Physically handicapped since contracting polio at age seven, England's Ian Dury—who died of cancer last year at 57—was one of the odder-looking chaps to emerge from the British New Wave

Physically handicapped since contracting polio at age seven, England's Ian Dury—who died of cancer last year at 57—was one of the odder-looking chaps to emerge from the British New Wave when Stiff Records released his classic debut album, New Boots and Panties!, in 1977. But this cut-for-cut rerecording—featuring Sinéad O'Connor, Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Madness, Billy Bragg & the Blokes, Wreckless Eric, Catatonia's Cerys Matthews, Feeder's Grant Nicholas, Shane MacGowan, and Keith Allen, along with backing from Dury's group the Blockheads—effectively recounts why he was also one of the era's true originals. McCartney's spirited version of "I'm Partial to Your Abracadabra" is a special surprise, and Bragg's cover of the colorful cockney music-hall character sketch "Billericay Dickie" is another high point. Meriting mention, too, are Williams' copy of Dury's tribute to his rock'n'roll hero in "Sweet Gene Vincent" and O'Connor's seductive tone on "Wake Up and Make Love With Me." Proceeds from the album benefit the charity Cancer Bacup, which aided Dury at the end.—JB