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Nick Lowe & His
"The Rose Of England"
© Demon Records
Year of Release: 1988
Darlin' Angel Eyes
7 Nights To Rock
Long Walk Back
The Rose Of England
I Knew The Bride
(When She Used
To Rock 'N' Roll)
(Hope To God)
I Can Be The One
Bo Bo Skediddle
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"The Rose Of England"
When I first heard Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit's I Knew The Bride
(When She Used To Rock 'N' Roll), I just had to get it! I rushed out
and picked up the 45 single, and played it over and over. Then, out of
curiosity, (like everyone else was, back in the days of 45 rpm records),
flipped the single over and listened to the B-side, an instrumental track,
entitled Long Walk Back. Man! Was I amazed! Both songs were from
the 1985 release, The Rose Of England. Years later, I was lucky to find
a vinyl copy of the album at a local flea market (for what was it? $2.50?)
So, when looking for it on CD, it wasn't available. But, thanks to
AB-CD.com, I was able to find it on CD for
only 10 bucks. I did notice that there was a Greatest Hits CD of Mr. Lowe's,
but much to my disappointment, Long Walk Back was not included. Having
this CD, I can easily push the repeat button on the CD player for both of these
Well, in listening to this album, I found out that some songs kind of sound
alike. The album as a whole matches each song, but after listening to
I Knew The Bride and Long Walk Back, I expected a lot more.
Darlin' Angel Eyes starts the album out on a good note; it's a nice
bouncy tune to get things going. She Don't Love Nobody is another great tune.
So far, so good.
7 Nights To Rock is a fast-paced boogie-woogie tune, but after
awhile, it gets kind of tiring. In fact, some of the other tunes, Lucky
Dog, (Hope To God) I'm Right and Everyone all start sounding alike,
in one way or another.
Long Walk Back was next; now we're back on track. This song is the
main reason why I have this CD instead of getting the Greatest Hits compilation.
It reminds me of the '60s great guitar instrumental sound; I would have to
compare the style of this song to the great guitarist Duane Eddy.
I JUST LOVE THIS SONG!
The title track, The Rose Of England is next, and as this hot-potata,
as the lyric says, doesn't really agree with me. This track is just-Ok.
I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock 'N' Roll) was next.
This song is great, and it features Huey Lewis & The News on background vocals.
This song was also produced by Huey Lewis. Originally written by Nick Lowe,
Dave Edmunds recorded his own version in the '70s; and in comparing the two,
Mr. Lowe's version truly stands out as the better one.
Things get a little mellow with the Elvis Costello-penned tune Indoor
Fireworks. Elvis featured this song on his King Of America album.
As the song starts, you can easily tell that this song is definitely written by
Elvis, (if you're familiar with him), without even looking at the notes
to see who wrote each song.
I Can Be The One You Love is another mellow tune. It makes you want
to pick up your two index fingers and imagine you're playing the drums, as your
head bounces back and forth slowly to the beat -- Pretty cool.
Lastly, Bo Bo Skediddle is a down-and-dirty boogie woogie number,
that makes you feel like you're a bad little boy or girl. A good way to end
Each song on the album makes your head bop up and down, or mostly sideways
in some instances. All of the songs match the concept of the album. Even
though the title has the word Rose in it; in the end, it doesn't smell like one.
Sweet as it may sound, this album isn't THAT bad, it just feels that after you've
heard the songs you really like, you kind of expect the rest of the album
to be more of the same.
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