ARTIST: Dr. Feelgood
TITLE: Sneakin’ Suspicion.
YEAR RELEASED: 1977
CHART ACTION: #10 UK
SINGLES: Sneakin’ Suspicion (#47 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The cover some obscure blues and early rock songs.
LINEUP: Lee Brilleaux, Wilko Johnson, John Sparks, The Big Figure, Tim Hinkley
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Third studio album by the retro / roots rockers mines familiar territory, and the energy seems a bit down from their other raucous albums and live set.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: With the punk explosion big news in the UK, and those bands expressing love for the retro sounds of Dr. Feelgood, this album basically shipped out as a big hit. Their live LP went to #1 and people were anxiously awaiting this one.
It’s good…I mean just good. The formula seemed a bit tired by now. The covers were obscure and tasty (one by Bo Diddley, Eddie Fontaine, Dr. John and Willie Dixon) and the title cut had some spark, but it all seemed a bit half there at times.
Wilko Johnson didn’t contribute as much as he normally did. His guitar playing is still on point, but something was up and he nearly quit during the sessions. That may explain the lack of fire and original songs here.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The title cut was their first charting UK single.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B-: After the highs of their other albums, this just seems flat and kind of a downer.