Released in 1973 as Brinsley Schwarz
was busy touring and recording the follow-up to Nervous on the Road
, Please Don't Ever Change
is a collection of singles, live cuts, and radio sessions from the early '70s. The odds-and-sods nature of the record actually works in its favor, since it accentuates the group's ramshackle nature. Sure, there's a fair amount of filler on the record -- their ill-advised reggae excursion "The Version (Hypocrite)" is simply mystifying -- but unevenness was part of the Brinsleys
' charm, and the simply enjoyable cuts make the best tracks feel like classics. And some of them are definitive Brinsley
cuts. "I Worry ('Bout You Baby)" is a revamped R&B number, the live "Home in My Hand" speeds along with a relentless energy, the cover of Goffin
's "Don't Ever Change" indicates Nick Lowe
's latent pop roots, "Down in Mexico" is a hysterical travelogue, and "Play That Fast Thing (One More Time)" is among the classic pub rock singles, distilling the essence of pub rock into one piledriving song.