The Best of Sparks: Music That You Can Dance To

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
The third and mercifully last of Sparks' mid-'80s dance pop albums, the frankly disappointing Music That You Can Dance To delivered just two standouts: a remake of Russell Mael's European "Modesty Blaise" 45 and the epic 1985 single "Change" replaced on British pressings by "Armies of the Night". Indeed, "Change" isn't merely the album's most provocative number; it ranks among the duo's finest performances of all time, a shifting soundscape of sonics and moods through which Russell Mael's ruminations on the meaning of life are alternately cripplingly funny or soberingly thought-provoking. Time has mellowed a handful of other songs -- "Rosebud" offers another of Ron Mael's...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
The third and mercifully last of Sparks' mid-'80s dance pop albums, the frankly disappointing Music That You Can Dance To delivered just two standouts: a remake of Russell Mael's European "Modesty Blaise" 45 and the epic 1985 single "Change" replaced on British pressings by "Armies of the Night". Indeed, "Change" isn't merely the album's most provocative number; it ranks among the duo's finest performances of all time, a shifting soundscape of sonics and moods through which Russell Mael's ruminations on the meaning of life are alternately cripplingly funny or soberingly thought-provoking. Time has mellowed a handful of other songs -- "Rosebud" offers another of Ron Mael's intriguing observations on left-field Americana and later turned up a phenomenal 12" mix, while "Shopping Mall of Love" at least offers a suitably rinky-dink tune to match its theme. But ears that recoiled from Music That You Can Dance To into 1986 are unlikely to return to it, and newcomers have at least 20 other Sparks albums to visit before they get around to this one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/1990
  • Label: Curb Mod Afw
  • UPC: 715187733527
  • Catalog Number: 77335
  • Sales rank: 214,123

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Music That You Can Dance To (4:21)
  2. 2 Rosebud (4:37)
  3. 3 Fingertips (4:20)
  4. 4 Change (5:17)
  5. 5 The Scene (6:11)
  6. 6 Shopping Mall of Love (3:14)
  7. 7 Modesty Plays (3:59)
  8. 8 Let's Get Funky (6:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sparks Primary Artist
Leslie Bohem Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Bob Haag Synthesizer, Guitar, Background Vocals
David Kendrick Drums
Robert Mache Guitar
Ron Mael Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, fairlight, DX-7
Russell Mael Vocals
John Thomas Keyboards
Technical Credits
Henry Cosby Composer
Steve Hall Mastering
Dan Lacksman Engineer
Ron Mael Composer, Producer
Russell Mael Composer, Producer
Clarence Paul Composer
Greg Penny Producer
Jim Cypherd Engineer
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