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Sparks - Live at Record Plant (1974)




















This is a recording made by the band  in September 1974, during their US tour, between the release of their widely acclaimed and successful Kimono My House album (issued in May 1974, #4 in UK but only #101 in the US)) and its follow-up Propaganda in November 1974 (only 5 months later, a tour-de-force) which would be a little bit less successful in UK but fared better in the US. This is the reason why there are 2 songs form their next-to-come LP in the set ("Something For The Girl With Everything" and "B.C."). Otherwise, you find the 2 hits "Amateur Hour" and "This Town...", the latter in an extended version (not far from 6 min). The 4 other songs are from Kimono My House. This intimate concert (only some claps at the end of each song) would be broadcasted on KMET-FM's some days later. The sound quality is very good and this live-in-studio can be listened to as if it was an official release (which is not). What's interesting is to realize that the music that Sparks played on Kimono My House was not due to some highly sophisticated studio manipulations, but that the band was able to play it live as it was, showing the natural dimension of this surprising and singular music, that aged so well. Since the Mael's brothers are on the way to publish their 23rd album next September, it's a good opportunity to jump in their old material, and primary in some less-known testimonies such as the previous posts and this one. Catch it here. Note that I used the cover sleeve of one CD LP of this recording.



6 comments:

Timmy said...

Hey! Is there any way you could re-up a link for this.... I do not see any links...
THANK YOU --

dkelvin said...

The link is on the "here" of "catch it here" as usual.
I've my reasons to do it this way
dk

Timmy said...

Ahhhh, didn't notice. Thanx.........

Hamster said...

When it first came out, the "Kimono My House" lp was a regular feature on my turntable. Loving this nice little show. Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

"This town" is definitely one of those perfect singles you can always put back on the turntable with equal joy to listen to. Great gift,

Thanks,

Derek from Paris,

harada57 said...

thanks

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