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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ja
  • ASIN: B000000139
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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REPERTOIRE DELUXE BOX-EAN 4009910459225 -40 TRACKS-EXTENDED BOOKLET

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A. Quinn on 29 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've got my phones on as I type this review. It's 5 past midnight. My 2 year old boy is asleep in his cot, and I can only hope he grows up to experience a 21st century version of the Blockheads. This CD has been in my player for the past 3 weeks.

The lyrics are witty, the music is groove twitchingly infectious, and the whole package is witty and amusing, delivered with a musical and lyrical skill that is sublime.

Please take this bargain at face value, and place it in you basket now. You will not regret it!

Most people are familiar with 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick', but believe me, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Aural and intellectual Pleasure Awaits!
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the Ian Dury compilation to buy if you haven't got all the original albums. All the brilliant singles are here, along with the best of the album tracks together with some wonderful bonus material (such as the Kilburn & the High Roads stuff).

Dury was a marvellously witty and perceptive lyric writer, and whilst his distinctive cockney drawl was hardly a great singing voice, it marked him as someone who was doing something completely different from everybody else. The Blockheads of course were also a great band, and again this marked Ian Dury out from the rest of the punk/new wave movement.

This is a fabulous complilation, and at the moment its very cheap for a double CD. It'll cost you more to download all these tracks (legally that is!).
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By T Westcott on 24 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
I remember Dury mainly from the late 70s/80s era as he enjoyed his moment of chart stardom which coincided with the rise of punk: What a Waste, Hit me with your Rhythm Stick... I kind of lost touch with him since then, and discovering this excellent collection was a treat. It's bulging with delights, all for the price of a new pair of panties. Dury is a brilliant wordsmith and the Blockheads provide a unique backing which is a hybrid of pub rock, funk and reggae. Unlike most punk bands, the Blockheads are expert musicians and Dury is as adept a writer as the likes of Noel Coward - though somewhat more potty-mouthed.

As well as the old favorites, new discoveries for me were Razzle in My Pocket and Poo Poo in the Prawn (hilarious), the poignant My Old Man, the rage-fuelled Spasticus Autisticus and Pam's Moods (who else could use the word "contumely" in a song and get away with it?). You also get really good sleeve notes by Phill Jupitus. All in all, a bargain worthy of the Kilburn High Road.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Allyn on 19 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
[...] For 36 of the funniest and most original songs in the last 30 years or so, that's a bargain. These tracks made me laugh, cry and dance in equal measure. Like most people, I knew 'Hit me...' and 'Reasons to be Cheerful' and some other famous tracks, but there is not a single dud on here. The CD even includes a few (excellent) live tracks towards the end ('Billericay Dickie' is fantastic). Buy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Hall on 10 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
And he WAS clever! With witty lyrics and his original musical style, who can resist Mr. Dury? I bought quite a few of his singles in the 70's & 80's and listening to this collection makes me feel young - and cheerful - again! He kept me sane, especially whilst I was in hospital for a spell, following an accident (early in 1979.) Rhythm stick will always hold a special place in my heart, the line "It's nice to be a lunatic" seemed appropriate at the time. I must've driven those poor nurses up the wall!!!
Cheers, Ian!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clipper 314 on 14 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
never had much of an ear for Ian Dury except 'Hit me..'.. for some reason I just got it in my head again after a glass or two of strong spirit and found the 'add to basket' button on Amazon... when I saw the large number of tracks on the double CD I expected only to like 'Hit me' and hopefully a couple of others too... BUT.... all of it is on all the time.. car, home & I-pod at the gym .. brilliant and so, so clever, catchy, and musically intricate. Given the ups and downs of life its so good to have Ian Dury & the Blockheads by my side.. thank you !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Oddly enough I had never really heard of Ian Dury or experienced his music until relatively recently, which is odd as I am a huge Madness fan and have been following them since I can't remember when. I bought this set to rectify the omission after watching the magnificent Biopic with Andy Serkis. I have to say there have been few CD purchases I have enjoyed more, and I really wish I'd bought it years ago.

Dury and his Blockheads made music that was entertaining. I can find no other word for it. Full of life, wit and foot stomping funky rhythms this is music that celebrates life and makes the most of it. But Dury could slow it down - the elegiac `Sweet Gene Vincent', a tribute to a hero, is a moving piece that shows just how much Dury worshipped his idol and works incredibly well.

It's impossible to pigeonhole the music, there are elements of punk, ska, funk, jazz, blues, etc, etc. Dury and cohorts seem to have reached out to grab any music that helped them feel good and fused it into a glorious whole.

This 2 disc set covers the entirety of Dury's career, from early recordings with the Kilburns, through to his later material and a few well chosen live tracks. The remastering is excellent, and the liner notes from Phil Jupitus are suitably entertaining whilst paying due reverence to a passed genius. In all it is an excellent set and worth every single one of the 5 stars I am going to award it.
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