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

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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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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. [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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2009
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457262225
  • Catalog Number: 2622

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)
Disc 3
  1. 1 [DVD]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nick Lowe Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, 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
The 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
Vic Anesini Mastering
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