I remember walking into Amoeba Records one day and hearing “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding” over the store stereo, but it was not the Elvis Costello version I knew so well. It was a great, almost ’60s sounding take, and I would learn later that THIS was the original. I was smitten.
I went up to the front desk and I saw this CD in the stand that said “Now Playing”. So in keeping with country/folk rock, which seems to be a theme in the last few days, I give you a phenomenal band and collection!!!
Brinsley Schwarz – Surrender To The Rhythm
This is a greatest hits collection and one of those delightful, make the weekend better kind of records.
You will hear the great country rock bands like Crosby, Stills & Nash and Gram Parsons in “Country Girl” and Van Morrison in tracks like “Surrender To The Rhythm”. Both so delicious.
I had never heard this term until I heard this band, but if this is “pub rock” pour me another!
AllMusic says “Pub rock, the English roots rock movement of the early ’70s, would never have earned a cult following if it wasn’t for Brinsley Schwarz. Initially, Brinsley Schwarz was a rambling, neo-psychedelic folk-rock band that borrowed heavily from Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Grateful Dead. Following a disastrous publicity stunt to promote its debut album, the band went into seclusion outside of London and developed a laid-back, rootsy sound inspired by Eggs Over Easy, an American band that had been playing a mixture of originals and covers in English pubs. Following their conversion to pub rock, the Brinsleys ditched their pretensions of stardom and became a down to earth, self-effacing rock & roll band. Between 1971 and 1974, Brinsley Schwarz toured England innumerable times, playing pubs across the country. Along the way, they established a circuit for similar bands like Dr. Feelgood and Ducks Deluxe to follow. Though the group was nominally guitarist Brinsley Schwarz’s band, bassist/lead vocalist Nick Lowe provided the bulk of the group’s songs. Lowe developed a distinctive songwriting voice — conversational, melodic, offbeat, and funny — and the band was infused with his skewed sense of humor. Despite strong reviews and a dedicated fan base, the Brinsleys never managed to escape cult status, yet they influenced a legion of other artists, creating an underground, back-to-basics movement that laid the foundation for punk rock.”
And yes, they are talking about THAT Nick Lowe!!! As for “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding”… Nick Lowe wrote that tune… Elvis just happened to sing the most known version of it, but now you can hear the original take.
I guarantee you will like this one all the way through… It is 20 tracks of great music…
So in honor of the long weekend and all who have sacrificed so much for all of us, here is a nice long set of “pub rock.” Drink it all in!