Thu. Jan. 24, 2019

Sparks – Tryouts For The Human Race (Elektra)

Although formed back in 1968 (initially as Halfnelson) by the brothers Mael (Ron and Russell) in Los Angeles, CA, Sparks became a UK teen Rock sensation in the mid 70’s with his such as ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us’ or ‘Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth’.
With their success somehow declining, they came to redefine themselves, leaving their traditional Rock band line up to embrace some more Electronic synthetized sound with Italian Disco producer Giorgio Moroder.
Taken from their 1979 released ‘No. 1 In Heaven’ album, the syncopated ‘Tryouts For The Human race’ is pretty much in the vein of Donna Summer‘s I Feel Love’ and Giorgio‘s ‘From here To Eternity’, as emphasized by the use of fascinating lines of layered sequencers built upon Keith Forsey‘s energetic drum patterns, with Russell Mael‘s distinctive falsetto voice overdubbed and complemented by backing vocalists.
Certainly to be considered as among the foundations of the said Electronic Dance Music…

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