May 9, 2015 – 3:59 pm

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Los Angeles 1974 [A Flying M Production, 1CD]

Live from the Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; (September-October) 1974. Re-Broadcast in February 1975. Very good KMET-FM.

Sparks is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals), renamed from Halfnelson, formed in 1968. Known for their quirky approach to songwriting, Sparks’ music is often accompanied by intelligent, sophisticated, and acerbic lyrics, and an idiosyncratic, theatrical stage presence, typified in the contrast between Russell’s wide-eyed hyperactive frontman antics and Ron’s sedentary scowling. They are also noted for Russell Mael’s falsetto voice and Ron Mael’s keyboard style. - wikipedia

Thanks to Flying M for sharing the tracks at The Traders’ Den.

Off Air master source: KMET-FM > Fisher 600T receiver > Dokorder r2r @ 3 3/4 ips on an Ampex PRT 1800 tape
Transfer (2015): Revox B77 > Korg mr2000-s @ 1 bit 5.6 MHz DSD
Mastering: AudioGate (24-96) > iZotope RX4A and Adobe Audition 3.0 (prep and track splits) > AudioGate Aqua (16-44) > TLH [flac 8]

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Hasta Manana Monsieur 5:26 (9.1MB)
Track 02. Something For The Girl With Everything 2:55 (4.9MB)
Track 03. Talent Is An Asset 5:28 (9.2MB)
Track 04. Thank GOD It’s Not Christmas 5:39 (9.5MB)
Track 05. BC 4:29 (7.5MB)
Track 06. Here In Heaven 4:11 (7.0MB)
Track 07. This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us 6:08 (10.3MB)
Track 08. Amateur Hour 4:02 (6.8MB)
39 mins

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  1. 13 Responses to “SPARKS - LOS ANGELES 1974”

  2. Brilliant Stuff…..Especially “This Town….” Thanks

    By Dale on May 9, 2015

  3. I saw Sparks once, a friend had an extra ticket,I knew nothing about them and while I enjoyed this town and a few other songs from kimono my house it all seemed so contrived to me. What do I know, I`m a blues, r`n`b and soul kinda guy anyhow.

    By sluggo on May 9, 2015

  4. Thanks, Bigo - never thought I’d see Sparks here!

    Sluggo,they’re an acquired taste. I’ve been an armchair fan of theirs since the mid-70s, and still enjoye their sound… even while I’m steeped in classic and prog rock, blues, etc.

    By A. Gene Childe on May 10, 2015

  5. For those of us who were young enough that the Beatles and Stones were our older siblings music, bands like Bowie, Roxy Music, Mott, T. Rex and . . . Sparks! were the music we glommed (glammed?) onto. Contrived, yes, theatrical, yes, these bands both embraced and mocked the seriousness of ROCK MUSIC, while bringing back some fun to the scene, counteracting the pompousness of the stadium acts, like Zep, Yes, ELP, etc.

    By slidewell on May 10, 2015

  6. Big fan of all of the bands above, and LOVED Sparks with their first few albums. The album Propaganda is pure genius. Thanks BigO!!! This is the Sparks people should remember, not the Big Beat schlock from the 80’s.
    And I’m just another douche…posting on BigO (but a happy douche!!!)

    By DanC on May 10, 2015

  7. i never apprecaited sparks til they were on a tv special that came on after snl back in the early 80s. it was a live concert collection that included billy squire phil collins the tubes and sparks for this particular nite. most of if not all those perfs were from perkins palace pasadena ca and i believe the year was 83. phil ultimately released his performance on vhs officially. i think billy had a guest if my 32 year old memory serves and it may have been jeff beck. there might have even been another guest too. the show was either an hour or 90mins.

    By darth on May 10, 2015

  8. who cares darth.

    By who dat on May 10, 2015

  9. good on you Dan and slidewell talking about the music thats what big o all about keep it up

    By bronze medal on May 10, 2015

  10. I saw La Dolce Vita video in 1979 in Germany when I was 15. The Discotheque hung a bed sheet from the ceiling and projected the video. I really couldn’t figure them out at the time.
    Were they German? No? They sang in English.
    Were they American? I would have heard them with my juvenile delinquent friends in America. Were they English. I didn’t know. I remember sussung them out…Was Ron was really playing the Mini Moog? Later on my friend gave me a copy of Kimono My House. Again it didn’t hit me…yet. I heard parts of Propaganda in my friends 70’s Camaro. Still didn’t quite understand.
    I tuned out of POP music in the 80’s and 90’s.
    In retrospect Sparks were the ONLY good thing
    in a sea of garbage at that time. Just obscured.
    THEN…Hello Young Lovers cracked my egg.
    Then I became a die hard fan realizing I liked them all along…but just didn’t know it.
    I was just a little too young to ‘get it’ in Germany. Blame it on poor American exposure and mediocrity. And Led Zeppelin U2 and all the bullshit music that ruined Art.

    By Tom on May 10, 2015

  11. top

    By bob on May 11, 2015

  12. This is actually the recording that was released as the “One and a Halfnelson” bootleg album, plus “Amateur Hour”, which doesn’t appear on the bootleg. Also, there’s a bit more talking here in between the songs. Still, very nice addition.

    For more info on Sparks or rare/live recordings, please contact me at [email protected].

    By Ruud on May 12, 2015

  13. Wow, I loved Sparks back in the Kimono My House era. I saw them once on a bill with Kraftwerk! Two of my favorites.

    Sparks has some brilliant songs, and a fun stage persona - well, if you don’t mind Der Fuhrer on piano!

    Great stuff! Thanks, Big O.

    By dorgunr on May 13, 2015

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