Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets
With Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets heading to NZ and Aussie the good folk at Yep Rock put together this compilation which showcases some of the tunes from them collaborative EPs and some of Los Straitjackets’ instrumental takes on Nick Lowe classics from their album.
It’s a primer basically. Gives you a clue of what to expect if you’re heading to the show/s to see Lowe primarily. This announces the style and feel and of course some of the material. It’s conciliatory too, for those of us that cannot get to the gig/s. (Bummer!)
Never mind – it’s all happy here, with some country and rockabilly tunes, a couple of covers of Aussie classics (if you count Heartbreaker since it comes from the Bee Gees’ pen, also the great Friday on My Mind by The Easybeats; here just an instrumental Los Straitjackets read).
I’ve loved this recent – unlikely – collaboration. Lowe is in fine voice, has his pencil still (forever) sharpened and Los Straitjackets create a surf rock-meets-country vibe, The Ventures via The Crickets, or vice versa.
Blue On Blue is probably the standout vocal track – Trombone has an almost Trini Lopez-meets-Neil Diamond feel to it. And the beachy, tequila-downing daze of the Straitjackets’ instrumental run through of (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding is both hilarious and heartwarming.
Enjoy the shows! And make sure you give this a run-through ahead of time if you’re going. All other Nick Lowe fans will want to snap this up as another fencepost on the journey.
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