by Squeeze

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One of Squeeze's most mature and thoughtful albums, 1991's Play might be a bit pretentious in spots -- the liner notes are written out as a theatre script, with the songs laid out as dialogue -- but it's probably Squeeze's best post-reunion album. Shorn of the misguided experiments of Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti and the naked chart ambitions of Babylon and On and Frank, Play is a simple and low-key collection of songs charting (loosely; this is less of a concept album than many reviews claimed at the time) the dissolution of a love affair. Reduced to a quartet by Jools Holland's departure for a career as a BBC television presenter (the group's South London homeboy Steve Nieve, tour keyboardist Matt Irving, and more implausibly, Bruce Hornsby provide the keyboards), the group play with a loose, R&B-inflected casualness. Producer Tony Berg, unfortunately, occasionally obscures that character by drowning the songs in strings and mass backing vocals (including special appearances by Michael Penn, Wendie Colter, and Spinal Tap's Michael McKean and Christopher Guest!), but the Difford/Tilbrook songs are mostly strong enough to withstand the onslaught. "The Truth" and the downcast "Walk a Straight Line" are particular highlights.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2013
Label: Jdc Records
UPC: 0075992664424
catalogNumber: 26644240

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Squeeze   Primary Artist
Bruce Hornsby   Accordion
Michael Penn   Choir, Chorus
Steve Nieve   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord
Gabriele Morgan   Choir, Chorus
Sid Page   Strings
Steven Soles   Choir, Chorus
John Acevedo   Strings
Tony Berg   Guitar,Keyboards
Larry Corbett   Strings
Joel Derouin   Strings
Chris Difford   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Claudia Fontaine   Background Vocals
Armen Garabedian   Strings
Berj Garabedian   Strings
Gary Grant   Horn
Christopher Guest   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Hey   Horn
Dan Higgins   Horn
Matt Irving   Organ,Piano,Accordion
Suzie Kattayama   Strings
Gilson Lavis   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Paul Lee   Background Vocals
Beverley Skeete   Background Vocals
Glenn Tilbrook   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Keith Wilkinson   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Blance Black   Choir, Chorus
Mary Jo Braun   Choir, Chorus
Wendie Colter   Choir, Chorus
Laurence Johnson   Background Vocals
Michael McKean   Choir, Chorus
Betsy Petrie   Choir, Chorus
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn
Bob Becker   Strings
Larry Williams   Horn

Technical Credits

Squeeze   Arranger
Tony Berg   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Chris Difford   Composer
Glenn Tilbrook   Composer

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