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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have album.,
The Sight And Sound dvd is fantastic,[But clocking in at under 30 minutes],and is a perfect representation of Ian Dury and the Blockheads at their peak[and they were a tight,disciplined live unit].However with only seven songs i feel a little short changed[surely some other footage could have been found to make this better value],and as much as i love this album and band,it is hard to recommend buying this if you own the album on cd already.
A five star review is given for the amazing music on both discs,which is timeless,but approach this reissue with some caution,as you may already own a perfectly adequate version.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At the rendevous with Nina in the back of my Cortina !,
This review is from: New Boots and Panties (Audio CD)Diamond Geezer...pub rocker...artist and artiste...urban poet. Step forward the uniquely brilliant Ian Dury.
'New boots and panties' was one of those post punk albums, like The Stranglers 'IV Rattus Novegicus' and The Jam's 'This is the modern world' which slipped out of the new wave without fanfare or celebration.
Sporting a front cover which showed Ian outside an Army & Navy emporium looking 'well hard' and posing alongside a passing scally waif, NB&P was the absolute anthisis of the pomp and ceremony of the Led Zeppelin-esque albums which clogged the album charts.
Fortunately,word of mouth meant that the album garnered a new legion of Dury admirers,going on to sell 500.000 in the UK and a million world wide.
Using a unique blend of vaudeville,funk,R & R, pub rock,cockney rhyming, humour and some spicy lyrics complete with obscenities...'Plaistow Patricia' is not a track to play in polite company !...NB&P rips along like a joy rider down Peckham High street !
The Blockheads display superb musicianship and are such a tight funky unit that it must have been a joy to provide the vocals.
Conjuring up now legendary characters, 'Billericcy Dickie'..'Clevor Trevor', the aforementioned 'PP' and the dirty old tom 'Nina'.. Dury paints a vivid picture of street life 'darn sarff !
Great stuff !
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terriffic!,
The Blockheads were a fine band with great musical compositions nicely set off by the slightly loony Ian Dury with his bawdy lyrics of life and loves in London and the South East. Billericay Dickie is a personal favourite of mine.
The DVD is taken from the excellent BBC concert series "Sight and Sound" which was broadcast simultaneously with Radio 2 (in the days before stereo TV for those of us old enough to remember). This was one of the Blockheads finest live concerts and well worth a listen although only 30 minutes / 7 songs in length.
I'm well pleased with this 2 disc set.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius,
By A Customer
This review is from: New Boots and Panties (Audio CD)this is an amazing funky album that really shows what a funny bloke ian dury was. Wake up and make love to me, has one of the most funky intros that you will ever find on record and the lyrics are classic too, and the album manages to keep this feel all the way through. the bonus tracks on the album contain Sex and Drugs and What a Waste which are too utterly brilliant songs. this album should be brought by any one that likes good tight jazz rock and who has a sense of humour.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knock me down with a feather !,
This review is from: New Boots and Panties (Audio CD)Ian Dury is associated with punk/new wave, and both certainly shared some common ground, but he was a product of the pub-rock scene of the early 70's and his roots stretched much further back to rock `n' roll and then further back still to music-hall.
He was the mouthy geezer always dropping wise-cracks and double-entendres, though as this was the 1970's rather than the 1870's the entendres tended to be more of the single variety. First with Kilburn and the High Roads and then with the Blockheads he ploughed his furrow (oo-er!) until a link-up with Stiff Records suddenly made him fashionable. This was his breakthrough album and despite its rather flat production fully deserves its continued status as his best.
I'm not a fan of the rather forced sentimentality of 'My Old Man' and 'If I Was With A Woman' gets right on my 'ampton but the rest are great. From the lustful good-humour of 'Wake Up' and 'Abracadabra', the touching hero-worship of 'Sweet Gene Vincent' and the music-hall bawdiness of 'Billericay Dickie' the music veers from funk to rock 'n' roll and back again before the final punky blast of the last three tracks; the very funny 'Blockheads', the very sweary 'Plaistow Patricia' and the very nasty 'Blackmail Man'. The Blockheads were mostly made up of session-musicians who suddenly found a chance to break into the mainstream and they responded with real enthusiasm and no little skill.
