Title - 'Rockpile - Live at Montreux 1980' (Eagle Records)
Artist - Rockpile
Yet another live Montreux archive release from the great Eagle Records this time brings us Rockpile - a rock/new wave supergroup that featured Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds along with Billy Bremner and Terry Williams.
Recorded live in 1980, this 16-track set finds the bad playing songs from their Seconds Of Pleasure album along with choice tracks from Edmunds' and Lowe's solo catalog ... and more.
The action gets off quickly with 'Sweet Little Liza,' before the drum opening to 'So It Goes.' A song that as much as it's great, here sounds like it was recorded under a large, wet, heavy blanket! Moving on and we get the always-brilliant Nick Lowe hit 'I Knew The Bride' and the Dave Edmunds classic, 'Queen of Hearts.'
Without barely a breath, next is 'Switchboard Susan,' then Billy Bremner gets intro'd for 'Trouble Boys,' before 'Teacher Teacher' and the uber Edmunds classic, 'Girls Talk' - complete with wet blanket sound recording!
Guitar rocker '3 Time Loser' is next, sounding like something Status Quo would knock out by the dozen back in the day, before the fast-paced flow of 'Fine Fine' and the cherished Edmunds hit, Crawling From the Wreckage.'
'Let It Rock' is welcomed by the audience, before another uber classic of Edmunds is brought forth - 'I Hear You Knocking.' Then comes, according to Lowe, a "gutsy number", 'They Called It Rock,' with this live recording closing with both 'Ju Ju Man' and 'Let's Talk About Us.'