Thursday, June 9, 2011

Album of the day: Dave Edmunds - From Small Things: Best of

A Welshman who can sing like a good ol' boy, Dave Edmunds is best known for killer rockabilly covers of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Graham Parker, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello as well as being Lowe's equal in the supergroup Rockpile.

This compilation includes those as well a Southern swamp-rock gem like "I Hear You Knocking," and the Spectoresque sound of "Born To Be With You," and the sweetness of Let it Be Me, which sounds like the Everly Brothers.

Sequenced cronogically, you can really hear the difference between his early albums, featuring all of the above within the first 9 songs, and His later albums (in the '80s of course) which fail to captivate back them and don't really do much better now.

My only gripe with this compilation is that it features a live version of the Elvis Costello cover "Girl Talk" which is ok but can't compare with the manic-feel of the studio version.

Look it up on iTunes, you're bound to find something you like. "I Hear You Knocking" and "Girl Talk" are a must.

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