Lowe Profile: A Tribute to Nick Lowe

Lowe Profile: A Tribute to Nick Lowe

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Nick Lowe is the sort of artist whose work as a musician, songwriter, and producer is so unpretentious and straightforward that many folks tend to overlook how strong it is, and how diverse his repertoire has been. From the hippie-friendly country rock of his early recordings with Brinsley Schwarz and the straight-ahead pub rock of …  See more details below


Nick Lowe is the sort of artist whose work as a musician, songwriter, and producer is so unpretentious and straightforward that many folks tend to overlook how strong it is, and how diverse his repertoire has been. From the hippie-friendly country rock of his early recordings with Brinsley Schwarz and the straight-ahead pub rock of Rockpile to the engagingly smart-assed pure pop of his early solo work and the mature blue-eyed soul of Dig My Mood and The Convincer, Lowe writes and sings with simplicity, clarity, wit, and an emotional weight that has caught the attention of plenty of folks who know good music when they hear it, ranging from Johnny Cash to Elvis Costello. While Lowe Profile: A Tribute to Nick Lowe isn't the first Nick Lowe tribute album, it certainly outclasses 2001's Labour of Love: The Music of Nick Lowe, largely thanks to its lineup of contributors -- most of the artists on Lowe Profile are roots rockers and pop mavens who obviously know and love Lowe's music, but also bring their own flavors to the performances, and along the way testify to the diversity of his material. The bluesy growl of Eric "Roscoe" Ambel's "12 Step Program (To Quit You Babe)" and the twang-infused "Never Been in Love" from Rick Shea and Christy McWilson demonstrate how Lowe's records have caught many different ears, while Kim Shattuck's bare-bones reading of "You Made Me" sits next to the frantic rock of " I Don't Want the Night to End" from the Lowe Beats (Scott McCaughey's Nick Lowe cover band) and both sound right as rain in this context. (Other participants include Ian Gomm, Dave Alvin, Steve Wynn, Foster & Lloyd, and Duane Jarvis.) Sparkle*Jets U.K.'s "When I Wrote the Book" is the only performance of the 30 here that sounds slavishly devoted to Lowe's original recording, which says a lot about Lowe Profile and the people who helped make it -- this isn't a bunch of slapped-together covers, but a heartfelt tribute to a musician whose talent and attitude has made a real impact among people who love music; if it makes you want to pull Pure Pop for Now People or The Impossible Bird off the shelf, it also doesn't sound woefully inadequate in comparison, and that's no small thing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Brewery Records


Disc 1

  1. 12 Step Program (To Quit You Babe)  - Eric Ambel
  2. Cruel to Be Kind  - Ian Gomm
  3. Without Love  - Adam Foster
  4. Failed Christian  - Dave Alvin
  5. True Love Travels on a Gravel Road  - Don Dixon
  6. (I Love the Sound Of) Breaking Glass  - Steve Allen
  7. There's a Cloud in My Heart  -  Walter & The Dairy Kings Clevenger
  8. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? @@Michael Carpender
  9. You Got the Look I Like @@Anderson, Terry & The Olympic Ass Kickin Team
  10. Couldn't Love You (Anymore Than I Do)  - Bryan Shaddix
  11. Never Been in Love  - Rick Shea
  12. Marie Provost @@Tipsy Jack
  13. Crying in My Sleep  - Chris Gaffney
  14. Homewrecker @@Holmes, Rex & We Monster
  15. Truth Drug @@Steve Wynn

Disc 2

  1. I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock & Roll) @@Flynt, Ron & The Blue Hearts
  2. American Squirm  - Jamie Hoover
  3. The Ugly Things  - Eugene Edwards
  4. What's Shaking on the Hill  - Greg Trooper
  5. When I Write the Book @@Sparkle 'Jets Uk
  6. Lonesome Reverie  - James Intveld
  7. Heart  - Tiffany A. Lowe
  8. Cupid Must Be Angry  - Duane Jarvis
  9. Love So Fine  - Robbie Rist
  10. You Make Me  - Kim Shattuck
  11. I Don't Want the Night to End @@Lowe Beats
  12. Let's Eat  -  Monkey Bowl
  13. Everyone  -  Brilliant Mistakes
  14. Rollers Show @@Glimmer Stars
  15. Heart of the City @@'Lectric Chairs

