For the first time, Michael Franks made an album completely without the production team of Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt and Lee Hershberg, employing instead John Simon (the Band, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen). The recording boasts a large number of celebrated horn and string players, as well as jazz luminaries Ron Carter, Bucky Pizzarelli, Kenny Barron, Mike Mainieri and Flora Purim.
This new 4CD / 1DVD Super Deluxe Box Set version comprises a host of bonus material including; B-sides and extended mixes; BBC sessions; a previously unreleased Glasgow Barrowlands concert; promo videos; Top Of The Pops and Oxford Road Show footage; a booklet containing sleeve notes and interviews plus track by track annotation and a reproduction concert programme…
Two women from different social class with similar concerns but decided to spend the weekend in a country house. The unexpected visit of a tramp converts quiet holiday in a nightmare of horror, action and human passions.
Peter is the dark brooding type. Leading a vacuous, shapeless life, he longs for the ideal woman, while at the same time, half heartedly continuing with his habitual girlfriend, Marusa , who is considerably older, a fact that Peter is quick to point out. As an ageing actress, struggling for parts in her local theatre, she oozes insecurity and breathes uncertainty. Together, they spend their time in the local restaurant, smoking, drinking and trading verbal blows. "I bet you'll just end up a drunk," she tells Peter each time. Peter just grins and tells her how old she looks. Compounded by a thankless director who soon shows her the door, Marusa finds her identity being squeezed harder and harder against the wall.
Originally released in February 1984, Sparkle In The Rain (title taken from a line in Book Of Brilliant Things) was Simple Minds' sixth studio album and, following 1982's crossover album New Gold Dream, the one to cement their commercial success. This 2015 2CD Deluxe Edition of the title contains the original remastered album along with a bonus disc of rare B-sides, some making their CD debut for the first time. These include: a live version of New Gold Dream's 'Hunter And The Hunted,' which shows the band's evolving sound; acclaimed 12-inch remixes of 'Waterfront' (producer Steve Lillywhite looped the drums to create an extended intro, as well as stripped instrumentation to create a huge, expansive track), 'Speed Your Love To Me,' 'Up On The Catwalk' and 'A Brass Band In Africa,' and 'Bass Line' the original instrumental that became 'White Hot Day.' Add to this an expanded booklet and you have a must have piece for any Simple Minds fans music collection.