Dr. Feelgood Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)
Dr. Feelgood are an English band who had their origins in Canvey Island, Essex. The band formed in 1971 and the original lineup were; John Wilkinson AKA Wilko Johnson (guitar), Lee Collinson AKA Lee Brilleaux (vocals), John B. Sparks AKA “Sparko” (bass) and John Martin AKA “The Big Figure” (drums). They took their name from a 1962 record released by Willie Perryman AKA “Piano Red” an American blues singer and pianist.
The record was called “Dr. Feel-Good” which was recorded under the name Dr Feelgood and the Interns. It was covered by many artists including Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. Dr. Feelgood is also slang for a form of drugs or a doctor who is prepared to prescribe prescription drugs to addicts.
Best Dr. Feelgood Albums Of All Time
They recorded their first album “Down By The Jetty” in 1975, but it was the release of their 3rd album, “Stupidity” a live album which really took the UK music buying public by storm. It was the only Dr. Feelgood album to reach number 1 on the UK album charts.
Below we rank all Dr. Feelgood albums from the rest to the best as we see them.
19. On The Road Again (1996)
With the death of Lee Brilleaux, the original Dr. Feelgood was also dead. However, due to tons of encouragement from family and friends, Kevin Morris, Steve Walwyn, Phil Mitchell and Pete Gage became Dr. Feelgood. They sound great and at some points if you close your eyes and just listen, you could be mistaken for believing you’d gone back in time.
Some of the tracks they cover would never have made the original band’s set list but that doesn’t detract from your listening pleasure. The new Dr. Feelgood have their own sound but they’re not so far removed from the spirit of the original band.
18. Chess Masters (2000)
Considering there isn’t one single original member of the band present on this cut from 2000, it sounds pretty good. It’s a collection of some of the classics from the Chess catalogue, including; “Suzie Q”, “Killing Floor”, and “Hoochie Coochie Man”.
Obviously, they don’t sound like the original Dr. Feelgood, but they have made a pretty good album here. They’re not anywhere as energetic as Lee, Wilko and co. but this is a fun album and well worth adding to your collection.
Sadly this was anything but a classic, it’s not a bad album, just not as good as much of their earlier material. They do a version of Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61” which leaves a bad taste in your mouth, but apart from that it’s just a run of the mill sort of an album.
16.The Feelgood Factor (1993)
During the recording of their previous album “Primo” it was evident that there was something wrong with Lee Brilleaux. By the time they recorded this album they all knew he had been diagnosed with Lymphoma. This stopped them from touring but in true Brilleaux style, that meant they were back in the studio.
With the 2 newest members of the band Dave Bronze and Steve Walwyn writing new material and Lee vocalising on the days when he wasn’t at the hospital receiving treatment for his lymphoma, “The Feelgood Factor” was recorded. This was the last album that Lee features on and serves as a reminder to just how great he was as a vocalist and as a frontman to one of the best R&B bands to ever be produced on the Thames estuary.
15. Brilleaux (1986)
This was their first album with Stiff Records, the label that Lee Brilleaux had helped to launch by bankrolling the then founder Jake Riviera £400. The problem was, by 1986, Stiff Records were on the verge of bankruptcy and Dr. Feelgood weren’t as hot as they used to be either. This album was a more sedate, radio friendly album, but sadly radio didn’t find them appealing.
14. Primo (1991)
It had been almost 4 years since the release of “Classic” and during that time the band had been touring relentlessly. For lesser bands that would have been a problem when it came to recording a new album. But not these boys, armed with a number of new songs penned by Will Birch and a plethora of covers performed to within an inch of perfection, “Primo” has to be one of the best comeback albums ever.
13. Fast Women And Slow Horses (1982)
This is the last album which features John Martin and John Sparks and shows a band in turmoil. It’s almost as if they can’t decide whether to stick with their familiar R&B roots or crossover into the world of pop. It will please any diehard Feelgood fan but if you’ve never heard them before, don’t judge them just on this album.
12. Mad Man Blues (1985)
This is a collection of blues standards done only the way Dr. Feelgood could do them. With an outstanding vocal performance by Lee Brilleaux. Another must have album for all diehard Feelgood fans.
11. Doctor’s Orders (1984)
This album was the first with just Lee Brilleaux of the original lineup. It shows a marked return to their rock ’n’ roll and R&B roots. It still displays some of the crazy energy which was apparent in the early days and yet sounds far more polished. This was a great comeback album from the band that was to be the new Dr. Feelgood.
