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Sparks To Don Kimonos In London

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Sparks are to perform their 1974 breakthrough Island album ‘Kimono My House’ with a 35-piece orchestra in London in December.

The duo of Ron and Russell Mael will perform the entire record at London’s Barbican with the 35-piece Heritage Orchestra on December 19. The songs will feature new orchestral arrangements by Nathan Kelly, and Sparks will also sing other favourites from their long career. The Heritage Orchestra are known for their unorthodox approach to music and for working with many new and experimental artists.

‘Kimono My House,’ Sparks’ third album, was their first to chart on both sides of the Atlantic, but while it peaked at No. 101 in the US, it struck a real chord in Britain, where the brothers were living at the time. Produced by Muff Winwood, it reached No. 4 in the UK and contained the major hit singles ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us’ and ‘Amateur Hour.’

“Come celebrate with us the 40th anniversary of our album ‘Kimono My House,’ say Ron and Russell. “To make the evening excruciatingly special, we will perform it in its entirety with the 35-piece Heritage Orchestra. And since we’ll be in full-on celebratory mode and in no rush to go home, we’ll also perform a selection of songs from our other 22 albums with blaring symphonic accompaniment. You waited 40 years; the wait is over!”

To get you in the mood, here’s the album in its original glory.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Mark Rae

    July 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Can’t wait!

    BTW, there are more than 8 tracks on Kimono My House… 🙂

  2. John Warren

    July 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Mark–There’s a bar at the right you can use to move the track list up and down. That will let you see the other four tracks.

  3. Neil

    July 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Why not scroll down for the other tracks, Mark

  4. Cuntasaurus Rex

    July 12, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Neat way of getting out of Adrian Fishers Estate royalties for the guitar work that made that album.

  5. Colin Littlewood

    July 13, 2014 at 8:39 am

    It’s a pity they are going to use a symphony orchestra and not a rock band. They did the classical thing with little Beethoven. I think it’s getting a bit boring now. Come on Ron and Russel, do some ROCK music again, That’s what we want.

  6. david

    March 12, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I agree about the ‘rock’ band. There’s some footage on Youtube of Sparks playing on a German tv show, that band KICKED ASS !

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