Sunday, June 3, 2012

Nick Lowe - Labour of Lust

Nick Lowe - with Labour of Lust.  Produced by Lowe, it was released in 1979 by Radar Records in the UK and Columbia Records in the US.  Huey Lewis plays on this record - on one song - Born Fighter.  It was recorded and released at the same time as Dave Edmunds' Repeat When Necessary and features the same Rockpile personnel. It led off with the arch "Cruel to Be Kind," Lowe's only major US hit.  The American version of this record had a slightly different track listing, with "Endless Grey Ribbon" being deleted and replaced by the UK single A-side, "American Squirm." The latter song includes members of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, namely Elvis on backing vocals, Bruce Thomas on bass and Pete Thomas on drums. Credited to "Nick Lowe and His Sound," the B-side of this single was Elvis & The Attractions' version of the Lowe-penned "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding?" "Endless Grey Ribbon" did get an American release as the B-side of the "Cruel to Be Kind" single.  Released on CD by Demon/Fiend (EU) and Columbia (US and Canada) in 1990, it fell out of print quickly and was available only in used CD stores and web sites.  Yep Roc Records reissued the album on CD on March 15th 2011, containing all tracks from the US and UK versions, as well as the B-Side "Basing Street."

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