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Seconds of Pleasure
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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 in... more »
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
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Great great album....could have been better.
Alan Gus | NY NY | 08/18/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As much as this greatly anticipated album was no letdown,I felt it wasn't "the next step" that everyone waited for. I was working the event and attended the CBS press launch for this album in NYC , and both Edmunds and Lowe did not seem 100% behind the final product. The accompanying two nights at the Ritz were stellar, but in my opinion the album lacks the cohesiveness of earlier efforts (Labour of Lust & Repeat When Necessary)and it always seemed to me that the track selection seemd "forced" for a an album from this band.
Put on Trax on Wax 4 or Repeat When Necessary and you'll feel the cohesiveness I speak of. The tracks all flow.
A great great album, but just shy of better than previous!"
Great Rockpile Release
Pat Lamorgese | New Jersey | 03/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the only "official" Rockpile release, featuring the crackerjack playing and singing of Billy Bremmer, Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, and Terry Williams. Although this line up appeared on other releases by Nick and Dave, this is their only release as Rockpile. Aside from the great songs on the original release, this includes a session with the Beverly Brothers, which is what Dave and Nick called themselves for this unplugged recording where they cover their inspirations, the Everly Brothers. Their version of "Poor Jenny" is priceless. This release also includes a few live tunes that were previously unavailable. This is a joyous release, that proves how the boys were striving to create a newer harder version of the Everly Brothers. Billy and Dave are great rockabilly players who showcase their chops on each tune. Enjoy it!"