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Ultimate Collection
     

Ultimate Collection

by Graham Parker
 
There is no dearth of Graham Parker compilations, but this is the first single-disc collection to draw from most of the singer/songwriter's label affiliations and thus assemble a comprehensive look at the highlights of his career. Hip-O Records, the reissue arm of the major label Universal Music, has specialized in such multi-label licensing projects in its

Overview

There is no dearth of Graham Parker compilations, but this is the first single-disc collection to draw from most of the singer/songwriter's label affiliations and thus assemble a comprehensive look at the highlights of his career. Hip-O Records, the reissue arm of the major label Universal Music, has specialized in such multi-label licensing projects in its Ultimate Collection series, but compilation producer Mike Ragogna had his work cut out for him with Parker, who began on Mercury (in the U.S. at least), now controlled by Universal, but then went on successively to Arista, Elektra, RCA, Capitol, and his present affiliation, independent label Razor & Tie. Though Ragogna has made generous choices from Parker's early work, including four tracks from his debut LP Howlin' Wind, for example, more than half the album consists of tracks licensed from other companies. Following Parker's critical and commercial history, Ragogna has delved deeply into the artist's most celebrated album, Squeezing Out Sparks, for four tracks, but has otherwise been highly selective. Parker himself, in the revealing and savvy remarks he makes in Jim Bessman's liner notes, naturally rejects the notion that he did his best work from 1976 to 1979, but the compilation itself seems to confirm that notion, drawing three-quarters of its contents from that period. Parker fans will miss many favorites, but it's hard to argue with this selection of 20 tracks at a running time of more than 76 minutes. If you want more and still don't want to start collecting the individual albums, there's always Rhino's 1993 two-CD, 39-track set Passion Is No Ordinary Word: The Graham Parker Anthology 1976-1991, which contains all but one of the titles on this disc and more. As far as single CDs go, however, this is the one to get.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2001
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0731452483324
catalogNumber:
524833

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Graham Parker   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Dave Edmunds   Guitar
Nicky Hopkins   Piano
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
John Altman   Baritone Saxophone
Bob Andrews   Background Vocals
Martin Belmont   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Andrew Bodnar   Bass
Michael Braun   Drums
Noel Brown   Guitar
Christie Chapman   Background Vocals
Jim Clouse   Saxophone
Louis Cortelezzi   Saxophone
Krystal Davis   Background Vocals
Albie Donnelly   Saxophone
Jack Douglas   Percussion
John Earle   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Danny Federici   Organ
Chris Gower   Trombone
Steve Goulding   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Huw Gower   Background Vocals
James Hallawell   Keyboards
Dick Hanson   Trumpet
Herschel Holder   Trumpet
Fred Hostetler   Background Vocals
Kevin Jenkins   Bass
Karen Lawrence   Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken   Electric Guitar
Dennis McDermott   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Kurt McGettrick   Flute,Saxophone
Brian Robertson   Guitar
George Small   Keyboards,Ondioline
Doug Stegmeyer   Bass
Eric Troyer   Background Vocals
Terry Williams   Drums
William Wittman   Background Vocals
Peter Wood   Synthesizer
Danny Ellis   Trombone
Joel Diamond   Percussion,Piano,Hammond Organ
Brinsley Schwarz   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Graham Parker   Composer,Producer
Jack Nitzsche   Producer
Jim Bessman   Liner Notes
Jack Douglas   Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Producer
Nick Lowe   Producer
William Wittman   Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Brinsley Schwarz   Producer

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