Classic, influential self-titled debut by Mancunian neo-psych luminaries The Stone Roses. The Roses were lumped in with (or credited with creating) the “Madchester” scene after their Funky Drummer-sampling single “Fool’s Gold” became a club smash, but their self-titled debut album took a more straightforward 60’s jangle-pop approach. Their highly-danceable rhythm section didn’t do much to avert this association, nor did their hippie tendencies, live shows at The Haçienda, or overall look (bucket hats, head to toe sportswear). Tracks like “I Wanna Be Adored,” “Waterfall,” “Made Of Stone” and “I Am The Resurrection” made perfect 7AM sing-along fodder for an entire generation cruising the M1 after a night of raving in a field. The Stone Roses is often considered a progenitor for the 90’s Britpop sound, with the band’s embrace of traditional British rock arrangement and instrumentation, catchy melodies, homegrown humor and Ian Brown’s unabashedly arrogant and narcissistic lyrics predating Modern Life Is Rubbish and Definitely Maybe by 4 whole years. The Stone Roses is classic, sure, but unlike many classics… it’s timeless, with influence reverberating throughout British culture to this day (t-shirts emblazoned with the album cover are ubiquitous in the UK), and anthemic (Manchester United play “This Is The One” for their walk-on music). This definitive pressing of the album is remastered from the original tapes and cut on heavyweight 180g double vinyl, housed in deluxe gatefold sleeve with obi strip; this is the one. Recommended.
- 180 gram double vinyl pressing
- remastered from the original tapes
- deluxe gatefold sleeve with obi strip
- music label: Silvertone Records 1989 / Modern Classics Recordings 2015
reviewed by peanut dust 06/2017
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