Joe JacksonLook Sharp!

Label:A&M Records – AMLH 64743
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Style:New Wave, Power Pop


A1One More Time3:15
A2Sunday Papers4:18
A3Is She Really Going Out With Him?3:33
A4Happy Loving Couples3:07
A5Throw It Away2:48
B1Baby Stick Around2:35
B2Look Sharp!3:22
B3Fools In Love4:23
B4(Do The) Instant Mash3:10
B5Pretty Girls2:54
B6Got The Time2:52

Companies, etc.



Textured sleeve. Shoes by Denson.

A label variation can be found here.

The runouts are stamped; the SP string is etched.

In August 1979 UK store chain WH Smith offered this album with a free limited poster (size 39 x 57,5 cm). See picture of NME ad.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Price Code (Sticker on back cover): CB 271
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): AMLH 64743 A*
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): AMLH 64743 B*
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 1): AMLH 64743 A1 SP-5223 A+M SP 5̶2̶1̶1̶ (RE-1) -M4 INT MR Δ24044
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 1): AMLH 64743 B1) SP-5224 A+M SP 5̶2̶1̶2̶ (RE-1) -M3 INT MR Δ24044-X
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 2): AMLH 64743 A1 SP-5223 A+M SP 5̶2̶1̶1̶ (RE-1) -M4 INT MR Δ24044 [Trumpet symbol]
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 2): AMLH 64743 B1 SP-5224 A+M SP 5̶2̶1̶2̶ (RE-1) -M3 INT MR Δ24044-X [Trumpet symbol]
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, variant 3): AMLH 64743 A1 ᐱ SP-5223 A+M SP 5̶2̶1̶1̶ (RE-1) -M3 INT MR [Trumpet symbol] Δ24044 Eng
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, variant 3): AMLH 64743 A1 SP-5224 A+M SP 5̶2̶1̶2̶ (RE-1) -M3 INT ᐱ MR Δ24044-X [Trumpet symbol] Eng 10

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Look Sharp! (LP, Album, Test Pressing)A&M RecordsSP-4743US1978
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Look Sharp (LP, Album, Promo, White Label)A&M RecordsAMLH 64743UK1978
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Look Sharp! (LP, Album)A&M RecordsAMLH 64743Europe1979
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Look Sharp! (2×LP, 10", Album)A&M RecordsSP 3666US1979
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Look Sharp! (LP, Album, Indianapolis Pressing, Barcode)A&M Records, A&M RecordsSP 4743, SP-4743US1979


  • drgroove66's avatar
    Edited 4 months ago
    Terrific sound, loud, deep and clear. They don't come any better. A&M trumpet pressings are usually great.
    • awem's avatar
      Cheap Mix (bad mics M88) and MONO! beware... next one is better!
      • jon.torrez.3's avatar
        Can anyone recommend specific pressings of the first two albums? I have some earlier copies that are plagued with god awful sibilance and it doesn't seem to be a simple matter of wear and tear.
        • Only_Mint's avatar
          How is it that there's a US George Peckham cut of this (, which one must assume used British metal at the time, but there's no corresponding Porky UK pressing..? I have plenty of US Pecko cuts (e.g., the US 'Singles Going Steady') that are sourced from the UK UK release, but this JJ is the first I've seen that has no UK Porky.
          •'s avatar
            My copy : on back cover top right, a sticker with French price code CB 271.
            • LLOYDD's avatar
              Do not see mine listed, the 10" 2x set. While the A&M disc labels both read SP 3666, on the cover spine is a paste over showing a catalog # of SP6017. Apparently this copy is from 1982 from what I've researched and was never properly repressed when stock ran out, the paste over being common with A&M at the time.
              • declanfry's avatar
                As Westcotes54 says, this is a strong post punk/new wave record - Jackson wasn't as talented as Costello, but he was sharper than, say, Graham Parker. If you're a fan of this record, this (original UK) pressing is the one to get - sounds amazing, I was actually really surprised. Really punchy, decent soundstage, and clear definition to Maby's bass.
                • Westcotes54's avatar
                  Poor old Joe had suffered from comparison with Elvis Costello at the time, but to me this stands as one of the best post punk LP's. The title track is a stunner and stands true to the post punk ethos. His later work I think became diluted and he never quite matched the promise shown on this album. Worth a listen.



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