BRINSLEY SCHWARZ The New Favorites Of… Brinsley Schwarz (1974)

The New Favorites Of… Brinsley Schwarz (1974)
The End… Or The Beginning?

The last album from Brinsley Schwarz might also be their best, and should be in any 70s UK pop collection that begins with Nick Lowe’s work on Stiff Records. Because, it’s on this album that Lowe comes of age, redirecting the band away from their pub rock roots to deliver a more pronounced soul, rock & pop confection. It’s tempting to view this music as some sort of mutant cell divide, whose DNA (Lowe, Ian Gomm, The Rumour) would kickstart the pop wave about to overtake the UK in 1976 (quickly splintering from glam rock into power pop, punk and new wave). Not because this LP sounds like any of those movements, it doesn’t. Much of the music on New Favorites… is of the soulful rockin’ variety (a few tracks with tricked-out horns, even), but the dots aren’t hard to connect. Lowe is only a step and a smirk away from the So What? Pop he would begin to pioneer via The Tartan Horde HERE (as Terry Modern, singing about The Bay City Rollers). “Trying To Live My Life Without You” could fit on any of Nick’s later solo LPs, “Now’s The Time” is a Beatles ’64 homage, while Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding” is one of the last century’s great pop/rock treasures. The bonus track, “Everybody,” might be from the last, unreleased Brinsley Schwarz album, It’s All Over Now (which Gomm is/was personally selling online, made from the master tapes). Amazon has it HERE.

(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? (3:36)
Ever Since You’re Gone (4:07)
Ugly Things (2:49)
I Got The Real Thing (3:37)
The Look That’s In Your Eye Tonight (4:12)
Now’s The Time (2:07)
Small Town, Big City (4:29)
Trying To Live My Life Without You (3:24)
I Like You, I Don’t Love You (3:26)
Down In The Dive (4:56)
I’ve Cried My Last Tear (2:36) – Bonus Track
(It’s Gonna Be A) Bringdown (2:54) – Bonus Track
Everybody (3:00) – Bonus Track
There’s A Cloud In My Heart (3:05) – Bonus Track


  • Willard
    August 25, 2011 - 09:30 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Phil Winans
    August 25, 2011 - 11:04 | Permalink

    It looks to me like all the bonus stuff on this is already released on the compilation of rare stuff called Hens’ Teeth. The title ( It’s Gonna be a ) Breakdown is called (It’s Gonna be a ) Bringdown . It’s nice to see the Brinsleys get posted and given credit for being the great band they were. Thanks and once again yours is a great sight. Phil Winans

    • Willard
      August 25, 2011 - 11:22 | Permalink

      Cool, thanks for the correction. Do you know anything about It’s All Over Now? I’ve seen the tracklist, but have never heard it. Wasn’t sure if the bonus of “Everybody” was the same or not.

      It’s All Over Now
      We Can Mess Around (Lowe)
      Cruel To Be Kind (Lowe/Gomm)
      As Lovers Do (Lowe)
      I’ll Take Good Care Of You (Berns/Ragavoy)
      Hey Baby (There Playing Our Song) (Holvay & Beisber)
      Do The Cod (The Thirty Pounder) (Lowe/Andrews/Gomm/Rankin/Schwarz)
      God Bless (Whoever Made You) (Lowe/Gomm)
      Everybody (T.Rowe)
      Private Number (T.Jones/W.Bell)
      Give Me Back My Love (Lowe/Gomm)
      It’s All Over Now (B.Womack)

  • Phil Winans
    August 25, 2011 - 12:04 | Permalink

    Somebody sold me a compilation (boot of some sort) called Surrender to the Rythm a few years back and it has some of the stuff on your list although in some cases they have altered titles.
    It’s on Tendolar label 058.
    Mess with Love
    Cruel to be Kind
    As Lovers do
    Take Good Care of You
    That’s Where we Belong
    God Bless Who Made You
    Private Number
    Tell me it’s Why
    It’s all Over Now
    Save the Last Dance For Me
    Cruel to be Kind
    Love Goes on
    Try to Remember
    30 Pounder
    Hooked on Love
    It’s been so Long
    Why do we hurt the Ones we Love?
    I’m Gonna Make You Love me

    According to credits 1 Thru 11 are the last studio lp released in 75 then deleated immediately. 12 thru 15 were live on the last tour and 16 thru 20 were live at the BBC 1973.Anyone who likes these people should also look for a boot cd called Unknown Numbers that contains BBC stuff from June 18,1971, May 4,1972, and APRIL 14, 1973. None of this appears on the two legal BBC things on The Brinsleys ( What’s so Funny and Cruel to be Kind). Keep the Great stuff coming. Phil Winans

    • Willard
      August 25, 2011 - 14:41 | Permalink

      Fantastic, thanks Phil. Still have it? I’m poking around but am having a hard time finding it online (there’s a legit best of with the same name). Though it is mentioned at AMG. Did anyone grab Gomm’s master tape version?

  • Dave
    August 25, 2011 - 12:18 | Permalink


  • Anonymous
    August 25, 2011 - 12:56 | Permalink

    One of my all time favorite albums. The sleeper track on this one, IMO, is “The Ugly Things.”

    • Willard
      August 25, 2011 - 16:46 | Permalink

      Great tune. McCartney-esque, with that hint of “And I Love Her” in the guitar line. I think that song points in the direction Lowe was heading – casually traditional. Thanks JB.

      • noone
        December 30, 2014 - 22:59 | Permalink

        Elvis Costello sure agreed – he released his version as a B-side in 1989 or so, and it is now available as bonus track (undoubtedly in your treasure trove of Costello rarities).

