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Quiet Please: The New Best of Nick Lowe

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2009
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457261822
  • Catalog Number: 2618
  • Sales rank: 32,353

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding - Brinsley Schwarz (3:34)
  2. 2 So It Goes (2:33)
  3. 3 Heart of the City (2:08)
  4. 4 Endless Sleep (4:09)
  5. 5 Marie Provost (2:48)
  6. 6 I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass (3:14)
  7. 7 Cracking Up (2:58)
  8. 8 American Squirm (2:31)
  9. 9 Cruel to Be Kind (3:29)
  10. 10 Without Love (2:29)
  11. 11 You Make Me (1:49)
  12. 12 When I Write the Book - Rockpile (3:17)
  13. 13 Play That Fast Thing (One More Time) - Rockpile (4:13)
  14. 14 Burning (2:03)
  15. 15 Heart (3:42)
  16. 16 Raining Raining (2:47)
  17. 17 Ragin' Eyes (2:41)
  18. 18 Mess Around with Love (3:06)
  19. 19 Wish You Were Here (3:15)
  20. 20 L.A.F.S. (3:32)
  21. 21 Half a Boy and Half a Man (2:55)
  22. 22 The Gee and the Rick and the Three Card Trick (4:21)
  23. 23 The Rose of England (3:26)
  24. 24 I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock and Roll) (4:26)
  25. 25 Wishing Well (3:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lovers Jamboree (3:37)
  2. 2 Shting-Shtang (3:21)
  3. 3 All Men Are Liars (3:24)
  4. 4 What's Shakin' on the Hill (4:01)
  5. 5 Don't Think About Her When You're Trying to Drive (2:59)
  6. 6 Fool Who Knows - Little Village (3:48)
  7. 7 Soulful Wind (3:02)
  8. 8 The Beast in Me (2:30)
  9. 9 I Live on a Battlefield (3:25)
  10. 10 Shelley My Love (3:15)
  11. 11 You Inspire Me (3:10)
  12. 12 Lonesome Reverie (2:53)
  13. 13 Faithless Lover (2:47)
  14. 14 What Lack of Love Has Done (2:49)
  15. 15 Man That I've Become (2:54)
  16. 16 Lately I've Let Things Slide (3:06)
  17. 17 Homewrecker (3:09)
  18. 18 Has She Got a Friend? (2:39)
  19. 19 Let's Stay In and Make Love (3:50)
  20. 20 Indian Queens (3:45)
  21. 21 I Trained Her to Love Me (3:00)
  22. 22 People Change (2:54)
  23. 23 Long Limbed Girl (2:54)
  24. 24 Hope for Us All (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nick Lowe Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, 8-string Bass, Fender Telecaster
Carlene Carter Piano, Hammond Organ
Paul Carrack Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals
Ry Cooder Guitar, Electric Guitar
Elvis Costello Background Vocals
Dave Edmunds Organ, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
John Hiatt Guitar, Voices
The Men They Couldn't Hang Track Performer
Ian Gomm Guitar, Background Vocals
Steve Nieve Piano, Hammond Organ
Billy Rankin Percussion, Drums
Geraint Watkins Organ, Piano, Electric Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Bill Gibson Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Bill Kirchen Trombone, Electric Guitar
Bob Andrews Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Ben Barson Piano, Hammond Organ
Roger Bechirian Organ, Tambourine, Background Vocals
Martin Belmont Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jeff Blythe Saxophone
Aldo Bocca Guitar
Andrew Bodnar Bass
Billy Bremner Guitar, Background Vocals
Neil Brockbank Vox Organ
Ray Brown String Bass
Johnny Colla Guitar, Saxophone, Background Vocals
James Eller Bass
Steve Goulding Drums
Chris Hayes Guitar, Background Vocals
Sean Hopper Keyboards, Background Vocals
Chrissie Hynde Vocals
Bobby Irwin Drums, Background Vocals
Neill King Piano, Hammond Organ
Huey Lewis Harmonica, Background Vocals
Bob Loveday Violin, Viola
Tessa Niles Background Vocals
Phillip Frederick Odgers Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Jimmy Paterson Trombone
Dave Plews Trumpet
Paul Riley Bass
Paul Speare Saxophone
Bruce Thomas Bass
Pete Thomas Drums
Terry Williams Drums
Austin DeLone Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Steve Donnelly Guitar
Shane Bradley Bass
Robert Trehern Drums, Background Vocals
Mario Cippolina Bass
Martin Winning Tenor Saxophone
Paul Simmonds Bouzouki, Guitar
Matt Radford Double Bass
Matt Holland Piano, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Jon Odges Drums
Saint Keverne Band Track Performer
Linnea Svensson Background Vocals
Nick Pentelow Tenor Saxophone
Brinsley Schwarz Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Gary Grainger Fuzz Guitar
Technical Credits
Paul Carrack Duet
Elvis Costello Producer
Dave Edmunds Producer
Paul Bass Producer
Roger Bechirian Producer
Andrew Bodnar Composer
Neil Brockbank Producer
Colin Fairley Producer
Huey Lewis Producer
Nick Lowe Producer
Jake Riviera Producer
Vic Anesini Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This is what a greatest hits should be

    This is what Nick Lowes greatest hits should have been. Not the weak set that came out in the early 90's after Lowe left Columbia records. But Yep Roc records put out a much better set with allot of Hits that should have been on the first set. This is one greatest hits record you should get its allot of great music.

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