Under Parr

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Under Parr
1996. Under Parr.jpg
Studio album by John Parr
Released 13 September 1996
Genre Rock
Length 53:22
Label Kiosk
Producer David McKay, Frank Langer, John Parr, Alan Roy Scott
John Parr chronology
Man With a Vision
Under Parr
Letter to America

Under Parr is the fourth studio album by John Parr, released in 1996.[1]


Under Parr was released four years after Parr's last studio album Man With a Vision, which had seen a small amount of chart success in Europe. Like Parr's previous album, Under Parr was only released in certain counties within Europe, largely via the record label Blue Martin and K-Tel International (Switzerland) AG.[2] Without a release in America or the UK, the limited European release received little promotion and did not gain any charting success, whilst neither did the album's three singles. The album was recorded in various recording studios within London, New York and Los Angeles. It was mastered at Greenwood Studios.[2] The model who appears on the front cover is Claudia Vass. The album was Parr's last studio album for over a decade until 2011 when he released his new album "Letter To America" after a long legal battle that kept Parr from recording.[3]

Three singles were released from the album; "The River Runs Deep," "Size of the Boat" and "Secrets".[4] The German single "The River Runs Deep" was released by Koch International as a CD maxi-single. It featured three other tracks; "Family Tree" (an album track), and two exclusive tracks "A Few Good Men" and "The River Runs Deep (Retro Mix)".[5] "Size of the Boat" was released in Germany via Bud Music, and featured five tracks in total. The featured track was a "Radio Edit" of "Size of the Boat", whilst the following tracks, all exclusive to the single, are; "Size of the Boat (Director's Cut)," "Time II," "Out of Faze (Instrumental)" and "Size of the Boat (TV-Express Cut)".[6] "Secrets" was the third and final single, featuring a "Radio Edit" of the track, as well as a "Directors Cut" and the album track "Makin' Love to Your Answer Machine".[4]

In a June 2011 interview by Mark Taylor for the Get Ready to Rock! website, Parr was asked why there was no further releases after Under Parr for over a decade. Parr responded "I was dead in the water long before "Under Parr". From the nineties onwards I was locked in the litigation. I was ducking and diving doing little deals here and there to try and stay afloat. All my income was frozen for almost twenty years so I had to really bob and weave. "Man with a Vision" was really a bunch of demos but as there were no deals on the table I was forced to release it through Blue Martin a small label in Switzerland - it was the only game in town - on the up side the owner of that company Martin Scheiss and AR Sue Beherendt became lifelong friends. Even though we had very little exposure due to the court case - they invested in "Under Parr". I told them not to unless they could afford to promote it properly. In the end they spent a ton of money making the record and had little left to promote it. I walked away from music for the next ten years. It broke my heart. I was making records that only my family and friends heard - some of my best work I think, that nobody was going to hear. The guitar stayed untouched in the box for ten years and I never sang a note."[7]


In Germany the album was released on CD, via Bud Music. This release was licensed from K-Tel International (Switzerland) AG, distrusted by Kiosk Audio Video Cassetten GmbH, whilst the copyright was held by Kiosk, (phonographic copyright by Blue Martin Records).[2] In recent years the album has been issued as an MP3 download on iTunes.[8]

As the album, including the Man with a Vision album did not receive a UK release, both albums were issued together circa 2010 in the UK and Europe as a two-disc CD set compilation, under the title Man in Motion. This was via Ambitions.[9]

In 2011, Parr released a double album titled Letter to America which featured various previous material and some new recordings. Although various Man with a Vision album tracks were included, only "Time" and "Secrets" from the Under Parr album was included.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Parr unless noted.