  • August 25, 2011 - 14:21 | Permalink

    Thanks! Love The Brinsleys, and all that followed (Lowe solo, Rockpile, Ian Gomm, The Rumour). I, too have often heard ABOUT the ‘lost’ album (It’s all over now), but have never heard it, and would love to be able to get it, or the boots that Phil mentioned (Surrender, Unknown Numbers), but have not been able to find these. Anyone have them to share?

  • sitarswami
    August 25, 2011 - 15:51 | Permalink

    The first few tracks of “It’s all over now” can be found/heard on youtube. Excellent songs they are. Ian Gomm was releasing some of this stuff via his website in the past year.

  • Martin Blanc
    August 25, 2011 - 17:41 | Permalink

    Many thanks for this – sounds stunning, and you can never have enough prime Nick Lowe. This is going to get as many plays as The Grays. Thanks again.

  • August 25, 2011 - 20:01 | Permalink

    “Hymn To Me” from the first one is my fave.

  • August 25, 2011 - 21:18 | Permalink

    It sounds a lot like “Jesus Of Cool”.

  • Phil Winans
    August 27, 2011 - 04:13 | Permalink

    Sorry it took a while to get back. I’ll be glad to furnish you a copy of the Brinsley stuff I wrote you about. You’ll have to tell me what to do (I’m not a genius on computer!!). Also on the second one I wrote to you about (BBC stuff) I’ve never been able to get it to copy. It looks fine and plays fine (I take care of my stuff!!) but it won’t copy. If anyone has any ideas please let me know. Phil

    • Willard
      August 27, 2011 - 17:48 | Permalink

      Hey Phil. Thanks. Drop me an email via the link in the text in the upper right corner and we’ll give it a go.

  • August 28, 2011 - 08:13 | Permalink

    Great minds think alike…
    Was having a bit of a Brinsley’s bash over at Exile…found Rockpalast 75 on youtoob…can help you out w/ Hen’s Teeth if you haven’t got it.

    • Willard
      August 28, 2011 - 09:24 | Permalink

      Thanks Mona, as always. Spoke with Phil and he’s on it. If something comes up I’ll hit you up. Many thanks. Great 15 minute clip, by the way. Hard to believe those guys were ever that young.

  • August 28, 2011 - 18:52 | Permalink

    Indeed!Think my Hens Teeth is only at 192 anyway…am searching for the Beeb stuff tho!
    I missed out on the pub scene by a cple of years, hitting London in 77. Did see Nick Lowe a lot back then. Used to have a wonderful Stiff promo life size cut out of him that had a battery operated hand that strummed the gtr :)

    • Willard
      August 28, 2011 - 19:03 | Permalink

      Cool. I would ask why you ever got rid of it, but I had a life size Alfred Hitchcock stand up (profile, of course) for about 20 years and just tossed it one day. But, a battery operated strumming hand? That might have stuck around 25 years.

  • Johnny Kinkdom
    August 28, 2011 - 21:17 | Permalink

    I have the BS since album #1. I have a copy of the Hen’s Teeth comp in original 320. Be happy to upload if I knew how. Maybe try Medifire cuz I heard it’s free or MegaUpload. Let me know if you still need it.

    • Willard
      August 28, 2011 - 21:29 | Permalink

      Hey Johnny. Thanks for the offer. So far we’re set, but if there’s a glitch I’ll give a yell. Many thanks.

  • August 31, 2011 - 10:54 | Permalink

    Gone but not by choice…actually moved from Glasgow to London with 2 giant Costello’s and a Mr Lowe…but life and moving across the world to Australia via Am*dam meant that a lot of things got left behind/stolen/lost!
    Such is life!

    • Willard
      August 31, 2011 - 11:48 | Permalink

      Via Amsterdam? Well… now I’m wondering about, as Paul Harvey would say, “the rest of the story.” Admit it. You swapped Nick for a couple of lids, didn’t you?

  • September 1, 2011 - 09:36 | Permalink

    Unfortunately Nick didn’t make it that far and I suspect that in those days he would have preferred to have been swapped for a couple of bottles of vodka!
    One of these days I will have to tell the story of Jah Wobble, me and the night of the psychedelic koala pj case at The Paradiso!!!

    • Willard
      September 1, 2011 - 11:47 | Permalink

      We should get a Jah Wobble post together just for that tale.

  • September 3, 2011 - 20:22 | Permalink
  • Willard
    September 3, 2011 - 20:30 | Permalink

    Cool… thanks Mona.

  • September 4, 2011 - 08:24 | Permalink


  • July 24, 2013 - 01:48 | Permalink

    Would it be possible to re-up this album? DF link is dead. Thanks very much.

  • Russell
    July 24, 2013 - 04:18 | Permalink

    yes, could you please re-up? thanks!!!

  • Willard
    July 24, 2013 - 09:09 | Permalink

    New link up, thanks. 3 requests overnight… was this post linked somewhere else or something?

  • Russell
    July 24, 2013 - 10:41 | Permalink

    very fast re-up – impressive!
    lol I don’t think it’s been linked elsewhere.
    but Nick Lowe has been teasing some “mystery announcement.

  • Russell
    July 24, 2013 - 10:41 | Permalink

    and end quote “

  • July 24, 2013 - 12:15 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. No linked post. I was just archiving some files when I ran across Hens’ Teeth and noticed you had ‘New Favorites . . . ‘ also.

  • December 12, 2015 - 07:52 | Permalink

    “The band who invented pub rock”. I can’t remember who wrote that, but it’s apt. London was a great place to be then, and this is still my favourite Brinsleys album. Many thanks.

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