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Reasons to Be Cheerful

4.7 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ja
  • ASIN: B000000139
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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REPERTOIRE DELUXE BOX-EAN 4009910459225 -40 TRACKS-EXTENDED BOOKLET

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By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the Ian Dury compilation to buy if you haven't got all the original albums. All the brilliant singles are here, along with the best of the album tracks together with some wonderful bonus material (such as the Kilburn & the High Roads stuff).

Dury was a marvellously witty and perceptive lyric writer, and whilst his distinctive cockney drawl was hardly a great singing voice, it marked him as someone who was doing something completely different from everybody else. The Blockheads of course were also a great band, and again this marked Ian Dury out from the rest of the punk/new wave movement.

This is a fabulous complilation, and at the moment its very cheap for a double CD. It'll cost you more to download all these tracks (legally that is!).
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I've got my phones on as I type this review. It's 5 past midnight. My 2 year old boy is asleep in his cot, and I can only hope he grows up to experience a 21st century version of the Blockheads. This CD has been in my player for the past 3 weeks.

The lyrics are witty, the music is groove twitchingly infectious, and the whole package is witty and amusing, delivered with a musical and lyrical skill that is sublime.

Please take this bargain at face value, and place it in you basket now. You will not regret it!

Most people are familiar with 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick', but believe me, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Aural and intellectual Pleasure Awaits!
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I remember Dury mainly from the late 70s/80s era as he enjoyed his moment of chart stardom which coincided with the rise of punk: What a Waste, Hit me with your Rhythm Stick... I kind of lost touch with him since then, and discovering this excellent collection was a treat. It's bulging with delights, all for the price of a new pair of panties. Dury is a brilliant wordsmith and the Blockheads provide a unique backing which is a hybrid of pub rock, funk and reggae. Unlike most punk bands, the Blockheads are expert musicians and Dury is as adept a writer as the likes of Noel Coward - though somewhat more potty-mouthed.

As well as the old favorites, new discoveries for me were Razzle in My Pocket and Poo Poo in the Prawn (hilarious), the poignant My Old Man, the rage-fuelled Spasticus Autisticus and Pam's Moods (who else could use the word "contumely" in a song and get away with it?). You also get really good sleeve notes by Phill Jupitus. All in all, a bargain worthy of the Kilburn High Road.
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And he WAS clever! With witty lyrics and his original musical style, who can resist Mr. Dury? I bought quite a few of his singles in the 70's & 80's and listening to this collection makes me feel young - and cheerful - again! He kept me sane, especially whilst I was in hospital for a spell, following an accident (early in 1979.) Rhythm stick will always hold a special place in my heart, the line "It's nice to be a lunatic" seemed appropriate at the time. I must've driven those poor nurses up the wall!!!
Cheers, Ian!
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never had much of an ear for Ian Dury except 'Hit me..'.. for some reason I just got it in my head again after a glass or two of strong spirit and found the 'add to basket' button on Amazon... when I saw the large number of tracks on the double CD I expected only to like 'Hit me' and hopefully a couple of others too... BUT.... all of it is on all the time.. car, home & I-pod at the gym .. brilliant and so, so clever, catchy, and musically intricate. Given the ups and downs of life its so good to have Ian Dury & the Blockheads by my side.. thank you !
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If I even hear the name Ian Dury, my mind finds the mental snapshot of a 10 year old me watching TOTP with my jaw on the carpet as a deformed, super scary loony with a union jack decal on his teeth glares and tells me untapped potential is a crime. He and his Blockheads sang 'What A Waste' and I liked it, how hip was I at such a young age recognising the brilliance of this unique, abhorrent, nutjob. The world was a sadder place when we lost one of England's last true characters, the great Ian Dury. A complete one off, a true individual. Certainly not a classic singer but his warm voice was distinctive and he could definately carry a tune. His Blockheads, a bunch of other misfits, seemed to only be able to express themselves through their instruments and boy could they play, the albums are great but if you never saw them live, you missed out. The music, a mash up of so many styles, draws inspiration from English folk, vaudeville, funk, Ian's beloved rock n roll and the reggae inspired tunes like 'Mash It Up Harry' are a thousand times more real than anything Sting and the Police ever did. There aren't many songwriters whose lyrics can stand alone as true English poetry, it mines a similar vain to John Cooper Clarke and of recent only Alex from Arctic Monkeys hits a similar level of accomplishment and style. The lyrics are witty, working class observations with double dollops of thigh slapping humour, even the commission for cash, 'Profoudly In Love With Pandora', whilst not one of his best is still a charming interpretation of Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole character.
This compilation is excellent value, a 2 cd affair with 36 tracks which comprehensively cover his whole career and also include a couple of rarities.
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