Silver Pistol/Please Don't Ever Change

Silver Pistol/Please Don't Ever Change

by Brinsley Schwarz


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This two-album-on-one-CD compilation captures Brinsley Schwarz at their musical peak on two levels. The material on Silver Pistol, arguably their best album, is remastered impeccably so that you can practically hear the action on the acoustic guitar strings on "Nightingale" and get just as close to the electric guitar on "Silver Pistol," while the electric bass on "The Last Time I Was Fooled" feels like it's in your lap. Those songs, along with "Unknown Number," "Merry-Go-Round," and "Egypt," were all authored by Nick Lowe, and alternating with some equally substantial contributions by Ian Gomm, they made Silver Pistol about the most dazzling body of American rock songwriting since the days when Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and Richie Furay were divvying up Buffalo Springfield's classic albums between them -- indeed, this CD makes one think of the artistic peak that the latter group never had a chance to reach, owing to personnel problems; and, in fact, Lowe's and Gomm's divergent yet not dissimilar roots-based styles call the Stills/Young pairing to mind on yet another level. And then there's the second half of the CD, the somewhat slapped-together contents of Please Don't Ever Change, any of which sounds like it could easily be among the best work of the band. And even that shows the levels of perfection Brinsley Schwarz were achieving on just the individual, one-off efforts they generated when they weren't shooting for any big targets. (And except for Showaddywaddy, what other group during the 1970s was covering the Cadillacs' "Speedo" as a serious number?). And all of it, off both albums, is presented in glittering state of the art digital audio and backed up with superb notes by Alan Robinson -- it's all a little bit of what one corner of rock & roll heaven should sound like.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261206428
catalogNumber: 642
Rank: 64204

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brinsley Schwarz   Primary Artist
Ian Gomm   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Billy Rankin   Drums
Nick Lowe   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Bob "Derwood" Andrews   Organ,Keyboards,Vocals
Brinsley Schwarz   Guitar,Piano,Alto Saxophone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
Jim Ford   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Ian Gomm   Composer
Leroy Sibbles   Composer
Ronnie Self   Composer
Chris Hollebone   Engineer
Nick Lowe   Composer
Vic Maile   Producer,Engineer
Anton Matthews   Engineer
Alan Robinson   Liner Notes
Kingsley Ward   Engineer
Lolly Vegas   Composer
Ian Dickson   Cover Photo
Len Foster   Engineer
Dave Robinson   Producer
Esther Navarro   Composer
Brinsley Schwarz   Producer

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