To close out the 2015 I’ve pulled out super group Rockpiles’ one and only studio album release, Seconds of Pleasure. Led by co-leaders Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds, it is a rock em sock em platter filled with tasty 2 and 3 minute party hors d’oeuvres guaranteed to delight your pallet and keep you hoppin’ as you ring-in the new year!
There are 12 tracks here, six each by Lowe and Edmunds, which showcase the group’s charm and reputation as a feel-good, high energy rock’n roll act in the late 70s and early 80s. This would be their only studio release as a result of tension in the vastly differing personalities of Lowe, nicknamed “Basher” for his passionate, humor and fast paced energy, and Edmunds, who was more serious and dedicated to detail. As a result Seconds of Pleasure is both focused and loose. Polished yet slightly wrinkled. It is a masterful flash-in-the-pan, which highlights the duo’s relationship and the band’s brief but electrifying run.
Enjoy some final harmonic seconds of pleasure here in twenty fifteen, and Happy New Year from Soundtrax!
Seconds of Pleasure
If Sugar was Sweet as You
Now and Always
A Knife and a Fork
Play That Fast Thing (One More Time)
Wrong Again (Let’s Face It)
Pet You and Hold You
Oh What a Thrill
When I Write the Book
Fool Too Long
You Ain’t Nothing but Fine
live EP Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds Sing the Everly Brothers
Take a Message to Mary
Crying in the Rain
When Will I be Loved?
Back To Schooldays
They Call It Rock
Crawling from the Wreckage
Sherman…set the Way-Back-Machine. The date, November 26, 1969. The place, the fabled North Beach club, The Matrix in San Francisco. The band, the second classic lineup of the Velvet Underground – singer-guitarist-songwriter Lou Reed, guitarist Sterling Morrison, drummer Maureen Tucker and bass player Doug Yule take the stage. Here is another of those lost treasures, found and just now released in a four CD box, which includes the four complete sets of the Velvet Underground recorded over two nights.
On November 26th, 1969, President Richard M.Nixon signed a bill authorizing a lottery for an American military draft. The following day was Thanksgiving. The Matrix tapes are a unique look, one not seen until now, of one of the most critical and influential American rock bands coming out of the late sixties. Like many of his contemporaries, Lou Reed was critical of the administration and what it was doing to the youth culture in America. Reed’s sarcastic New York wit and dark lyrical dialog cuts a harsh contrast through the laid back west coast peace, love and happiness vibe that was going on in the audience for these shows. What this created was an edgy impassioned performance with moments of high volume frenzy on songs like White Light – White Heat, What Goes On and I Can’t Stand It; tempered by soft introspective songs like Venus in Furs, Pale Blue Eyes and After Hours. It makes for a “serious” sound experience.
If you’re looking for something to stuff into somebody sock this year, I would recommend this box over some of the other repurposed, repackaged options flooding the store shelves this holiday season. Enjoy Set One now, and then go pick up the complete box for yourself or for that “very Special One”.
Peace | Tom | Out
Sonny Rollins is joined by Tommy Flanagan on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and the drums of the great Max Roach on this, perhaps his finest set from the 50’s – Saxophone Colossus. Here we are introduced to St Thomas, given a killer version of Mack the Knife (titled Moritat) and then Rollin’s rips his classic solo style on the album closer Blue 7.
You Don’t Know What Love Is