ARTIST: Graham Parker
TITLE: Heat Treatment
YEAR RELEASED: 1976
CHART ACTION: #169 US, #52 UK
SINGLES: None from the album.
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe Pourin’ It All Out or Fools’ Gold
LINEUP: Graham Parker & The Rumour (Bob Andrews, Brinsley Schwarz, Steve Goulding, Andrew Bodnar and Martin Belmont)
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The second release from Parker solidifies his reputation as a critics’ artist and an angry young man in the UK.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Coming quick on the heels of his debut, this album finds Parker exploring more soul and R&B influences than his debut. The title track definitely sounds like a lost soul song. However, the money tracks are “Fools’ Gold” and “Pourin’ It All Out” which are classic UK new-wave songs.
The album sounds better than his debut, even though Parker doesn’t like it. Mutt Lange produced it in Wales and he did a decent job in bringing out good performances from Parker and the Rumour (at least I think so).
Again, this was a critics’ record of choice in 1976, mainly because it was a fresh sound from all the rock that was happening then. In retrospect this isn’t an A album, but it’s another good one especially if you’re exploring the new sounds form the UK during that era.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Black Honey” is a sequel to “White Honey” – the first track on his debut.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, the version now has the Pink Parker EP, which contained his first US hit “Hold Back the Night: (#58 US, #24 UK).
GRADE: B+: It’s not as great as they thought in 1976, but it’s still good.