Best of the EMI Years

The Best of the EMI Years

by Dave Edmunds
     
 

The Best of the EMI Years is really just a somewhat expanded version of the earlier EMI collection I Hear You Knocking (the latter not to be confused with the live album of that title), putting together 20 cuts drawn primarily from Dave Edmunds' late-'60s tenure in Love Sculpture, plus the 1970 hit "I Hear You Knocking"…  See more details below

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The Best of the EMI Years is really just a somewhat expanded version of the earlier EMI collection I Hear You Knocking (the latter not to be confused with the live album of that title), putting together 20 cuts drawn primarily from Dave Edmunds' late-'60s tenure in Love Sculpture, plus the 1970 hit "I Hear You Knocking" and tracks off of his 1972 solo album Rockpile. It's also not as comprehensive as the Early Edmunds set, and those who own the latter can probably skip this CD, but for non-completists who are only interested in Edmunds' best work, this CD does have its advantages -- Love Sculpture's prog rock output, which mostly was not its strongest material, is given little space here, with the exception of "In the Land of the Few" and "Sabre Dance" (assuming one puts it in that category) -- the latter appearing here in its single edit. Instead, the collection favors the rootsier, bluesier sides of their output from those years, which fits better with Edmunds' subsequent output. The resulting CD is actually a very generous cross section of the most durable part of his work up through Edmunds' emergence as a star in his own right at the start of the 1970s, with just enough variety -- including some enjoyably loose-limbed pub rock -- to give the uninitiated an idea of his true range as a musician. Those who only know him from his work with the group {|Rockpile">Rockpile">{|Rockpile or his more widely distributed work on the Swan Song label from the second half of the 1970s and beyond will also find The Best of the EMI Years an enjoyable introduction to Edmunds' early work. The sound is excellent throughout, and the collection overall is a satisfying overview of his early career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/04/2005
Label:
Emi Gold Imports
UPC:
0094633162921
catalogNumber:
3316292

Tracks

  1. I Hear You Knocking  - Dave Edmunds
  2. You Can't Catch Me  - Dave Edmunds
  3. The Stumble  - Dave Edmunds
  4. Sabre Dance  - Dave Edmunds
  5. In the Land of the Few  - Dave Edmunds
  6. Blues Helping  -  Dave Edmunds & Love Sculpture
  7. On the Road Again  - Dave Edmunds
  8. Summertime  - Dave Edmunds
  9. Wang Dang Doodle  - Dave Edmunds
  10. (I Am) A Lover Not a Fighter  - Dave Edmunds
  11. Egg or the Hen  - Dave Edmunds
  12. 3 O'Clock Blues  - Dave Edmunds
  13. So Unlike  - Dave Edmunds
  14. The Promised Land  - Dave Edmunds
  15. Dance, Dance, Dance  - Dave Edmunds
  16. Outlaw Blues  - Dave Edmunds
  17. Sweet Little Rock & Roller  - Dave Edmunds
  18. Don't Answer the Door  - Dave Edmunds
  19. Stay With Me Tonight  - Dave Edmunds
  20. King of Love  - Dave Edmunds

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Edmunds   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Floyd Jones   Composer
Freddie King   Composer
Doug Kershaw   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Aram Khachaturian   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Dave Edmunds   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
John Williams   Composer
Sonny Thompson   Composer
Mike Finesilver   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Alan Wilson   Composer
J. Collier   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Pearl King   Composer
Mark Johnson   Composer

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