Monday, May 12, 2008

Dave Edmunds - Repeat When Necessary - 1979

Recorded simultaneously with Nick Lowe's Labour of Lust, Dave Edmunds' Repeat When Necessary continues the winning streak of Get It and Tracks on Wax 4 simply by sticking to the formula. Though Rockpile's sound is a little cleaner here than before, nothing's changed but the songs, which are uniformly excellent. Culled primarily from pub rock contemporaries (and containing no Lowe songs whatsoever), the record contains four classics: Elvis Costello's galloping "Girls Talk," and Graham Parker's relentless "Crawling from the Wreckage," the funny (a rarity of Edmunds) "Creature from the Black Lagoon," and the country-rocker "Queen of Hearts," which would later become a hit for Juice Newton in exactly the same arrangement. A few songs come close to meeting this high standard, but they are occasionally hampered by a tightness similar to the pinched rhythms of Subtle as a Flying Mallet; in particular, the early Huey Lewis song "Bad Is Bad" and the old Brinsley Schwarz number "Home in My Hand" are hurt by this. But these are minor flaws — Repeat When Necessary is an energetic, old-fashioned rock & roll record that ranks as Edmunds' last great album. -AMG

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Gyro1966 said...

Great record, I only have it on LP, so this will be good to have.

Curty Ray said...

Hope you enjoy it!!!

Anonymous said...

I played this non-stop back in 1980. Couldn't get enough of it....Great choice.

Anonymous said...

I bought this in 1979, played it so much I had to get another copy a few years later.A classic record from an artist who never really got the kudos his talent deserved.

zappahead said...

Used to see dave play in his old cardiff days (when they were love sculpture)....he went on to do many fine things and this is proberly one of his better efforts....thanks for the share.


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