Graham Parker (born November 18th 1950 in London) has held onto his reputation as one of the most important singer-songwriters for more than 25 years. Two of his albums are listed in the Rolling Stone -magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ( Squeezing Out Sparks and Howlin Wind ). With his raspy soulful-punk voice Parker added his own touch to the optimistic spirit in the U.K. of the early 1970s and brought to bear his musical influences: Rock, R&B, Soul and Country (after he had heard Neil Young's Harvest and songs like Sweet Virginia and Dead Flowers by The Rolling Stones). Together with the Rumour a fusion of young musicians from the English roots-bands of the time like Brinsley Schwartz Graham Parker gave two shows at the Rockpalast. This CD-Set presents both concerts: The first from 1978 at the WDR-Studio, where The Rumour was backed up by a horn section, using the same type of band as on Heat Treatment (released in 1976, following on the heels of their debut album Howlin Wind , produced by Nick Lowe). Graham Parker's second appearance was at the Grugahalle Essen in 1980, where he opened the 7th Rockpalast Night. The compete concert (broadcast on ARD-TV in Germany and over the Eurovision Network throughout Europe) ,not only presented the talents of Graham Parker And The Rumour, but also included The Police and Jack Bruce & Friends. For the first time the BBC was there to record the concert. A sensation for the Rockpalast, but frustration for Graham Parker: The Beeb aired only part of the concert, but they were only interested in the superstars like The Police. Graham Parker's commnts about this can be found in his interview included on this DVD. The Grugahalle concert also had a celebrity: Instead of keyboardist Bob Andrews, who played in the WDR-Studio concert, Nicky Hopkins sat at the Piano (formerly a member of The Jeff Beck Group, Quicksilver Messenger and The Steve Miller Band, as well as a sideman in numerous recordings for other famous groups such as The Beatles or The Rolling Stones). The concert revolved around the songs on the just-released album The Up Escalator (1980), which was to be the final album that Graham Parker and The Rumour would release together. Peter Rüchel, Rockpalast.