Yep Roc Records will reissue six classic yet long unavailable Nick Lowe albums, fulfilling a longstanding goal of bringing the entire catalog of one of its flagship artists back into print and available on one label. The albums – Nick the Knife, The Abominable Showman, Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit, The Rose of England, Pinker and Prouder Than Previous, and Party of One – span the years 1982 to 1990, and represent a crucial bridge from Lowe's trailblazing 1970s work to the "remarkable second wind" (New York Times) and widespread critical acclaim that have characterized his more recent releases.
Teaming up again with his Cowboy Outfit, Nick Lowe's 1985 effort The Rose of England remains a highly engaging and often overlooked album. The title track tells a World War I-era tale that was sturdy enough to be covered by Brit-folkies The Oyster Band, and features a trademark Lowe hook. Nick took a huge swing at the charts, recording his version (previously recorded by Dave Edmunds, and played live by Rockpile) of his classic "I Knew the Bride" with pal Huey Lewis producing and his band the News providing backing on the track.
Fame and fortune may not have followed, but a solid batch of songs including covers of pals John Hiatt ("She Don't Love Nobody") and Elvis Costello ("Indoor Fireworks") rubbed shoulders with Lowe originals as well as his most-covered cover (Moon Mullican's "7 Nights to Rock").