Labour Of Lust

Nick Lowe

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Pop, Rock
Proper Records
March 14, 2011

Format: Compact Disc



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Welcome reissue of this classic 1979 album that found Nick Lowe with cohorts Dave Edmunds, Terry Williams and Billy Bremner, collectively known as Rockpile one of the hottest bands on the planet at the time.

Includes Nick's biggest hit in 'Cruel To Be Kind', that still picks up regular radio plays, along with other standout tracks such as 'Cracking Up', 'American Squirm' and 'Without Love'. A bonus track, 'Basing Street', has also been added.

It comes in a digipack format with original artwork from noted designer Barney Bubbles with fabulous period pictures. The booklet note is by Will Birch with recoillections from Nick Lowe.

Full press and promo accompanies this release with reviews already guaranteed in Mojo, Uncut, Classic Rock and Record Collector, nationals are searching for space. Radio support pedged from Radcliffe/Maconie, Johnnie Walker and more.

By mid-1978 'Dave Edmunds' Rockpile', or 'Nick Lowe's Rockpile' depending on who was that week's headiest honcho, had consolidated their sound and guaranteed a top night out. For the uninitiated, imagine a sort of Beatles-with-muscles, due in no small part to the thundering, rock-solid drums of Terry Williams and the fretboard dexterities of Billy Bremner and Dave Edmunds. Abetted by bassist Nick Lowe, the group boasted three lead vocalists and a dependable song supply chain.

Labour Of Lust was released in June 1979 in a Barney Bubbles-designed package. Rockpile undertook an extensive UK tour and then took off once again for the USA, where they opened for Blondie. Reflecting on the Labour Of Lust era, Nick says, "Arriving in America and hearing 'Cruel To Be Kind' on several Los Angeles radio stations was a trip".

More Info

Key Value
Catalogue number PRPCD077
Barcode 0805520030779
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Original release date 1979-06-01
Weight 56g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 5mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Cruel To Be Kind -
2. Cracking Up -
3. Big Kick, Plain Scrap -
4. American Squirm -
5. Born Fighter -
6. You Make Me -
7. Skin Deep -
8. Switch Board Susan -
9. Endless Grey Ribbon -
10. Without Love -
11. Dose Of You -
12. Love So Fine -
13. Basing Street (bonus track) -