Rolling Stone is exclusively premiering the newly-remastered version of “Endless Grey Ribbon” from the long-awaited reissue of Nick Lowe’s 1979 classic Labour of Lust. The track was originally released on the U.K. version of the album, replaced in the U.S. by “American Squirm” (“Endless Grey Ribbon” later appeared as a b-side in the US to Lowe’s hit single “Cruel To Be Kind”). Both songs are included in this deluxe reissue, along with the bonus UK b-side “Basing Street.” Take a listen to “Endless Grey Ribbon” HERE.
Originally released in 1979, Labour of Lust is Lowe’s highest charting album in the US to date, but it has been out of print for two decades. Yep Roc’s reissue, remastered to its original glory, will be released on CD, LP and, for the first time ever, digitally. In addition to the bonus tracks, the reissue also comes with a 12-page booklet complete with artwork by revolutionary graphic artist Barney Bubbles, and essays by noted music journalist Will Birch and reissue producer (and former Lowe A&R man) Greg Geller.
Telling a classic truck driver’s lament, Lowe originally wrote “Endless Grey Ribbon” for his Rockpile bandmate Dave Edmunds, who was recording his own album Repeat When Necessary simultaneously during Labour of Lust sessions. In the end, Lowe was so fond of the song he took it back for his own record.
Labour of Lust is available now for pre-order on CD and LP exclusively at the Yep Roc Webshop.