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Barbed Wire Blues [CD]

Wilko Johnson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Jungle
  • ASIN: B00375DBVA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

WILKO JOHNSON'BARBED WIRE BLUES',The original,distinctive Dr. Feelgood (& later Blockhead) manic guitarist and,songwriter.  1989 studio album,unavailable since the early,'90's. 10 Wilko Johnson originals,and featuring renowned bassist The Blockheads' Norman,Watt-Roy.  Follows Julien Temple's 'Oil City Confidential' Dr,Feelgood film.When Dr.,Feelgood burst on the UK scene in 1975 with their energetic R&B,they,symbolised a return to the basics and away from the bloated pomposity rock had,become,and paved the way for punk.  "Their,first three studio albums had the same R&B/primal rock/blues character as,the original Stones" - Trouser Press.After four albums,guitarist and songwriter Wilko Johnson left over,musical differences,and continued with his own band and his trademark choppy,rhythm/lead blues style.  Constant,worldwide touring with his bassist foil,Blockhead Norman Watt-Roy,has kept Wilko's reputation as one of the hottest r&b guitarists,intact.  Now Wilko stars in Julien,Temple's 'Oil City Confidential' film of the Dr. Feelgood story,with Wilko as,the central character.  , TRACKS:  1. Living In The Heart Of,Love; 2. I Keep It To Myself; 3. Waiting For The Rain; ,4.,Turned 21; 5. Barbed Wire Blues; 6. If You Want Me,You've Got Me; 7. Letting,The Night Go By; ,8.,Take Me Back; 9. The Hook (Little Darling); 10. Out In The Traffic. Stock photo.  Factory Shrinkwrapped. 

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NormFest! 8 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is a mixed album for sure, but it is worth the price of admission for me for the title track alone.
In fact, just two seconds of the title track.
In fact just one harmonic pull from Norm 2:35 - 2:37 in

Even if you don't Wilko's voice, or find him a little bit of a one trick pony guitar wise, buy this just for Norms utterly enchanting bass playing. Get into his playing on this, dial into it, and there is a bass masterclass in there of jaw dropping intricacy, subtlety, flair and invention that surely has to rank Norman as the brightest, if not at least one of the brightest, stars in the bass firmament.

Wilko's playing on this album shows what an actual first class player he is!. I'd place him as an equal with the likes of the great Danny Gatton. Just as with Danny, his effortless style belies the amount of skill behind, and just as with Danny, Rory, Mick et al, there is an awesome intellect behind those eyes too. Different styles, same fire.

Quite why Wilko + Norm are not showered with the praise and plaudits they deserve outside our cadre of fans is a question for others to contemplate as I enjoy the ferocious, feral grooves, or pay slack jawed attention to what I've just heard, knowing I will never be able to write and play to their level. I'm happy these people recorded this for me to enjoy. Such a small price for so many years of happiness two of my musical heroes. It makes me happy to be able to listen to The Blockheads, Dr.Feelgood, Wilko and know these people have lived, are alive, have made, are making cracking good music, and people like me very happy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find, but worth the effort... 2 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album seems to be almost impossible to find now, but if you are a Wilko fan or just want to hear what the fuss is about,this is the best studio album by Wilko and the boys. As a live act, this band is simply dynamite,and this album is the closet to capturing the "live" energy that the band have. If you can get a copy, and you are a Wilko or Dr.Feelgood fan, BUY IT, you won't be disappointed. The songs and band performance are top quality and Norman Watt-Roy IS the BEST bassist in the world. Listen to this and decide for yourself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy 26 April 2014
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Another album I should have bought years ago.
Anything by Wilko is a classic.
Crisp Sound as Wilko likes to record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wilko rockin 4 July 2014
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wilko and the band doin what thay do best title track and turned 21 and living in the heart of love infact just buy it its fantastic.
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Bought as I was waiting for 'Going back home' and so glad I did, an earlier rawer version of the legend Wilko :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 July 2014
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a very good music once started difficult to to stop listening to
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barbed Wire Blues 11 Aug 2014
Format:Audio CD
Awesome, brilliant, I knew of Wilko from Dr. Feelgood and of course his cancer treatment. Its an amazing album. I bought it as one of the comments was that this was one of the best albums made by Wilko in the studio so I thought that was good enough for me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music 21 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Had to wait several weeks for the cd to arrive, however it was worth the wait. Wilco is as fabulous as ever on this cd
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