July 22, 2015 – 3:26 pm

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Franz Ferdinand And Sparks
Spain 2015 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Recinto de Festivales, Benicassim, Spain; July 19, 2015. Very good digital satellite broadcast.

When slick Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand met Californian pop veterans Sparks in 2004 they immediately clicked and worked on a couple of songs. They were shelved until a couple of years ago when a chance meeting brought the bands back together. [in March 2015, it was announced that the band had formed a supergroup with Sparks under the name FFS. The self-titled FFS album was released on June 9, 2015.] With a career spanning nearly five decades, Sparks are no strangers to working with other artists, as they have most notably recorded songs with French pop group Rita Mitsouko and Japanese electro-pop combo Pizzicato Five. -

Reviewing the FFS album, The Guardian wrote:

The penultimate track on Sparks and Franz Ferdinand’s collaborative album is called Collaborations Don’t Work. It lasts for almost seven minutes, during which time it shifts from soft, lo-fi strum to staccato, orchestrated show tune, to overdriven rock to jazz pastiche to murkily ambient funk to mock opera to synth pulse to delicate piano coda. The music keeps changing, but the message remains the same, albeit delivered with increasing vehemence. It starts out detailing all the potential pitfalls in a musical partnership - misunderstandings and missed deadlines, the possibility that one artist might cop off with another’s partner, as indeed Sparks’ Ron Mael did when Todd Rundgren produced their debut album - and ends up with Russell Mael and Alex Kapranos shrieking imprecations at each other: “I don’t like your navel gazing!” “I don’t get your way of phrasing!” “I am a bastard! Independent! And if I ever need a father, it won’t be you, old man,” Kapranos finally bellows at Mael, who is 26 years his senior.

Thanks to jcarr73729 for sharing the show at Dime.

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-4400-HD internal card > MPEG TS > Total Video Converter > MP2 256kbps/48kHz > MP3DirectCut edits

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. Police Encounters 3:30 (5.9MB)
Track 02. Achoo 3:43 (6.2MB)
Track 03. Do You Want To 4:43 (7.9MB)
Track 04. Collaborations Don’t Work 6:23 (10.7MB)
Track 05. Walk Away 3:56 (6.6MB)
Track 06. When Do I Get to Sing ‘My Way’ 4:49 (8.1MB)
Track 07. Call Girl 3:51 (6.5MB)
Track 08. The Number One Song In Heaven 4:55 (8.3MB)
Track 09. Michael 3:47 (6.4MB)
Track 10. This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us 3:08 (5.3MB)
Track 11. Dictator’s Son 4:07 (6.9MB)
Track 12. Take Me Out 5:02 (8.5MB)
Track 13. Piss Off 3:45 (6.3MB)
56 mins

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  1. 2 Responses to “FRANZ FERDINAND AND SPARKS - SPAIN 2015”

  2. Thanks a lot !!

    By Lodger on Jul 23, 2015

  3. Great show, even with the dj. Will pick this album up. Thanks Big-O!!

    By Bob on Jul 26, 2015

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