Two Hands, One Mouth: Live in Europe

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Two Hands, One Mouth: Live in Europe
Live album by Sparks
Released 18 March 2013
Recorded Manchester, UK and various other concert venues
Genre Rock, music hall[1]
Length 86 minutes
Label Lil' Beethoven
Sparks chronology
The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman
(2009)
Two Hands, One Mouth: Live in Europe
(2013)
FFS
(2015)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
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Classic Rock (favourable)
Sunday Mail (favourable)[2]

Two Hands, One Mouth: Live in Europe is an album by American rock/pop group Sparks, released in March 2013. It is their first ever live album, and first double CD album.

In October 2012, Ron and Russell Mael performed for the first time ever as a duo, with no band. The 18-city European tour titled "Two Hands, One Mouth" began in Lithuania and followed in Latvia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, the UK and Ireland. The final UK concert of the tour was at the sold-out Barbican Centre in London. The tour then took the group to Japan with concerts in Tokyo and Osaka in January 2013. In April 2013, the show was presented for the first time in the US with two performances at the Coachella Festival. A short US tour followed.

"Two Hands, One Mouth: Live In Europe" was released in March 2013. It contains concert recordings gathered from various cities during the October 2012 European tour: which concert each track came from is only known for one, the final track, thanks to Russell Mael saying "Thank you all our friends in Manchester" after the song finishes. It's also very likely that the recording of "Hospitality on parade" is from Finland, because Russell introduces the band in Finnish. ("Moi, ystävät. Minä olen Russell. Hän on Ron. Me olemme Sparks.")

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ron Mael or Ron Mael and Russell Mael. 

CD 1: The Show
No. Title Originally On Length
1. "Sparks Overture"     3:24
2. "Hospitality on Parade"   Indiscreet 4:13
3. "Metaphor"   Hello Young Lovers 4:20
4. "Propaganda"   Propaganda 0:24
5. "At Home, At Work, At Play"   Propaganda 3:18
6. "Sherlock Holmes"   Angst in My Pants 3:33
7. "Good Morning"   Exotic Creatures of the Deep 3:48
8. "Under the Table With Her"   Indiscreet 3:07
9. "My Baby's Taking Me Home"   Lil' Beethoven 5:10
10. "Singing in the Shower"   Les Rita Mitsouko's Marc & Robert 3:26
11. "The Wedding of Jacqueline Kennedy to Russell Mael"   Indiscreet 1:46
12. "Excerpts from The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman"
  • "I Am Ingmar Bergman"
  • "Mr. Bergman How Are You?"
  • "We've Got To Turn Him 'Round"
  • "He's Home"  
The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman 6:45
13. "Dick Around"   Hello Young Lovers 2:45
14. "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth"   Propaganda 2:16
15. "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us"   Kimono My House 3:09
16. "The Rhythm Thief"   Lil' Beethoven 4:17
17. "Suburban Homeboy"   Lil' Beethoven 3:56
18. "When Do I Get to Sing 'My Way'"   Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins 6:01
CD 2: The Encore
No. Title Originally on Length
1. "The Number One Song in Heaven"   No. 1 in Heaven 7:01
2. "Beat the Clock"   No. 1 in Heaven 7:17
3. "Two Hands One Mouth"   Previously unreleased 6:06

Personnel[edit]

Composed by Ron Mael or by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sparks - Two Hands One Mouth". Sparks Official Website. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sparks - Two Hands One Mouth". Sparks Official Website. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 

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