Heat Treatment

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Heat Treatment
Heat treatment cover.jpg
Studio album by Graham Parker
Released October 1976
Recorded Rockfield Studios, Wales
Genre Rock
Length 35:41
Label UK Vertigo Records
USA Mercury Records
Producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Nick Lowe (track 7 only)
Graham Parker chronology
Howlin' Wind
Heat Treatment
The Pink Parker (EP)

Heat Treatment is the second album by rock and roll singer-songwriter Graham Parker and The Rumour. A close follow-up to the debut album, Howlin' Wind, Heat Treatment was well received by critics and contains signature Parker songs like the rollicking title track, "Pourin' It All Out", and "Fool's Gold". "That's What They All Say" is a Dylan-esque putdown from a realist perspective, while "Turned Up Too Late" was perhaps Parker's most emotionally mature composition to date. "Black Honey" is a dark, downcast sequel to the debut's upbeat first track "White Honey". "Hotel Chambermaid" was covered many years later by Rod Stewart. The Rumour was credited on the back cover and the label, but not on the album's front cover.

In recent years Parker on his website [1] has singled out this album as one of his least favorite of his own works, citing his inexperienced vocal technique, his rushed songwriting, and the stiff production by Robert John "Mutt" Lange.

In 2001, Vertigo/Mercury issued a remastered and expanded CD, including two tracks from The Pink Parker EP.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau A [2]
Rolling Stone (positive) [3]
Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars [4]
Trouser Press (Very favorable) [5]

The album finished second in the 1976 Village Voice critics poll of the year's best albums along with his previous album, Howlin' Wind, released the same year, at number four.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Graham Parker except as indicated.

  1. "Heat Treatment" – 3:07
  2. "That's What They All Say" – 3:46
  3. "Turned Up Too Late" – 3:38
  4. "Black Honey" – 3:57
  5. "Hotel Chambermaid" – 2:55
  6. "Pourin' It All Out" – 3:15
  7. "Back Door Love" – 3:01
  8. "Something You're Going Through – 4:10
  9. "Help Me Shake It" – 3:37
  10. "Fools' Gold" – 4:15

2001 Bonus Tracks (Pink Parker EP)[edit]

  1. "Hold Back the Night" (Dennis Harris, Allan Felder, Ronald Baker, Earl Young) – 3:01
  2. "(Let Me Get) Sweet on You" – 2:44


Additional personnel[edit]



Year Chart Position
1977 Billboard Pop Albums 169


Year Song Chart Position
1977 "Hold Back the Night" Billboard Pop Singles 58


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Heat Treatment". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 March 2006. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 27, 1976). "Christgau's Consumer Guide: Graham Parker and the Rumour: Heat Treatment". The Village Voice. Retrieved 8 January 2012.  Relevant portion posted in a revised version with a new rating at "Graham Parker: Heat Treatment". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2 March 2006. 
  3. ^ Firth, Simon (December 30, 1976). "Graham Parker Heat Treatment > Album Review". Rolling Stone (229). Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2006. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Graham Parker". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. pp. 616–617. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.  Pages posted at "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide". Google Books. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Young, Jon; Rompers, Terry; Robbins, Ira. "Graham Parker (and the Rumour)". trouser press. Retrieved 2 March 2006. 
  6. ^ "The 1976 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. January 31, 1977.