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The Rose of England
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Audio CD, August 25, 2017
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Teaming up again with his Cowboy Outfit, Nick Lowes The Rose of England remains a highly engaging and often overlooked album. The title track tells a World War I-era tale that was sturdy enough to be covered by Brit-folkies The Oyster Band, and features a trademark Lowe hook. Nick took a huge swing at the charts, recording his version (previously recorded by Dave Edmunds, and played live by Rockpile) of his classic I Knew the Bride with pal Huey Lewis producing and his band the News providing the track. Fame and fortune may not have followed, but a solid batch of songs including covers of pals John Hiatt (She Dont Love Nobody) and Elvis Costello (Indoor Fireworks) rubbed shoulders with Nicks originals as well as Nicks most-covered cover (Moon Mullicans 7 Nights to Rock).
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"The Rose of England" catches Lowe's songwriting talent nearly in full bloom with a strong set of originals as well as some covers. Most importantly, he had a single that got airplay for the first time in years--"I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll)" had quite a bit more pop sheen than Lowe or even Dave Edmunds might have applied but, given the success that long time friend Huey Lewis had experienced, it's not unexpected. It also distinguishes the song from Edmunds' version released years before.
Lowe tackles clever cover songs as well with "7 Nights to Rock" and John Hiatt's "She Don't Love Nobody"--both of which could have been penned by Lowe himself.
The album really hasn't been remastered and seems ripe for a reissue with bonus tracks (there were live tracks included on the The Doingsboxed set a decade ago from the our to support this album which is well worth seeking out). Who knows what Lowe left uncompleted in the vault?
We also get a marvelous version of Elvis Costello's "Indoor Fireworks" released before Costello's version.
Lowe's crack band includes Paul Carrack, Martin Belmont (formerly of Ducks Deluxe), Andrew Bodnar (the latter two from Graham Parker's backing band The Rumour) among others.
The original Demon release on CD sounds quite nice--it isn't brickwalled and doesn't have any weird EQ applied to the music.
Anyway, I also have been trying to get in on cd release reasonable priced for years. "By the way 1 other of my 5 faves John Hammond Jr. earliest albums "Source Point" and another of his great firsts on the same cd just released. "I am waiting for Rita Coolidges The ladys not for sale cd to released someday.
Anyway some early jesse winchester,nick lowe,Poco With or w/out timothy b.Scmidt before and including Legend and Rose of Cimarron is good mix.