........

Also from 1977 comes a BBC television broadcast, a sort set and maybe a bit of a lackluster
performance (relatively speaking only), still a fine set list, "Fool's Gold" seems to work best on this one.

Rockpalast is the setting for our first 1978 offering, again, a fine set list, a fine performance, although these sets DO share some similarity, the ARE worthwhile for the Parker fan (trust me I am not going into Hendrix craziness with this one), I recommend all these sets almost unequivicably.

Rainbow Music Hall gives us the (1979) taste of the great "Sqeezing Out Sparks", opening with the great duo of "Discovering Japan" and "Local Girls" and never lets up an inch, mabe the best of the shows offered up here.

Might as well add "Live Sparks", too....when "Squeezing Out Sparks" was issued on CD, it was complete live versions of the album, in order, as well as "Mercury Poisoning", and "I Want You Back".....very very good, and a bonus for you if your "Sparks" was on vinyl (mine was, but I buckled and bought the CD when it came out eventually.

So I hope you like these as much as I do, I have about as many for tomorrow in the wrap up......alway loved Parker Ican't stress enough, guys my age, PLEASE see "This is 40", it ties together life in a funny/sad/ironic kind of way.

PINK PARKER EP-01 Hold Back the Night/02 (Let Me Get) Sweet On You/03 White Honey (Live)/04 Soul Shoes

BOTTOM LINE NYC 8/17/76-01 White Honey/02 That's What They All Say/03 Fool's Gold/04 Turned Up Too Late/05 Something You're Going Through/06 Pourin' It All Out/7 Back To Schooldays/08 Hotel Chambermaid/09 Heat Treatment/10 Don't Ask Me Questions/11 Not If It Pleases Me/12 Help Me Shake It/13 Soul Shoes

LIVE ON THE TEST-01 Heat Treatment/02 Silly Thing/03 Fool's Gold/04 Pourin' It All Out/05
Gypsy Blood/06 Don't Ask Me Questions/07 Hold Back the Night/08 Not If It Pleases Me/09 Soul Shoes/10 Kansas City/11 Stick To Me/12 Problem Child/13 Back Door Love/14 Thunder and Rain/15 Turned Up Too Late/16 Saturday Night Is Dead/17 I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down

SAN FRANCISCO 11/7/76-01 White Honey/02 That's What They All Say/03 Fool's Gold/04 Turned Up Too Late/05 Something You're Going Through/06 Pourin' It All Out/07 Back To Schooldays/08 Hotel Chambermaid/09 Heat Treatment/10 Don't Ask Me Questions/11 Not If It Pleases Me/12 Help Me Shake It/13 Soul Shoes/14 Kansas City/15 Hold Back the Night

THE PALLADIUM NYC 10/22/77-01 Heat Treatment/02 White Honey/03 Lady Doctor/04 Soul On
Ice/05 Back To Schooldays/06 Heat In harlem/07 Fool's Gold/08 Watch the Moon Come Down/09 Thunder and Rain/10 Stick To Me/11 I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down/12 Don't Ask Me Questions/13 New York Shuffle/14 Soul Shoes/15 Hold Back the Night

BBC SIGHT & SOUND STUDIOS 3/17/77-01 Heat Treatment/02 Silly Thing/03 Fool's Gold/04 Pourin It All Out/05 Gypsy Blood/06 Don't Ask Me Questions/07 Hold Back the Night/08 Not If It Pleases Me/09 Soul Shoes/10 Kansas City

ROCKPALAST 1978-01 Heat Treatment/02 White Honey/03 Soul On Ice/04 Back To Schooldays/05 Fool's Gold/06 Heat In Harlem/07 Watch the Moon Come Down/08 Thunder and Rain/09 Stick To Me/10 I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down/11 Don't Ask Me Questions/12 Not If It Pleases Me/13 New York Shuffle/14 Soul Shoes/15 Hold Back the Night

RAINBOW MUSIC HALL 1979-01 Discovering Japan/02 Local Girls/03 Thunder and Rain/04 Don't Get Excited/05 Back To Schooldays/06 Passion Is No Ordinary Word/07 Protection/08 Mercury Poisoning/09 Heat Treatment/10 Stick To Me/11 You Can't Be Too Strong/12 Love Gets You
Twisted/13 I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down/14 Don't Ask Me Questions/15 Saturday Night Is Dead/16 Nobody Hurts You/17 Soul Shoes/18 I Want You Back/19 Pouring It All Out/20 New York Shuffle

LIVE SPARKS-01 Discovering Japa/02 Local Girls/03 Nobody Hurts You/04 You Can't Be Too Strong/05 Passion Is No Ordinary Word/06 Saturday Night Is Dead/07 Love Gets You Twisted/08 Protection/09 Waiting For the UFOs/10 Don't Get Excited/11 I Want You Back (ALive)/12 Mercury Poisoning

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