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Considered a cult record, Seconds of Pleasure is really just a great album with tasteful production that’s aged incredibly well. England’s Rockpile was a touring pub-rock supergroup fronted by Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds. Every song here is memorably catchy and good — the band shared a collective enthusiasm for traditional rock ‘n’ roll, but on the Lowe-fronted moments they played with an almost punkish recklessness, while Edmunds sang songs sounding like the clean, vacuum-tight power pop of the era. They open with Eddie Phillips and Kenny Picket of the Creation’s “Teacher Teacher” – it’s chiming classic guitar pop that’s nearly as perfect as a Kinks hit. And giving a Grease Band-influenced boogie to Chuck Berry’s lesser known “Oh What a Thrill” shows that Rockpile are musicians' musicians. Of course their own songs are just as impressive. Lowe imports Brinsley Schwarz’s “Play That Fast Thing (One More Time)” with more chemistry here, and the band’s “Fool Too Long” plays like a tougher Everly Brothers. The bonus version of Seconds of Pleasure comes with three live songs that prove Rockpile were a much greater force to be reckoned with in person.

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Seconds of Pleasure-Standing the Test of Time

Songs, production, performance... after nearly thirty years, these tracks still show that the basics of great music make classics. There are signs of budget and time restraints-overdubs after the fact, open mike bleeds- but there are very few examples of tighter playing and singing that maintain personality and character like 'Seconds' does. Some focus on the personality issues surrounding Lowe and Edmunds and miss the tremendous, unmistakeable energy that Rockpile's music had, covers and originals. This new CD compilations live tracks and Everly styled duet by Edmunds and Lowe make this a five star collection not to be missed.

I love this album.

This is the album that actually introduced me to Dave Edmunds. (I had heard Nick Lowe, but did not own any of his albums.) This is one of my top 10 records. After I heard this record in the early 80's I went and bought "Jesus of Cool" (Called "Pure Pop for Now People in the U.S.A.) by Lowe and "Twangin' - by Edmunds. (Which introduced me to the Stray cats... Different story) These albums are in a steady rotation in my collection. If you are only going to "pick and choose" from this album, I suggest: Teacher Teacher Heart Wrong Again When I Write the Book But the real truth is, I don't think there is a dud on the whole record.


Rockpile's "Second Of Pleasure" is a great-feeling rock record filled with great Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe songs and vocals. The band rocks like nobody's business. Buy it and you will not regret it.


Formed: 1976

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

During the late '70s, Rockpile was the touring band for both Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe. Like Edmunds, the band was passionate about traditional rock & roll. Like Lowe, the band played with a reckless, trashy abandon. Driven by the powerful rhythm section of drummer Terry Williams and Lowe's bass, guitarists Billy Bremner and Edmunds were free to spit out crushing rock, blues, rockabilly, and country licks. With their fierce live energy and unpretentious rock & roll, the band fit easily into the...
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