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Sparks Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins (3-CD)

Mojo (Publisher): 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]his was not just the sound of the Maels at peak form but one of the best records of the '90s."
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Released: November 15, 2019
  • Originally Released: 1994
  • Label: BMG Rights Management

Entertainment Reviews:

Option - 7-8/95, p.138
"...Longtime fans should enjoy this one, and doubters may finally be convinced of...[Ronald and Russell] Mael's odd charms..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.118
4 stars out of 5 - "[T]his was not just the sound of the Maels at peak form but one of the best records of the '90s."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Gratuitous Sax
  • 2.When Do I Get to Sing "My Way"
  • 3.(When I Kiss You) I Hear Charlie Parker Playing
  • 4.Frankly, Scarlett, I Don't Give a Damn
  • 5.I Thought I Told You to Wait in the Car
  • 6.Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil
  • 7.Now That I Own the BBC
  • 8.Tsui Hark
  • 9.The Ghost of Liberace
  • 10.Let's Go Surfing
  • 11.Senseless Violins

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.National Crime Awareness Week (Complete Psycho) [Remix] - (remix)
  • 2.When Do I Get to Sing "My Way" [The Grid Radio Edit] [Remix] - (remix)
  • 3.(When I Kiss You) I Hear Charlie Parker Playing [Bernard Butler's Fashionable World of Fashion Mix] - (remix)
  • 4.Now That I Own the BBC [Live Acoustic Version] [Remix] - (remix, live)
  • 5.When Do I Get to Sing "My Way" [Vince Clarke Remix] - (remix)
  • 6.She's an Anchorman [Remix] - (remix)
  • 7.Little Drummer Boy [Remix] [Previously Unreleased] - (remix, previously unreleased)
  • 8.Beat the Clock [Live in Concert] [Remix] - (remix, live)
  • 9.National Crime Awareness Week (13 Minutes in Heaven) [Remix] - (remix)
  • 10.When Do I Get to Sing "My Way" [Sticks & Stones Remix] - (remix)
  • 11.(When I Kiss You) I Hear Charlie Parker Playing [The Beatmasters' Full-Blown Dub] [Remix] - (remix)
  • 12.Now That I Own the BBC [Motiv 8 Extended Vocal Mix] - (remix)
  • 13.When Do I Get to Sing "My Way" [Pro-Gress Mix] - (remix)
  • 14.National Crime Awareness Week [The Janet Leigh Mix] - (remix)

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Where Did I Leave My Halo? [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • 2.She's Beautiful (So What) [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • 3.Mid-Atlantic [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • 4.The Farmer's Daughter [Demo]
  • 5.This Angry Young Man (Ain't Angry No More) [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • 6.Bob Hope [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • 7.She's an Anchorman [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • 8.Love Can Conquer All [Demo]
  • 9.That's What I Call Paradise [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • 10.This Angry Young Man (Ain't Angry No More) [Ron Vocal Version] [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • 11.Mid-Atlantic [Ron Vocal Version] [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • 12.That's Entertainment [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • 13.Katharine Hepburn [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • 14.Titanic [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • 15.Othello [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • 16.Holiday [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • 17.Boris the Spider [Demo] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)

Product Description:

Audio Mixers: John Thomas ; Steve Bates.
Audio Remasterers: Dave Schultz; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Authors: Christi Haydon; Ron Mael; Russell Mael.
Recording information: Fon Studios, Sheffield, England (11/17/1994); Fon, Sheffield (11/17/1994); Phunky Torso at the Finiflex Studio (11/17/1994); Sarm East (11/17/1994); Sparks Studio, Los Angeles (11/17/1994); The Shepherds Bush Empire, London (11/17/1994).
Photographer: Dieter Eikelpoth.
On their first release in seven years, brothers Russell and Ron Mael appear to be artistically recharged in the wake of their extended layoff. Not only do they grace us with one of their best titles since 1982's ANGST IN MY PANTS, but the opening "When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way'" is one of the duo's all-time best songs. The album's first single, this song is at once both deeply affecting and extremely funny, as is the surprisingly moving "The Ghost Of Liberace."
Other highlights include the excellent "I Thought I Told You To Wait in the Car" and one of Sparks' silliest tunes, "Now That I Own the BBC." Possibly the most surprising track is "Tsui Hark," as the heartfelt tribute to the Hong Kong film director features samples from the auteur's movies. The arrangements use elements from mid-'90s dance pop but sound of a piece with the rest of Sparks' quarter-century career.

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