Joe Jackson Look Sharp! on 180g LP from Intervention Records
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the Original Master Tapes and Pressed at RTI: The Definitive Edition of Joe Jackson's Groundbreaking Debut Sounds Amazing
By 1978 musical journeyman Joe Jackson was living in London and hawking an album-length demo, with his own band (Graham Maby, bass; Dave Houghton, drums; Gary Sanford, guitar) standing by. That demo - already called Look Sharp! - eventually found its way to American producer David Kershenbaum, who was in London in the capacity of talent scout for A&M Records. Joe was immediately signed and Look Sharp! was more professionally re-recorded in August '78. The Joe Jackson Band finally started to play regular gigs and the album was officially released in January 1979. Home to the definitive hit single "Is She Really Going Out With Him" plus further standout fare like "Sunday Papers" and "One More Time," the auspicious Look Sharp! vaulted Jackson into the new wave pop arena with the likes of Elvis Costello and Graham Parker and happens to have one of the greatest album covers of all time to boot!
“If you like the original, you'll love the reissue, which offers sharper, cleaner transients, improved transparency and focus and greater dynamics. It preserves a pulsing energy the original softens and diminishes. Cymbals chime smartly, Graham Maby's bass lines are tautly drawn, and Dave Haughton's drum kit produces slam the original blunts.”
—Michael Fremer, Analog Planet
“…The kind of sound quality that defines the best of the reissue market. Bring this one out for anyone who tries to pass off the mantra about the original always sounding better."
—Dennis Davis, Hi-Fi+
"Intervention's pressing is phenomenal...the grooves are so quiet the staccato guitar work fairly crackles though the air. Bass is equally tight; it'll give your woofers a thorough workout."
—The Absolute Sound
• 100% Analog Mastering From Real Analog Tapes!
• Mastered by Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
• Dead Quiet 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed At RTI
• Exquisitely Restored Cover Art Printed By Stoughton