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listen  1. I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock And Roll)Dave Edmunds 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I Hear You KnockingDave Edmunds 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Born To Be With YouDave Edmunds 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Let It Be MeDave Edmunds 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Crawling From The WreckageDave Edmunds 2:53Album Only
listen  6. Almost Saturday NightDave Edmunds 2:10Album Only
listen  7. Warmed Over Kisses (Left Over Love)Dave Edmunds 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)Dave Edmunds 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Girls TalkDave Edmunds 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. InformationDave Edmunds 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Slipping AwayDave Edmunds 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Something About YouDave Edmunds 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Stay With Me TonightDave Edmunds;Various 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ju Ju ManDave Edmunds 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Do You Wanna DanceDave Edmunds;Various 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Run Rudolph RunDave Edmunds 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (April 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0001Z3U5Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's one of pop music's most enduring ironies: The caretakers of America's original rock and blues legacy have as often as not hailed from closer to London than to Louisiana. This 16-track collection of recordings by Welsh-born roots-rock acolyte Dave Edmunds deftly underscores the point with ever-upbeat aplomb, spanning four decades and seven record labels (the first such comprehensive anthology of his work) in the bargain. There's a remarkable 32-year gap between this album's opening cover of Rockpile cohort Nick Lowe's "I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock and Roll)" and Edmunds's breakthrough 1970 American hit, "I Hear You Knockin'," but his vibrant performances suggest that not only does the circle remain unbroken, it's scarcely been dented. Crucially, the rockabilly-besotted singer seldom let slavish devotion get in the way of his own considerable creative drive (the exceptions here are a Beach Boys-fetishized cover of "Do You Wanna Dance" and a precious take of the Everlys' "Let It Be Me" from the soundtracks of Porky's Revenge and Stardust, respectively). But his versions of Graham Parker's "Crawling From the Wreckage," John Fogerty's "Almost Saturday Night," and Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk" amply display Edmunds's innate ability to make a song his own. He even rises above the patent, synth-driven production of Jeff Lynne on "Information" and "Slippin' Away," turning them into unlikely rockabilly-meets-new-wave successes. --Jerry McCulley

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These 16 Columbia, Swan Song and Arista tracks take you across Dave's entire solo career: his hits I Hear You Knocking; Girls Talk (live); Almost Saturday Night , and Slipping Away plus Information; Let It Be Me , and more.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Forget all you have heard about other rock gods, they constantly leave out one of the greats. And by that, I mean Dave Edmunds. Maybe he didn't have the flair of Hendrix or the breeze of Clapton, but this Welshman understood basic riff rocking better than anyone this side of Carl Perkins. He could sling Chuck Berry energy and 60's psychedelia (sadly, his hit with Love Sculpture is not here) in the same song and not miss the honesty of either. That his style barely changed over near 30 years, nor ever lost its purity speaks volumes (and volume!) about Edmunds' work.

And finally, a single disc that covers the majority of it. The criminal deletion policies of record companies have moved almost the entirety of Edmunds' solo output to out of print status. "From Small Things" collects work from the Columbia and Swan Song tenure plus a few other oddities for almost an hour of great rocking. It also shows that, when it came to picking songs and writers, Edmunds was a genius. Be it Graham Parker's "Crawling From the Wreckage" or Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk" (performed live here), he made them sound perfect next to John Fogerty's "Almost Saturday Night" and the Everly Brothers' "Let It Be Me." He was such an admired player and artist that Robert Plant hand picked Edmunds to his fledgling Swan Song label (right after Bad Company, no less) and Bruce Springsteen tailored one of his unreleased songs ("From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)") for his Columbia debut "DE7th." And if you listen closely, you'll hear Jeff Lynne formulating the Traveling Wilburys concept around the "Information" and "Riff Raff" album selections.

If there are any minuses here, it's that a couple great cuts could have easily fit onto this CD without bouncing any songs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 14, 2004
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Forget all you have heard about other rock gods, they constantly leave out one of the greats. And by that, I mean Dave Edmunds. Maybe he didn't have the flair of Hendrix or the breeze of Clapton, but this Welshman understood basic riff rocking better than anyone this side of Carl Perkins. He could sling Chuck Berry energy and 60's psychedelia (sadly, his hit with Love Sculpture is not here) in the same song and not miss the honesty of either. That his style barely changed over near 30 years, nor ever lost its purity speaks volumes (and volume!) about Edmunds' work.
And finally, a single disc that covers the majority of it. The criminal deletion policies of record companies have moved almost the entirety of Edmunds' solo output to out of print status. "From Small Things" collects work from the Columbia and Swan Song tenure plus a few other oddities for almost an hour of great rocking. It also shows that, when it came to picking songs and writers, Edmunds was a genius. Be it Graham Parker's "Crawling From the Wreckage" or Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk" (performed live here), he made them sound perfect next to John Fogerty's "Almost Saturday Night" and the Everly Brothers' "Let It Be Me." He was such an admired player and artist that Robert Plant hand picked Edmunds to his fledgling Swan Song label (right after Bad Company, no less) and Bruce Springsteen tailored one of his unreleased songs ("From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)") for his Columbia debut "DE7th." And if you listen closely, you'll hear Jeff Lynne formulating the Traveling Wilburys concept around the "Information" and "Riff Raff" album selections.
If there are any minuses here, it's that a couple great cuts could have easily fit onto this CD without bouncing any songs.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas S. Martin on December 27, 2004
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Looking back, the rock era produced few artists of originality and excellence. Edmunds didn't invent the twangy guitar or rockabilly, but he honed them to perfection. For the most part, he had a knack for choosing quirky and interesting songs. His production was second to none, as was his guitar work. Since he often played all of the instruments, it must be said that he was skilled on all of them. Dave also possessed one of the best rock voices. Despite being Welsh, he sounded quintessentially American while singing quintessentially American music. I recommend this set in addition to the Anthology because the latter doesn't contain Dave's version of Chuck Berry's Run Rudolph Run, my favorite Christmas song, and one that captures the essence of Dave Edmunds as well as any other song he recorded. How unfortunate that Dave has stopped recording; he was one of the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Davis TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2007
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Dave Edmunds was a fine songwriter and a capable interpreter of rockabilly classics, but this hodgepodge really doesn't do him justice. A single-disc best-of assortment is easy to assemble from The Dave Edmund Anthology (which I recommend), but beyond his excellent original hits (about half of this album), most people will have little interest in listening to lackluster covers, movie tracks, and Christmas music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By musicfanatic on March 9, 2005
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Dave Edmunds has his own, distinct style and it's nice to listen to. My favorite song by him had always been "I hear you knocking", but I found that there is so much more to him, than that one song. His songs are like a hybrid of the 50's and 70's, very unique and very good. I loved his cover of The Everly Brother's "Let it be me". All of the songs on this disc are very well done, Dave Edmunds has a real talent for taking older-sounding songs and giving them a fresh, updated sound. I think he's quite underrated as an artist. I would very much recommened this disc to anyone who loves music, in general.
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