Graham Parker and The Rumor
"Squeezing Out Sparks"
Live Tour Recording
This recording was made 21st April 1979 in Minneapolis,
name of venue unknown. The audio is quite good as well as unusual
in that it provides a unique perspective - one channel is directly from
the house mixer while the other is from a microphone in that location.
The live sound engineer is Joe Ravitch, who was employed by Clair Brothers
at the time. Only one song is posted but the entire set was recorded.
I've recently "remixed" the track for conventional stereo.
Both are offered below.
For this tour, I was the engineer for opening act, SUSAN,
a four-piece rock ensemble managed by Tommy Mottola and signed to RCA records.
I made several recordings in this style, specifically to provide feedback
to the band, in this case, demonstrating the difference between the sound
coming from the stage versus the sound being sent to the PA. Often,
guitar and bass can be so loud as to not need support from the PA, impeding
the engineer's abilty to provide a "sane and balanced" mix.
This is the only Graham Parker recording I made during
this tour. I knew very little about GP prior to the tour and am glad
I have this one performace. It wasn't until after the tour that I
heard his studio album "Squeezing Out Sparks" and realized it paled in
comparison (sonically and energetically).
1 - INTRO
12a - Love Gets You Twisted
12b - Love Gets You Twisted