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BRINSLEY SCHWARZ ‘Silver Pistol/Please Don't Ever Change’ BGO BGOCD642

BGO continue with their repackaging of Schwarz’s material on these two-for-one CDs, which make for good and well annotated packages if leaving no room for extra tracks etc.

These two albums, recorded in ’71 and ’73 respectively see more pop and light rock with some country leanings.

Many will recognise the vocal style of bassist Nick Lowe, with guitarist Ian Gomm and pianist Bob Andrews also taking on some vocal duties.

With all sorts of elements, there’s some funky rhythms and, while the keyboards do fill in well, there is too much of a bland niceness (think Procul Harum).

Schwarz’s own guitar (and sax and piano on the latter) should not be overlooked. Gentle but good.

And drummer Billy Rankin should not be confused with the Glaswegian guitar whiz who played with Nazareth and SAHB.

The music is good but certainly nothing special. Enjoyable but nothing here stands out and grabs you.

If you’re bored it’ll get the head nodding but not a great deal more.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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