[Review] Graham Parker + The Rumour: The Pink Parker (1977)

A candy-coated treat featuring a joyous version of The Trammps’ 1975 hit, “Hold Back the Night.”

Kronomyth 2.5: Parker and pinker than previous.

Honestly, I thought Graham Parker was pretty well promoted as an artist at the beginning of his career. A pink vinyl 7-inch EP was a cool idea, and it seemed like the labels keep the product pumping. The Pink Parker is really just a cleverly disguised package for a new song, a terrific cover of The Trammps’ Hold Back the Night. Parker and the band give it an enthusiastic reading that squeezes even more musical joy from the original idea.

The rest of the EP contains a “new” song that sounds like a leftover from Heat Treatment, (Let Me Get) Sweet on You, plus a pair of tracks from the promotional live record, Live at the Marble Arch. The two new songs were eventually added as bonus tracks to Heat Treatment. Generally, cover tunes aren’t my bag, but I think “Hold Back the Night” is the best thing Parker has done to date. Hard to believe he never did a full album of covers, since this and his version of Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” are awesome.

Original 7-inch EP version

A1. Hold Back the Night (Ronnie Baker/Norman Harris/Allan Felder*/Earl Young) (3:02)
A2. (Let Me Get) Sweet on You (2:35)
B1. White Honey (live) (3:00)
B2. Soul Shoes (live) (3:20)

All songs written by Graham Parker unless noted.
* Erroneously credited as “Selder” on the UK release and “Sedler” on the US release.

The Players

Graham Parker, Bob Andrews, Martin Belmont, Andrew Bodnar, Stephen Goulding, Brinsley Schwarz with Brian Robertson (A1). A1/A2 produced by Robert John Lange, B1/B2 produced by Nick Lowe.

The Plastic

Released on pink vinyl 7-inch EP in March 1977 in the UK (Vertigo, PARK 001) and the US (Mercury, 74000) with picture sleeve. Reached #24 on the UK charts (charted on March 19, 1977 for 5 weeks) and #58 on the US charts.

  1. Re-issued on pink vinyl 12-inch EP in 1978 in Australia (Vertigo, 6831 040).

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