Label: A&M Records - POCM 1933 • Series: A&M Pops Profile,Audio Master Plus Series • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Stereo • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Pop Rock
Roundly regarded as Squeeze 's grand masterpiece, in its planned incarnation East Side Story was going to be much grander: it was designed as a double-album with each side produced by a different musician, all a forefather of a different aspect of Squeeze. Dave Edmunds and his Rockpile cohort Nick Lowe were both contracted, as was F-Hole - Squeeze - East Side Story 's main producing success story Elvis Costelloand then Paul McCartney was slated for a side, but as the sessions started all but Elvis and Edmunds pulled out, with Dave only contributing one track.
Costello was enough to make a big, big difference, helping to highlight a band in flux. Jools Holland left the group after Argybargytaking with him a penchant for boogie-woogie novelty tunes. His replacement was Paul Carrackveteran of pub rockers Ace who gave Squeeze another lead singer with true commercial potential -- something that Costello exploited by having Carrack sing lead for the brilliant piece of blue-eyed soul, "Tempted" Costello and So Young - The Devil Dogs - Bigger Beef Bonanza! Tilbrook sneak in for the second verse.
Far from reprising his skeletal, nervy production for The SpecialsCostello smoothes out the lingering rough edges in the band, giving them a hint of gloss that has more to do with its new wave era than commercial considerations. It's bright, colorful, immediate even when things get ambitious, as they do on the dense, grandly psychedelic "F-Hole," which is cleverly deflated -- musically and lyrically -- by its juxtaposition with "Labelled with Love," a lazy country-rock stroll that doesn't seem out of place among the rest of the clever, immaculately constructed pop songs.
Instead, it acts as further proof that Difford and Tilbrook could write and play almost anything at this point: they perfected their barbed, bouncy pop -- best heard on the single "Is That Love," but also "Someone Else's Heart" and terrific, percolating "Piccadilly" -- but they also slowed down to a hazy crawl Its A Young World - Roy Clark - My Music & Me "There's No Tomorrow," turned intimate and sensitive on the jangly "Woman's World," and crafted the remarkably fragile, Baroque "Vanity Fair.
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