Dave Edmunds Repeat When Necessary on Limited Edition 180g LP
Welsh rocker Dave Edmunds successfully combined traditional rhythm & blues with soul and rockabilly. In the late-70s he released a string of best selling albums, following a distinct formula that combined the energy of pub rock with rockabilly swing. His self-produced 1979 album Repeat When Necessary finds him backed by Rockpile, the band that he formed with Nick Lowe in the mid-70s, along with Billy Bremner and Terry Williams. Playing solid, rockin' rhythms, the group provides a sturdy foundation for Edmunds' entertaining croon – '50s vibe meets '70s sound.
The LP was recorded and released at the same time as Lowe's Labour Of Lust, with the same set of Rockpile musicians. Only the guest musicians differed per album. On Repeat When Necessary, guest appearances were also made by Huey Lewis, Albert Lee and Roger Bechirian. While the record mainly consists of (obscure) cover tunes, two songs were later recorded by famous artists. "Girls Talk" (written by Elvis Costello) was recorded later that year by Elvis Costello & The Attractions and "Bad Is Bad" (written by Huey Lewis) was recorded years later by Huey Lewis & The News.