Finely Tuned

Finely Tuned

by Dr. Feelgood


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Remember how, back in the early '80s, Chuck Berry's Great Twenty-Eight was the record that every teenage would-be rock & roll guitarist had to own (and play till its grooves were worn out)? Well, Dr. Feelgood's Finely Tuned might not wear out, but it just could be the successor to that Berry collection. Actually, a compilation of guitar-oriented tracks by Dr. Feelgood seems like a no-brainer as well as a bit redundant -- really, their guitar-dominated sides, as opposed to those songs they did featuring the oboe or the violin? (They didn't even get a keyboard player until their fourth album.) But it wasn't until 2002 that Finely Tuned, compiled and produced by Stephen Foster, graced record-store shelves. The sleeve notes give a history and justification for each of the 27 songs on this 80-minute collection. That said, the occasional choice, such as "The More I Give," would seem a little shaky as a selection if not for those explanations -- actually, that track is there to showcase Wilko Johnson's choppy, soul-influenced playing, which was something new and different for him at the time. More self-evident selections include "You Shouldn't Call the Doctor (If You Can't Afford the Bills)," from Malpractice, and "Roxette" off Stupidity, and by the time listeners get to the live version of the Mick Green homage "Going Back Home," the case is very much made. The sound quality is excellent to a fault -- loud, close, and personal, and showcasing every intended crunching riff and slashing lick -- and everything else also fares well in this state-of-the-art release, which might be the best way (short of working up album by album) into the band for the neophyte listener.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/26/2002
Label: Grand Records
UPC: 5018349025023
catalogNumber: 25
Rank: 251284

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Feelgood   Primary Artist
Bob Andrews   Organ,Piano
Dave Bronze   Organ
Vicki Brown   Background Vocals
Roger Cotton   Organ
Ian Gibbons   Piano
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Stevie Lange   Background Vocals
Kevin McAlea   Keyboards
Nick Payn   Harmonica
J. Neil Sidwell   Horn
Steve Sidwell   Horn
Paul Spong   Horn

Technical Credits

Feelgood   Producer
Wilko Johnson   Contributor
Mike Vernon   Producer
Will Birch   Producer
Lee Brilleaux   Contributor
Dave Bronze   Producer
Dave Charles   Producer
Richard Gottehrer   Producer
Johnny Guitar   Contributor
Nick Lowe   Producer
Vic Maile   Producer
Phil H. Mitchell   Contributor
Kevin Morris   Contributor
Gordon Russell   Contributor
Paul Shuttleworth   Cover Design
Pip Williams   Producer
Big Figure   Contributor
Steve Walwyn   Contributor
Gypie Mayo   Contributor
Stephen Foster   Liner Notes
Robert Kane   Contributor

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