The very title of Spot the Difference suggests there are notable variations between this collection of re-recorded hits and the originals, but a quick listen reveals that Squeeze are taunting their audience to differentiate these painstaking re-creations from the originals. Apart from the fact that Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford are several years older -- a fact they take no pains to disguise -- these 15 re-recordings could pass in a pinch for the originals, the arrangements and instrumentation uncannily mimicking the classics. While this hardly supplants those originals, Spot the Difference is a fun spin for the devoted and a good advertisement for Squeeze's reunion tour, proving they still have the knack to entertain.
Performance CreditsSqueeze Primary Artist
Paul Carrack Keyboards,Vocals
John Bentley Bass Guitar,Vocals
Chris Difford Guitar,Vocals
Derek Green Background Vocals
Glenn Tilbrook Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Bryan Chambers Background Vocals
Phil Veacock Saxophone
Stephen Large Keyboards
Siobhan Parr Background Vocals
Lincoln Jean-Marie Background Vocals
Suzanne Hunt Background Vocals
Louis Tilbrook Background Vocals
Simon Hanson Drums
Ray Tabor Horn
Paul Pott Horn
Bob Litten Horn
Andrew J. Jones Synthesizer,Percussion
Alexandra Baybutt Background Vocals
Technical CreditsChris Difford Composer
Glenn Tilbrook Composer,Producer
Jason M. Villanueva Artwork
Chris McNally Engineer
Dougal Lott Engineer
Andrew J. Jones Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Spot the Difference based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This is really for fans that haven't heard all these songs before due to the fact that many of the original albums have long been out of print. If you already have every Squeeze album, then this is not at all essential, but then again, if you have every Squeeze album you'll likely want it for completest purposes. Also, to us longtime, long-suffering fans, this is a good taste of what the most recent lineup of the band sounds like on record, and a welcome return to the studio of the great Difford and Tilbrook team.
Listening to this CD is like spending time with an old friend reliving the same silly things you used to do together. Each song brought a smile to my face and the subtle differences remind me that while we have all grown a bit older, we still know how to sing along. I find the reason for releasing the CD to be very tongue-in-cheek and I bet they had a blast recording it. I didn't mind spending the money for mature renditions from a couple of musical perfectionists!
It appears that Glenn and Chris were not getting royalties on the old albums/CDs. How do you solve this problem? Re-record your old hits and release them on your new label thus capturing the royalties. That is the sole purpose of this CD. If you have the songs on other CDs, don't buy it. I am a big fan and I feel that they are taking advantage of their fans. Just another best of CD (one of many by Squeeze) with some VERY SLIGHT differences. On the other hand, I just purchased the Squeeze BBC sessions (import) from B & N and it is fantastic. I listen to it every day! They have three different versions of Tempted on it! One with Paul Carrack and the others with Glenn doing all the vocals.