What does it sound like?:
This is by no means the first Ian Dury compilation on the block, but this new three cd set has at least been put together in conjunction with his estate. It’s certainly comprehensive, covering even the less commercially successful period towards the latter end of his career as well as the well-documented glory days. A major plus point is that it includes all the singles he released, plus the cream of the B sides, together with a generous chunk of his best album, New Boots and Panties. Alongside this are some prime selections of Kilburn and the High Roads material, Rough Kids, Billy Bentley and the like. Incidentally, let’s not forget either the key role The Blockheads themselves played in Dury’s success, superb musicianship and the perfect foil for his inimitable lyrics. There are also some lovely poignant memories from latter day occasional vocalist for that band Phil Jupitus in the sleeve notes, which round off the package perfectly. Overall you have to say that this set contains pretty much all the Ian Dury you could ever need, and really you’d have to be a total blockhead not to enjoy these songs.
What does it all *mean*?
This is what we find…..if you don’t have any of this music in your collection, you could do a lot worse than to look this one out – fifty songs for under a tenner is more than fair, and provides plenty of reasons to be cheerful!
Goes well with…
Sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.
Might suit people who like…
The music hall entertainers of days gone by.