English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe's reputation often precedes him. He wrote hits "So It Goes," "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding?" and "Cruel to Be Kind," produced Elvis Costello's legendary first five albums, collaborated extensively with his wife's stepfather Johnny Cash and nurtured a well-respected solo career. Lowe is a consistently significant figure in country, rock, punk and new wave, and has left his signature on a range of records in his wake of forty years in the business.
Lowe's latest album, The Old Magic, is no exception. A mix of covers and ballads, The Old Magic was produced by Lowe, Neil Brockbank and Robert Treherne. It features covers of Elvis Costello, Tom T. Hall, and Jeff West tunes, as well as eight original songs.
Hear Lowe play songs from The Old Magic, as well as some old favorites, on today's World Cafe.
This session originally aired on September 16, 2011.(link)
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World Party "When The Rainbow Comes" Goodbye Jumbo
Dum Dum Girls "Bedroom Eyes" Only In Dreams
Blondie "Heart Of Glass" Parallel Lines
Rockpile "Heart" Seconds Of Pleasure
Elvis Costello "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love And Understanding" Armed Forces
Nick Lowe "Raging Eyes" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Lisa Hannigan "Passenger" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Michael Kiwanuka "Any Day Will Do" MMD
Michael Kiwanuka "I Need You By My Side" MMD
The Police "Spirits In The Material" Ghost In The Machine
Spoon "Two Sides/Monsieur Valen" Gimmee Fiction
((Michael Kiwanuka "I Need Your Company" Tell Me A Tale EP))
Sunbears "Give Love A Try" You Will Live Forever
John Lennon "Number Nine Dream" The J.L. Collection
Bon Iver "Holocene" Bon Iver
((The Soft Pack "Mexico" The Soft Pack))
The Hold Steady "Can You Please Crawl Out" I'm Not There Soundtrack
The Band "Atlantic City" Jericho
Gary Clark Jr. "Don't Owe You A Thing" Gary Clark Jr.
Robert Palmer "Looking For Clues" Addictions Vol. 1
City & Colour "We Found Each Other In The Dark" Little Hell
((Lord Huron "When Will I See You Again" Into The Sun EP))