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29 Jul 2017

Brinsley Schwarz "It’s All Over Now" 2017 UK Pub Rock last unreleased album


Brinsley Schwarz  "It’s All Over Now" 2017  UK Pub Rock last unreleased album

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Recorded in the Autumn of 1974 at Rockfield Studios.  the "It's All Over Now", which is went unreleased but was completed.

In 1974 Brinsley Schwarz’s began work on It’s All Over Now, the album intended to relaunch their career in the United States, but things did not go as planned. At that time the band was breaking up with members going in multiple directions, but they managed to keep things together long enough to record the album. However, it was the end of the band and the album languished in the studio’s tape library for years until rescued from the dumpster by the band’s guitarist Ian Gomm. Ian mixed the album and almost released it in the 80s, but withdrew it before it could be distributed. Several years ago Ian offered the album on his web site as a CDr, and as of April 28, 2017 it is officially available on Mega Dodo Records in several formats: limited edition orange vinyl LP, black vinyl LP, CD, and cassette. Now to the music. The album is roughly a 50/50 mix of original and cover songs. Overall the music is a collection pretty lightweight pop, soul ,and love ballads with a couple of rockers thrown in. Of note is the title track, a dub version of the Rolling Stones’ hit that works remarkably well, and the rocking instrumental “Do the Cod” that also appears on their recently released live album. Those of us long in the tooth will recognize the covers of late 60s pop tunes: The Buckingham’s “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song),” Tommy Rowe’s “Everybody,” and William Bell’s “Private Number.” Nick Lowe provided lead vocals on most the songs and the album includes the Lowe/Gomm tune “Cruel to Be Kind” that was intended to be their hit single. This album is for the Brinsley Schwarz completist.....by Henry Schneider............


Brinsley Schwarz released a string of classic Pub Rock albums in the early 1970s, and this could be their best. Its All Over Now was intended to re-launched the group in America, but like their much-hyped visit to New York it didnt go as planned. Indeed, the album languished in Rockfield Studios tape library for years until rescued by the bands guitarist Ian Gomm, who mixed it at Royal Studios for release on record. But even that didn t go as planned and once again the album disappeared. A few years ago, Gomm made a few homemade CDRs available from his website, but the album has remained largely ignored. Until now. Twenty-five years after Ian Gomm rescued and mixed the album, Mega Dodo is set to release a newly mastered version on limited vinyl and CD. The best Brinsley Schwarz album you have never heard now sounds even better.....


Great album, more soulful than their previous LPs. Could have done without the 'Direct Metal Mastered' crap of course, especially on a vinyl record! No recording information, no liner notes, (I know, I know, look it up on the web), awful title track sounding like a totally unnecessary micky take of, you've guessed it, Mick Jagger! (Please fellers, leave the parodies to Mick, he's the expert, innit Mick). Apart from those few caveats, another tasty Brinsley Schwarz to enjoy any time of the day or night; almost as much fun as their 1974 'Live Favourites', released in 2016, but not quite. They were always at their best playing live. I bet they still are! I've said it before & I'll say it again, ain't none of us getting any younger, so digitum exractum est please. Come on sleepyheads, get outta that bed & make some noise with the pots & pans!...ByG H..



Originally scheduled for release in 1975, It’s All Over Now was supposed to be Pub Rock legends Brinsley Schwarz’s commercial breakthrough………….Rescuing their career after the infamous “Brinsley Schwarz Hype” PR disaster, the band had retreated to London’s pubs where they built a solid reputation as one of the best live bands on the circuit playing a mix of good time, self-effacing Rock & Roll, Soul and Country Rock, releasing a handful of well received but commercially disastrous LPs. Despite strong reviews and a dedicated fan base, the Brinsleys never managed to escape cult status, yet they influenced a legion of other artists, creating an underground, back-to-basics movement that laid the foundation for Punk Rock. By 1975, there was a seismic change in the air………….the Pub Rock bands were soon to be swept away by Punk bands and there is sense that Brinsley Schwarz knew a change was coming. The band split up not long after the recording sessions and before the record was due for release, seeing the album binned by United Artists (the album almost made the shops in the 80s but was withdrawn just before release) and it has remained officially unreleased ever since. The archive diggers at Mega Dodo have rescued this gem of a record, given it a good dusting down and will be releasing the album on vinyl as originally intended with copies also available on CD and, for that proper retro vibe, on cassette. 

For fans of the band, It’s All Over Now is an essential purchase……………….the record was recorded with Brinsley Schwarz cohort Dave Edmunds in the producer’s chair and a eye on the American market. The album contains several strong Nick Lowe/Ian Gomm penned songs (including the original version of ‘Cruel To Be Kind’ which was to be a massive hit for Lowe a few years later), a studio version of the live favourite William Bell's ‘Private Number, a groovy instrumental Soul stomper ‘Do The Cod’ and a Reggae version of the Bobby Womack song/Stones big hit ‘It’s All Over Now’………hey, it was 1975 and everybody was doing at least one Reggae influenced cut on their records. The album is effectively Pub Rock’s last stand and harks back to a time in the 70s when rootsy Americana, cod Reggae and blue eyed Soul side to side on the same record was not deemed strange…………………Dr Feelgood had made such a impact on the scene and as Nick Lowe said about the era “When the Pub Rock scene started going downhill, largely due to Dr Feelgood, who were so great they spawned many duff copyists, it was time to move on”. It’s All Over Now is a record of it’s time, how it would have fared if it had been released back in 1975 is anyone guess………………being a Brinsley’s record it would have no doubt died on it’s arse……but it has aged well for being near 40 years old. One to check out for fans of Graham Parker, Elvis Costello and the ton of bands Brinsley Schwarz’s classy blend of no nonsense Rock, Roots and Soul have influenced. 

