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Columbia Canada JC-36886: Seconds Of Pleasure by Rockpile

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Canada
  • ASIN: B000VIMO78
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Rockpile was formed as a backing band for Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds' solo records and as an outlet for the two the hit the road and play live. Along with Billy Bremmer on guitar and Terry Williams on drums, the unit played on great albums like Lowe's Jesus Of Cool & Labour Of Lust and Edmunds' Tracks On Wax & Repeat When Necessary which were essentially Rockpile records. Seconds Of Pleasure is the only official release under the Rockpile moniker. The album kicks off with a great one-two punch. First is an ode to teenage lust "Teacher Teacher" and then moves into an old Joe Tex rave up "If Sugar Was As Sweet As You". The third song is "Heart", which is probably more familiar in its later incarnation as a slowed down reggae song on Lowe's Nick The Knife album, is a fast-paced power pop tune, which is superior to the remake. Other standout cuts include "When I Write The Book", "Play That Fast Thing", "Now & Always" and the humorous "A Knife & A Fork". The original album contained a bonus 45 with 4 Everly Brothers remakes and they are included as the last four tracks on the disk. The best of the four is "Crying In The Rain". This remastered version has a great crisp and clean sound as great production is what Mr. Lowe is known for. The set includes three live tracks, "Back to Schooldays" and "They Call It Rock" which are from a 1977 BBC radio session and "Crawling From The Wreckage" which is from the live album Concerts for The People of Kampuchea which has sadly never been released on CD. All three songs give a glimpse into the band's live prowess. Unfortunately after this album and a supporting tour, Rockpile never recorded as a unit or played live again. They only sporadically worked on Lowe & Edmunds' solo recordings. Too bad we couldn't have had a few more albums from this fine band.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was a reissue worth waiting for. The one official recording by Rockpile, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Billy Bremmer and Terry Williams, this 1980 CD has been in my fave albums pile ever since it came out. Had this foursome not been bar and band mates for each other before "Seconds Of Pleasure," this platter would have been trumped as a supergroup. Edmunds and Williams had already been well established as far back as the sixties with hits, Lowe would be in the history books if only that he released Stiff Records' first single. That Lowe's albums ("Pure Pop For Now People," "Labour of Lust") and as well as Edmunds' solos ("Repeat When Necessary," "Trax On Wax 4") not already given them stature among the cognoscenti, their contributions to the sound of the period as individual producers would.
After all, between the two of them, they should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their production library. Edmunds for Stray Cats, kd lang, Fabulous Thunderbirds and (fer crying out loud) Foghat; Lowe for Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Pretenders, and John Hiatt all but sealing their rep as a pair of men that made a decade sound the way it did. Yet for all that star power, when it came time to record a proper album as a group, Rockpile made it sound like no sweat.
"Seconds Of Pleasure" took all things great about basic bar band rock and made it sound fresh. It was almost as if they came at you with the credo that anything that they couldn't make sound as simplistic as a Chuck Berry riff or Everly Brothers' harmony wasn't worth the tape it took.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Rockpile was formed as a backing band for Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds' solo records and as an outlet for the two the hit the road and play live. Along with Billy Bremmer on guitar and Terry Williams on drums, the unit played on great albums like Lowe's Jesus Of Cool & Labour Of Lust and Edmunds' Tracks On Wax & Repeat When Necessary which were essentially Rockpile records. Seconds Of Pleasure is the only official release under the Rockpile moniker. The album kicks off with a great one-two punch. First is an ode to teenage lust "Teacher Teacher" and then moves into an old Joe Tex rave up "If Sugar Was As Sweet As You". The third song is "Heart" which is probably more familiar in its later incarnation as a slowed down reggae song on Lowe's Nick The Knife album. Here it is a fast paced pop tune, which I think is superior to the remake. Other standout cuts include "When I Write The Book", "Play That Fast Thing", "Now & Always" and the humorous "A Knife & A Fork". The original album contained a bonus 45 with 4 Everly Brothers remakes and they are included as the last four tracks on the disk. The best of the four is "Crying In The Rain". Unfortunately after this album and a supporting tour, Rockpile never recorded as a unit or play live again. They only sporadically worked on Lowe & Edmunds' solo recording. Too bad we couldn't have had a few more albums from this fine band.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By dev1 on August 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I don't want to hear any complaints about how boring the eighties were. Perhaps Billboard's Top-100 was pretty lackluster during the decade, but for fans willing to search through the record store bins, rock'n'roll was alive and well. The original Rockpile LP was so cool because it came with a bonus EP. I had heard of an EP before, but this was my first (and only). Four Everly Brothers covers on a 45 showcasing the exquisite vocal harmonies of Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe. The production is austere - Dave and Nick backed by acoustic guitar and a simple base line. It sounds like a first-take recording, with the reverberation of a school gymnasium. Many "unplugged" electric artists should have remained "plugged," but Dave and Nick display their vocal and musical talents "naked." The EP (CD tracks 13-16) is a befitting tribute to the princes of two-part vocal harmony, and an honest example of "less" production in rock often results in "more."
As for the "real" Rockpile album (tracks 1-12)? It's a marvelous marriage of two complementary genres: Dave Edmunds' classic rhythm and blues, and Lowe's peculiar Pop perspective. Rockpile is essentially a "live" band. Several songs are faster than customary for studio recordings, and include "live" endings instead of studio fade-outs. Edmunds seems to be in charge. Most compositions are traditional (Chuck Berry) rockers. My favorites are those featuring Nick Lowe's imaginative bass lines and quirky lyrics (Teacher Teacher, Pet You And Hold You, When I Write The Book). Dave and Nick sound like siblings - their vocal harmonies are delectable (Now And Always). It's not too late to start the eighties with passionate and energetic "no frills" rock. Grab a copy of Rockpile.
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