Seconds of Pleasure (Exp) オリジナルレコーディングのリマスター, インポート
Though Rockpile managed only one, nigh-perfect album at the height of the '80s new wave boom, its members--Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, Billy Bremner, and Terry Williams--had played together in various incarnations, in some instances for over a decade: Edmunds and drummer Williams had been in the '60s power trio Love Sculpture; all had played on Lowe's '78 album Jesus of Cool and Edmunds's '79 collection Repeat When Necessary. But Seconds of Pleasure became their most complete and satisfying pop statement--if their ironic swan song, as well. This newly remastered collection features the complete original album, as informed and vibrant a tribute to American rockabilly and R&B roots (with an amped-up take of Joe Tex's "If Sugar Was as Sweet as You" and inviting reworkings of Gene Chandler's "Teacher Teacher" and Chuck Berry's obscure "Oh What a Thrill") as any contemporary group has ever managed--especially considering three quarters of the material is either Rockpile originals or contemporary compositions, like "Wrong Again" by Squeeze songwriters/mainstays Difford and Tilbrook. The generous slate of bonus tracks features all four acoustic, live-in-the studio tracks from the Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds Sing the Everly Brothers tribute EP distributed with initial pressings of the LP; two fine live BBC recordings from '77; a cover of Graham Parker's "Back to Schooldays"; a band original, "They Called It Rock"; and a blistering live rendition of Parker's "Crawling from the Wreckage" from one of the band's last appearances together at the Concert for Kampuchea. Though Lowe may now downplay them as "a posh bar band" who "specialized in playing Chuck Berry music four times faster than anyone else," Rockpile was truly one of the great rock bands of their--or any--era. --Jerry McCulley
ボーナストラックのCrawling From the Wreckageは「カンボジア難民救済コンサート」からの１曲。このコンサートは、エルビスコステロやプリテンダーズなども出演しており、ＬＰが発売された他、確かＮＨＫでもそのライブを放送していたはずで、この作品のCD化、DVD化を望みます。
On this album their choice of material isn't as impressive as usual, but such is their panache they make that almost irrelevant. I agree with the previous reviewer that "Oh What A Thrill" is a highlight, one of the best Chuck Berry covers I've heard, alongside Edmunds' version of "Run Rudolph Run" from the film "Party Party". "Play That Fast Thing" is typically fluid, as are all the uptempo songs. The best self-penned song is Lowe's more soulful "When I Write The Book".
With Lowe and Edmunds sharing lead vocals the album seems to come to a halt too soon. The only disappointment is that Rockpile didn't make more albums, such were the riches at their disposal. Even so, the bonuses here are of a rare quality. "Seconds Of Pleasure" is an apt title. Not a second is wasted.
Buy it - you owe it to yourself.
Unfortunately, the 'US import' CD that arrived today contained only a blank recordable CD-R! There is no cellophane outer. What's more, the inlay card looks like poor quality digital print (and is printed on one side only)! Amazon are sending a replacement with no quibbles, as you'd expect - but have so far said nothing about checking out whatever the scam is.
Come on Amazon - no-one wants to see dodgy counterfeit CDs (if that's what it is) on Amazon - least of all Amazon. This means no money for the artists - and as Nick Lowe celebrated his 60th birthday last month, I'd like to make sure he gets every penny he's earned! Check out his current album - 'At My `Age' - for true excellence.
DU GRAND ART...
I recently re-purchased this CD and the memory flood gates of my youth came gushing back to me as I still remembered most every word to each of these upbeat, rockin` collection of songs.
Billy Bremmer and Terry Williams also shine on this one, but if you're a Dave Edmunds or Nick Lowe fan, this is simply a MUST buy. Simply put, this thing is truly a Rockin' Roll classic!