10. As It Happens (1979)
This was one of their weaker albums, it was recorded live but at a time when Gypie Mayo was still finding his way in the band. The tracks they chose for this album weren’t really that special which is why it only reached number 10 in our ranking.
9. Be Seeing You (1977)
This was their 5th studio album which was released in October 1977. It was their 1st album with guitarist Gypie Mayo who replaced Wilko Johnson. It reached number 55 on the UK album charts and contained the single “She’s A Wind Up”. The album cover was photographed in the band’s local pub-The Admiral Jellicoe.
8. Singles The U.A. Years (1989)
This is a great double album which covers all of the band’s singles from “Roxette” (1976) to “See You Later Alligator” (1986). It is a “hits only” album which means it does leave out some of their better songs, but it’s still one of the best greatest hit albums of Dr. Feelgood’s early years.
7. On The Job (1981)
This album was recorded live at Manchester University and was the last album with Gypie Mayo on guitar. It was also their last album with EMI or any major label for that matter. It lacks any new material and relies on material entirely from “Let It Roll” and “A Case Of The Shakes” but Dr. Feelgood are always a good live act which makes this album worth fitting into your collection.
6. Sneakin’ Suspicion (1977)
This was their 4th album, released in 1977 and could have been called the album that never was. Because during the recording of this album, the band nearly broke up. Wilko left, leaving them with no guitarist and no songwriter either. Despite all of that, the album got to number 10 on the UK album charts.
5. Private Practice (1978)
This was the band’s 6th studio album which was released in October 1978 and was the album which contained their top 10 hit single “Milk And Alcohol”. There was another single released from this album which was “Down At The Doctors” which got to number 48 on the UK singles chart. The album reached number 41 on the UK album charts and stayed in the charts for 5 weeks.
4. A Case Of The Shakes (1980)
This was their 2nd album with producer Nick Lowe and it shows a return to their earlier form. Stand out tracks for us include; “Punch Drunk”, “Drives Me Wild” and “King For A Day”.
3. Malpractice (1975)
This was their 2nd studio album which was released in October 1975. It got to number 17 on the UK album charts in November of that year and stayed on the chart for 6 weeks. In many ways Dr. Feelgood were the forerunners of the punk rock movement in the UK and this album showed just how good they could be.
2. Down By The Jetty (1975)
This was their debut album which was released in January 1975. It was a mixture of original songs and some covers like John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” and Larry Williams “Bony Moronie” as well as some live and studio songs. Overall, it was a great way to introduce the world to just what these Essex boys could do.
1. Stupidity (1976)
Released in September 1976, “Stupidity” was a live album and it captured some of the energy of the band. This album got to number 1 on the UK album charts in October 1976 and stayed on the charts for 9 weeks. It was the first live album to top the UK chart in the first week of its release date.
It is our number 1 choice because without this album, who knows if there would ever have been another. With the departure of Wilko Johnson before the release of their next album, would they have bothered if this one had been a flop in the charts? But thankfully this album made the number 1 spot which meant we could enjoy Dr. Feelgood for years to come.
All Dr. Feelgood Albums In Chronological Order
|Down by the Jetty||1975|
|Be Seeing You||1977|
|Let It Roll||1979|
|As It Happens||1979|
|A Case of the Shakes||1980|
|Fast Women & Slow Horses||1982|
|Mad Man Blues||1985|
|Singles The U.A. Years||1989|
|The Feelgood Factor||1993|
|On the Road Again||1996|
Frequently Asked Questions
The best selling Dr. Feelgood album in “Malpractice” which has sold more than 60,000 copies.
The newest Dr. Feelgood album is “Repeat Prescription” which was released in 2006.
The first Dr. Feelgood album is “Down By The Jetty” which was released in 1975.
Dr. Feelgood’s most famous song is “Milk And Alcohol”.
Dr. Feelgood were formed in 1971 in Canvey Island, Essex, UK.
The genres ascribed to Dr. Feelgood are pub rock, rock and roll, blues rock and R&B.
The current members of Dr. Feelgood are Kevin Morris, Robert Kane, Gordon Russell and Phil H. Mitchell. The previous members of Dr’ Feelgood are; Buzz Barwell, Craig Rhind, Dave Bronze, Gypie Mayo, John B. Sparks, John Martin, Johnny Guitar, Lee Brilleaux, Pat McMullan, Pete Gage, Steve Walwyn, Wilko Johnson.