Jul 24, 2011

Stackridge - Stackridge (1971)

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The debut album from Stackridge consists of nine curiously light folk-tinged tracks, with elements of progressive rock cropping up here and there in the friendly Canterbury style. Their music takes on the classic storytelling route, but is bolstered and heightened by instruments like violins, flutes, cellos, trumpets, and the distinct sound of the harmonium played by Andrew Cresswell-Davis. Both James Warren and Cresswell-Davis take turns at singing such merry lyrical excerpts as "40 missing floorboards, 50 frantic far-out mice below," sounding attractively waggish and peculiarly quaint in doing so. Without coming off as overly Celtic or far too English, Stackridge culminates the humor and the essence of figurative devices and lays them out within the field of woodwind and stringed instruments. With barely any percussion, songs like "Percy the Penguin" and "The Three Legged Table" carry out their jovial entendres to the eloquence of hand-plucked piano strings and a trio of trumpets. Their refined singing style helps each song render its own character and eccentricity when added to the numerous instruments. The albums that followed such as Friendliness and The Man in the Bowler Hat housed the same poetic components as their first release with the music sounding more progressive and slightly commercial.
1. Grande Piano
2. Percy The Penguin
3. The Three Legged Table
4. Dora The Female Explorer
5. Essence Of Porphyry
6. Marigold Conjunction
7. 32 West Mall
8. Marzo Plod
9. Slark

Andy Cresswell-Davis - guitar, keyboards, vocals, bass
Michael “Mutter” Slater - flute, vocals
Mike Evans - violin, cello
Billy “Sparkle” Brent - drums
James Warren - vocals, guitar



adamus67 said...

"Stackridge" was created on 16-track equipment at Kingsway Studios, London in 1971 with the help of producer Fritz Fryer; engineer was Martin Birch. Quite what he made of Stackridge's cast of characters that inhabited their songs is not known. This album was remastered by James Warren and Andy Davis.
Beatles - overtones circa Revolver, with British pastoral psychedelia thrown in for good , superb musicianship, wonderful whimsical songwriting, a joy to listen to. Not Stackridge's masterpiece (which is 'Bowler Hat'), but a fine debut.
Thanks Alex

VaTAga said...

У меня есть почти все альбомы этой команды. Некоторые вещи очень нравятся. Но на днях надо всё переслушать. Подзабыл... Какой из их альбомов Вы считаете лучшим, интересно?

hanalex said...

Вообще-то, в каждом альбоме есть замечательные вещицы. Но есть и такие, которые мне не понять...
Очень порадовали поздние альбомы Something For The Weekend (1999) и A Victory For Common Sense (2009). Не все "старики" способны выдавать такой добротный материал.

VaTAga said...

Спасибо, при переслушивании постараюсь учесть Ващи оценки. Так мне будет интереснее вдвойне. Огромный объём муз. информации привёл к тому, что я сейчас ничего не запоминаю надолго, а по некоторым командам вообще в голове полная каша. М.б. это из-за возраста...

VaTAga said...

Этих двух альбомов у меня, по-видимому, и нет... А жаль... В Сети есть, но с паршивым битрейтом.

hanalex said...

Если сообщите свой e-mail, смогу выслать несколько интересующих Вас lossless-ссылок.