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Dr. Feelgood (Pub Rock Band): I'm a Man: The Best of the Wilko Johnson Years 1974-1977

Track List

>Cheque Book
>Twenty Yards Behind
>Keep It Out of Sight
>Back in the Night
>Watch Your Step
>Rolling and Tumbling
>Don't Let Your Daddy Know
>Riot in Cell Block Number Nine
>I'm a Man
>All Through the City
>Checkin' Up on My Baby
>Everbody's Carrying a Gun [Olympic Version]
>Lights Out
>Sneakin' Suspicion
>Going Back Home

Album Notes

Audio Remasterer: Peter Mew.

Three years after the definitive four-disc box set All Through the City comes the single-disc consolidation I'm a Man: The Best of the Wilko Johnson Years. The delay springs from two intertwined events: Wilko's successful (and public) battle with cancer and the 2014 hit album he recorded with Roger Daltrey during the fight. This opened up a market for a new Wilko-specific comp in the Feelgoods' catalog and, at 16 tracks nearly evenly balanced between studio and live, I'm a Man is pretty good. Presumably because the focus is on Johnson and his slashing Telecaster, there are some odd omissions -- no "She Does It Right" or "I Can Tell," no "Stupidity" -- but that hardly diminishes from what is here, because every cut is high-octane rock, proof that for a brief period of time Dr. Feelgood were serious contenders for the title of best rock & roll band on the planet. It's so good, in fact, that you'll wind up wanting more, so it's a good thing there's a box out there that has it all. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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