Halfnelson (album)

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This article is about the album by the band Halfnelson. For the Willie Nelson album, see Half Nelson (album).
Halfnelson
Halfnelson-sparks-cover-lp.jpg
Studio album by Halfnelson
Released 1971 (as Halfnelson)
July 1972 (as Sparks)
Recorded 1971
Genre Art rock
Length 39:36
Label Bearsville
Producer Todd Rundgren
Halfnelson chronology
Halfnelson
(1971)
-
Sparks
(1972)
A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing
(as Sparks) (1973)
Alternative cover
1972 Sparks re-release
Singles from Halfnelson/Sparks
  1. "Wonder Girl" b/w "(No More) Mr. Nice Guys"
    Released: May 1972 (US) / November 1972 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Halfnelson is the debut album by the Los Angeles rock band Halfnelson. The band renamed to Sparks and the album was reissued a year later as an eponymous album by Sparks.

Release[edit]

Halfnelson was initially released on Bearsville Records in 1971. Shortly after the release of the album the group changed their name to 'Sparks'. The album was then re-released by Bearsville Records in 1972 as Sparks.[2] The new version of the album featured new artwork that was simpler, displaying the group in more of a classic profile superimposed against a red brick pattern. The single to this reissue "Wonder Girl," became a minor regional hit in Alabama and appeared on the lower end of the Cashbox chart at #92.

Re-issue[edit]

Halfnelson has been re-released numerous times since 1972. It is often packaged with the follow-up album A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing. One such re-issue was released in 1975 to capitalize on the group's success in the UK. This version was titled 2 Originals of Sparks and was packaged as a double-LP in a gatefold sleeve with a 14-page booklet.

The most recent re-issue was produced by Rhino Encore and released in 2008.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wonder Girl" Ron Mael 2:21
2. "Fa La Fa Lee" Ron Mael 2:53
3. "Roger" Russell Mael 2:37
4. "High C" Ron Mael 3:13
5. "Fletcher Honorama" Ron Mael 4:15
6. "Simple Ballet" Russell Mael and Ron Mael 3:53
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Slowboat" Russell Mael and Ron Mael 3:54
8. "Biology 2" Earle Mankey 3:10
9. "Saccharin and the War" Russell Mael 4:02
10. "Big Bands" Ron Mael and Russell Mael 4:16
11. "(No More) Mr. Nice Guys" Jim Mankey and Ron Mael 5:49

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