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Graham Parker: The Up Escalator - 40th Anniversary Edition

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It might well be an exercise in futility to find a more potent transitional album than Graham Parker's The Up Escalator. At least that's what The 40th Anniversary Edition suggests, and in no uncertain terms. Why else open the album with a track of deserved braggadocio titled “No Holding Back" or close it with that sentiment brought to life on the crackling live takes of the record's two most unforgiving numbers, “Empty Live" and “Stupefaction," included as bonus material?

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Graham Parker: Sparks Keep Flying!

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It can be brave or foolish (perhaps even a combination of both) for any artist to revisit one of their seminal works as Graham Parker has done here. But the illuminating view he's offered of this music, taken from two markedly different perspectives, reaffirms just how provocative is the material and, in turn, how inspiring it is for the musicians who play it, including the author himself. Released to complement these titles is a book of tablature (duly and extensively ...


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