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Graham Parker & the Rumour: Live at Rockpalast

Last Updated 10/30/2012 7:10:54 PM

By: Tommy Bellwether

Graham Parker & the Rumour Live at Rockpalast  (MVD Visual)Graham Parker & the Rumour

Live at Rockpalast

(MVD Visual)

Graham Parker's first four or five LPs were those of a real up and comer  His lyrics were full of anger and sung with just the right amount of righteous rage.  The Squeezing Out Sparks record had him poised to enter the rarefied world of Springsteen's and Costello's.  But then something happened, things just went south, and he never seemed able to reclaim the momentum.  However, for a brief moment, GP & the Rumour (an incredible band, by the way) burned ever so brightly as a live band that tore it up. 

These DVDs captures the band at the height of its formidable powers.  Nothing fancy going on here, just great shows captured for posterity.  Highlights include an absolutely scorching rendition of "Don't Ask Me No Questions" and Little Feat's "Tripe Face Boogie," featuring the band running on all eight cylinders.  On disc number one, the bonus is legendary ivory tickler Nicky Hopkins subbing for Bob Andrews. On Disc two, the band is augmented by a four-piece horn section.  Filmed in '78 (as opposed to the 1980 set on disc one), the set is heavy on the years he was on Mercury (if you're not familiar with is his scathing song "Mercury Poisoning", search it out now!) and highlights the years he was hitting it like an attitudinal, but funky New Caledonia Orchestra (Van Morrison) vibe.

Great stuff and the songs, the singer and the band are all superlative.  Very much worth checking out.

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