Brinsley Schwarz never threatened stardom. Perhaps their country-inflected rock fell between the stools of 1970s rock and pop fans, and so a collection of great, tastefully performed songs went largely unnoticed. Half of the songs on these two albums are by Nick Lowe and are the highpoints. Lowe had matured sufficiently to knock out nothing but masterpieces, particularly his songs on 'Silver Pistol', of which 'Nightingale', the title track and 'Egypt' are my favourites. Bob Andrews's organ-playing gives some of these tracks that extra edge, as well as suggesting that BS were influenced partly by The Band.
Ian Gomm has five tracks. A good songwriter, though not quite in Lowe's league, his 'One More Day', 'Range War' and the soul-influenced 'Hooked On Love' are particularly impressive. The remaining half dozen covers are generally well-chosen. Dave Edmunds must have been listening as he also reworked 'Ju Ju Man' and 'Home In My Hand' a few years later on his superb 'Get It' and 'Repeat When Necessary' albums, both of which Lowe played on.
'Please Don't Ever Change', while not as consistent as 'Silver Pistol' shows the band attempting several different styles: soul, ska, latin pop and doo wop are all represented. Meanwhile, Lowe's 'Play That Fast Thing' also made it on to Rockpile's 'Seconds Of Pleasure' album, where it was played faster. Nearly 80 minutes of great music you'll want to play over and over.