Audio Beat Rated 5/5 Music, 4/5 Sound!
Pure Analogue, Audiophile Mastered, High Quality 180
Gram Virgin Vinyl Pressing!
It is not difficult to call Ian Dury the very epitome of British rock music in
the Seventies. The rough charm of his bawdy Cockney accent, spiced with snotty
rock, which he often belted out in pogo punk, was just the thing for the
boulevard and lent a voice to the British working class. His penchant for the
grotesque, which he often expressed in the most vulgar of words ("I bet your
mother fed you with a catapult") or what Sounds magazine described as brutal
fairground music, gave birth to a collection of weird characters who were
looking for a home in vinyl, as Village Voice observed.
This search resulted in the present album, which consists of a whole gamut of
earthy downtown sounds. Beginning with the mechanical drive of disco beat ("Wake
Up And Make Love With Me") and pure, unadulterated rock ("I'm Partial To Your
Abracadabra"), Dury and his band work towards smirking circus music to arrive at
hard punk. His lyrics are honest, coarse and harsh and thus totally unacceptable
for glamorous pop venues. You simply had to hear him live - or on this record.
Recorded at The Workhouse, London, 1977.
Production by Peter Jenner, Laurie Latham and Rick Walton.
"In some respects this could be considered a brave choice for an audiophile label. In others itís a no-brainer. Speakers Corner is much more a music label than an audiophile label. That they also produce consistently excellent-sounding records is just a bonus. New Boots was long overdue a reissue, and kudos to Kai Seemann and Speakers Corner for not just delivering but doing so in such spectacular fashion. Dury may never have scaled these dizzy heights again -- at least not across a complete album -- but his considerable best just got a whole lot better. I canít recommend this album highly enough (as many who know me will testify), but even if you decide itís not for you, itís still worth keeping around. Anything that can clear undesirables from a showroom as quickly as this is cast iron guaranteed to work on the in-laws!" - Roy Gregory, theaudiobeat.com, 5/5 Music, 4/5 Sound!
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Ian Dury, vocals
Norman Watt-Roy, bass
Charlie Charles, drums
Chaz Jankel, guitar, keyboard
Geoff Castle, Moog
Davey Payne, saxophone
Edward Speight, ballad guitar
1. Wake Up And Make Love With Me
2. Sweet Gene Vincent
3. I'm Partial To Your Abracadabra
4. My Old Man
5. Billericay Dickie
6. Clevor Trever
7. If I Was With A Woman
9. Plaistow Patricia
10. Blackmail Man