On this day in music history: May 15, 1981 – &…

On this day in music history: May 15, 1981 – “East Side Story”, the fourth studio album by Squeeze is released. Produced by Roger Bechirian, Elvis Costello and Dave Edmunds, it is recorded at Eden Studios in London from Late 1980 – Early 1981. Originally conceived as a double album with different producers working on one half each, it is pared down to a single album with Bechirian and Costello producing the bulk of it. It is also the bands first album to feature new vocalist and keyboardist Paul Carrack. Expanding on their trademark new wave sound, “East Side” is more musically diverse than their previous work, exploring a more pop oriented side of the band. The musical shift broaden the bands fan base, especially in the US. It spins off three singles including “Tempted” (#49 Pop, #8 Mainstream Rock) and “Is That Love” (#35 UK). The album is remastered and reissued on CD in Europe in 1997 with two additional bonus tracks added. The remastered CD is reissued in 2008 by American Beat Records, but without the bonus tracks. “East Side Story” peaks at number nineteen on the UK album chart and number forty four on the Billboard Top 200.