Performance and Cocktails [VINYL]
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STEREOPHONICS Performances And Cocktails (1999 UK 13-track LP pressed on Heavyweight Vinyl - This second studio album from the Welsh band includes the singles The Bartender And The Thief Just Looking Pick A Part Thats New and Hurry Up And Wait complete with illustrated lyric inner gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve has been FULLY AUTOGRAPHED on the front by Kelly Jones Richard Jones and the late Stuart Cable!)
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Looking back, I have to say its much better than perhaps it deserved.
And looking back perhaps now...gives a better perspective on the Stereophonic's career.
In Stuart Cables book (now passed on drummer) he says that "the band are slowly but surely dying if their record sales are anything to go by."
Its no question that the Stereophonics have gone down hill since around 2003 onwards.
The first two albums have a basic sound and originality to them in the songwriting that the others don't.
The only record that I would really compare to this would be Keep calm and carry on, but I wouldn't say its quite as good.
This album features the Stereophonics as their best I think Just Looking, Hurry up and wait, Bartender and the thief and Pick a part thats new are the standouts, but the whole record is actually really well done.
Performance and Cocktails is also a lot more guitar riff based than Word Gets Around.
But I have to agree with what drummer Cable said that changing the bands sound to bring in a new audience or success in America was a bad move definitely.
It slowly but surely just eroded the identity of their music, while a 3rd Stereophonics album more in the style of the first two would of meant the band could of succeeded in more record sales and built on what they did before.
So, out of all the Stereophonics records this is the best!
It seems Kelly Jones is trying to get back to the sound of the earlier Stereophonics albums and I can't blame him but I wish he had done that earlier on.
Unfortunately maybe for parts of Keep calm and carry on and Keep the village alive, this band from the first two albums is long gone.
If this album is an example of anything I think its "stick to what your good at and don't worry about much else."
Stuart Cable was a vital part of this group, and without him it just was not the same...so go give his band and newly released song by Killing for Company a listen, and pay a visit to the Stuart Cable tribute page.
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