This group was an important part of the 'pub-rock' phenomenon in Britain in the seventies - Andrews, Lowe and Schwarz had all previously been with Kippington Lodge, a harmony band that Mark Wirtz had signed up to EMI's Parlophone label in the mid-sixties.
As is well known now the band were subjected to one of the biggest hypes in rock history - a planeload of music journalists were flown across the Atlantic to see their debut at New York's Fillmore East, but were unimpressed with the then unknown band. The inevitable press slagging did the band irreparable damage, although their debut album, an amalgam of 'heavy' blues and harmony folk-rock, had its moments. Despite It All showed promise too, but failed to undo the damage done by all the earlier 'hype'.
After the second album Ian Gomm was added providing a fuller guitar sound and the band reacted against all the 'hype' of their early days by becoming as anti-commercial as possible, accepting a residency at the Tally Ho in London's Kentish Town in the Summer of 1972. Their next album, Silver Pistol, was very laid back, almost mellow. Over the next 2½ years they were at the forefront of the 'pub rock' scene and helped to bring it to the attention of the music press and a wider audience. Nick Lowe blossomed as a songwriter and they made a number musically diverse albums which won critical acclaim but failed to sell. This eventually led them to split after a Marquee gig on 18 March 1975. ...
After their demise Nick Lowe and Ian Gomm both became solo artists. Bob Andrews and Brinsley Schwarz resurfaced in Graham Parker and The Rumour and Billy Rankin joined fellow pub-rockers Ducks Deluxe.
"Hymn to Me" – 4:50 (Lowe/Rankin/Schwarz/Andrews)
"Shining Brightly" – 4:20
"Rock and Roll Women" – 3:19
"Lady Constant" – 7:23
"What Do You Suggest?" – 4:47
"Mayfly" – 4:37
"Ballad of a Has Been Beauty Queen" – 10:26
Brinsley Schwarz - Guitar, percussion, vocals
Billy Rankin - drums, percussion
Bob Andrews - Keyboards, bass, vocals
Nick Lowe - Bass, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, vocals
"Country Girl" – 3:10
"The Slow One" – 5:33
"Funk Angel" – 4:21
"Piece of Home" – 6:19 (Andrews)
"Love Song" – 4:10
"Star Ship" – 2:40
"Ebury Down" – 5:15
"Old Jarrow" – 7:11
Brinsley Schwarz - Guitar, vocals
Billy Rankin - drums, percussion, Good vibes
Bob Andrews - Keyboards, guitar, bass, vocals
Nick Lowe - Bass, guitar, banjo, vocals
Additional Performers (credited as 'Superb Beauties'):
Dave Jackson - Saxophone on "The Slow One" and "Funk Angel"
Willy Weider - Fiddle on "Country Girl"
Brian Cole - Pedal steel on "Star Ship"
All songs are written by Nick Lowe except where specified