Review: The York Press


The York Press (January 9, 2014)
CD Reviews
Sparks: New Music for Amnesiacs, The Essential Collection (Lil Beethoven) *****



Sleeve: Quirky front, natch, of cardboard cut-outs of siblings Ron and Russell Mael stood stock still on a dusty road at night and about to be mowed down by a top- marque car. Pure Maelovolence.

Sleevenotes: Mael model pix through four decades, plus glowing testimonies from Todd Rundgren, Giorgio Moroder and Morrissey.

Content: Chronological listing spanning 40 tracks and superbly illustrating the first-class Maels’ career from pop innovators to denizens of the disco and then on present position as masters of baroque popera.

High point: This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us – a soaring, sizzle-burst that started my 30-year journey aboard the Mael train.

Low point: Nothing “maelificent” here folks, it’s all sublime and peachy.

Any glaring omissions? A split between Hasta Manana Monsieur and Thank God It’s Not Christmas – both Mael and hearty belters.

Anything new: No, just thrilling Maels of the expected excellence.

Cheerful or tearful excuse for release? A maelstrom of mesmerising, musical magic.


Review: Duluth News Tribune


Duluth News Tribune (January 2, 2014)
Sparks anthology a good introduction
(Review: New Music for Amnesiacs, The Ultimate Collection)



Sparks anthology a good introduction

The career-retrospective anthology is one of those major milestones for a band. It says that their decades of hard work were not just disposable noise, and that their career was actually an ongoing chapter book, each segment filled with fresh songs that advance the narrative of their life’s work. It’s also a way to gouge loyal fans for extra dough without much effort.

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Review: Daily Record


Daily Record (December 13, 2013)
Album Reviews: Various artists + Sparks + Ultravox + Childish Gambino



Sparks: New Music for Amnesiacs: The Essential Collection

BROTHERS Ron and Russell Mael have given us 40-plus years of incredible versatility – the classic synth of The Number One Song in Heaven to the punky Forever Young and the electro belter Beat the Clock. This is a fantastic retrospective. 4/5



Review: Scunthorpe Telegraph


Scunthorpe Telegraph (December 9, 2013)
CD REVIEWS: Simple Red, Boyzone, Turner, Josh Taerk, Sparks


NEW MUSIC FOR AMNESIACS - SPARKS (Lil Beethoven Records): A two-CD set tracking the 45-year career of brothers Ron and Russ Mael, better known as Sparks. This set pulls together the dance-mode Sparks with the glam-gum stuff and all manner of oddities. Thankfully Ron and Russell show no signs of slowing down and diluting their vision for the future of popular music. 8/10.




Reviews: New Music For Amnesiacs (2)


Get Ready to ROCK! (November 27, 2013)
Album review: SPARKS – New Music For Amnesiacs – The Essential Collection (Rating: 4.5/5)


Ron and Russell Mael really are musical geniuses it has to be said.



Under The Radar (November 29, 2013)
Sparks New Music for Amnesiacs: The Ultimate Collection (Rating 7.5/10)



exclaim.ca (December 6, 2013)
Sparks Announce 'New Music for Amnesiacs: The Essential Collection'






Article: Under The Radar


Under The Radar (November 27, 2013)
Under the Radar’s Holiday Gift Guide for Geeks and Music Lovers



Sparks: New Music For Amnesiacs: The Ultimate Collection (Lil Beethoven)

Despite their longevity, brothers Ron and Russell Mael, who started Sparks in the 1970s, have produced some of their best work in the 21st century, winning over a fresh generation of fans in the process. This four-disc best of collection, self-released on their own Lil Beethoven label, is a great place to sample their entire career. Along with the music, you get a 64 page hardback book, replica tickets, contact sheets featuring outtakes from the Big Beat photo session shot by Richard Avedon, a car window sticker, and more. This box set is big enough for Sparks fans both casual and devoted.




The Essential Collection

Sparks: New Music For Amnesiacs - The Essential Collection

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This will be on general release late November/early December, but will be shipped from the Sparks Store on November 10th.


CD 1:
01 Wonder Girl
02 Girl From Germany
03 This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us
04 Amateur Hour
05 Propaganda
06 At Home, At Work, At Play
07 Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
08 Something For The Girl With Everything
09 Looks, Looks, Looks
10 Get In The Swing
11 Big Boy
12 Nothing To Do
13 A Big Surprise
14 Forever Young
15 The Number One Song In Heaven
16 Beat The Clock
17 When I'm With You (LP Single Version)
18 Tips For Teens
19 Funny Face
20 Angst In My Pants
21 I Predict
22 Popularity

CD2:
01 Cool Places
02 Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat
03 Music That You Can Dance To
04 Change
05 Singing In The Shower (with Les Rita Mitsouko)
06 So Important
07 National Crime Awareness Week (Psycho Cut)
08 When Do I Get To Sing May Way
09 (When I Kiss You) I Hear Charlie Parker Playing
10 Something For The Girl With Everything
11 The Calm Before The Storm (Single version)
12 The Rhythm Thief
13 How Do I Get To Carnegie Hall?
14 Suburban Homeboy
15 Dick Around
16 Perfume
17 Good Morning
18 Lighten Up, Morrissey



2枚組の公式なベスト盤がリリースされます。Box SetがUltimate Collectionなのに対し、こちらはEssential Collection。Box Setと同じく自選らしいですが、普通にシングル曲を網羅したベスト盤です。
一般の流通は11月終わりから12月初旬(Amazonだと12月3日発売予定)ですが、Sparks Martだと11月10日から発送開始ということです。

Box Setと同じリマスター版だと思うのですが、"National Crime Awareness Week"とか”Change”がすごくきれいなんですよ!
現在はCDでの入手が困難な2曲ですし、それだけでも価値があると思います。



Reviews: New Music For Amnesiacs (1)


The California Report (October 25, 2013)
Pop Music Review: Sparks 'New Music for Amnesiacs'


Pop Matters (October 23, 2013)
Sparks: New Music for Amnesiacs, the Ultimate Collection (Rating: 6/10)


The Grid (October 31, 2013)
Sparks: New Music for Amnesiacs—The Ultimate Collection (Rating: 9/10)

This is the stuff of genius, in the truest sense of the word—and Sparks aren’t even finished creating yet.

Article: Dangerous Minds

Sparks Box Set "New Music For Amnesiacs" will be released on October 21!!!


Dangerous Minds (October 16, 2013)
FIRST CLASS MAEL: SPARKS RELEASE ULTIMATE BOX SET COLLECTION ‘NEW MUSIC FOR AMNESIACS’



We'd recommend ordering it online to be sure to get it.
(From Sparks Official Facebook)

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