No Parlez

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No Parlez
Paul Young-No Parlez (album cover).jpg
Vinyl edition
Studio album by Paul Young
Released18 July 1983
Recorded1982–83
StudioThe Workhouse, London
Genre
Length64:31
LabelCBS (UK) / Columbia (US)
ProducerLaurie Latham
Paul Young chronology
No Parlez
(1983)
The Secret of Association
(1985)
Paul Young chronology
The Essential Paul Young
(2003)
No Parlez (25th anniversary edition)
(2008)
Singles from No Parlez
  1. "Iron Out the Rough Spots"
    Released: 12 November 1982
  2. "Wherever I Lay My Hat"
    Released: 16 February 1983
  3. "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
    Released: 18 February 1983
  4. "Come Back and Stay"
    Released: 11 March 1983
  5. "Love of the Common People"
    Released: 28 July 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (RS 407)3/5 stars[2]

No Parlez is the debut solo album by English singer Paul Young. Released in 1983, it reached number one on the UK Albums Chart (for a non-consecutive total of 5 weeks) and remained in the UK Top 100 for 119 weeks.[3] The album has been certified triple platinum by the BPI for UK sales in excess of 900,000 copies.[4]

Initially, the first two singles, "Iron Out the Rough Spots" and a remake of "Love of the Common People", had no success, but the third, a cover of the Marvin Gaye classic "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)", was No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in the summer of 1983, and the first of Young's 14 British Top 40 singles. Similar success followed in continental Europe. In the UK, the follow-up single "Come Back and Stay" reached No. 4, and the re-release of "Love of the Common People" made it to No. 2 in late 1983.

The album was released with a different cover in North America,[5] and a new video for the single "Come Back and Stay" was made.

In 2008, a promotional CD of the album was distributed by the Daily Mail newspaper.

Track listing[edit]

Original UK vinyl edition[edit]

Side one
  1. "Come Back and Stay" (Jack Lee) – 4:57[6]
  2. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner) - 5:01
  3. "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" (Marvin Gaye, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield) – 5:18
  4. "Ku Ku Kurama" (Steve Bolton) – 4:20
  5. "No Parlez" (Anthony Moore) – 4:54
Side two
  1. "Love of the Common People" (John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins) – 4:56
  2. "Oh Women" (Jack Lee) – 3:34
  3. "Iron Out the Rough Spots" (Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, David Porter) – 4:47
  4. "Broken Man" (Ian Kewley, Paul Young) – 3:55
  5. "Tender Trap" (Ian Kewley, Paul Young) – 4:31
  6. "Sex" (Jack Lee) – 4:49

Original CD edition[edit]

  1. "Come Back and Stay" (Jack Lee) – 7:56 (scratch mix)[6]
  2. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner) - 5:01
  3. "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" (Marvin Gaye, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield) – 6:01 (extended club mix)
  4. "Ku Ku Kurama" (Steve Bolton) – 4:20
  5. "No Parlez" (Anthony Moore) – 4:54
  6. "Behind Your Smile" – 4:08
  7. "Love of the Common People" (John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins) – 5:51 (extended club mix)
  8. "Oh Women" (Jack Lee) – 3:34
  9. "Iron Out the Rough Spots" (Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, David Porter) – 7:28 (extended club mix)
  10. "Broken Man" (Ian Kewley, Paul Young) – 3:55
  11. "Tender Trap" (Ian Kewley, Paul Young) – 4:31
  12. "Sex" (Jack Lee) – 6:51 (extended club mix)

Production[edit]

  • Arranged by Ian Kewley and Laurie Latham
  • Produced by Laurie Latham
  • Mastered by Tim Young

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul Young – lead vocals, guitar
  • Ian Kewley - drums, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
  • Matt Irving - keyboards, bass guitar, drums, backing vocals, programming
  • Steve Bolton – guitar, keyboards
  • Mark Pinder - drums, percussion, programming
  • Ntobi Lekan, Pino Palladino – bass guitar
  • Laurie Latham (E.T), Kim Leslie – percussion
  • Rico Rodriguez – trombone
  • Nimsa Calliza, Dagmar, Chief Dawethi, Eyethu, Zundi Lekau, Kim Lesley, Wally Loate, Jabu Mbato, Fats Mogoboya, Maz Roberts, Norman Zulu – backing vocals

2008 re-release[edit]

The album was re-released on 30 June 2008 in the UK and worldwide on 5 August 2008[7] as a 25th-anniversary edition. It contains the original 11 tracks as well as a bonus 10-track disc with a combination of B-sides, remixes and live tracks. Although the booklet claims that this is the original vinyl album on CD, three songs are shortened from their UK vinyl release; "Come Back and Stay", "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and "Love of the Common People", all of which use the respective single edits found on the original US and Canadian pressings of the album. The original UK vinyl versions of these tracks remain unreleased on CD.

The Extended Club mixes of "Wherever I Lay My Hat" and "Sex", the full version of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and the Scratch Mix of "Come Back and Stay", which were all included on the original CD release, were not included on the 25th anniversary edition. However, In 2013 they were all included on the compilation album Remixes and Rarities.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Come Back and Stay" (Jack Lee) (single edit) – 4:24[6]
  2. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner) (single edit) - 4:17
  3. "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" (Marvin Gaye, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield) – 5:18
  4. "Ku Ku Kurama" (Steve Bolton) – 4:20
  5. "No Parlez" (Anthony Moore) – 4:54
  6. "Love of the Common People" (John Hurley, Ronnie Wilkins) (single edit) – 4:00
  7. "Oh Women" (Jack Lee) – 3:34
  8. "Iron Out the Rough Spots" (Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, David Porter) – 4:47
  9. "Broken Man" (Ian Kewley, Paul Young) – 3:55
  10. "Tender Trap" (Ian Kewley, Paul Young) – 4:31
  11. "Sex" (Jack Lee) – 4:49

Bonus Disc track listing[edit]

  1. "Come Back and Stay" (Extended Club Mix) – 7:34 [different remix compared to the original CD release]
  2. "Iron Out the Rough Spots" (Extended Club Mix) – 7:28 [same version as on the original CD release]
  3. "Love of the Common People" (Extended Mix) – 5:51 [same version as on the original CD release]
  4. "Behind Your Smile" – 4:10 [same as on the original CD release]
  5. "I've Been Lonely for So Long" – 3:37
  6. "Yours" – 5:39 [extended club mix, B-side from "Come Back and Stay")
  7. "Sex" (Demo Version) – 3:49
  8. "Pale Shelter" (Demo Version) – 3:50
  9. "Better To Have and Don't Need" (Live Version) – 5:57 (B-side from "Love of the Common People" 12 inch)
  10. "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" [Live Version] – 5:59 (B-side from "Love of the Common People" 12 inch)

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone (RS 407) review
  3. ^ UK Chart Stats
  4. ^ BPI searchable database Archived 24 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ U.S. release with alternate cover
  6. ^ a b c Allmusic.com
  7. ^ "No Parlez worldwide release date". Amazon. 15 July 2008.