Quiet Please…The New Best of Nick Lowe doesn’t beat around the bush. It’s direct not just in name (both reflecting Lowe’s current stylistic bent and logically supplanting 1989’s Basher: The Best of Nick Lowe) but also because it begins with what may literally be the very best of Nick Lowe: the increasingly canonical “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding”. That song could have appeared on this set in any of several different forms, each equally important to Lowe’s career, albeit for different reasons. There’s of course the popular and most recognizable version by Lowe’s friend Elvis Costello. There’s also the less familiar version by Curtis Stigers, found on the soundtrack to The Bodyguard, whose massive sales earned Lowe enough cash to subsidize his 90s resurgence. Then there’s the stripped-down version Lowe typically plays live these days, indicative of the hushed turn his career has taken in its fourth decade.
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