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Like the first volume of "Best of" songs by Wilko Johnson, the album contains some Wilko Johnson renditions of Dr. Feelgood songs that he wrote, most notably "Roxette". As a solo artist Wilko Johnson had a period immediately after he left the band in 1977-1978 with a backing band he formed called The Solid Senders, most of this album draws from his second time as a solo artist which was in 1988 with The Wilko Johnson Band that included Norman Watt-Roy, bassist of Ian Dury & The Blockheads.
The album starts off strongly with "All Right" and "Barbed Wire Blues", "Down By The Waterside" sounds like the earlier song "Paradise", similar riffs and strangely similar lyrics. The style is exactly what you'd expect, choppy, manic guitar playing, upbeat rock n roll numbers that are intense with bluesy riffs matched by clever lyrics. It is clear to see that Wilko Johnson has been inspired throughout his career by the unique location of Canvey Island.. songs like "Down By The Waterside" and "Dr. Dupree" showing evident nods to things like quays and coasts. Incidentally I think there was a song by the name of Dr. Dupree by famous blues artist Champion Jack Dupree, however it's nothing like this one which has a slight reggae sound as well as a bit of an Indian feel to it.
Wilko's vocals are really quite high at times, as can be seen on "Living in the Heart of Love" a track where they play with some funky bass lines, musically great fun. "Turned 21" is a bit of a sort of Irish sounding ballad, nice lyrics if you like gentle type stuff but personally I prefer the band with a bit more bite. "I Really Love Your Rock N Roll" is back to the upbeat bluesy rock any fan of the artist is likely to appreciate and "I Keep it to Myself"is quite intense and does not really suit Wilko's voice, it seems like he's trying to create a traditional blues sound but also give it a lick of 80s and it doesn't quite work, "The Hook" is not as catchy as you might think with the name, although I do like the harmonica and guitar playing on it.
I can't think of a better way to finish off the 2 volumes of Best of CD's than with the legendary "Twenty Yards Behind" and "She Does it Right". The album is about £7 which is reasonable to say it's not the most common of albums out there.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 All Right
2 Barbed Wire Blues
4 Down By The Waterside
5 Dr Dupree
6 Living In The Heart Of Love
7 Turned 21
8 I Really Love Your Rock 'n' Roll
9 I Keep It To Myself
10 The Hook
11 Twenty Yards Behind
12 Out In The Traffic
13 She Does It Right