Due for release on 28/04/2017, the album will be available in limited edition orange vinyl (150 copies), black vinyl (350 copies), cassette (50 copies) and CD...



Missing in action to one degree or another for over forty years, 70's country-rockers Brinsley Schwarz’s final album will properly see the light of day on Mega Dodo on April 28th. The aptly named 'It’s All Over Now' was recorded at Rockfield Studios with producer Steve Verocca, who was brought in to steer the project toward an American audience. 

Despite Brinsley Schwarz’s management’s legendarily disastrous attempt to break America the first time, with a badly planned press junket and publicity event surrounding their Fillmore East debut, they were determined to give it one last try with this album. It may well have done so, too, with a pub rock by way of Nashville sound and the first recording of singer Nick Lowe and guitarist Ian Gomm’s song 'Cruel to Be Kind'. The problem was that the band was also in the process of breaking up. 

The album was shelved for the first time and languished on a shelf at Rockfield Studios. Meanwhile Brinsley Schwarz had launched the successful careers of its members: Nick Lowe and Ian Gomm as solo artists, guitarist Brinsley Schwarz and Bob Andrews as the nucleus of The Rumour, and Billy Rankin as a member of Big Jim Sullivan’s Tiger. 

In a rescue effort that should earn Ian Gomm a service award for the arts, he prevented the album’s master tapes from being destroyed in the 80s. “When I came to Wales to work at this recording studio, and help build it, Royal Studios it’s called, we had a sixteen-track recorded there that took two-inch tape,” Gomm says. “We’d wired the studio up and wanted to test it, and I thought two-inch tape, that’s what that Brinsleys album was recorded on. So I phoned up Kingsley Ward at Rockfield Studio and said ‘Do you remember that Brinsleys album that never got finished?’ And Kingsley said: ‘Funny you should mention that we’re clearing out the tape library this week and that’s going in the dumper.’ So I got in my car and I drove that afternoon to Rockfield and rescued it. Then I mixed it down because I had the studio time.” 

'It’s All Over Now' was again scheduled to be released in the 80s but was then withdrawn – for a second time. Undaunted, Gomm sold CD-Rs of the album for years on his website. 

The album sounds like a bar band on the verge of a massive breakthrough, but the choice of material designed to achieve that breakthrough in America is somewhat odd. There is the expected country-tinged rock, but there’s also a strange glut of AM radio sweetness emphasizing sugary harmonies and nods to early soul. The band’s interpretation of white soul works best on their brilliant version of Garnet Mimms’ 1966 hit 'I’ll Take Good Care of You' but is baffling on 'God Bless (Whoever Made You)', recorded by Jona Lewie a few years later. 

Nick Lowe’s voice is rich and unabashedly sentimental, somehow cutting through the heavy orchestral backing on 'As Lovers Do' (written by Dave Edmunds) and 'Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song)' that seem taken from early 60's American pop vocal groups. Lowe uses his effective and now well-established narrative voice of a wayward lover, who is well aware that he is a bit of a bastard, swanning back into someone’s life on 'We Can Mess Around' and 'Private Number', either of which could have been an early Rumours song. 

The lovely early version of 'Cruel to Be Kind' here is much mellower and less choppy than the well-known hit from Nick Lowe’s solo album 'Labour of Lust'. A similar version was recorded for the B-side to Lowe’s 'Little Hitler'. It’s by far the strongest original track and undoubtedly would have been the first single off 'It’s All Over Now'. Glimpses of Rockpile to come, 'Everybody' and 'Give Me Back My Love' are the hardest rocking and least treacly moments on the record. There is a pointless instrumental, 'Do The Cod', and a silly reggae version of Bobby Womack’s 'It’s All Over Now' that was hopefully recorded when they were all very high indeed. ....by........ Kimberly Bright ..






Vinyl LP pressing. Archive release from the pub rock band featuring Nick Lowe, Ian Gomm, Billy Rankin and future Rumour members Brinsley Schwarz and Bob Andrews. Brinsley Schwarz released a string of classic pub rock albums in the early 1970s, and this could be their best. Its All Over Now was intended to re-launch the group in America, but like their much-hyped visit to New York, it didn’t go as planned. Indeed, the album languished in Rockfield Studios tape library for years until rescued by the band’s guitarist Ian Gomm, who mixed it at Royal Studios for release on record. But even that didn’t go as planned and once again the album disappeared. A few years ago, Gomm made a few homemade CDRs available from his website, but the album has remained largely ignored. Until now. Twenty-five years after Ian Gomm rescued and mixed the album, Mega Dodo is set to release a newly mastered version. The best Brinsley Schwarz album you have never heard now sounds even better. .




 1. We Can Mess Around 
2. Cruel to Be Kind 
3. As Lovers Do 
4. I'll Take Good Care of You 
5. Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song) 
6. Do the Cod 
7. God Bless (Whoever Made You) 
8. Everybody 
9. Private Number 
10. Give Me Back My Love 
11. It's All Over Now

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