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A little piece of Essex history
on 24 February 2005
Having been a bit disappointed by the other Feelgood DVD (which only had Lee Brilleaux from the original line-up) I just had to have this film of the classic Feelgoods.
The bad news is that the concert film itself is only just over 30 minutes long but like others have said, it is 30 minutes of brilliance. Not only that, but the sound has been mixed into both Dolby Digital and DTS, and the picture is remarkably good considering its age.
The inclusion of an audio CD of more than 70 minutes of live Feelgood, mostly from the same show, makes up for the shortness of the film somewhat.
I saw Dr Feelgood play (in Southend) in the very early 80s and remember them being good then, and I can remember that the first time I really heard of them was in about 1977. What surprised me a bit about this film was how (comparatively) big they were even back in 1975. Big enough to have a decent repertoire, fill up the Kursaal, and have a film made anyway.
What sums it all up for me is seeing Lee Brilleaux onstage in a white suit which looks as if it has been slept in - on a dirty garage floor. That sheer aura of seediness, combined with Wilko's manic wanderings, backed up by one of the tightest rhythm sections ever makes this one of the best concert films I own. Lee was once quoted in the early 80s as saying 'Who needs a drum machine when you've got The Big Figure?' and you can see what he means here.
Above all, I was most amazed that this was such a cracking show before they had even released such songs as Milk & Alcohol, Baby Jane, and Down at the Doctors. If this show had featured the immortal "eight bars of piano" line it would have been worth 6 stars out of 5!