A dive into 1970's Pub-Rock this weekend with Brinsley Schwarz playing live at The Top Rank in Cardiff on June 19, 1974.
Though not very well known as a genre here in the U.S., Pub-Rock was huge in England in the early 1970's. It was a genial mixture of country-rock, soul, and roots-rock, presented in an unpretentious stripped down manner (accommodating the close quarters of a pub with usually a very cramped stage) that catered to an audience who wanted good music but didn't want to go to an arena to hear it.
A very healthy scene flourished from around 1969 to the early 80's and a number of bands and musicians came out of that scene, most notably Nick Lowe, who was a founding member of Brinsley Schwarz who went on to establish a major solo career and lend his considerable talents to the burgeoning Punk scene.
The concert tonight is typical of a Brinsley's set and the sound is excellent. Here's the set list:
Brinsley Schwarz – Live at The Top Rank, Cardiff
June 19, 1974
2. Hooked on Love
3.Trying To Live My Life Without You
4. Small Town Big City
5. Honky Tonk
6. Peace, Love and Understanding
7. It’s Been So Long
8. Private Number
9. Happy Doing What We’re Doing
10. Surrender To The Rhythm
11. You’re So Fine
12. Hip City
13. Juju Man
Turn it up and relax for an hour.
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