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New release... Get Rhythm!

An authoritative exploration of the third phase in the story of Dr. Feelgood - 1984 to 1987 – including the two Stiff Records albums, Brilleaux and Classic

44 track, two-disc set featuring the singles Don't Wait Up, See You Later Alligator and Hunting Shooting Fishing... A European release, out 07 October 2013 in conjunction with Salvo Music 

 

The most enduring band to emerge from the UK’s much touted pub-rock scene from the early to mid-seventies, Dr. Feelgood were the ultimate working band. Throughout their entire career, the band never left simple, hard-driving rock & roll behind, and their devotion to blues and R&B earned them a devoted fan base. From their formation in 1971 to lead vocalist Lee Brilleaux's untimely death in 1994, the band never left the road, and continue to perform today.

Get Rhythm: The Best of Dr. Feelgood 1984 – 1987 (released 7th October on Salvo Records) is a 44-track authoritative exploration on the third phase of the Dr. Feelgood story. Drawing on the best of that era, this fine collection also includes a 28-page booklet featuring rare photos and memorabilia plus sleevenotes by producer/songwriter and band confidant Will Birch.

In 1983 Lee Brilleaux recruited a new Dr. Feelgood line-up: Gordon Russell on guitar, Phil Mitchell on bass and Kevin Morris on drums. Hard-driving, visceral rhythm & blues was, naturally, their stock-in trade and over the next half a dozen years they toured widely and recorded four albums (‘Doctor’s Orders’, ‘Mad Man Blues’, ‘Brilleaux’ and ‘Classic’), the latter two, both featured here in their entirety, on the celebrated Stiff label.

Produced by Mike Vernon and released in 1984, ‘Doctors Orders’ comprised a number of R&B and blues chestnuts, complemented by original songs, two of which were penned by the band with help from long-standing friend Larry Wallis.

The next album - or 'mini-album' - was the band-produced ‘Mad Man Blues’, a tribute to six great R&B classics including the titular John Lee Hooker number for which Brilleaux sang through his guitar amp. ‘Mad Man Blues’ was eventually expanded to full album length and included here are the original six tracks plus ‘Can't Find The Lady’ by the aforementioned Wallis and the hard-to-find studio version of ‘Don't Start Me Talking’.

Signing with Stiff, a label that the Feelgoods singer had help to finance ten years earlier, the group issued the ‘Brilleaux’ and ‘Classic’ albums in 1986 and 1987 respectively. The former, produced by Will Birch, includes strong versions of Johnny Cash's ‘Get Rhythm’, John Hiatt's ‘I'm A Real Man’, Bobby Charles' ‘Grow Too Old’ and The Undertones' ‘You['ve] Got My Number’. The latter was made with producer Pip Williams and also includes some interesting covers - including Bob Dylan's ‘Highway 61 [Revisited]’ and Jerry Lynn Williams' blues ballad ‘(I Wanna) Make Love To You’. Special mention must also be made of the non-album single, ‘See You Later Alligator’, produced by Dave Edmunds and a notable hit in Europe and Australia.