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Repeat When Necessary

Dave Edmunds

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Album Review

Recorded simultaneously with Nick Lowe's Labour of Lust, Dave Edmunds' Repeat When Necessary continues the winning streak of Get It and Tracks on Wax 4 simply by sticking to the formula. Though Rockpile's sound is a little cleaner here than before, nothing's changed but the songs, which are uniformly excellent. Culled primarily from pub rock contemporaries (and containing no Lowe songs whatsoever), the record contains four classics: Elvis Costello's galloping "Girls Talk," and Graham Parker's relentless "Crawling from the Wreckage," the funny (a rarity of Edmunds) "Creature from the Black Lagoon," and the country-rocker "Queen of Hearts," which would later become a hit for Juice Newton in exactly the same arrangement. A few songs come close to meeting this high standard, but they are occasionally hampered by a tightness similar to the pinched rhythms of Subtle as a Flying Mallet; in particular, the early Huey Lewis song "Bad Is Bad" and the old Brinsley Schwarz number "Home in My Hand" are hurt by this. But these are minor flaws — Repeat When Necessary is an energetic, old-fashioned rock & roll record that ranks as Edmunds' last great album.

Customer Reviews

Repeat When Necessary

This is an excellent album if you like your music jumping and twangy. Queen of Hearts is a great tune, Crawling from the Wreckage rocks, and Girls Talk does indeed outshine the other versions. The bluesy Bad Is Bad is "bad" itself. I actually like every song on this album and more than a few of them made it onto various compilation tapes(yes, tapes) I made way back when, and they still stand up today. The artwork needs to be corrected! I almost missed this album looking at the pictures instead of the words. Get Nick Lowe's Pure Pop for Now People if you like this album at all.

Classic New Wave Rockabilly

Dave Edmunds fans exult--Repeat When Necessary is here! Can "Get It" be far behind? Don't let that 2005 release date fool you, this is the 1979 Swan Song album, even if iTunes has the incorrect album art [as of this writing August 2006]. For those of us that grew up on Elvis Costello [virtually unavailable on iTunes (Aug 06)], Nick Lowe [likewise], Graham Parker [see Squeezing Out Sparks – 22 tracks for 10 bucks], and Edmunds, this is definitely worth downloading. Straight ahead rockability with a nod towards “new wave” of 1980—the 30-second sample gives a good indication of the songs. Take a listen—very fun. Who knows, maybe Fifteen Thoughts Of Brinsley Schwarz will also find its way to iTunes.

Dave Edmunds - Repeat When Necessary

One of my favorite all-time, but shouldn't be classified as "Alternative". The majority of tracks are really better tagged as "Rockabilly". Dave Edmunds is a guitar GOD! The solo on "Sweet Little Lisa" is theoretically brilliant. The same goes for "Bad Is Bad", which also has incredible harmonica by none other than Huey Lewis, who wrote the song. Edmunds' version of "Queen of Hearts" has a full bodied sound that makes clever use of guitar echoes, and "Girls Talk" holds its own against any other artist's version. "Crawling From The Wreckage" and the tongue-in-cheek "Creature From The Black Lagoon" are loads of fun, while "We Were Both Wrong", "Home In My Hand" "Take Me For A Little While" and "Goodbye Mr. Good Guy" have a southern flavor that I perceive to be Rockabilly. This is the one I'd want if I were stranded on a desert island!

Biography

Born: April 15, 1944 in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Roots rockers are seldom as purist as Dave Edmunds. Throughout his career, he stayed true to '50s and '60s rock & roll — for Edmunds, rock & roll history stopped somewhere in 1963, after the Beach Boys' first singles but before the Beatles' hits. After establishing himself as a hotshot lead guitarist in the blues-rockers Love Sculpture, he launched his solo career by painstakingly re-creating oldies in his own studio, usually recording every track by himself. Through all of his efforts,...
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