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Joe Jackson Look Sharp'
Look SharpIncludes Smash Hits Is She Really Going Out With Him, One More Time, Sunday Papers
100% Analog Mastering From Real Analog Tapes!
Jacket: Old Style Debossed Single-Jacket Printed By Stoughton on Heavy Stock
100 Best Debut Albums of All Time- Rolling Stone
Okay, I know that Joe Jackson isn't exactly an unknown, but how many of you revere (or even own) this, his first album. And what an album it is! As well as the timeless Is She Really Going Out With Him? you get One More Time, Sunday Papers, Happy Loving Couples, Baby Stick Around and Fools In Love, most of them on a first side that hits it out of the park. Indeed, if it wasn't for Fools (possibly the best song here) many a record out there would be mint condition on side two. Happy coincidence meant that Jackson's poignant and acerbic observations on life and love, along with his impressive musical training and heritage collided headlong with the UK New Wave, opening wide the opportunities for his bitter-sweet songs.
His material and delivery draw inevitable comparisons with Elvis Costello, but for me, Jackson is a cut above our Declan. Of course, that might be home-town familiarity speaking and Joe and the boys were an ever-present part of the live music wall-paper while I was at college, but then The Cure, The Banshees and The Attractions were too, if on a more revolving basis, so he had plenty of competition for my attention and affections. But what makes this album stick is the sheer quality of the lyrics. Even an out and out rocker like One More Time has an observant intelligence and almost painful honesty, while Fools and Is She have stood the test of time, shored up by the barbed familiarity of their outsider's stance and subtly twisted viewpoint. These are songs that speak not just for their generation but all the generations that have followed.
The vocal is all angst and attitude, with driven riffs, bass that goes deep and drums that stay hit. What's not to like about a record that captures the life and energy of a classic four-piece rock band in full, uninhibited, unabashed overdrive. Me - I love it! -Roy Gregory,
Look Sharp! is sourced from the best tape currently available, a beautifully preserved ½" "safety copy" of the original stereo master. When mastering this LP we compared what we were getting off the tape to an original A&M UK LP. While great sounding overall, the original LP is of course a very edgy sounding New Wave, post-punk record with a brashness that borders on being outright bright sounding. Where the aggressive top -end energy is concerned, the tapes showed no discernible age! We were able to maintain that grungy edge, but also restore the driving bass lines and bottom-end foundation that were on these tapes. The result is the best-sounding Look Sharp! anyone's ever heard, with all the drive and pop of the original UK release, but with superb tonal balance, imaging and clarity. The definitive issue of this iconic New Wave classic!
This title is not eligible for discount.1. One More Time
2. Baby Stick Around
3. Sunday Papers
4. Look Sharp!
5. Is She Really Going Out With Him?
6. Fools In Love
7. Happy Loving Couples
8. (Do The) Instant Mash
9. Throw it Away
10. Pretty Girls
11. Got the Time$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Joe Jackson - Collected
180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl
High-Quality PVC Protective Sleeve
Featuring ''Fools In Love'', ''Is She Really Going Out With Him?'' And ''It's Different For Girls''
Joe Jackson's debut single, ''Is She Really Going Out With Him?'', was not an immediate hit; however, by the time his debut album Look Sharp! was released, the song had reached charts in the U.K. and U.S., earning him a gold record. For the follow-up, he produced the top 5 hit ''It's Different For Girls'', Joe received the highest musical accolade of the Netherlands, the Edison Award.
After two edgy new wave pop records, his next tracks included some reggae influences such as the tracks ''One to One'' and ''Mad At You'', while ''Jumpin' Jive'' - recorded with jazz musicians - was full of old jump blues and swing tunes.
The huge commercial success came with his crafted pop songs ''Steppin' Out'' and jazzy ''Breaking Us In Two'' climbing the charts worldwide. Joe Jackson produced even jazzier hits in 1984 such as ''Happy Ending'', (a duet with Elaine Caswell), ''Be My Number Two'' and ''You Can't Get What You Want''.
The album Big World (1986), a live album of entirely new material including ''Home Town'', was recorded during six concerts. It is not a regular live album though, the audience was asked to be quiet during the songs and the applause was edited out.
The pop song ''Nineteen Forever'' was part of a larger construction from the album Blaze Of Glory, designed to tell a semi-autobiographical story. In 1991 Joe Jackson decided to abandon pop once and for all in favor of more serious music. It spawned the track ''Stranger Than Fiction''.
Joe Jackson - COLLECTED is a comprehensive series of sounds Joe Jackson has gone through, from old to new, this collection will never get boring!LP 1
1. Fools In Love
2. Is She Really Going Out With Him?
3. Look Sharp!
4. Got The Time
5. Sunday Papers
6. It's Different For Girls
7. I'm The Man
8. Mad At You
9. Beat Crazy
10. One To One
11. The Harder They Come
12. Jumpin' Jive
13. Another World
14. Steppin' Out
1. Real Men
2. A Slow Song
3. Breaking Us In Two
4. Be My Number Two
5. You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)
6. Happy Ending (feat. Elaine Caswell)
7. (He's A) Shape In A Drape
8. Nineteen Forever
9. Stranger Than Fiction
10. Home Town (Live)
11. Is She Really Going Out With Him? (A Capella Live)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Night And Day
100% Analog Mastering From Real Analog Tapes!
Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
Dead Quiet 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed At RTI
Exquisitely Restored Cover Art Printed By Stoughton
Intervention Records is thrilled to announce the addition of the smash hit Night and Day to its series of 100% analog vinyl reissues of Joe Jackson's early catalog. Night and Day joins IR's AAA reissues of Jackson's 1979 New Wave classics Look Sharp! and I'm the Man.