  1. "Bad Blood" - 5:23
  2. "Ball and Chain" - 4:42 (Frank Langer; Alan Roy Scott)
  3. "Secrets" - 5:41
  4. "Makin' Love To Your Answer Machine" - 5:13
  5. "Forgiveness" - 0:54 (Ian Lynn, Alison Lynn; John Parr)
  6. "We All Make Mistakes" - 3:30 (John Parr; David MacKay)
  7. "Time" - 5:05
  8. "Hours, Minutes and Sex" - 5:30
  9. "4 Letter Word" - 4:35
  10. "Family Tree" - 4:36 (Frank Langer; John Parr)
  11. "It Ain't The Size Of The Boat'" - 4:23 (John Parr; David MacKay)
  12. "The River Runs Deep" - 3:58 (Frank Langer; Alan Roy Scott)


  • John Parr - Vocals (all tracks), Guitar (tracks 6, 8, 11), Producer (tracks 1, 3-11), Engineer (track 1, 3-4, 7-9, 11)
  • David McKay - Producer (tracks 6, 11), Mixing (tracks 5-6, 11), Engineer (tracks 6, 11)
  • Frank Langer - Producer (tracks 2, 10, 12), Backing Vocals (track 10)
  • Alan Roy Scott - Co-producer (tracks 2, 12)
  • John Spence - Engineer (tracks 1, 3-4, 7-10), Mixing (tracks 1, 4, 9-10)
  • Larry Mah - Engineer (track 2)
  • Bob Wartinbee, Steve Shepherd, Vincent Collucci - Engineers (tracks 2, 12)
  • Chris Lord-Alge - Mixing (tracks 2, 12)
  • Robin Prior - Engineer (tracks 3, 7-8)
  • Tony Philpott - Engineer (tracks 3, 5, 7)
  • Femi Jiya - Mixing (tracks 3, 7-8)
  • Sandra Banks - Backing Vocals (tracks 1, 3-4, 7-10)
  • Billy Trudell, Frank Langer, Ian Harrison, Jeff Pescetto, Robyn Kirmsee - Backing Vocals (track 2)
  • John Verity - Backing Vocals (track 6)
  • Lisa Harmond - Backing Vocals (tracks 7-9)
  • Lloyd Anderson - Backing Vocals (tracks 8-9)
  • Elfed Hayes, Karen Bodington, Stephanie Benvante - Backing Vocals (track 11)
  • Allen Soroy, Michael Mishaw, Natisse "Bambi" Jones - Backing Vocals (track 12)
  • Jim Williams - Guitar (tracks 1, 3-4, 7-9)
  • Michael Thompson - Guitar (track 2, 12)
  • Geoff Whitehorn - Guitar (track 6)
  • Chris Marra - Guitar (track 11)
  • Gerry Stephenson - Acoustic Guitar (track 6)
  • Richard Cottle - Keyboards (tracks 1, 3-4, 6, 7-11), Saxophone (track 10), Horns (track 11)
  • Eric Moon - Keyboards (tracks 2, 12)
  • Kevin Savigar - Keyboards (tracks 7-8)
  • Alan Park - Piano (track 6)
  • Danny Wood - Organ (track 9)
  • The London Session Orchestra - Strings (tracks 3, 5, 7)
  • Alison Taylor - String Arrangement (tracks 3, 5, 7)
  • Ian Lynn - String Arrangement, Conductor (tracks 3, 5, 7)
  • Nigel Hitchcock - Saxophone (track 3, 7), Horns (track 9)
  • Neil Sidwell, Paul Spong - Horns (track 9)
  • Steve Sidwell - Horns (track 9, 11)
  • The Sidwell Brothers - Horn Arrangement (track 9)
  • Dave Koz - Saxophone (track 12)
  • Graham Brierton - Bass (tracks 3, 9)
  • Matt Bissonette - Bass (track 12)
  • Graham Broad - Drums (tracks 1, 3, 7, 9)
  • Mike Baird - Drums (tracks 2, 12)
  • Claudia Vass - Cover Artwork Model
  • Asan Can - Cover Artwork Photography


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  6. ^ "John Parr - Size Of The Boat (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  7. ^ "Get Ready to ROCK! Interview with singer songwriter John Parr who had a major hit in 1985 with St Elmo's Fire,June 2011". Getreadytorock.com. 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  8. ^ "iTunes - Music - Under Parr by John Parr". Itunes.apple.com. 1996-09-09. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  9. ^ "John Parr - Man In Motion (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  10. ^ "John Parr - Letter To America (File, MP3) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2014-04-20.