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Brinsley Schwarz (Group): Please Don't Ever Change

Album Notes

The fourth Brinsley Schwarz album marked the group's gradual progression towards a more traditional rock sound. Compiled in 1973 from left over album tracks and singles, PLEASE DON'T EVER CHANGE pretty much sums up the band's lighthearted approach to rock and roll. Brinsley Schwarz was never a band to get hung up on heavy statements and Nick Lowe's songs generally find him preoccupied with "his baby" and having a good time.

One of the highlights here is a rocking version of "Play That Fast Thing One More Time," a song that Lowe would later record with his band Rockpile in 1980. Featuring some fine pumping piano from keyboardist Bob Andrews, the Brinsley Schwarz version is more New Orleans boogie than the breakneck rock and roll of Rockpile's rendition and it is one of the best tracks ever recorded by Brinsley Schwarz. Also featured are several fun songs, like "Why Do We Hurt The One We Love" and "Down In Mexico," that show off the band's infatuation with a curious reggae-pop style and that showcase the accomplished musicianship and the effortless charm of this woefully underrated group.


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