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Stackridge [Original recording remastered]

Stackridge Audio CD
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Stackridge became a popular recording act and concert attraction in the UK in the 1970's, producing five major-label albums, including the celebrated The Man in the Bowler Hat, produced by Beatles producer Sir George Martin. The band broke up in 1976 before having an opportunity to reach the American market. A rabid online fan base convinced Stackridge to reunite in 2007. Since then, ... Read more in Amazon's Stackridge Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Angel Air
  • ASIN: B000ICM6DE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Dora, the Female Explorer 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Marigold Conjunction 4:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 32 West Mall 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Marzo Plod 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Slark14:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Let There Be Lids 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Slark (Single Version) 4:420.99  Buy MP3 


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The monster awakens 25 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
For those among you whose musical tastes start and finish with elongated keyboard passages or searing guitar breaks, then this is probably the best time to stop reading, (not that I don't enjoy those myself). This was/is the album that introduced the world to the somewhat wacky, whimsical and wonderfully eccentric world of Stackridge. Mutter's flute and Mike's violin take most of the lead roles here. Back in the early seventies critics were pulling their hair out trying to pigeon hole this lot, ha ha how can you tag a band whose sole purpose in life appears to be different. For any fellow old farts out there who can remember it, Stackridge were the only band who could put on their own version of the 'Good old days' and that includes the rather eccentric strictly british introductions. At the time their music was likened by some as being a continuation of the Beatles, but they were not a commercial pop band, nor were they rock, or blues or folk, jazz, country or classically inclined, BUT at the same time they were all of these and more besides. Over the years I have either heard or read of many attempts to describe their music (far too many to mention here) but I think the best one belongs to fiddle player Mike Evans, who on a local radio station described it as SUNSHINE MUSIC, picture the scene, a nice sunny summer's day, sat in the garden at your local watering hole, pint in hand, headphones on, who cares if inflation is rising.

Oh well on to the contents, the album opens with 'Grand piano' a rocker about, yes you've guessed it

Percy the penguin is the first of many Stackridge songs that could be described as childrens nursery rhymes with attitude, so simple but so effective and sad (listen to the words).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Lemon From Stackridge. 11 Dec 2006
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This has always been a gem of an album from a real gem of a band. I first saw them supporting Wishbone Ash in June 1971 (with a long lost band called Nothing Ever Happens!!)and then headlining a tour also featuring Camel as support in early 1973 both at Newcastle City Hall. Saw them once more at the Mayfair in Newcastle but have never seen them since. I've done their first three albums to death though.

I hate to be a pedant but on the original album track 6 is Marigold Conjunction not Connection.

The individual performances are understated and timeless. Time to tour again gentlemen!

The albums? Buy them, appreciate them and treasure them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Korgis and just as barkingly lovable... 10 Dec 2006
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Where the former public school boys of early-career Genesis employed their inherent sensibilities of an absurdist upper-class England with its crumbling country houses, bonkers chaps in blazers etc to spectacular effect, this West Country act mined a broader social middle ground with an earthier yet equally accomplished musical mind-set. This 1971 pastoral progressive folk rock debut excels in the quirky song-writing of Andy Davis and James Warren (later to chart as The Korgis) and helped win fans fast for an engaging live act, replete with rhubarb and dustbin lids, that was

quintessentially and barkingly British in a Bonzo Dog Doo Dah thingie kind of way. There's an easy going innocence that's of its time: herein lie songs of love-lorn penguins, of dragons, and Dora, the female explorer, replete with flute and violin to the fore. What lifts this above the album's contemporary everyday is the quality of musicianship and gift for melody that pervade the proceedings. That Beatles producer George Martin was on the case by the third album measures the store in which the band was kept. This reissue benefits from bonus tracks in 'Let There be Lids' (a live staple) and the single version of the epic 'Slark'. A breezy, confident opener, with some fine albums to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! Yes! Yes! It's available at last... 10 Mar 2007
By Mark Shackelford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Stackridge's finest hour is now on CD! Bring out the rhubarb! Bash your dustbin lids together! Hide your children away - SLARK is back.

The scariest, meanest, horriblest monster you could ever hope to meet is back. The innocent flute flutters along edges of the riff to start the song. De dum de dum de dum de dum. De dum de dum de dum. [Well, if you know it, that makes sense. Otherwise, well get the album...] It was also the first thing I learnt to play on the flute. SO MUCH FUN!!!!!

And then - SLARK - it should probably say "Theme and Variation", or actually "Variations" - wonderfully musical - the theme appears on all sorts of real (and I suspect, imaginary) instruments, and they hurtle off into the distance only to be sucked into a black hole - and then, the phantom whistler strolls off with the theme...

Magic.

Oh, and the rest of the album is whimsical, lunatic, gentle, Bonzo like stuff which (as my wife said on hearing "Slark") - there's a blast from the past.

And thank you to whoever added the single version of "Slark" - quite different - or "Theme and Yet More Variations".
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