Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Curtain Call: Rockpile From 1979

The time machine has a couple of stops left in her, and today we land at "the Palace" in Boston on July 6, 1979. What a great time to see Rockpile. It's a prolific time period for Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, Billy Bremner and Terry Williams. The band released Edmunds' 'Repeat When Necessary' earlier in the year, and Lowe's classic sophomore solo album, 'Labour of Lust,' just hit the shelves.

Now, I'm partial to Lowe's work, particularly his first two albums, so those are the songs we'll listen to today. The exception is "Crawling From the Wreckage," a new song from Edmunds' record that was written by Graham Parker. Speaking of Parker, Martin Belmont, a founding member of the Rumour, makes an appearance during this set for "They Call It Rock," and you'll be able to pick out his distinctive guitar work in a heartbeat. This show is a soundboard recording that was broadcast live on WBCN radio. I have always wanted to be at this one. Everyone sounds like they are having such a blast. Let's join the fun.

Last stop: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, N.J., Nov. 17, 1979

Rockpile - So It Goes (Live) (mp3)
Rockpile - Switchboard Susan (Live) (mp3)
Rockpile - Crawling From the Wreckage (Live) (mp3)
Rockpile - Born Fighter (Live) (mp3)
Rockpile - So Fine (Live) (mp3)
Rockpile - The Call It Rock (Live) (mp3)

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