Presse Archiv - Destination Health - Dr. Feelgood's Rock Therapy - medien-info
Covid-19 is spreading wildly around the world and is causing a pandemic with a huge number of victims. Staying in Our Room' was the message, something we could hardly imagine a while back. Fortunately, we have often experienced that music has a healing effect. Even in the past, illnesses have made masses of victims, just think of tuberculosis, cholera, the Spanish or Asian flu. In those days too, artists were inspired by this and composed songs that had a therapeutic effect, as it were, to ward off the crises. That's what brought the brilliant Bear Family label to the idea to bring this 'Destination Health, Doc Feelgood's Rock Therapy' on the market. Next to the vitamin boost this album undoubtedly gives you, we also make a musical trip.
This compilation contains next to 'good old rock 'n' roll' by top artists like Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio's 'Rock Therapy' or Carl Perkins' 'Boppin' The Blues', also a number of formidable blues and rhythm & blues tracks by a.o. Floyd Dixon, Little Willie Littlefield and Doctor Ross, here with the legendary 'The Boogie Disease'. It's also interesting that there's a lot to discover here. Lesser-known artists like Dennis Bell with the cheerful 'Quarantine', or Joey Nepote begging for a 'Doctor, Doctor, Doctor' while rocking. Beautiful and compelling is the instrumental 'Medic', the theme of the T.V. series of the same name, by Les Baxter & his Orchestra. Another nice instrumental language is certainly the mambo-tinted 'Vitamina' by Noro Morales.
And as it has become a tradition with Bear Family, this album contains another 28 colour illustrated booklet, compiled by Bill Dahl, with not only a lot of information about the artists and the songs, but also beautiful retro looking drawings.
30 Bop Pills For Your Recovery' is the subtitle of this album and confirms once again that 'Destination Health, Doc Feelgood's Rock Therapy' is the ideal medicine to help you through the coronacrisis. Highly recommended!
Presse Archiv - Destination Health - Dr. Feelgood's Rock Therapy - Now Dig This
We get a glimpse of both sides of Sun in Macy Skipper's rockabilly number. 'Bop Pills', and Doctor Ross with his riotous blues, 'The Boogie Disease'. As ever with such a compilation, there are a few duffers. The McGuire Sisters' homage to sneezing and Richard Allen's Doctor In Love' are square, Woody Herman is jazz, Les Baxter is pure pop and while Lonnie Miley's 'Satellite Fever - Asiatic Flu' is rockabilly, it's no great shakes. Hasil Adkins is an acquired taste that so far has proved beyond my palette and his 1964 Jody recording, She Said', hasn't changed things. So, while I wouldn't exactly say that it was just what the doctor ordered, there's probably about enough good stuff to keep you entertained until we're allowed outside again. Incidentally, there's no overlapping of tracks with Lonesome Lonnie's Lockdown list in last month's issue. Shaun Mather