CD Review: Nick Lowe “2017 Reissues from YepRoc Records”

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Nick LoweYepRoc Records continues to make dreams come true with it’s Nick Lowe CD and Vinyl reissues.

On July 14th YepRoc will begin releasing albums from Nick Lowe’s long out of print CD catalogue. The first two releases are 1982’s “Nick The Knife” and 1983’s “The Abominable Showman.” Both albums have been virtually impossible to find since their original release on CD in the 90’s.

The new reissues feature new remastering plus bonus tracks. “Nick The Knife” was originally released in 1982 and served as Lowe’s 3rd solo outing. Standout tracks include: “Stick It Where The Sun Don’t Shine,” “My Heart Hurts” “Heart” and the tender ballad “Couldn’t Love You (Any More Than I Do).” Backup players on the album include a couple of Lowe’s “Rockpile” bandmates: Terry Williams and Billy Bremner along with Elvis Costello sideman Steve Nieve plus Paul Carrack and Lowe’s then wife Carlene Carter.

This expanded edition includes 3 bonus tracks that include the demos for “Heart” and “Raining Raining” along with the hard to find “I Got A Job.”

The second reissue is 1984’s “The Abominable Showman.” Lowe’s fourth studio album featured a minor hit with “Raging Eyes.” Other should have been hits include “Cool Reaction,” “Time Wounds All Heels” and “Mess Around With Love.” This reissue adds three LIVE bonus tracks: “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” which was made famous by Elvis Costello but was penned by Lowe, “Cracking Up” and the rousing “Pet You And Hold You.”

Both “Nick The Knife” and “The Abominable Showman” sound spectacular and kudos must be given to YepRoc Records for once again making these forgotten gems available to the masses. It’s time that Nick Lowe become a household name and maybe just maybe YepRoc Records can make that happen.

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Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.
Pat FrancisCD Review: Nick Lowe “2017 Reissues from YepRoc Records”