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Brinsley Schwarz (Group): Silver Pistol

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (5/11/72, p.56) - "...they have transcended their overtly derivative stage and found a purer level of creative activity..."

Album Notes

Recorded in the living room of the group's communal home, this 1971 album was Brinsley Schwarz's attempt to recreate the organic, back-to-basics feel of contemporary American rock groups like The Band. Although Nick Lowe's songwriting had not yet developed to a level of sophistication that could match The Band's Robbie Robertson, SILVER PISTOL exudes easy-going ambiance.

SILVER PISTOL also marked the recording debut of new vocalist/guitarist Ian Gomn. Gomn's songs, which include the sparkling country-rock of "Range War" and the spiffy instrumental "Rocking Chair," provide the perfect complement to Lowe's compositions. Lowe himself turns in a batch of strong tunes that range from soul-pop excursions like "Merry Go Round" and "Unknown Number," to fragile acoustic ballads like "Nightingale." Though not as immediately accessible as some of their later albums, SILVER PISTOL is an impressive album that grows more enchanting with each listen.


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