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Gaffney   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Lloyd   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocal Harmony
Don Dixon   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Vocals
Scott McCaughey   Vocals
Dave Bartholomew   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Ian Gomm   Vocals
Greg Trooper   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Ambel   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Radney Foster   Vocals
Terry Anderson   Drums,Vocals
Michael Carpenter   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Drums,Harmonium,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Jack Cornell   Bass,Background Vocals
Ron Flynt   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
David Hall   Bass
Jeff Harmon   Drums
Jamie Hoover   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
James Intveld   Vocals,Multi Instruments
Duane Jarvis   Guitar,Vocals,Requinto
Hugh Jones   Bass
Kevin McKendree   Bass,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Christy McWilson   Vocals
Danny Ott   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
John Putnam   Electric Guitar
Lorne Rall   Bass,Tambourine
Wyman Reese   Organ,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Accordion,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Wurlitzer
Jim Sangster   Guitar
Lincoln Schleifer   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonium,Background Vocals
Alan Walker   Vocals,Wurlitzer
Kim Shattuck   Guitar,Vocals
Tiffany A. Lowe   Vocals,Background Vocals
Scotty Miller   Guitar,Background Vocals
Rick Shea   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Walter Clevenger   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
John Ramberg   Guitar,Vocals
Pete Finney   Pedal Steel Guitar
Carl Byron   Organ,Piano
Mike Simmons   Organ,Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Aaron Brotherton   Acoustic Guitar
Jamie Knight   Bass
Robbie Rist   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Dana Myzer   Drums
Chris Garges   Drums
Dave Drewry   Drums
Jeff Hayes   Guitar,Vocals
Kenneth Blevins   Drums
Steve Bancroft   Guitar,Background Vocals
Henry Clift   Bass
Kevin Jarvis   Percussion,Drums
Eric Hisaw   Guitar
Dave Paterson   Drums
Graham John Black   Drums
Jonathan Crawford   Drums
Tracy Huffman   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocals
Susan West   Guitar,Background Vocals
Ken Mundy   Drums,Vocals
Steve Allen   Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Corey McCormick   Bass
Dave Meshell   Bass
Tracy Robar   Guitar
Paul Mauceri   Drums,Background Vocals
Erik Philbrook   Bass,Vocals
John Hoskinson   Vocal Harmony
Eugene Edwards   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Cindy Wasserman   Background Vocals
Bryan Shaddix   Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Andy Winston   Bass,Vocals
Howard Miller   Guitar
Whit Williams   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bill Lloyd   Producer,Engineer
Don Dixon   Producer,Engineer
Rockpile   Composer
Scott McCaughey   Producer,Engineer
Ian Gomm   Composer
Henry McCullough   Composer
Robert Ellis Orrall   Producer
Greg Trooper   Producer
Eric Ambel   Producer
Kurt Bloch   Producer,Engineer
Michael Carpenter   Producer,Engineer
Jack Cornell   Producer
Ron Flynt   Producer,Engineer
Jamie Hoover   Producer,Engineer
James Intveld   Producer
Nick Lowe   Composer
Kevin McKendree   Producer,Engineer
Christy McWilson   Duet
Wyman Reese   Producer,Engineer
Jim Sangster   Producer,Engineer
Lincoln Schleifer   Producer,Engineer
Kim Shattuck   Producer,Engineer
Rick Shea   Arranger,Producer
Scott Hull   Mastering
Walter Clevenger   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jerry Tubb   Mastering
Greg Duffin   Engineer
John Borack   Liner Notes
Mike Simmons   Producer,Engineer
Rick Pier O'Neil   Mastering
Robbie Rist   Producer,Engineer
Missy Buettner   Engineer
Fred Archambault   Engineer
Kevin Jarvis   Producer,Engineer
Dave Peterson   Producer,Engineer
Jonathan Lowery   Engineer
Capers Flen   Engineer
Steve Allen   Producer,Engineer
David Spreng   Drum Technician
Gwyneth Jones   Engineer

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Lowe Profile: A Tribute to Nick Lowe 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As tribute albums go this one is very good. Nick's tunes are all given a new dimension by the very fact that he is not singing them! This is a must buy for every Nick Lowe fan.