- Audio CD (14 April 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Cadiz Music Ltd
- ASIN: B00J49V9EO
- Other Editions: Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,860 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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"Originally available as 2 standard jewelcase CD s, The Best Of Wilko Johnson is now being released as a 2CD Digipack.
Collected together for the first time on CD, these two volumes presents the finest recordings of one of the most idiosyncratic and iconic guitarists in Rock history, Wilko Johnson, founding member of seminal UK Rock/R&B act Dr Feelgood and member of Ian Dury And The Blockheads. Included are key tracks from both Wilko's time with Dr. Feelgood and also his long and successful solo career."
Top Customer Reviews
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.
I must admit when I first put it in the cd player I was a little surprised, I had never heard Wilko singing before and must admit his voice did throw me a little. Don't get me wrong it's not an awful voice it just seemed a little odd to me at first, but I stuck with it as his guitar playing is excellent and the whole sound of the band will get you dancing around the room (Ok I lied there, I don't dance around the room as I'm knocking on a bit now) but I bet you cant keep your feet still whilst listening to it.
Once I got to CD2 I was getting used to Wilko's voice and instead of me thinking it was odd , I know started to think it was brilliant and worked perfectly. When you listen to the lyrics and push the guitar at the back of your mind (If you can) you find his voice was made for the songs, the only problem I have with it is, my wife keeps telling me to turn it off as I'm like a kid with his first single, (I just can't stop playing it)
Yep five stars from me too, and I'm glad I found even if the wife isn't.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have seen Wilko live a couple of times and the CD did not disappoint.Published 9 months ago by gillian bruschan child
As described. Highly recommend. Really happy with the product and vendor. A1*****Published 18 months ago by britt69
Some excellent music, as you'd expect from three Blockheads and a superb back catalogue. However Wilko's vocals are not good - his album with Roger Daltry was much better..Published 20 months ago by Robertsonoferic