BRINSLEY SCHWARZ : FIFTEEN THOUGHT OF BRINSLEY SCHWARZ
Label : United Artists
Release Date : 1978
Length : 51:23
Review (AllMusic) : Released at the end of the band's career, 15 Thoughts of Brinsley Schwarz has a few questionable oversights and inclusions, and it does take a couple of detours, but it contains the bulk of the group's best-known songs. Yes, some highlights are missing, and it does overlap with Original Golden Greats, but it's a stronger overall collection than its predecessor, capturing the Brinsleys at their best. [It was made even stronger in 2000, when BGO combined 15 Thoughts and Golden Greats as a two-fer.]
Review (All Time Records) : Once upon a time a man called Brinsiey Schwarz formed a band with his friends Nick Lowe, Bob Andrews, and Billy Rankin ... Unable to find either work or a record company, their manager Dave Robinson hit on the idea of flying them over to the Fillmore in New York to play as support to Van Morrison and Quicksilver Messenger Service, and taking along 150 members of the British press to witness the band's debut ... The result was a critical massacre. Suspecting a hype, the journalists went in for the kill. And that backlash had a permanent effect on Brinsley Schwarz: ever after they were suspicious of anything fake, played mainly smaller gigs, and devoted themselves to various forms of American music. Significantly, the live track "Home in My Hand" is the only moment here that gives any hint of the band's reputed live ability. For the rest, it's lacking in most of the qualities that have brought its members to subsequent notoriety ... Nick Lowe for his quirky pop songs, and Brinsley Schwarz and Bob Andrews for their fiery playing in The Rumour. Instead, Fifteen Thoughts is high in modest charm and an attention to musicianly detail that sustains a consistent listening experience. The roots of the New Wave lie here.