• Sparks - Tryouts For The Human Race
    (Virgin Records  1979  VS28912)
    UK Pressing

    Picture Disc/Blue Vinyl in Excellent/Very Good+ condition

    (there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl which do give some pops/clicks but sound quality is excellent overall)

    Die Cut Sleeve in Very Good+ condition
    - some wear to edges and some marks

    Sparks is an American rock and pop band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals), renamed from Halfnelson. Best 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.

    Though the band's long career has seen them successfully pioneer many different musical genres; including glam rock, power pop, electronic dance music, mainstream pop and most recently chamber pop, Sparks have arguably created their own unique musical universe. While achieving chart success in various countries around the world including United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the United States, they have enjoyed a cult following since their first releases. Sparks have been highly influential on the development of popular music, in particular on the late 1970s scene, when in collaboration with Giorgio Moroder (and Telex subsequently), they reinvented themselves as an electronic pop duo, and abandoned the traditional rock band line up. Their frequently changing styles and visual presentations have kept the band at the forefront of modern, artful pop music. They are held in esteem by such bands and performers as Morrissey, Kurt Cobain, Cait Brennan, Dax Riggs, Franz Ferdinand, Arcade Fire, Fang Island, Ott, MGMT, Sonic Youth, Ramones, Duran Duran, Björk, Depeche Mode, New Order, Def Leppard, Faith No More, The Pixies, Ween, Mark Burgess of the Chameleons and They Might Be Giants, all of whom cite Sparks as a major influence.

    The 2002 release of Lil' Beethoven, their "genre-defying opus", as well as the more recent albums Hello Young Lovers (2006, their 20th studio album), Exotic Creatures Of The Deep (2008), and their latest fantasy musical The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman (2009–2010) have brought Sparks renewed critical and commercial success, and seen them continue to "steer clear of pop conventions."

    Sparks are best known for the songs "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us", which reached number 2 in the British charts in 1974, "When I'm With You" which topped the French Charts in 1980, and "When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way'" which topped the German and European charts in 1994/95 and was the top airplay record in Germany for 1994.


    A1   Tryouts For The Human Race
    Producer – Giorgio Moroder
    A2   Untitled    
    B   Tryouts For The Human Race (Long Version)
    Producer – Giorgio Moroder


    • Photography ByBrian Cooke
    • SleeveCooke Key


    From the album "N° 1 In Heaven" V2115
    Produced for Mellow B.V.
    ℗ 1979 Virgin Records Ltd.

    Pressed as a limited edition picture disc. Only the central areas of both sides are picture discs. The outer 3 inches of remaining vinyl were of varying colours. Released in a number of colour variations: orange, green, transparent yellow, mottled, blue.

    'Untitled' is a comedy advert for the Sparks LP 'N° 1 In Heaven' featuring the comedian Peter Cook. This is different to the advert used on the 'Beat The Clock' 12".


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    • Product Code: VS28912
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    • £5.99

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