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Editors’ Notes

After Graham Parker & The Rumour hit their commercial and artistic peak in 1979 with Squeezing Out Sparks, the world seemed to be their oyster. Produced by American hitmaker Jimmy Iovine and featuring a Bruce Springsteen guest spot ("Endless Night"), the follow-up, The Up Escalator, should have been the group's entrée to U.S. stardom. While it did well, it wound up being the outfit's swan song (at least until they reunited in 2012 for Three Chords Good). Parker continued on without The Rumour to waning fortunes, but the last record of their initial run together sports not only some of the catchiest cuts in the British songsmith's catalog ("Stupefaction") but some of the most intense ("Empty Lives," the aforementioned "Endless Night"). Even so, Parker and company eased up on the throttle a bit in comparison to Sparks, and those expecting Sparks Part II may have been nonplussed. In retrospect, they should have taken The Up Escalator on its own merits; it's a worthy companion to the rest of GP&R's esteemed output.

Customer Reviews

Thanks Aceman

Apatow gets an honorable mention

Great Album

This album introduced me to Graham Parker and it is my favorite of his. Would somebody at itunes replace their ridiculous "album review". It discourages people from buying a great work.

So Happy

I'm so happy this album is available! One of his best!!!


Born: November 15, 1950 in East London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Stereotyped early in his career as the quintessential angry young man, Graham Parker was one of the most successful singer/songwriters to emerge from England's pub rock scene in the early '70s. Drawing heavily from Van Morrison and the Rolling Stones, Parker developed a sinewy fusion of driving rock & roll and confessional folk-rock, highlighted by his indignant passion, biting sarcasm, and bristling anger. At the outset of his career, his albums crackled with pub rock energy, snide witticisms, and...
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