Going Back Home

Guitarist Wilko Johnson, who foreshadowed U.K. punk with Seventies pub rockers Dr. Feelgood, was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year. So he and his friend Roger Daltrey have recorded vibrant, legacyburnishing versions of 10 Johnson songs backed by his sturdy touring band – brawling tunes steeped in vintage rock & roll, with Daltrey setting his maximum-R&B yowl on full bluster against Johnson's slashing attack. There's tender regret in the album's one slow number, "Turned 21"; they also cover Bob Dylan's "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window," a Sixties classic they happily bulldoze as if there's no time for easy nostalgia.

From The Archives Issue 1208: May 8, 2014