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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.

Subtle as a Flying Mallet
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1975
RecordedRockfield Studios, Wales
(# 6, # 12 recorded live in Cardiff)
GenreRock and roll
LabelRCA Records
ProducerDave Edmunds for Rockfield Productions
Dave Edmunds chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]

The Album was also rereleased in February 2013 by Rpm Records UK as a deluxe edition.


Track listingEdit

Subtle as a Flying MalletEdit

  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)Edit

  1. "Pick Axe Rag" (Edmunds, Mickey Gee) - 2:56
  2. "Some Other Guy" (Richard Barrett, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) - 2:25

Subtle as a Flying Mallet February 2013 deluxe edition. Rpm Records UKEdit

  1. "Baby, I Love You"
  2. "Leave My Woman Alone"
  3. "Maybe"
  4. "Da Doo Ron Ron"
  5. "Let It Be Me"
  6. "No Money Down"
  7. "Shot of Rhythm and Blues"
  8. "Billy the Kid"
  9. "Born to Be with You"
  10. "She's My Baby"
  11. "I Ain't Never"
  12. "Let It Rock"
  13. "Some Other Guy"
  14. "When Will I Be Loved"
  15. "Make Me Good"
  16. "You Kept Me Waiting"
  17. "C'mon Little Dixie"
  18. "Need a Shot of Rhythm & Blues" (Alt. VSN)
  19. "Da Doo Ron Ron" (Dave Edmunds & the Electricians)
  20. "Pick Axe Rag" (Instrumental)



  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Dave Edmunds Subtle as a Flying Mallet review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: E". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via