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Dr. Feelgood: I’m A Man: The Best Of The Wilko Johnson Years 1974-1977

Album Review

Sixteen of the best from the mid-70s line-up.

Inevitably, Wilko Johnson’s recent health scare and astonishing recovery have drawn renewed attention to him and his work. He’s beyond national treasure, he’s a national miracle.

Much of his music has similarly enduring properties, not least that from his time with Dr. Feelgood in the mid-70s. If for many people the term ‘pub rock’ has a stale, provincial, retro air, Wilko in particular gives the lie to all of that. Jerky, robotic, uncontrollable, lurching in all directions, he’s like a skinny Frankenstein’s monster within the group. There is about his playing – clipped, angular, back to weird basics – a hint of what was just around the corner in the punk/post-years.


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