Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Subtle As a Flying Mallet
Genres: Pop, Rock
Taking the one-man band aesthetic to an extreme, Dave Edmunds recorded nearly all his second album Subtle As A Flying Mallet on his own, hiring a bassist and a drummer for only a pair of tracks. Alternating between Spec... more »
Taking the one-man band aesthetic to an extreme, Dave Edmunds recorded nearly all his second album Subtle As A Flying Mallet on his own, hiring a bassist and a drummer for only a pair of tracks. Alternating between Spector classics, the Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, and a variety of R&B, country and pop numbers, Edmunds hits on all the styles of the late '50s and early '60s. 1998 reissue on One Way Records of his debut album, first released on RCA in 1975. This CD features all original cover artwork & all 12 tracks from the original release, including 'Baby I Love You', 'Leave My Woman Alone' and 'Maybe'.
Dave Edmunds, One-Man Band
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 06/15/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is Dave Edmunds' one-man-band love-letter to the songs of yesteryear. It's interesting to hear him recreate the songs, instrument-by-instrument and voice-by-voice, but he never really transcends the originals.For those unfamiliar with the singles he's covering, or for Edmunds fans, this could be a real crowd pleaser. But given how many of these tracks are available in their original form (including The Chantels' "Maybe" and the Crystals "Da Doo Ron Ron"), Edmunds lack of substantial reinterpratation (although this works to his ironic advantage in the gender-specific songs that he sings from the girl's point-of-view) leaves this disc a best buy for Edmundsphiles."
Mark B Felton | Columbia City, IN United States | 08/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a great record! Dave Edmunds outdoes himself as a performer/instrumentalist/engineer/producer/etc. This is a one-man tribute (with some borrowed help) to some great and influential songs. He does a fantastic job of honoring these songs, and reproducing them with his natural ability as a producer, while adding what only he can add. Definately well worth a critical listen, and when you do so, please appreciate what it took to produce this record. You'll not only hear great songs, but you will hear 'Beach Boy' harmonies and Spector-esque production qualities... as well as a just plain well produced collection of great songs. My hats off to Dave for this one. Enjoy!!"