Dr. Feelgood / I'm a Man: Best of the Wilko Johnson years


Parlophone Label Group are releasing a new Dr. Feelgood compilation next month that compiles material from the classic Mk I line-up of the Canvey Island band.

The Best Of The Wilko Johnson Years is clearly designed to make the most of guitarist and songwriter’s recently raised profile thanks to Going Back Homehis very successful album with Roger Daltrey, and a remarkable recovery from what was thought to be terminal pancreatic cancer.

This 16-track collection contains songs from the first four albums and the odd rarity such as the ‘Olympic Version’ of Everybody’s Carrying A Gun.

As a single CD round-up it looks fine, although for less money you can currently pick up the excellent 2012 All Through The City box set (repackaged edition) which is a properly comprehensive examination of the same era across three CDs and a DVD. Both sets share the same mastering, incidentally.

Dr. Feelgood – I’m A Man: The Best Of The Wilko Johnson Years is out on 23 February 2015.

Track listing

1. Roxette (2006 Remastered Version)
2. Cheque Book (2006 Remastered Version)
3. Twenty Yards Behind (2006 Remastered Version)
4. Keep It Out Of Sight (2006 Remastered Version)
5. Back In The Night (Live) [2012 Remastered Version]
6. Watch Your Step (2012 Remastered Version)
7. Rolling And Tumbling (2012 Remastered Version)
8. Don’t Let Your Daddy Know (2012 Remastered Version)
9. Riot In Cell Block Number Nine (2012 Remastered Version)
10. I’m A Man (Live) [2012 Remastered Version]
11. All Through The City (Live) [2012 Remastered Version]
12. Checkin’ Up On My Baby (Live) [2012 Remastered Version]
13. Everybody’s Carrying A Gun (Olympic Version)
14. Lights Out (2012 Remastered Version)
15. Sneakin’ Suspicion (2012 Remastered Version)
16. Going Back Home (Live) [2012 Remastered Version]

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It’s a bit much to fix it and then not to allow the intial purchases of the far more expensive set have a new copy!!!!!


Was anything ever done about replacement disc two’s for the original pressing of All Through The City at all??


Not sure why anyone would buy this when you can get the brilliant and exhaustive All Through The City 3CD + essential DVD box set for a bargain £12 at Amazon? But as Richie says, if Wilko benefits then that’s fine.


Only on MP3 for £12 – The Cds are £30

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It looks a good collection but there’s better value elsewhere as you rightly point out. I am all for a big of Wilko in anyone’s life…


Jon – yes the “repackaged” version of the box set had the CD2 mastering problems fixed. See the later Amazon reviews for details via the link above.


Thanks for the tip.
Just ordered a copy of the All Through The City set.

Jon Shaw

Does anybody know if EMI/Parlophone fixed the dodgy mastering on the All Through the City set as it was really pretty bad when first issued.

Leslie Hanagan

There is also a 2 CD ‘Adventures At the BBC’ on the Grand label set due for release on the 19th January of the Gypie Mayo years and featuring a whopping 51 tracks.


Thanks for that Lesley, I will definitely investigate.

I won`t be bothering with this but if Wilko benefits from the sales fair play.


No ‘She Does It Right’?!?