Why it has taken me nearly 12 years to buy this I have no idea. My loss!
Calls in other reviews to 'buy the original' are both right and yet also missing the point.
Ian is no longer with us and so we can't expect to hear anything new by him. Most coming to Ian new (or indeed long time fans) will already own NB&P in its original form. Anyone therefore who is missing Ian could do considerably worse than to buy this lovely collection of covers of the NB&P album. Not only are the artists all top drawer but they are backed by the original Blockheads.
These covers play tribute to Ian rather than try to copy him. The songs are in essence outpourings of grief done in a very up beat way.
The track/artist listing is as follows:
1. Wake Up And Make Love With Me - Sinead O'Connor 4:59 [very sexy twist as seen from the female point of view],
2. Sweet Gene Vincent - Robbie Williams 4:07 [surprisingly good version. RW does not try to steal ID's limelight],
3. Abracadabra - Paul McCartney/Jools Holland 3:31 [Who'd have thought a scouse voice would sound good doing East End London. It does!],
4. My Old Man - Madness 3:13 [This could BE a Madness song they way they do it. All hail Ian]
5. Billericay Dickie - Billy Bragg 4:43 [Probably the highlight. It also tells you what you need to know about this album. Billy would not be here if it was just a crass cash-in],
6. Clever Trevor - Wreckless Eric 6:15 [A man who owes Ian a big debt and he certainly pays some of it back here],
7. If I Was With A Woman - Cerys Matthews 3:34 [Naughty Cerys!],
8. Blockheads - Grant Nicholas/Steve Howe 4:07 [Feeder go convincingly pub rock],
9. Plaistow Patricia - Shane MacGowan 4:03 [Rude, raw and brilliant. Just what you'd hope for from Shane doing Ian + also with some added Sam Brown!],
10. Blackmail Man - Keith Allen [surprisingly good and sounding amazingly like the voice of Ian himself].
A lovely tribute that underlines Ian's genius (and shows the skill of these stars who have worked magic with Ian's words). Yes buy the original - but, if you already have it, this is your next stop.
Those seeking other ways to fill the giant void that Ian left could also investigate the lovely book (produced by his daughter) called 'Hallo Sausages'. This tells the story of all the lyrics and also contains a CD of interviews with Ian + a nice version of 'The Bus Driver's Prayer'.Hallo Sausages: The Lyrics of Ian Dury