With a staggering 49 songs spread over two discs, all phases of Brit pop-rocker and new waver Nick Lowe’s career are covered off extremely well here.
From his rock ‘n roll beginnings in Brinsley Schwarz with (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding and So It Goes, the compilation momentarily kicks into high gear with the high-energy punk of Heart Of The City.
What is arguably his biggest hit, 1980’s Cruel To Be Kind is featured here along side I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock and Roll) and more recent low-key songs such as Homewrecker, The Beast In Me and Lonesome Reverie.
Lowe’s time with Dave Edmunds in the band Rockpile is represented by two tracks, When I Write The Book and the decidedly rockabilly Play That Fast Thing (One More Time) while the one-off project of Little Village (Lowe’s collaboration with John Hiatt and Ry Cooder) is represented by the song Fool Who Knows.
While some best of collections skip certain eras of an artist’s career, this is THE definitive collection from one of England’s best exports of the past century. Check it out.