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From Small Things: Best of Dave Edmunds [Original recording remastered]

Dave EdmundsAudio CD
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listen  1. I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock And Roll) (Album Version)Dave Edmunds 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I Hear You Knocking (Album Version)Dave Edmunds 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Born To Be With You (Album Version)Dave Edmunds 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Let It Be Me (Album Version)Dave Edmunds 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Crawling From The Wreckage (Album Version)Dave Edmunds 2:53Album Only
listen  6. Almost Saturday Night (Album Version)Dave Edmunds 2:10Album Only
listen  7. Warmed Over Kisses (Left Over Love) (Album Version)Dave Edmunds 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come) (Album Version)Dave Edmunds 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Girls Talk (Live)Dave Edmunds 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Information (Album Version)Dave Edmunds 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Slipping AwayDave Edmunds 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Something About You (Album Version)Dave Edmunds 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Stay With Me Tonight (Album Version)Dave Edmunds;Various 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ju Ju Man (Live)Dave Edmunds 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Do You Wanna Dance (Album Version)Dave 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 (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,380 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A Guitar Architect gets his day 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
4.0 out of 5 stars An guitar architect gets his day May 14, 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gems from one of the greats December 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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
3.0 out of 5 stars You can do better than this odd lot January 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Edmunds is very underrated. February 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This CD is a great single disc overview of Dave's career. I would have liked to have seen more stuff from his Swan Song days, but beggars can't be choosey. It's a great repesentation of the different types of music Dave has done over the 30+ years he's been doing it. And be sure to pick up Nick Lowe's best of as well as the one Roickpile CD if you lke this one. Both of those collections get 4 stars as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It has a couple of great old hits
"I hear you knocking" has got to get you moving and grooving. I wish he wrote more songs like that. There are a couple of familiar old favorites.
Published 5 days ago by SammiSnead
4.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Lynn
I considered this album because Jeff Lynn was involved with some of the songs. I had never listen to the artist until this album. I found this to be a very enjoyable album.
Published 2 months ago by Barr59
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
I have enjoyed Dave Edmunds for a long time, and this CD is no exception. Crawling from the Wreckage is my favorite.
Published 10 months ago by Margaret DeJarnette
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic early-style rock
What was the beginning of Mr. Edmunds career is all here.The most popular is probably "I hear you knocking",but the entire set will ring the bell of those who like a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joe Kuether
3.0 out of 5 stars b-
No Queen of Hearts
the other reviewer was right/ a hodge podge
Better to buy some original albums.
The first is a classic.
Published 20 months ago by lizard-of-oz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Compilation
This is a great best of album from an exceptional artist. I've been listening to this often since purchasing it and feel that I should have purchased it long ago.
Published on March 29, 2012 by mme D
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy With My Purchase
Thank you very much for the quick service & quality product. I will be sure to shop with your company again in the future and recommend you to anyone !
Published on March 9, 2011 by Louis Wolfenson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
I am writing this of course from my perspective and taste. I don't like to advise people on what to buy and what not to buy. The next person may love this cd, but I didn't. Read more
Published on November 7, 2010 by Don B. Jennings
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I was disappointed with this cd. "Girls Talk" was a live version--not the orginal airplay version. "Almost Saturday Night" is great, but most other songs are over-produced in the... Read more
Published on January 1, 2009 by chicagomark1
5.0 out of 5 stars this is rock and roll
This is so refreshing. You'll go a long way to find something catchier than "Girls Talk" or "Almost Saturday Night". It's what rock and roll was in its heyday. I miss it. Read more
Published on January 9, 2008 by Ostrova
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