There are five bonus-tracks on my copy which, for once, are worth the trouble. The singles `Sex And Drugs etc' and `What A Waste`; and some B-sides, a tale of teenage thievery `Razzle In My Pocket', the saucy `You're More Than Fair' and the raucous `England's Glory'.
It's a shame about the production because they were a great live act and this album doesn't quite do them full justice - but still a worthy memorial to a true individual talent (must see that film!).
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic rock album & a stunning bonus DVD,
Even if you already own the CD you'll need this 30th anniversary edition for the short but stunning bonus DVD capturing Ian Dury & The Blockheads(minus their saxophonist Davey Payne who had other commitments) close to the peak of their powers.
'Sight & Sound In Concert' was my first encounter with Ian Dury & The Blockheads and I remember being mesmerised by their performance when I came across this extraordinary group on BBC TV in 1977. Why the BBC haven't repeated it at regular intervals is a complete mystery.
Anyway, it's wonderful to be able to see the concert again and this DVD is essential viewing for all fans of the magnificent Ian Dury & The Blockheads.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars original sounds,
This review is from: New Boots and Panties (Audio CD)Ian Durys best ever album, i bought this to replace my worn out vinyl.Dont bother with any other remixes or best ofs this is the original mix perfect 10 out of 10
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Boots 2CD edition,
This review is from: New Boots and Panties [2CD Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)New Boots & Panties is a masterpiece; anyone who has a pulse should own a copy! DOn't bother to read this. Just order in now!
There are many versions of New Boots available on CD. I took this one for the demos & they are an interesting addition; CD 1 has the original album plus the singles while all of the demos are on the second disc. The demos show that the arrangements were all in place before the real recordings were made. The Blockheads were an amazing band & New Boots shows that their backing was always sympathetic to the song; never getting in the way of the lyrics but adding a real groove.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked the DVD,
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London's finest,
This review is from: New Boots and Panties (Audio CD)Despite being well into his thirties when he and his band made this debut album, Ian Dury fitted easily into the 1977 music scene. Anything that looked or sounded different in that year was likely to be labelled punk rock and Dury, with his unglamorous image and London accent was quickly accepted as such. He had though slogged around the pub circuit for several years with Kilburn and The High Roads and recorded an unsuccessful album with them before founding this latest bunch of apparent misfits. In truth, The Blockheads were a superb band, and their music was more funky than punky, even if Dury himself sounded like an articulate, intellectual punk poet. Even on the slower tracks, The Blockheads' rhythm section make your body want to move.
'Wake Up...' kicks off with some tasteful piano before launching into an infectious groove. A revered rock and roll homage to Gene Vincent follows, featuring one of Dury's more intricate lyrics. As the album progresses, there's an increasing element of artful, often smutty music hall mixed with the funk and most of the songs are character sketches. Though 'Clevor Trever' is more subdued, Dury's lyric, full of negatives, captures the sense of insecurity superbly. The second half is generally not quite up to the quality of the first, but the band finish with the album's three most manic and musically anarchic tracks. The fast boogie of 'Blockheads' brilliantly takes the mickey out of the male half of the population. The string of obscenities between tracks, though musically delivered are, however, unnecessary. This isn't an album you played to Grandma.
My version of the album contains five marvellous bonus tracks. The title of 'Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll' has passed into comman usage as an expression of a certain lifestyle, but the single itself, banned of course, is a great track. I've also always had a soft spot for the b-side, 'Razzle In My Pocket' about a teenage dirty book thief on which Dury plays drums. The band's first hit, 'What A Waste', is also included, completing one of the landmark albums of the 1970s and it's still a great listen.
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