Dr. Feelgood – Malpractice

ARTIST: Dr. Feelgood 220px-Malpractice_(Dr_Feelgood_album)_cover
TITLE: Malpractice
SINGLES: Back in the Night
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They cover a few classic old rock and blues songs.
LINEUP: Lee Brilleaux, Wilko Johnson, The Big Figure, John B. Sparks
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album picks up where the first left off; the UK public seems more in tune with simple, good ol’ rock and roll.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The second time around, Dr. Feelgood mines the same territory as their debut; this time, though, they have six originals and five covers.

Unless you knew the originals you’d think that the covers were originals as Dr. Feelgood and especially guitarist Wilko Johnson make them their own. However, the songs are just a bit short of the debut, and the energy seems a wee bit less. It’s still a good rock-n-roll album and fun to spin. The most effective tracks are “I Can Tell” a Bo Diddley cover, and “Don’t You Just Know It” from Huey “Piano” Smith.

This record, though, resonated a little more with the UK music fans, as straight up rock-and-roll was getting into vogue after several years of prog and glam.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The drummer is known as The Big Figure; his real name was John Martin.


GRADE: B: It probably refreshing to hear real rock-and-roll in 1975. It’s still true today.

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