“Malpractice” by Dr. Feelgood - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1975Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

The limited edginess of January’s debut LP is further eroded on the follow up just 9 months later, as the malpracticing Doctors regress to the point where they wouldn’t sound too out of place as a British R n B band of 1965 – and what’s the point of that? The plodding “I Can Tell” (Bo Diddley, 1962) serves as a stodgy opener and immediately gets my back up. Recovery is immediate though – “Going Back Home” rocks it good-style, with some ace harmonica, a cool vocal and a tough back beat. For this one, songwriter Wilko Johnston teamed up Mick Green (Johnny Kidd and the Pirates) whom he idolized as a bit of a role model; it’s a triumphant union. “Back In The Night” is next and I almost don’t know what to make of it – they want to be Sweet now? It’s not bad actually – but it makes me nervous. On “Another Man” they play like Rock n Roll grandads at a golden anniversary reunion. Again, they recover at the end of side 1 with “Don’t Let Your Daddy Know”; it’s the cool combo of Lee on harmonica and the softer / more nonchalant vocal of Wilko stepping up to the mike which seems to do it best for me. Side 2 finds the group completely running out of ideas, with not a single track finding my favour – the lame cover of “Don’t You Just Know It” (Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and The Clowns, 1958) is a particularly low point. In 1975, England’s dreaming of a new musical future – but this isn’t it.

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A1 [02:43] 5.0.png Dr. Feelgood - I Can Tell (Ellis McDaniels, Samuel Smith) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [03:59] 6.8.png Dr. Feelgood - Going Back Home (Mick Green, Wilko Johnson) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A3 [03:16] 5.9.png Dr. Feelgood - Back In The Night (Wilko Johnson) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A4 [02:53] 4.6.png Dr. Feelgood - Another Man (Wilko Johnson) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A5 [03:11] 5.8.png Dr. Feelgood - Rolling And Tumbling (McKinley Morganfield) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A6 [02:55] 6.5.png Dr. Feelgood - Don’t Let Your Daddy Know (Wilko Johnson) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B1 [03:23] 5.4.png Dr. Feelgood - Watch Your Step (Bobby Parker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B2 [03:49] 4.0.png Dr. Feelgood - Don’t You Just Know It (Huey Piano Smith, John Vincent) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [03:36] 5.6.png Dr. Feelgood - Riot In Cell Block # 9 (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B4 [04:35] 5.4.png Dr. Feelgood - Because You’re Mine (John Sparks, Nick Lowe, Wilko Johnson) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B5 [02:34] 4.5.png Dr. Feelgood - You Shouldn’t Call The Doctor (If You Can’t Afford The Bills) (Wilko Johnson) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

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