Record companies in the late 70s knew how to rope in a writer’s allegiances when they sent out promotional recordings that couldn’t be had by any other means (in those ancient pre-internet days of yore). Graham Parker & The Rumour’s Live At Marble Arch, recorded in 1976 and issued by Phonogram Records, was such a sought-after underground favorite it ended up being quickly bootlegged for those non-journos aching for a taste of the promotional good life. Years later, this 10-song set – capturing Parker & The Rumour in all their folky/Morrison-esque/R&B/pub rock glory, and produced by Nick Lowe – was still so revered it ended up being reissued (in its entirety) on two GP collections, Vertigo (HERE) and That’s When You Know (HERE). Because the sonics on the original vinyl were so poor, I’ve opted to use one of the remastered CD versions for this post, which thankfully omits the lame and tiresome introduction. This stuff is essential, stripped bare Parker/Rumour. Peruse the archives for some solo Rumour albums (as well as Brinsley Schwarz), HERE.
White Honey (3:11)
That’s What They All Say (3:52)
Back Door Love (3:29)
Back To Schooldays (3:00)
Silly Thing (3:22)
Chain Of Fools (3:12)
Don’t Ask Me Questions (5:41)
You Can’t Hurry Love (3:34)
Soul Shoes (3:36)
Kansas City (3:51)
I probably should have thought to add this in the first place. GP & The Rumour’s non-LP cover of The Trammps’ “Hold Back The Night,” along with “(Let Me Get) Sweet On You.” A single that would burn up the charts in the UK. Both tunes would eventually show up as bonus tracks on the 25th Anniversary reissue of Heat Treatment. The original EP was issued on pink vinyl with 2 live tracks from Marble Arch.
Hold Back The Night (3:05)
(Let Me Get) Sweet On You (2:41)
White Honey (Live) (3:11) – From Live At Marble Arch
Soul Shoes (Live) (3:36) – From Live At Marble Arch