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Reasons to Be Cheerful-the Best of Ian Dury
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
Ian Dury, like Ray Davies and Paul Weller was a very English talent. The colorful, metropolis-inhabiting characters like Billericay Dickie or Plaistow Patricia he sung about, and the ever so cockney music hall accent he ch... more »
Ian Dury, like Ray Davies and Paul Weller was a very English talent. The colorful, metropolis-inhabiting characters like Billericay Dickie or Plaistow Patricia he sung about, and the ever so cockney music hall accent he chose to sing in, were a big part of that. But mostly, it was the detailed, poetic way he cataloged English life and the melting pot of musical styles he used to do so, from punk and funk to jazz and rock'n'roll, which left no doubt that Dury's work could only come from one place: the very heart of England. So few were surprised when after his death Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Madness and more all lined up to pay their respects with cover versions of some of his best loved songs. You'll find plenty of them here, in their original versions, culled from his entire career from the mid-'70s with pub rockers Kilburn & The High Roads through the golden years with the majestic Blockheads right up to the last studio recordings at the start of the '90s. 2 CD set is comprised of 34 tracks. Music Club. 2005.
S J Buck | Kent, UK | 08/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the Ian Dury compilation to buy if you haven't got all the original albums. All the brilliant singles are here, along with the best of the album tracks together with some wonderful bonus material (such as the Kilburn & the High Roads stuff).
Dury was a marvellously witty and perceptive lyric writer, and whilst his distinctive cockney drawl was hardly a great singing voice, it marked him as someone who was doing something completely different from everybody else. The Blockheads of course were also a great band, and again this marked Ian Dury out from the rest of the punk/new wave movement.
This is a fabulous complilation, and at the moment its very cheap for a double CD. It'll cost you more to download all these tracks (legally that is!).
Americans- you don't know what you're missing!!!
S J Buck | 04/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ian Dury was a very popular item when i still lived in London over 20yrs ago. He half-talks his way through songs, backed by a hot funky-type band (with sax)So you get to hear the reasoning from his BIG deep wise heart, cynacism and the humour cockneys are re-known for. American's may find a poetry of its own in the distinctive cockney dialect.This man went through a crucible at one time as he was crippled by polio as a child (though not in a wheel-chair.) As quoted on the album, he was once asked if he felt he had missed out on life being a cripple. "Only a few buses" he said.Powerful music and not commercialised in the least."