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Nick Lowe’s latest album, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family, is a twinkling blend of traditional hymns, forgotten gems and Lowe originals. From the opening rockabilly-charged “Children Go Where I Send Thee” and the comfy hush of “Christmas Can't Be Far Away”, the record includes the beatnik bop of “Hooves on the Roof” (written ... Read more in Amazon's Nick Lowe Store

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  • Audio CD (September 20, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026V1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. So It Goes
2. Heart Of The City
3. (I Love The Sound Of) Breaking Glass
4. Little Hitler
5. No Reason
6. 36 Inches High
7. Marie Provost
8. American Squirm
9. Cracking Up
10. Big Kick, Plain Scrap
11. Born Fighter
12. Switch Board Susan
13. Without Love
14. Cruel To Be Kind
15. When I Write The Book
16. Heart
17. Raging Eyes
18. Time Wounds All Heals
19. Maureen
20. Half A Boy And Half A Man
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Having apprenticed with '60s band Kippington Lodge and '70s pub-rock pioneers Brinsley Schwarz, Nick Lowe became a shining beacon of traditional pop values--wit, concision, unbanishable tunes--amidst the punk furor of the late '70s. This collection is a generous 25-song single-CD selection from eight albums and a few stray singles spanning almost a decade. It may be too generous--the inclusion of a number of so-so songs and failed experiments hampers its playability. But there are still well over a dozen gems here, including his sole hit, the sparkling, textbook classic-pop masochist's anthem "Cruel to Be Kind;" the ominous voodoo breakdown "Cracking Up;" and the delightfully perverse "Marie Provost," a sumptuous power-pop tune affixed to the horrific tale of a silent-film actress who dies alone and is eaten by her starving dog. There are also at least two songs exploring Lowe's strange obsession with backstage guest lists (first single "So It Goes" and the stately "Little Hitler"), the best version of the pub-rock classic "Switchboard Susan" (containing every conceivable phone/sex double entendre), and a number of crisp rockers abetted by Rockpile, the brilliant band that, credited or not, played on much of members Lowe and Dave Edmunds's best work. --Ken Barnes

Customer Reviews

You won't regret buying this one, especially if you liked British rock and pop of the 60's and 70's.
Maria-Rosa de Hacia
Nick Lowe not only has produced some of the best groundbreaking albums by the likes of Graham Parker and Elvis Costello, he's also made a few great records himself.
Patrick Earley
As he already has it in a cassette and wanted to get a CD of it, I would assume that it is a favorite of his and that he would recommend it highly.
Kathleen McFadden

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Earley on April 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Nick Lowe not only has produced some of the best groundbreaking albums by the likes of Graham Parker and Elvis Costello, he's also made a few great records himself. His first 2 albums were especially strong. "PURE POP FOR NOW PEOPLE", also named "JESUS OF COOL", and his second "LABOUR OF LUST" were his best works and are amply represented here by the first 14 songs. The rest of this material are from his later weaker albums. But even those albums had a few hidden gems, such as HALF A BOY AND HALF A MAN", THE ROSE OF ENGLAND, AND I KNEW THE BRIDE, which Dave Edmunds made a hit out of a few years earlier. It's hard for me to pick a favorite from these 2 early albums, I've got so many. I can tell you the 2 songs that really stick you in the ribs from the first album are SO IT GOES, in which Lowe blatantly rips off the hook to Steely Dan's REELING IN THE YEARS, and the Chuck Berry driven HEART OF THE CITY, both of which were singles for Lowe. A couple good songs off his second album is AMERICAN SQUIRM, which was another single, and the crazy Mickey Jupp rockabilly song SWITHCHBOARD SUSAN. His biggest hit was CRUEL TO BE KIND, a mid-tempo song that I remember getting alot of airplay when it first came out, but didn't stick around long. Ever since his days with the British pub rock band Brinsley Schwarz, Lowe has honed his musicial skills. He throws every kind of musical influence into his music. If you like rockabilly, soul, Motown, country, or blues, well Nick Lowe does it all. I know first hand this guy is an old accomplished workhorse musician. I once saw him when he came to Oklahoma City in the mid 80's with his band 'THE COWBOY OUTFIT". In the middle of their show the electricity that powered the bands musical instuments went out.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Maria-Rosa de Hacia on October 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The first Lowe song I can remember was "Cruel to Be Kind" (which oddly enough reminds me of someone I once dated who often slapped me around) with its smooth rhythm guitar and biting lyrics. Soon after, I got into "So It Goes" (with that solid bottom), "Little Hitler" (I suppose Elvis Costello's "Two Little Hitlers" was an answer of sorts), "No Reason" (great reggae fill), "Heart of the City" (more solid rhythm guitar) and "Marie Provost" (for some reason he pronounces it "Mary"). The guy was just a machine when it came to writing good songs with car-radio-type hooks and solid beat. Why he wasn't a bigger star is a mystery to me.
Now along comes this album, covering most (but not all) of his career and now I have to add "Half a Boy" and "The Rose of England" to my list of faves. Just a notch below would be "When I Write the Book".
Let my add my voice to the chorus praising this album. Nick Lowe, along with Elvis Costello, were the two supreme talents to come out the "new music" period (I can't call it punk, not when there are melodies this good) of the late 70's. This CD is priced like a single album, but you get 25 tracks, uncommon value. You won't regret buying this one, especially if you liked British rock and pop of the 60's and 70's.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Nick Lowe may be best known as the producer of the best of Elvis Costello's 70's & early 80's albums, but he has crafted some the smartest & wittiest music around. Lowe came out of the early 70's English pub-rock scene, playing in the genre's biggest group, Brinsley Swarz. After he left the band, he released his first solo record, "So It Goes". It was also the first ever release on the seminal label Stiff Records. The song set the mold for which Lowe would follow for much of his career. The lyrics on the surface appear to be somewhat humorous but underneath they are laced with cynism. Other great songs include "American Squirm", "Marie Provost" which tells of an old movie star who died and the police found her half-eaten by her dog, "Little Hitler", "Cracking Up", "Heart Of The City", the reggae remake of his Rockpile song "Heart", the rockbilly of "Half A Boy, Half A Man", the pretty country-flavored "Without Love" and his only hit in America, "Cruel To Be Kind", which is one of the most overlooked hit songs of the 70's. The album is sequenced in chronilogical order and some the later songs are weak, especially compared to the early stuff, but one cannot complain when you get 25 songs on a single cd. If you love Nick Lowe, this album is indepensible and if you are unfamiliar with him, it is more than worth checking out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Owen on March 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Let's face it: When it comes to pop, there's 2 distinct camps-the thoughtful, melodious songwriters (John Lennon, Ray Davies, XTC...); and the straight-forward power pop of Alex Chilton, Matthew Sweet, the Posies...Then there's Nick Lowe. Not happy to settle in either, but taking the choice bits from both, and adopting different song styles to whatever suits him, Country, Pop, Rockabilly (even reggae dancehall!). But rather than coming off as an indecisive posuer, Lowe makes the music work for him-and man does he know how to get the most out of a song. If you think the number of tracks for a single CD of a relatively obscure Brit is daunting, check out the number of hooks he pours into each and every one! So while you may not know these songs by heart (w/the possible exception of "Cruel To Be Kind"), one spin thru and TRY not to look forward to a daily dose of "Switchboard Susan" "I love the sound of breaking glass" "7 nights to rock" "So it goes"...Oh, man! Take the "Stop" button off the player, and hit repeat.
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