08/22/2011 09:08 pm ET | Updated Oct 22, 2011

Play That Fast Thing 1,000 More Times: Rockpile-Live From Montreux


Could they be the greatest rock and roll band of all time? I don't feel too ookey saying so. At least for their active period, there were few to rival Rockpile. This relentless new release from Eagle Rock took my breath away... literally. I tried typing out my review while listening, but Della Street I'm not. The band kicked my ass and took my name.

It's funny that Seconds Of Pleasure, the one record released under the Rockpile moniker, is only represented twice on Live From Montreux. But as any fan of Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Billy Bremner and Terry Williams know, they had been playing on each other's records long before their 1980 debut, and this badass set of rock and roll covers all those bases.

I'd also like to point out that Terry Williams needs to be mentioned, from this day forward, whenever "Greatest Drummers Of All Time" are discussed.

While you wait patiently for Nick's new LP, (leading the pack for best of 2011, I might add,) get your pile of rock on with Live From Montreux.