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Second Coming [CASSETTE] [Import]

The Stone Roses Audio Cassette
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Meshing '60s-styled guitar pop with an understated '80s dance beat, the Stone Roses defined the British guitar pop scene of the late '80s and early '90s. After their eponymous 1989 debut album became an English sensation, countless other groups in the same vein became popular, including the Charlatans UK, Inspiral Carpets, and Happy ... Read more in Amazon's The Stone Roses Store

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  • Audio Cassette (12 Dec 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B00000EJPF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,555 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore The Critics Make up your own Mind 2 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
When this came out it had very mixed reviews so when I bought it shortly afterwards having only heard Love Spreads and Your star Will Shine I was prepared for dissapointment.

However sitting in a darkened room with this on the headphones certainly told me all I needed to know about this great LP. From the very start of Breaking Into Heavens weird and wonderful middle of a swamp intro the Roses have your attention. Breaking into Heaven is a totally different sound to the Byrd like sound on the first album it's darker heavier but by no means poorer. After a tantalising 11 minute beginning you go into Driving South which has been used many a time on TV as background music, Soccer am ,Top Gear etc perfect driving guitar music with ian Brown rasping vocals telling us that he sure as hell aint pretty and he sure as hell can't sing-bit harsh but a nice twist on the usual self confidence. From here we get the sublime Ten storey Love Song which as many have said could have been slotted easily onto the debut LP. The track after this Daybreak changes the feel of the CD yet again fronm almost poppy to almost funky-love the slow down speed up tempo change and simplistic name checking of destinations 'from new york city to addis ababaaaa'. Nice tune which takes us onto the slower more thoughtful Your Star will Shine which is nice without blowing you away. Straight to the man is a bit more up tempo and is again nice without pulling up any trees, what it does do is keep the flow of the LP going.

Now the Roses being the Roses they don't settle for letting the whole package peter out they come back with a real blaster the high tempo technoesque Beggin You another track heard a lot outside the confines of the Cd.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madchester Magic 15 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What do you want from this band, blood? The greatest band of my generation and it's still not enough for you.
This album has some real magic to it at times, admitedly it's not quite as good as their first album but the Stone Roses on a bad day are pretty much better than anyone else on a good day!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Coming 18 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
Oh lord, This happened to me in the 90s - over expectation leading to disappointment. The Roses are coming back in 2012 and I am giddy with excitement. So much so I dusted this down and gave it a spin today. And I find myself asking "why was I disappointed?".

This is a cracking rock album, starting with three of their very finest songs. Breaking Into Heaven is a huge uplifting opener, Driving South goes for the blues, and then 10 Storey Love Song starts chiming and we could be back in the grooves of the (utter classic) debut. There is a dip next, Daybreak is a formless shuffle that goes nowhere, and Straight To The Man sounds unfinished, like scraps of several Happy Mondays songs bolted together. They are separated by the very pretty, very Beatlesy Your Star Will Shine. The home straight is fantastic. Starting with the thumping Begging You (I seem to have a dozen remixes of this lying around) and the (Rolling) Stones sound-alike Tightrope...I'm starting to think this may be a lost classic. Good Times comes next, a great track but not sure if the key suits Ian's vocal. I think I remember this sounded like a dogs dinner live though. Followed by my favourite at the time: Tears. Its the most subtle of the tunes on here, maybe the song is a little cluttered but the tune and the guitar solos are beautiful. How Do You Sleep is good-not-great song, and sets the album up nicely for the rock monster of a closer that is Love Spreads.

Its more varied than the debut for sure and much more uneven. It's not the classic that the first album was but it has some seriously good high points. Now, excuse me while I count down the days to Heaton Park. And maybe a third album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Etched in stone or scratched in the sand? 3 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is not the best album ever made but it IS my favorite. For many years I preferred The Stone Roses but with age I gravitated more and more to the Second Coming. In places (e.g. Driving South and Tears) it has a very very heavy sound and that probably turned off the fans who liked the jingly jangly pop of their earlier singles. However, the improved production, layered guitars and bigger sound really makes the first album sound light weight by contrast.

The Second Coming has a depth that is only really revealed with repeated listens. In many respects, it's Squires'album, he wrote most of the tracks and his guitar playing dominates the music. In places, (e.g. Love Spreads and Good Times) it is absolutely virtuoso and compares with greats like Hendrix. It's definately an album that's dominated by the music rather than the vocals but in places (e.g. Tightrope) the lyrics are just pure poetry. Browns snearing, rasping, accented delivery is perfect for the sound.

Whilst not as immediate as other records, the songs are definately of a consistently high standard and the album only seems to dip with middle tracks Star Will Shine and Straight to the Man. My favorite track is actually one that I would routinely skip over when I first bought the album. Daybreak. Their playing on that is amazing and every single listen seems to reveal another hidden nuance. Most will probably prefer Ten Storey Love Song which is the most 'poppy' track and the most like the first album.

It's probably a marmite album that will suit certain tastes. Personally, I love it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid album - Definately underrated
While it isn't as accessible as the first album which preceded it, second coming is a well crafted album which innovates upon the original. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom McDonnell
5.0 out of 5 stars the stones
I love my tape its in perfect condition I will be back to action records again I'm really pleased with it thanks!
Published 4 months ago by chelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent underrated album
Definitely one you should have in your cd collection if you don't have it already, roll on the 3rd album
Published 5 months ago by Marko
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as first album
I love Stone Roses and have all their singles from first album on vinyl. The Second Coming was never as successful as previous release, however still a good listen if you're a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by sharps
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the day, I bought this on cassette ...
the format's changed, the music's still fantastic. Can't imagine life without the Stone Roses! I'd love to do a drive across the US with this playing on the way. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Manchester Teacher
2.0 out of 5 stars I Won't Slaughter This Album...
But an average rating of 4.5 does it a justice it doesn't deserve.

The band's debut was beyond stunning and I'm confident that the long awaited 3rd album will be... Read more
Published 11 months ago by S.E. Haughton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
It's the Stone Roses, there's not much more to say really - it's not gonna be rubbish! Bought for my partner and she loved it, result!
Published 13 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Love! Love Love!
Finally getting round to getting Stone Roses on CD. Still keeping my old vinyl and tapes though. :o) Brilliant record.
Published 13 months ago by T. F.
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
Very different from the 1st album but I do actually prefer it. some cracking anthems on it cant wait to see them live
Published 15 months ago by David Stevens
1.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm
Not really a fan of this! Bought it as I once was a huge fan and never got this album! Not for me I'm afraid! Buy the greatest hits as the 1st album was simply brilliant
Published 17 months ago by Boydie
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