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Studio album by
Released 1970
Recorded September 14, 1970
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Label Prestige
PR 10001
Producer Bob Porter
Melvin Sparks chronology
Spark Plug

Sparks! is the debut album by soul jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks recorded for the Prestige label in 1970.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

The Allmusic site awarded the album 3 stars calling it "A solid soul-jazz outing that looks to commercial material for the bulk of the set, but doesn't unduly compromise itself in a pop direction... commercial choices, to be sure, but executed with relaxed grit".[2]

Track listing

  1. "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" (Sly Stone) - 8:08
  2. "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) - 6:35
  3. "Charlie Brown" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) - 5:55
  4. "The Stinker" (Leon Spencer) - 7:00
  5. "Spill the Wine" (Papa Dee Allen, Harold Ray Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard Scott) - 11:10




  1. ^ Prestige Records discography accessed May 22, 2013
  2. ^ a b Unterberger, R. Allmusic listing accessed May 22, 2013.
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