| January 25, 1973|
Rock music, Art rock
Thaddeus James Lowe
| ID Sound at La Brea
Walley Heider Studios|
Sparks albums, Art rock albums
A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing is the second studio album by the American rock band Sparks. It was released in 1973 and includes the single "Girl From Germany". It was the last release by the original five-member incarnation of Sparks.
The band recorded and mixed the songs for album at ID Sound at La Brea and Walley Heider Studios and was produced by Todd Rundgren's engineer and singer of The Electric Prunes Thaddeus James Lowe. Receiving mixed to positive reviews the album was originally released as an LP in 1973. The artwork was photographed by Larry DuPont and Ron Mael.
A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing was released in February 1973. It was not very successful and did not reach the Billboard 200 in the US. "Girl From Germany" was belatedly released as a single in the UK following the group's surprise success but was without success.
The album did however lead to a tour of the United Kingdom, including a residency at the Marquee in London, which, despite much heckling during performances, helped them to secure a significant cult following. An appearance on the BBC Television's Old Grey Whistle Test led to wider interest, regardless of a cold reception from the show's host Bob Harris.
A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing has been re-released numerous times since 1973. It is often packaged with its predecessor Sparks. 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.
In 1988, the album was first issued on CD, again in tandem with the first Sparks album, but in order to fit both programs within the constraints of a single disc, the last four tracks of the album were mastered at a higher speed than on the original LP, shortening the running time to 39:27. Though the album has subsequently been reissued in a standalone format, including the most recent reissue on Rhino Encore, released in 2008, the sped-up master has continued to be used.
A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing received mixed to positive reviews by the majority of critics.Russell Mael, vocals
Ron Mael, keyboards
Earle Mankey, guitar
Jim Mankey, bass
Harley Feinstein, drums
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