Friday, April 6, 2012

Graham Parker: Live! Alone in America (1989)




We've tried three new hosts (Crocko, Rapidshare and Nekups) based on your comments (see HERE) please give us your review of the one(s) you try. Your feedback is highly appreciated!


To help pass the time till the start of Graham Parker's Big Year (more details HERE) MRML is going to dig into the bulging 'GP stuff' folder, to bring you a wide-ranging selection of Recordings of Independent Origin and Out-Of-Print wonders.





Upon my first exposure to the solo Parker of Live! Alone in America I was underwhelmed. Perhaps because GP had been such an impressive band leader, I wasn't ready for this ultra-stripped down set. Now, of course, I can hear how the raw passion still burns through on both familiar tracks like "Hotel Chambermaid and the otherwise-unavailable ones, "Soul Corruption", "Three Martini Lunch" and "Durban Poison". I've been listening to this album non-strop this week and have really come to hear how by cutting the arrangements to the bone proves just how tightly written these songs really are.


Graham Parker, guitar, vocals
Recorded at Philadelphia's Theater of Living Arts October,1988

Tracklist
1         White Honey     2:31   
2         Watch The Moon Come Down     4:31   
3         Black Honey     3:14   
4         Protection     3:53   
5         Soul Corruption     5:48   
6         Gypsy Blood     5:02   
7         Back To Schooldays     2:20   
8         Durban Poison     2:58   
9         The 3 Martini Lunch     3:27   
10         Back In Time     2:46   
11         Hotel Chambermaid     2:23   
12         Don't Let It Break You Down     3:17   
13         You Can't Be Too Strong     3:05   
14         A Change Is Gonna Come     2:28





GP fans - what do you make of this album? Is Parker as strong  solo as he is with a band? Do you wanna hear another batch of Parker rarities? Let us know in the COMMENTS section!



Support the man:

Homepage

Amazon


iTunes

MySpace

Bloodshot Records

Facebook


23 comments:

  1. YOUR FEEDBACK IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS BLOG!

    PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW THESE SERVICES WORK FOR YOU.

    NETKUPS
    http://netkups.com/?d=f246789be1fe3

    RAPIDSHARE
    https://rapidshare.com/files/3633268149/GPLAiA.rar

    CROCKO
    http://www.crocko.com/D1D1B40425E44D689525D86258A748F5/GPLAiA.rar

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. CROCKO was the least popular so I ditched it.

      Delete
  2. any and all gp rare stuff is ALWAYS welcome. thanks for hanging in there with all the data locker nonsense

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hopefully I'll get this all sorted out - do let us know how you found the locker you used.

      Delete
  3. This one has been a favorite of mine since it was first released -- pure, unfiltered GP at full strength -- probably play it more than any other single GP recording I own. Looking forward to more GP (and all the other cool stuff you bring to light!) -- thanks again for a great blog!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm really glad I gave it another listen...

      Delete
  4. Hey Jeffen

    It's only a test:

    Netkups ~150-160 kbps
    Rapidshare ~30 kbps limit
    Crocko ~50-60 kbps

    Use what is best for you.It must be a nightmare using Rapidshare for a lossless file!

    And of course we all await the new Graham Parker and the Rumour album later this year.

    Doug

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the test.
      I may well go with Netkups then.

      Delete
  5. thanks for hanging in there.

    ReplyDelete
  6. this one has never left my gp heavy-rotation list, especially the ache of 3 martini lunch . . . speaking of rarities, if anyone has the gp tribute from about '98 or so (piss and vinegar, i think was the title), I'm looking for that. also, gp and ian hunter from last week (3/30) at the winery in nyc would be worth more than a passing listen . . . thanks again for hanging in there

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The P & v comp is still In-Print:

      http://www.amazon.com/Piss-Vinegar-Songs-Graham-Parker/dp/B000001ZU5

      And I'll keep an eye out for the IH/GP set.

      Delete
  7. This is my favorite Graham Parker Album! Great

    ReplyDelete
  8. Netkups worked very well. Thanks for hanging in there!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks for the good words and the recommendation.

      Delete
  9. Netkups was quick and smooth, no problems here. Maybe i'll look into using this as well. I'm paying for Adrive. Glad you were able to re-up this album. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Netkups seems to be the winner here.

    ReplyDelete
  11. So happy you're back in action! Maybe one of these days I'll actually download something to celebrate...

    CallPastorJerkface

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'll admit that this is one of my favorite Graham Parker albums. But, hey, I'm going to be trying the two "bootleg" box sets soon, so I may find those better.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah this needs to be on the bootleg box 3

      Delete
  13. Haven't heard this in years, had it on cassette. Always loved Durban Poison.
    Cheers!
    Greg

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah the three new tracks here are EXCELLENT.

      Delete
  14. I always thought it was classy that the first track on this album is the first track on his first album. And Black Honey and Gypsy Blood are as good as any other ballads in recorded history.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for clicking the COMMENTS link.
Now that you're here,I should mentions that
without reader feedback blogs slowly wither and die