Continuing our programme to re-issue Ian Dury’s classic Stiff Records albums as 2 CD sets with bonus discs containing all the non-album singles sides, demo versions, outtakes, and live versions, all retrieved from the untouched Dury tape archive. The booklets feature full annotation by acknowledged expert Will Birch, all the lyrics (for the first time ever!), and Dury ephemera.
"Do It Yourself", issued in May 1979, was Dury’s first album with the full line-up of The Blockheads, who brought the live tightness and excitement developed after a year on the road into the studio. It reached # 2 in the album chart, spending four months in the listings.
This 2 CD edition features three fabulous non-album singles, Ian Dury’s most successful releases: "What A Waste" (a # 9 hit), "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" (# 1) and "Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3" (# 3). Also featured are the legendary b-side "There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards" and the 6:40 12" version of "Reasons…"
The seventeen track bonus disc features six fascinating demos (all previously unreleased) recorded in November 1978, along with the Dury and The Blockheads’ complete eleven song set at Leicester University during the Live Stiffs tour of autumn 1977 (nine tracks previously unreleased).