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By Randy Silver

It's a rare pop band that can fit the word quintessence neatly into a song, but the duo of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook--the heart of Squeeze--do so with ease. There's a good reason that they've been hailed as the best British songwriting team since Lennon and McCartney, and if they've never scaled the heights of fame--or of grandeur--that their forebears did, well, that's OK. East Side Story may not be Squeeze's greatest album--their 1982 hits collection, Singles: 45's and Under, may take that honor--it does have their most memorable song, "Tempted." Strangely enough, the tune was written by then-keyboardist Paul Carrack (with Tilbrook and producer Elvis Costello) and sung by Carrack. The rest of the album remains strong, buoyed by the group's bouncy outlook, Costello and coproducer Roger Bechiran's prodding the group in new directions, and hints of the new-wave-influenced sound Squeeze would develop years later on Babylon and On.

1. In Quintessence8. Is That Love
2. Someone Else's Heart9. F-Hole
3. Tempted10. Labelled Wtih Love
4. Piccadilly11. Someone Else's Bell
5. There's No Tomorrow12. Mumbo Jumbo
6. Heaven13. Vanity Fair
7. Woman's World14. Messed Around


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""Tempted" was not written by Carrack. He only did the lead vocal (and probably some keyboard work) on the popular "East Side Story" and single version. As with almost all Squeeze songs, the lyrics were written by Difford and the music by Tilbrook. There is an early (pre-Carrack) studio version of the song, produced by Dave Edmunds, with Tilbrook doing the lead vocal and a different arrangement. It can be found on "Excess Moderation", a collection of Squeeze rarities put out by A&M Records in 1996. Incidently, there is also "Tempted '94". This is the version with Carrack vocals which has been remixed with added tracks."

--Ray D.

"To this day this is one of my all time favorite albums. I still have my original vinyl copy!! True, the countless references to Lennon-Mccartney may annoy some, but these comparisons are rightly deserved and well earned. To those who have only heard "tempted" 1000 times, please check out the rest of this album. Ffantastic power-pop chords, catchy riffs, and witty lyrics. Thank goodness I came of age in an era before rap-rock and was blessed to have groups like squeeze in heavy rotation!! Thanks, guys!!"


"Sorry I don't agree with the review. East Side Story is a work of genius, certainly the best Squeeze album and quite possibly the best album of the Awesome80s. It's strength is not the singles, which are superb, "Tempted", "Labelled with Love" etc., but the rest of the tracks. This is no three hit LP padded out with filler tracks, as so many LPs were in the Awesome80s, but a complete work of art. "Piccadilly", "In Quintessence", "Someone Else's Bell" and "Vanity Fair" are all brilliant tracks, that should be better known than they are. Even the rockabilly thrash at the end ("Messed Around") is superb. This is definitely the best Squeeze album, unfortunately they never quite got back to these heights....... But thanks boys you were and are: magnificent!!"


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Artist: Squeeze

Released: May 10, 1981

Availability: CD, Vinyl


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