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best Squeeze album

I own everything Squeeze ever released: every album, single, EP, rare unreleased promo tracks, etc. And I've seen them live numerous times, even in the early days (in a small school gymnasium).

'Play' is their best release, yet few own it, ever even heard it. It was their only release for Warner Bros., their only collection produced by Tony Berg.

It's incredible. Listen to 'House of Love' and 'The Day I Get Home', both rich with textures and harmony beyond the usual Squeeze song. 'Letting Go', 'Satisfied', and 'Crying In My Sleep' also are standouts.

The b-sides on singles from 'Play' were also fantastic. But you'll have to hunt for them. They're not on iTunes: 'Maidstone', 'Mood Swings', 'Happiness Is King', 'Laughing In My Sleep'. These tracks were of matching quality to anything on 'Play'.

This is Squeeze's most overlooked, underrated album. Why? I'm not sure. I bought it the day it came out and was amazed by it. This is the Squeeze album that still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand out and sends a chill up my spine.

Buy it.

The final TRUE Squeeze album

Play had a very difficult time getting heard and the band was cheated in many ways by "cut-backs" from their new label. The record was not properly promoted which may be why it never really went anywhere.

Play found the band as a four piece due to the departure of Jools Holland for the final time. The album recording process was plagued with much turmoil in the band which certainly brought a strangely depressing overtone throughout the record. The only real single from the album was the lead off track "Satisfied" which failed to chart well. The "sound" of Squeeze had truly changed here and was not welcomed by many. Some find Play to be their best work due to the nature of the lyrics and musicianship.

Even though the group was at odds with one another there are some fantastic songs here. Keith Wilkinson (bass) and Gilson Lavis (drums) are tighter than ever before and lay the foundation beautifully across the album. Even though simplistic at times I find this to be the best record that both Keith and Gilson meshed on.

A true stones throw from classic Squeeze this record remains a constant in my Squeeze rotation. I had abandoned the album for many years and upon return couldn't understand why I had forgotten about it. It isn't a five star Squeeze album but is an important part of their history. I mark this as the last true Squeeze album due to Gilson leaving the group following the Play tour.

All in all it is a heavily underrated Squeeze album and deserves more recognition that it gets. 4 Stars.

Under Rated?

Squeeze as a whole are under rated. Glenn Tilbrook has to be one of the greatest guitar players yet he is never on anyone’s list of greats. This album has some very memorable songs, if you bother to listen. My personal fav is The Truth. “The truth has to be told, my blood runs hot and cold. The truth… is not my middle name”. Bloody brilliant.


Formed: 1974

Genre: Rock

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

As one of the most traditional pop bands of the new wave, Squeeze provided one of the links between classic British guitar pop and post-punk. Inspired heavily by the Beatles and the Kinks, Squeeze was the vehicle for the songwriting of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, who were hailed as the heirs to Lennon and McCartney's throne during their heyday in the early '80s. Unlike Lennon and McCartney, the partnership between Difford and Tilbrook was a genuine collaboration, with the former writing the...
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