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No.1 In Heaven

Sparks

1979

No.1 In Heaven
Album Summary

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Nº 1 in Heaven is the eighth studio album by American rock band Sparks. Recorded with Italian disco producer Giorgio Moroder, the album marked a change of musical direction for the group and became influential on later synth-pop bands. Released in March 1979 by Virgin Records (with initial copies on colored vinyl) and later licensed to Elektra Records in the US, Nº 1 in Heaven renewed interest in the band after disappointing sales of the preceding albums Big Beat (1976) and Introducing Sparks (1977). It is the band's only album on Elektra, the fourth label that the band was signed to in the US. Nº 1 in Heaven had a dramatically different sound from that of Sparks' previous seven albums. The group dropped the standard guitar, bass and piano from its musical palette and the new sound was dominated by layered sequencers and synthesizers, underpinned by the drums and percussion of Keith Forsey. Russell Mael's distinctive falsetto was overlaid in a number of overdubs and complemented by backing vocalists. Joy Division cited "Number One Song in Heaven" as a primary influence during the recording of "Love Will Tear Us Apart". Joy Division's drummer Stephen Morris stated: "When we were doing 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', there were two records we were into: Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits and 'Number One Song in Heaven' by Sparks. That was the beginning of getting interested in Giorgio Moroder".

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Rating

3.01

Votes

74

Genres

  • Electronica
  • Pop

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Sat Jan 20 2024
4

Well this was just way too much gosh darn fun. Oodles of fun, even. Scrumptious.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
3

While I admit I've never been a fan of Sparks, their image, their album covers, and their strange way of being cool have always attracted me, let alone the project 'Annette', what a masterpiece. It's a shame that their songs haven't done it for me as much. Of what I had heard from them, their first album had always occupied the top spot in my favorites... until now. Thanks for suggesting it

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Sun Jan 28 2024
4

Electro Sparks. I'll take it. I'm a sucker for sequencers.

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Sun Feb 18 2024
4

What if The Killers and ELO formed a supergroup? This sounds SO 70s and also SO 80s and SO 2000s. Really a fun ride and a RARE instance of me wishing it was a longer album!

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Wed Feb 21 2024
4

No. 1's a particularly immaculate showing by sparks, with gargantuan songs on the same old basis. Their best I've heard was curled around loops; Tempo is the pit on this record. The characteristic attitude shines through more than a flow per se, hands pulling you back onto the dance floor again and again.

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Sun Jan 28 2024
3

Kind of interesting electro… dance? I could see this definitely growing on me a bit more.

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Fri Feb 09 2024
4

Sparks are always a fun listen. 7/10

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Fri Feb 09 2024
4

8/10. I like that you can read the title as No One in Heaven if you want to. Also the music was pretty cool.

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Sat Jan 20 2024
3

Pensais pas avoir autant de fun a ecouter quand je suis tomber sur cet album, 3.5 cest explosif .

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Sat Jan 20 2024
3

I enjoyed this while it was on, but I feel like it covers a part of music that was already covered in the list.

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Sat Feb 03 2024
3

Solid entry in the electronica/disco vein, very much of its era. The more theatrical presentations aren't really my thing but I can appreciate it.

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Mon Feb 19 2024
3

Sort of like if Freddie Mercury and Kraftwerk got together and decided to make a disco album. Not really my thing, but not boring! 3 stars.

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Fri Mar 15 2024
3

The music from the 80's for me itsn't by definition a lost era. There's still a lot of really cool stuff that originated in the 80's. It might border on guilty pleasure or pure nostaliga, but still it can have its charm. Sparks is a difficult one though. This album has its moments, but also some cringeworthy bits and pieces. In the end it balances out to the positive: 3/5

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Tue Aug 29 2023
2

It's dumb, but nowhere near as dumb as the Sparks album in the book...and after half an hour of this, that's saying something. I guess in the 7 years since _Kimono my House_ (uurrgh) they had time to experiment with disco beats? Everything is dripping in that annoying new wave production I don't like, but... that was just the time, I guess. La Dolce Vita is an alright song. but it's just too SILLY for me.

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Tue Jan 09 2024
2

This was produced by the legendary Giorgio Moroder and it influenced (arguably) the greatest single of all time - Joy Division's Love will tear us apart, so what could go wrong? Well its corny and dated as hell, but I'll give it an extra point for being highly influential.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
2

Don't want to say its a generic 80's record... but its a generic 80's record (coming from someone who loves 80's music). Aside from that, there is already a Sparks album in the list.

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Tue May 21 2024
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Academy award performance, La dolce vita

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Sun May 19 2024
3

Quite a change from their earlier 70s output. I like the Moroder disco synth, but the songs are a little too similar. However, two of the big singles are great: Beat The Clock and The Number One Song…

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Fri Mar 15 2024
2

Well, the eighties. What shall I say. Nothing really spectacular came out of this era. At least in my humble opinion. And this certainly falls under that umbrella. That high pitch vocal really gets on my nerves.

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