Wild in the Streets: Best of 1977-1983

Wild in the Streets: Best of 1977-1983

by Garland Jeffreys
     
 

Garland Jeffreys made albums before and after the 1977-1983 period covered by this Australian compilation, but his years with A&M and Epic Records found him at his commercial apex, charting six LPs in the U.S. and scoring a major European hit with "Matador." For compilers Peter Shillito and Glenn A. BakerSee more details below

Overview

Garland Jeffreys made albums before and after the 1977-1983 period covered by this Australian compilation, but his years with A&M and Epic Records found him at his commercial apex, charting six LPs in the U.S. and scoring a major European hit with "Matador." For compilers Peter Shillito and Glenn A. Baker, the key album is 1977's critically acclaimed Ghost Writer, from which they choose eight tracks, including the song that gives this collection its title. The follow-ups, One-Eyed Jack and American Boy & Girl, were not as well received, and the compilers are more selective, drawing only five tracks from them, including, of course, "Matador" (a catchy if essentially lightweight and uncharacteristic tune for Jeffreys). That covers the A&M period, on which Jeffreys alternated rock and reggae rhythms while investigating his conflicted background and expressing his artistic aspirations. By the time he got to Epic for 1981's Escape Artist, Jeffreys was more interested in, as he put it in a song title, "R.O.C.K.," and he put together a studio backing band made up of members of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and Graham Parker's Rumour to play it. With them, he covered ? & the Mysterians' "96 Tears," and came up with his own rock/power pop numbers, such as "Modern Lovers." The compilation achieves the task of making Jeffreys' catalog sound strong even if, in their entirety, some of the albums from which it was assembled were better than others. And the artist's passion always comes through.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2002
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657012420
catalogNumber:
124
Rank:
20280

Tracks

  1. Rough and Ready  - Garland Jeffreys
  2. I May Not Be Your Kind  - Garland Jeffreys
  3. New York Skyline  - Garland Jeffreys
  4. Cool Down Boy  - Garland Jeffreys
  5. Ghost Writer  - Garland Jeffreys
  6. Lift Me Up  - Garland Jeffreys
  7. Wild in the Streets  - Garland Jeffreys
  8. 35 Millimeter Dreams  - Garland Jeffreys
  9. Keep on Trying  - Garland Jeffreys
  10. Reelin'  - Garland Jeffreys
  11. Haunted House  - Garland Jeffreys
  12. Matador  - Garland Jeffreys
  13. American Boy and Girl  - Garland Jeffreys
  14. 96 Tears  - Garland Jeffreys
  15. R.O.C.K.  - Garland Jeffreys
  16. Modern Lovers  - Garland Jeffreys
  17. Christine  - Garland Jeffreys
  18. Real Man  - Garland Jeffreys
  19. Surrender  - Garland Jeffreys
  20. El Salvador  - Garland Jeffreys

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