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I just want to clarify a couple of things about this release:
The title is a bit naughty as it implies it's a 'best of' compliation from Wilko's entire recording career, when in fact most of these are re-recordings of songs you may have heard in different guises from Dr Feelgood releases and indeed Wilko Johnson releases.
This is NOT a CD + DVD release. It is 2 x CD.
This material has been released previously as The Best of Wilko Johnson Vol 1 & 2. This is a re-packaging of those releases as one set.
Ok, done that. So. having just listened to this, I would say it is up there with the greatest rock'n'roll records ever. This is Wilko in absolutely mesmerising form, with hypnotic riffs coming from his singing, ringing guitar in quite dazzling varieties.
And there is a depth to Wilko's songwriting that is the equal of Dylan's: just listen to the love song sequence Cairo Blues-Paradise-Keep On Loving You. It's like a rhythm and blues version of Blood On the Tracks!!!
One could quibble that a record called The Best of Wilko Johnson without The Whammy deserves a legal action under the Trades Descriptions Act, but that would the miss the essential point of this release: to present the songs as Wilko has performed them with his superb band during the last few years.
I have been thinking of the great albums of the rock era: Highway 61 Revisited, Exile On Main St, etc etc... This is up there with the best of them.
These recording were pretty much ignored when first released as separate volumes. Now they will hopefully be appreciated as what they are. This is one of the greatest records ever made.
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2014 14:40:34 BDT
D. STEVENS says:
Having recently seen Wilko supporting Quo with this same rhythm section, if this is half as good as their live performance it'll be well worth getting!
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