Brinsley Schwarz
Nervous On The Road - United Artists 1972

Music - 5 stars

Brinsley Schwarz
Silver Pistol - United Artists 1972

Music - 5 stars

Brinsley Schwarz
Brinsley Schwarz - Capitol 1978
2 record set

Music - 4 stars

Brinsley Schwarz - front cover

front cover

Brinsley Schwarz  - rear cover

rear cover

Review

Smart savvy back to basics rock and roll and a prime example of the British pub rock movement. The writing features a great sense of melody coupled with clever and inventive lyrics. Nick Lowe continues his evolution as a songwriter, and the Brinsleys show off memorable chops. This band confidently tackles a variety of styles. and there’s not a clunker to be found on the set. What’s notable here is that the band has moved away from their earlier country-rock origins.
However this shouldn’t deter perspective collectors. "Nervous on the Road" is a highly enjoyable listen and a must for those interested in English pub rock bands.

- Allan J Moore

Note: You can see Brinsley Schwarz on You-Tube. There's also a clip of Nick Lowe performing "What's so funny about Peace love and Understanding?" on Jimmy Kimmel's late night show.
The folks at Vinyl History.

Brinsley Schwarz - front cover

front cover

Brinsley Schwarz  - rear cover

rear cover

Review

This band churns out albums of consistent and remarkable taste. The addition of Ian Gomm has helped the Brinsley's song craft, and the warm and earnest sound is still a real pleasure.
Silver Pistol is one of the great Country Rock albums of its era. This is music that's. amiable, relaxed and rustic and again no filler.
As with all of the Brinsley Schwarz albums reviewed here, highly recommended.

- Allan J Moore

Brinsley Schwarz - front cover open

front cover - open

Brinsley Schwarz  - inside gatefold

inside gatefold

Review

This is a re-issue of the group's first 2 LP,s which were released in 1970. It's become a collectors item in itself. Though the band took the name of founder and guitarist Brinsley Schwarz this is a group effort playing fresh, alluring, charming, organic,and at times mesmerizing music.

These albums were the springboard for Nick Lowe's songwriting. "Lady Constant", "Ballad of a has been beauty queen", "Country Girl", "Love Song”, and "Old Jarrow" are enduring thirty years later. Bob Andrewa adds the bright fluid "Piece of Home" and the group effort "Hymn To Me" is graceful and lovely. This release is packaged in a tasteful, picturesque gatefold cover. Some collectors will want to search out the the individual albums [Brinsley Schwarz] and [Despite it All] but for a rich, relaxed listen this is the better buy.

- Allan J Moore

Note: We realize that finding a good condition vinyl copy of this double pocket LP will be difficult, as will tracking down the individual vinyl records. For collectors who just want to hear the music, "Brinsley Schwarz" and "Despite It All" have been released as a CD two-fer with the original covers pictured.{The CD can be purchased through Amazon.com}
The folks at Vinyl History.