Jazzy and sophisticated, Night and Day was Jackson's breakout hit with the MTV staple Steppin' Out and the achingly pretty Breaking Us in Two providing the sharpest highlights. This is a brash, stylish and kinetic big city record!
All three titles were mastered 100% analog by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from phenomenal sounding 1/2 safety copies of the original stereo master tapes. All of the top-end energy and "snap" of the original LPs is preserved, while the bass foundation is fully restored to make these new Intervention reissues the definitive listening experience for these classic LPs!
By working with artist Tom Vadakan and the artisans at Stoughton Printing IR insures that the album art is as stunning as the superlative sonics. Night and Day's original-release gatefold has been faithfully and beautifully restored, and Look Sharp! and I'm the Man are substantially upgraded. Look Sharp! features a debossed cover on heavy stock that not only imitates the rough texture found on only the earliest UK pressings, but improves on those rare originals. I'm the Man's original inner sleeve lyrics and images have been expanded to the interior of a gorgeous single-pocket gatefold.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Another World
3. T.V. Age
5. Steppin' Out
6. Breaking Us In Two
8. Real Men
9. A Slow Song$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I'm The ManIncludes New-Wave Classics: It's Different for Girls, On Your Radio and Kinda Kute
100% Analog Mastering From Real Analog Tapes!
Deluxe Old Style Single-Pocket Gatefold Printed By Stoughton
Great tunes, edgy vocal performances, and cutting lyrics. -Ultimate Classic Rock
Astonishingly released within months of Jackson's 1979 debut album Look Sharp!, I'm the Man is another tight and inspired set of power-pop that features some of Jackson's best and most timeless tunes. Many of the songs here like "On Your Radio," "Kinda Kute," and the title track "I'm the Man" fall right in line with the punchy guitar riffs and pounding bass that made Look Sharp! such a driving force. In fact, this was the last album Jackson would make in this new-wave vein for over 20 years. Jackson followed I'm the Man with only one more album featuring the tight ensemble featured here- Graham Maby (bass), Gary Sanford (guitar) and Tony Houghton (drums)- and creatively restless soul that he is didn't return to this brand of power pop until reuniting that lineup for 2003's underrated Volume 4.
I doubt it was possible to listen to I'm the Man in 1979, and predict the subsequent ska-inspired Beat Crazy or 1982's ode to jazz, Night and Day. But we do hear the songwriter growing into his powers with "It's Different for Girls," one of his strongest and most lyrically perceptive songs, and one with decades of staying power; one of Jackson's great live set pieces today is a solo piano arrangement of that song that's as arresting as the original in some ways. Jackson would famously broaden his influences in later albums and his catalog is nothing if not diverse. While Jackson's greatest commercial success was Night and Day, Look Sharp! and I'm the Man are new-wave classics that improve with every listen!
I'm the Man is sourced from the best analog tape currently available, a beautifully preserved ½" "safety copy" of the original stereo master. When mastering this LP we compared what we were getting off the tape to an original A&M UK LP. While great sounding overall, the original LP is of course a very edgy sounding New Wave, post-punk record with a brashness that borders on being outright bright sounding. Where the aggressive top -end energy is concerned, the tapes showed no discenible age! We were able to maintain that grungy edge, but also restore the driving bass lines and bottom-end foundation that were on these tapes. The result is the best-sounding I'm the Man anyone's ever heard, with all the drive and pop of the original UK release, but with superb tonal balance, imaging and clarity. The definitive issue of this iconic New Wave classic!
This title is not eligible for discount.1. On Your Radio
2. The Band Wore Blue Shirts
3. Geraldine and John
4. Don't Wanna Be Like That
5. Kinda Kute
6. Amateur hour
7. It's Different For Girls
8. Get That Girl
9. I'm the Man
10. Friday$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Summer In The City: Live In New York (Pre-Order)First Time Ever On Vinyl!
Remastered From New High-Res Master Files By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
Double LP Set, Ultra-Quiet 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed At RTI
Beautiful ''Old-Style'' Gatefold Printed By Stoughton
Intervention Records is thrilled to bring Joe Jackson's Summer in the City Live in New York to vinyl for the very first time! Previously available only on CD, Summer in the City joins IR's wildly successful vinyl reissues of Jackson's early New Wave classics Look Sharp!, I'm the Man and Night and Day.
Summer in the City's repertoire is an amazing bridge that spans the greatest hits of Jackson's early canon with stunning new arrangements and covers from other great songwriters. Jackson classics like ''Fools in Love,'' ''You Can't Get What You Want'' and ''It's Different for Girls'' meet with covers as diverse as Duke Ellington's ''Mood Indigo,'' The Beatles' ''Eleanor Rigby'' and Steely Dan's ''King of the World.''
Summer in the City was mastered to vinyl by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from brand-new high-res master files. Summer in the City was recorded live in New York City in August of 1999 by Steve Remote and Co-Producer Sheldon Steiger. Sony's archivists and Battery Studios' Mike Piacentini compiled new high-res digital master files from the original DATs with the final mixes, and IR consulted with Remote and Steiger on key aspects of the recording to ensure the best possible source files were used. The result is an absolute sonic stunner, brought to new life on this double LP set!
Summer in the City's original album art has been rebuilt into a beautiful gatefold jacket by IR's art director Tom Vadakan.
This title is not eligible for discount.LP 1
1. Summer in the City
2. Obvious Song
3. Another World
4. Fools in Love / For Your Love
5. Mood Indigo
6. The In Crowd / Down to London
1. Eleanor Rigby
2. Be My Number Two
3. Home Town
4. It's Different For Girls
5. King of the World
6. You Can't Get What You Want
7. One More Time$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now