This single disc compilation of Brinsley Schwarz's two best albums is the perfect introduction to the revered English group's amiable blend of rock, R&B, country and reggae. Led by singer/songwriter/bassist Nick Lowe, Brinsley Schwarz were arguably the best known band to emerge from the pub rock scene (a reference to the small pubs where bands typically performed) that thrived in England in the early seventies.
Released in 1972, NERVOUS ON THE ROAD captures Brinsley Schwarz at the peak of their powers. Performing everything from swinging pop ("Surrender To The Rhythm"), New-Orleans funk ("I Like It Like That") and such gritty R&B as "Home In My Hand," Brinsley Schwarz created a fresh, down-to-earth sound. Recorded two years after NERVOUS with producer Dave Edmunds, NEW FAVORITES found the band moving in a more pop-oriented direction. The album's centerpiece is an anthemic rock version of Nick Lowe's "What's So Funny (About Peace Love And Understanding)." The moody R&B ballad "Ever Since You're Gone" and the catchy beat group pop of "The Ugly Things" illustrate why Nick Lowe's remarkable ability to write almost any style of music allowed Brinsley Schwarz to retain their vitality long after many of their contemporaries were forgotten.