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5.0 out of 5 stars the upminster kid's swan song, 1 Dec 2002
This review is from: Ten More Turnips From The Tip (Audio CD)
the only thing the causes this album to be anything less than brilliant is the sad realisation that there will never be a follow-up - most people will know that Ian Dury is gone now, this bizarrley named album is a collection of all the songs written in the time between 'Mr. Love Pants' and his death, some are so recent that Ian didn't get time to record them, long time blockhead and mate Chaz Jankel sings 'i Could Lie' while talented yet wholely annoying Robbie Williams stands in on 'You're The Why' Ian's very last lyrics.
The sticker says 'The last Studio Album of Ian DUry and the Blockheads' and it has the feel of it. The songs seem to rap up the Lord Upminster's life and songs 'Dance Little Rude Boy' continues his London Life commentary made with 'Rough Kids' and 'Blockheads' and 'Have a Word' - 'It Ain't Cool' and 'I Could Lie' seem like Ian confessions whilst vaguley remicent of highly personal album 'Laughter', 'Happy Hippy' returns the humour of 'Billericay Dickie', 'Poor Joey' and 'This is What we Find' with 'One Love' which seems apologetic of songs like 'Wake Up and Make Love With Me' and 'If I was With a Woman'
'Ballad of teh Sulphate Strangler' Ian's last tribute song finnishes up Ian's trend of tributes (this time to long time PA and psycopath Peter Rush 'the Sulphate Strangler)set with 'Sweet Gene Vincent' and 'Bill Hayley's Last Words' while 'Books and Water' is the protogee to 'Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll' and please let's not get into the blockheads suprub playing, although you can tell on teh songs recoreded after saxaphonist Davey Payne's explusion that all is not Blockheady as it should be - mind Mickey's Keys and Norman's bass are as great as Ian's Lyrics
Ian Dury and the Blockheads never lost it, despite what 'Lord Upminster' says and Ten More Turnips From The Tip just proves it beyond a doubt
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last work of a genius, 20 Mar 2002
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This isn't so much a follow up to the "Mr Love Pants" album as a collection of songs written and recorded between 1991 and Ian Dury's death in March 2000.
Two of the tracks did not have vocals recorded at the time of his death and these have been supplied by Chas Jankel (on "I Could Lie) and Robbie Williams, who apparently was a fan. In fact, Willaims' song, "You're the Why" shows that as well as a great wit, Dury could write some really good love songs.
The Blockheads feature on all the tracks and all their hallmark playing is evident. Most of the tracks were finished by the Blockheads after Dury's death and the end result is polished and could easily pass for a 'normal' album rather than a collection of odds and ends.
I don't know if there are any other Ian Dury outtakes, lost songs or unreleased live recordings in the archives but after this showing, maybe an "Anthology" type of album would be justified. Or after his song on here and his cover of Sweet Gene Vincent on Brand New Boots and Panties, maybe a Robbie Williams and the Blockheads album of Ian Dury covers wouldn't be a bad idea.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one love, 19 Oct 2008
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i love music. i listen and buy it all the time. every few years something blows you away. "one love" did just that. a love song that is heartfelt without manufactured sugar or sentimentality. i am amazed this was not a hit single . everyone i play it to loves it. in a way i am glad. it remains fresh and mine. robbie williams contribution is excellent .great work without the hype that normally folows him and distracts from the music.

buy this. you wont regret it.
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