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Dave Edmunds, The Best of Dave Edmunds

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This week's vinyl digitization is The Best of Dave Edmunds, a 1981 collection of Edmunds' best work for Swan Song Records, for whom he recorded from 1977 to 1981. The title is definitely a misnomer - a better title would have been The Swan Song Years - especially since it doesn't include his biggest hit, "I Hear You Knocking." Title aside, this is a great collection of Edmunds at his roots-rocking best, when he was still working with Nick Lowe and his other Rockpile bandmates, and before his 1980s misstep into synth-heavy pop. Everything here is strong, with my favorite being "I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock and Roll)", a Lowe tune that I was briefly tempted to sing with the band at my sister's wedding. (I refrained, as the song isn't terribly kind to the groom.)

It's interesting to note that of the thirteen songs on this album, Edmunds only got songwriter credit on one song (and a half-credit, at that). Edmunds has always been much better known as a guitarist, singer and interpreter of other songwriters' work. He obviously has excellent taste, especially with the covers here of songs by Lowe, Elvis Costello, John Fogerty, Graham Parker and others.

February 14, 2016 in Music | Permalink

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