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One can always argue about the track selection for comps like this (for the record, I miss “Born Fighter,” “Time Wounds All Heels,” “7 Nights to Rock” and the ROCKPILE track “Now and Always”), but I think this is as good an overview of Lowe’s rich career as can be hoped for, especially since the man himself guided the tracklist. All his best-known cuts are here, from “So It Goes” and Rockpile’s “When I Write the Book” to “All Men Are Liars” and his most recent “hit” “I Trained Her to Love Me,” from his early roots pop to his current country soul. Best of all, the disk kicks off with the original recording of his best-known track, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” as done by his early 70s band BRINSLEY SCHWARZ. (The story of Schwarz and all the acts that rose from its ashes could fill a book. Hopefully Yep Roc is contemplating a long-overdue Stateside best-of for them as well.) And for those who want a nice dose of Lowe’s rakish smile, there’s a deluxe edition with a DVD full of videos and a recent live show. Want to introduce that someone special in your life to the charm of Nick Lowe? Quiet Please… is the perfect way to do it.
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