Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Squeeze - East Side Story (1981)

Note: this release was originally given to me as an LP, later replaced by a CD.

This album is generally considered to be Squeeze's best and it's hard to argue with that, even though this is probably the most uneven album the band recorded. You've got blue-eyed soul, rockabilly, psychedelic, delicate ballads, pop, ska, and country/western all represented somewhere in these 14 tracks. Rolling Stone magazine, which famously called Difford & Tilbrook new wave's Lennon & McCartney in its review of this album, placed this release at #82 in its list of the 100 Best Albums of the Eighties. That's far too low, guys.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #44
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #54

Tracks: It's all good. I've already documented that Tempted is one of my all-time top ten songs. In addition to Tempted, the best tracks are In Quintessence, Piccadilly, Is That Love, Someone Else's Bell, Vanity Fair, and Messed Around. Admittedly, some tracks are an acquired taste: There's No Tomorrow, Heaven, and F-Hole. But even these tracks grow on you after a few listens.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Given this album by my friend Jim, it received many, many plays on my bedroom's turntable. By the time I figured out what the band was doing, I was in love with the album. And then I was a life-long Squeeze fan.

I've been told that Tempted should be listened to three times consecutively at a very loud volume.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Domino (1998)
Some Fantastic Place (1993)
Babylon and On (1987)
Difford & Tilbrook (1984)
Argybargy (1980)
Cool For Cats (1979)

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