Dr. Feelgood – Be Seeing You

ARTIST: Dr. Feelgood                220px-Be_Seeing_You_Album_Cover

TITLE: Be Seeing You

YEAR RELEASED: 1977

CHART ACTION: #55 UK

SINGLES: She’s a Windup (#34 UK), Baby Jane

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Noooo

LINEUP: Lee Brilleaux, John B. Sparks, Gypie Mayo, The Big Figure

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album with a new guitarist shakes some of the rust off of the band, but it’s still not as vital as their early work.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The first track, a perfunctory cover of “Ninety Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)” gave me pause that this Dr. Feelgood album would be the end of the road for my reviews of them. But then as more originals and obscure covers followed it showed that the change in guitarist somewhat energized the band.

Gypie Mayo is no Wilko Johnson, but the band seemed game for adding his guitar style to the mix, and his songwriting helped the originals. The covers seem to have more depth and crate digging, bringing deep cuts to the fore.

It’s a bit of a renaissance for the band, who were almost considered DOA when Wilko left by the wags. They had a few good years left in them, and this album points the way toward those.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Gypie Mayo’s real name was John Cawthra.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

 GRADE: B: Decent old-time, old-fashioned rock-and-roll for the UK scene.

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