Rock 'n' Reel
Rock ‘n Reel, Jan/Feb 2011
This set brings together four Blockheads albums and one Ian Dury solo release – sadly not New Boots And Panties – so it doesn’t quite qualify as the ‘everything you ever needed to know’ set. We do get Do It Yourself, Laughter, Mr Love Pants and Warts ‘N’ Audience with The Bus Driver’s Prayer as the odd one out.
The discs are housed in replica vinyl sleeves with no extra tracks, which means that the hit singles are reserved for the live set. There’s no ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ or ‘Profoundly In Love With Pandora’ but otherwise the collection is pretty comprehensive at a very attractive price.
Serious Dury fans will need no introduction to these albums and casual listeners will reckon this an excellent buy. The only drawback is the lack of documentation – no writer, producer or studio credits – but I suppose that helps to keep the price down.
Stripped of any bonus tracks they may have as individual releases, these new Edsel packages nevertheless offer serious value for money.
Musically diverse, each slipcased set comprised five original albums house in CD-sized cardboard replicas of the original album sleeve and is priced to reach retails for less than a tenner.