Quiet Please: The New Best of Nick Lowe [CD/DVD]

Quiet Please: The New Best of Nick Lowe [CD/DVD]

by Nick Lowe

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Quiet Please bears the subtitle "The New Best of Nick Lowe", making no attempt to disguise the fact that it's been a full 20 years since Nick's last hits collection, Basher. That "new" designation is also a subtle indication of the editorial slant of Quiet Please, how it shifts away from the frenzied new wave rocker toward the swinging songwriter


Quiet Please bears the subtitle "The New Best of Nick Lowe", making no attempt to disguise the fact that it's been a full 20 years since Nick's last hits collection, Basher. That "new" designation is also a subtle indication of the editorial slant of Quiet Please, how it shifts away from the frenzied new wave rocker toward the swinging songwriter of the '90s and 2000s, and not just because the second disc of this double-disc set is devoted to the mellow, deeply felt country-rock and torch songs that have been Lowe's specialty since 1994's The Impossible Bird. Compilation producer Gregg Geller admits to bypassing Lowe's covers in favor of his originals -- that explains why such singles as "Switchboard Susan," "Teacher Teacher," and "7 Nights to Rock" aren't here -- but he also deliberately skews the selection of songs from the '70s and '80s to create a common thread from Brinsley Schwarz's 1974 finale The New Favourites to 2007's At My Age, one that concentrates on Lowe's wry, immaculately crafted songs and not the pop prankster Jesus of Cool. This approach may fit the sensibility of Lowe's latter-day records, illustrating the through line from "Endless Sleep" and "You Make Me" to "Lately I've Let Things Slide" and "Indian Queens," but it isn't necessarily a more accurate reading of his career. After all, until The Impossible Bird, there was a lot of rock & roll in Lowe's albums, something that this collection downplays quite a bit -- but if that's the side of Nick you need to hear, stick with Basher, whose title speaks to its style as much as Quiet Please. Plus, this rock & roll deficiency is the only flaw on this otherwise sterling collection, the first to cover pretty much his entire career, which means it's the first to give an idea of just what a consistent body of work Lowe has built up over the years. Over the course of two discs and 49 tracks, the sounds may shift but the quality doesn't: there's not a dip in quality and everything on the second disc holds its own with the music on the first. Throughout it all, Lowe's knack for sly, understated songcraft shines and if he doesn't necessarily get better over the years, he might get seamless, writing songs so elegantly polished and delivered they seem effortless. While it could hardly be said to have all of Nick's best -- it not only is skimpy on rock and Rockpile, but also only one cut from Brinsley Schwarz -- it does what so few career-spanning compilations do: it tells a story and stands as testament to the artist's enormous talents. [The Deluxe Edition of Quiet Please: The New Best of Nick Lowe includes a DVD that contains all nine of his often riotous music videos, plus an excellent full-length latter-day concert of Lowe live in Amsterdam.]

Product Details

Release Date:
Yep Roc Records


Disc 1

  1. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
  2. So It Goes
  3. Heart of the City
  4. Endless Sleep
  5. Marie Provost
  6. I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass
  7. Cracking Up
  8. American Squirm
  9. Cruel to Be Kind
  10. Without Love
  11. You Make Me
  12. When I Write the Book
  13. Play That Fast Thing (One More Time)
  14. Burning
  15. Heart
  16. Raining Raining
  17. Ragin' Eyes
  18. Mess Around with Love
  19. Wish You Were Here
  20. L.A.F.S.
  21. Half a Boy and Half a Man
  22. The Gee and the Rick and the Three Card Trick
  23. The Rose of England
  24. I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock and Roll)
  25. Wishing Well

Disc 2

  1. Lovers Jamboree
  2. Shting-Shtang
  3. All Men Are Liars
  4. What's Shakin' on the Hill
  5. Don't Think About Her When You're Trying to Drive
  6. Fool Who Knows
  7. Soulful Wind
  8. The Beast in Me
  9. I Live on a Battlefield
  10. Shelley My Love
  11. You Inspire Me
  12. Lonesome Reverie
  13. Faithless Lover
  14. What Lack of Love Has Done
  15. Man That I've Become
  16. Lately I've Let Things Slide
  17. Homewrecker
  18. Has She Got a Friend?
  19. Let's Stay in and Make Love
  20. Indian Queens
  21. I Trained Her to Love Me
  22. People Change
  23. Long Limbed Girl
  24. Hope for Us All

Disc 3

  1. [DVD]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nick Lowe   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,8-string Bass,Cardboard Box,Musician
Carlene Carter   Piano,Hammond Organ,Musician
Paul Carrack   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Musician
Ry Cooder   Electric Guitar,Musician
Elvis Costello   Background Vocals,Musician
Dave Edmunds   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Musician
John Hiatt   Guitar,Vocals,Musician
Men They Couldn't Hang   Musician
Ian Gomm   Guitar,Background Vocals,Musician
Steve Nieve   Piano,Hammond Organ,Musician
Billy Rankin   Percussion,Drums,Musician
Geraint Watkins   Organ,Piano,Electric Guitar,Musician
Jim Keltner   Drums,Musician
Bill Gibson   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Musician
Bill Kirchen   Trombone,Electric Guitar,Musician
Bob Andrews   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Musician
Ben Barson   Piano,Hammond Organ,Musician
Roger Bechirian   Organ,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Musician
Martin Belmont   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Musician
Jeff Blythe   Saxophone,Musician
Aldo Bocca   Guitar,Musician
Andrew Bodnar   Bass,Musician
Billy Bremner   Guitar,Background Vocals,Musician
Neil Brockbank   Vox Organ,Musician
Ray Brown   String Bass,Musician
Johnny Colla   Guitar,Saxophone,Background Vocals,Musician
Stefan Henry Cush   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Musician
James Eller   Bass,Musician
Steve Goulding   Drums,Musician
Chris Hayes   Guitar,Background Vocals,Musician
Sean Hopper   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Musician
Chrissie Hynde   Vocals,Musician
Bobby Irwin   Drums,Background Vocals,Musician
Neill King   Piano,Hammond Organ,Musician
Huey Lewis   Harmonica,Background Vocals,Musician
Bob Loveday   Violin,Viola,Musician
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals,Musician
Jon Henry Odgers   Drums,Musician
Phillip Frederick Odgers   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Musician
Jimmy Paterson   Trombone,Musician
Dave Plews   Trumpet,Musician
Paul Riley   Bass,Musician
Paul Speare   Saxophone,Musician
Bruce Thomas   Bass,Musician
Pete Thomas   Drums,Musician
Terry Williams   Drums,Musician
Austin DeLone   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Musician
Steve Donnelly   Guitar,Musician
Shane Bradley   Bass,Musician
Robert Trehern   Drums,Background Vocals,Musician
Mario Cippolina   Bass,Musician
Martin Winning   Tenor Saxophone,Musician
Paul Simmonds   Bouzouki,Guitar,Musician
Matt Radford   Double Bass,Musician
Matt Holland   Piano,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist,Musician
Saint Keverne Band   Musician
Linnea Svensson   Background Vocals,Musician
Nick Pentelow   Tenor Saxophone,Musician
Brinsley Schwarz   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Musician
Gary Grainger   Fuzz Guitar,Musician

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Producer
Dave Edmunds   Producer
Paul Bass   Producer
Roger Bechirian   Producer
Will Birch   Liner Notes
Andrew Bodnar   Composer
Neil Brockbank   Producer
Colin Fairley   Producer
Gregg Geller   Liner Notes
Huey Lewis   Producer
Nick Lowe   Producer
Jake Riviera   Producer

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