Subtle as a Flying Mallet

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Subtle as a Flying Mallet
Studio album by Dave Edmunds
Released April 1975
Recorded Rockfield Studios, Wales
(# 6, # 12 recorded live in Cardiff)
Genre Rock and roll
Length 37:20
Label RCA Records
Producer Dave Edmunds for Rockfield Productions
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Subtle as a Flying Mallet was the second solo album by Dave Edmunds, principally focused on sound-alike remakes of late 1950s and early 1960s hits. All of the vocals (except on the live tracks) are by Edmunds, and many of the songs are true solo efforts in that Edmunds also plays all the instruments. The album produced two Top 10 singles in the UK, remakes of the Phil Spector hit "Baby, I Love You" and The Chordettes' "Born to Be with You". A 2006 reissue of the album includes two former B-sides as bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Baby, I Love You" (Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry) - 3:33
  2. "Leave My Woman Alone" (Ray Charles) - 2:39
  3. "Maybe" (Richard Barrett) - 2:55
  4. "Da Doo Ron Ron" (Spector, Greenwich, Barry) - 2:22
  5. "Let It Be Me" (Gilbert Bécaud, Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoë) - 2:47
  6. "No Money Down" (live) (Chuck Berry) - 3:52
  7. "A Shot of Rhythm and Blues" (Terry Thompson) - 2:44
  8. "Billy the Kid" (arranged by Dave Edmunds) - 3:36
  9. "Born to Be with You" (Don Robertson) - 3:33
  10. "She's My Baby" (Nick Lowe) - 3:38
  11. "I Ain't Never" (Mel Tillis, Webb Pierce) - 3:16
  12. "Let It Rock" (live) (Berry) - 3:01—bonus tracks (2006 reissue)--
  13. "Pick Axe Rag" (Edmunds, Mickey Gee) - 2:56
  14. "Some Other Guy" (Richard Barrett, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) - 2:25