To My Surgery!
Some things have happened since the last update to this news section. One, the "Down By The Jetty" Collectors Edition (double CD set) has arrived to these shores as the full commercial release. And, oh boy, have EMI been doing a fantastic job. I couldn't have imagined a better product than the one I'm holding in my hands. First, the booklet is excellent with lots of photos and a well written piece by Will Birch.
As to why one should buy this release on the strength of the music, I'd like to point out, that if you don't, then don't call yourself a Dr. Feelgood fan. This is chock full with alternative versions, other unreleased and/or brandnew songs. As fot the altetnative versions, you don't need to be a rocket scientist to make out the differences in the tracks laid down to the original ones. As I've read it in the meantime, the stereo versions of some of the tracks were either lost or just substandard, so EMI had to use different takes. And that makes this album so special. Thank you EMI for a job well done.
From high up north, from the land of the perma frost and would be bear hunters (if you're living in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, you'll understand the pun), comes this release here. Dr. Feelgood "The EMI Anthology 1974-1981" released by EMI Finland. I don't think you'll be able to buy this compilation outside of Suomi. Your best bet is probably some mailorder outfit. Or a ticket on Finnair to fly to Helsinki.
As with the "Down By The Jetty" release, EMI have done their job very well, and once again I have to tip my (non existing) hat to these guys and gals. Excellent booklet with lots of photos and a seven page piece by my good friend Teppo Nättilä. I mean, I don't understand a single word what he's saying there, but I'm sure it's excellent (if you happen to practice the finnish idiom). As it goes with compilations, you can argue until doomsday, but I think that's a very good job done on this front as well.
Of course, I can be the measly type of guy now and demand an explanation why "Java Blue" has been chosen. But, overall, this is a very worthwile showcase of Dr. Feelgood during their United Artist years. No unreleased material on this double CD set, but for the booklet alone and the fact that this will be a rarity in no time due to its limited distribution, you should pick up some, if you can. Trust an old fellow Dr. Feelgood fan. Oh, and btw, this is remastered all the way through.
As for mailorder, http://www.epes.net/ has the CD on stock and apparently does international mailorder too. Search for Dr Feelgood (and not Dr. Feelgood, as this will get you no results at all). And btw, when you're at it, you might as well order the book "Dr. Feelgood And Wilko Johnson - From Roxette To Ramona" from the same seller.
a film about Canvey's Finests hit the cinematic screen in the U.K.
Temple released the full feature film "Oil City Confidential" which
a limited release in theaters on the island. Hopefully, there's going
be a DVD release, otherwise I'll miss out on this one. There's not much
I can tell you about this, as I've obviously not seen it myself. There
are a few online reviews and I had this slighty mad grin on my face,
about "Temple wisely ends his film when Wilko leaves" and "Amazingly,
still a band doing the circuit called Dr. Feelgood, with none of the
musicians as members, presumably playing Dr. Feelgood songs. But that's
the 21st century for you". There's an article on the website of
"Oil City Confidential, London Film Festival". Recommended reading. On
the same website, you'll find a rather extensive interview with Wilko
about the film and other matters. This is "Q & A: Wilko Johnson".
is really the most personal and private interview I've read regarding
Johnson. Sometimes almost unbearable to read. There's a man who's been
hurt badly. I wish him all the strength he can muster (and some more).
And as of February 19, 2013, there's a re-release of "Live In London" in the shops. With additional tracks and well worth buying (and listening). There's a short review in my blog (http://thepracticerocks.blogspot.ch/2013/02/dr-feelgood-live-in-london-118.html)! And if you think "I've already an earlier version in my collection and I don't need this", then let me tell you, you're wrong! 100 %!February 19, 2013
News 2 (Wilko Johnson)
I'm pretty sure you know this already, but here we go: There's also a DVD in the works, taking in some of his performances during the farewell tour. Unfortunately, Wilko was not able to play his two gigs on Canvey Island. The gigs will not be played at some other date, so this is probably the final curtain as regards to live appearances. Although what I can see from a very recent photo, he's been guesting during a gig in Southend-on-Sea just a few days back.
March 31, 2013
The new CD
"Full Throttle No Brakes" and is released on Goofin' Records again.
is really a Johnny Spence (of Pirates fame) & Doctor's Order
and consists of R'n'R classics. Johnny Spence on Vocals (no bass
and Arto Grande-Archie Hämäläinen on guitars, new
Kimmo "Mighty Man" Oikarinen on ... what? ... drums, of course and
"Teddy Bear" Nättilä on bass (no vocals).
it a spin in the CD-player, listened to it over and over again, and the
results of the Swiss jury can be found here.
me just point out, that the release has indeed won "douze points". It's
somewhat different from previous albums, but ... read for yourself.
"Hot And Rockin'" is out and about and you can read my thoughts regarding this release here. Quick and dirty, this is an album you want to have in your collection, if you're anything like a serious music lover or collector. This is going to be in my place in heavy rotation for some time to come.
Ordering is easy, just go through the Goofin' Records website, or tell your favourite local brick and mortar shop, to order it quicksville.
There's a new CD in the works (to be released in May 2013). What with the 15th anniversary coming up in 2013, this is a fitting birthday present the band will make themselves. There's going to be a review on this website as well as some words about the latest sonic blast by the band on my blog. Update June 2, 2013: "Mean Business" has been released. Eleven tracks and featuring thee guest singers and as an added bonus 6 tracks from their live appearance in Hungary in July 2012. Here a few words about this very recommended release on this website here.
June 2, 2013
This is Krautrock at it's best (I have to admit, I'm a hardcore fan of the 1969-1975 output from Germany). Of course, I did witness their 2008 performance at the Stadthalle in Zweibrücken (sold out crowd, about 1700 punters and it looked like the whole town was paying tribute to their local legends). And, it was an excellent gig. Action rocks!
click on the
cover to read more about this "must have" release.
information: A few weeks ago, Ernest (Erny) Cadet died. I am lucky to
have known a good guy, but I'm taking this very hard. Erny, wherever
you are, you keep on rockin' up there! Hear me? I extend my deepest
sympathies to his family.
I'm always a bit nervous when I put a new piece by bands like Doctor's Order or Mad Men Blues into the player. I know, they don't fail me, but between not failing and being on top of the game, is quite a gap. Usually they pull it off quite nicely. Same here, I was worried, when I needn't be. The CD is one of a kind again.
If you want
what I have to say about it, just click the cover.
And here is another new release (March 2013) from Steve Hooker called "Smokin' Guitar". I'll have a review in my blog (link below), but you just go ahead and buy the thing (www.stevehooker.co.uk) or ask your local dealer to get it from you (they can and they will). This is PIMPHOUSE CD1. The CD clocks in at just under the half hour (with a total of 8 tracks, a number of them instrumentals, truer a title never has been).
Folks! I'm the lazy kind of guy these days, especially when it comes to maintaining the website here. In order to be a bit quicker about it, I've decided to go for a blog. This is a good way to rant about everything that comes to mind and not just about the Dr. Feelgood/Wilko Johnson universe. I can't promise that it'll lift off without any problems, but at least I have the determination to have a go at it. If you want to see for yourself, wether this lazy bugger can get himself moving, here you go!
(News section last worked upon on June 2, 2013)
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