Sparks Download
Nov 27, 1976Capitol Theatre (Passaic, NJ)
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Total Length:
58:56
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

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Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Introduction / Nothing To Do04:00
  2. 2I Want To Be Like Everybody Else03:49
  3. 3Stage Banter00:39
  4. 4Something For The Girl With Everything02:58
  5. 5White Woman04:15
  6. 6Talent Is An Assett04:47
  7. 7piano & monologue intro01:10
  8. 8I Bought The Mississippi River02:37
  9. 9Song Intro00:37
  10. 10Everybody's Stupid04:46
  11. 11Song Intro00:30
  12. 12B.C.02:24
  13. 13Equator04:52
  14. 14This Town Isn't Big Enough For The Two Of Us04:18
  15. 15Amateur Hour07:38
  16. 16Big Boy05:24
  17. 17Encore Applause00:45
  18. 18Fill-er-up03:27
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Item Number:
  • 100019-6633-AD
Date:
  • Nov 27, 1976
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Sample this concert
  1. 1Introduction / Nothing To Do04:00
  2. 2I Want To Be Like Everybody Else03:49
  3. 3Stage Banter00:39
  4. 4Something For The Girl With Everything02:58
  5. 5White Woman04:15
  6. 6Talent Is An Assett04:47
  7. 7piano & monologue intro01:10
  8. 8I Bought The Mississippi River02:37
  9. 9Song Intro00:37
  10. 10Everybody's Stupid04:46
  11. 11Song Intro00:30
  12. 12B.C.02:24
  13. 13Equator04:52
  14. 14This Town Isn't Big Enough For The Two Of Us04:18
  15. 15Amateur Hour07:38
  16. 16Big Boy05:24
  17. 17Encore Applause00:45
  18. 18Fill-er-up03:27
Total Length:
58:56
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Russell Mael - lead vocals; Ron Mael - keyboards ; Jim McAlister - guitar, vocals; Luke Zamperini - guitar, vocals; David Swanson - bass; Hilly Boy Michaels - drums

Following Sparks' substantial success with the ambitious and quirky mid-1970s albums Kimono My House, Propaganda and Indiscreet, all produced while living in England, bandleading brothers Ron and Russell Mael dissolved the group and returned to their home state of California. Recruiting new musicians and producer Rupert Holmes, the brothers set their sights on the United States. The result would be the 1976 album Big Beat, which took a more stripped down approach that relied less on the complex arrangements and soaring falsetto vocals that typified their previous work. Instead, Big Beat explored a simpler harder rocking approach that the Maels hoped would connect with American audiences.

Experience Sparks just as that connection began, shortly after the release of Big Beat, when the group hit the stage of Passaic, New Jersey's Capitol Theater. In addition to showcasing a good portion of the new album material, including "Nothing To Do," "I Want To Be Like Everybody Else," "I Bought The Mississippi River," "Everybody's Stupid" and "Big Boy," Sparks also deliver a choice selection of classic older material.

Revamped for a new lineup of musicians, it is this older material, particularly from the Kimono My House and Propaganda albums that Sparks fans may find most intriguing here. Highlights include a blues-influenced revamp of "Equator," high-energy live takes of "Something For The Girl With Everything," "Amateur Hour," "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" and "Talent Is An Asset," plus an encore of "Fill-Er-Up." All of this material is performed with a fresh new zeal that showcases the Mael Brothers' undeniable originality, as well as emphasizing the contributions of new recruit guitar slingers Luke Zamperini and Jimmy McAllister.

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