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2CD - Stackridge - The Man In The Bowler Hat

2CD - Stackridge - The Man In The Bowler Hat

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2 CD - UK Import

• NEW EXPANDED 2CD EDITION OF THE CLASSIC 1974 ALBUM BY STACKRIDGE. PRODUCED BY GEORGE MARTIN.

• WITH TEN ADDITIONAL BONUS TRACKS RECORDED FOR BBC RADIO ONE “IN CONCERT” IN JANUARY 1973 AND THE BOB HARRIS SHOW IN FEBRUARY 1973.

• FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK AND NEW ESSAY WITH EXCLUSIVE BAND INTERVIEWS.

Formed in Bristol in 1969, Stackridge were one of the most unique British bands of the era. Their initial line-up featured Andy Davis (guitar, keyboards, vocals), James Warren (guitar, vocals), James “Crun” Walter (bass), Michael “Mutter” Slater (flute, vocals), Michael Evans (violin) and Billy Bent (drums). Possessing a gift for melody, musicianship and a fine sense of humour and English eccentricity, their concerts were legendary.

Throughout 1970 they honed their songwriting and live act, appearing at the very first Glastonbury festival that year. In 1971, Crun Walter departed the band and James Warren assumed bass guitar duties. They signed to MCA Records and recorded their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, issued in August that year. Their second album, ‘Friendliness’, was issued in November 1972, the album and subsequent tours with fellow Bristol act The Pigsty Hill Orchestra and latterly Camel, gained the band more dedicated followers.

The band’s third album, ‘The Man in the Bowler Hat’ was produced by the legendary George Martin and is widely regarded as one of their finest works featuring material such as ‘The Road to Venezuela’, ‘The Last Plimsoll’, ‘Dangerous Bacon’ and the evocative ‘God Speed The Plough’.

This Esoteric Recordings edition has been expanded to include an additional CD which features all the recordings made by Stackridge for the BBC in 1973, including a performance for the Radio One In Concert programme in January 1973 and four tracks recorded for a Bob Harris show session in February 1973. The release features an illustrated booklet with exclusive band interviews and an essay by Mike Barnes.

TRACKLISTING

DISC ONE

The Man in the Bowler Hat Released in February 1974
1 Fundamentally Yours
2 Pinafore Days
3 The Last Plimsoll
4 To the Sun and the Moon
5 The Road to Venezuela
6 The Galloping Gaucho
7 Humiliation
8 Dangerous Bacon
9 The Indifferent Hedgehog
10 God Speed the Plough

DISC TWO

The BBC Radio Recordings 1973

BBC Radio One “In Concert” 18th January 1973
1 Anyone for Tennis
2 Do the Stanley
3 Syracuse the Elephant
4 Purple Spaceships Over Yatton
5 Twist and Shout
6 Dora the Female Explorer

BBC Radio One Bob Harris session 7th February 1973
7 The Lyder Loo
8 God Speed the Plough
9 The Road to Venezuela
10 The Galloping Gaucho

Track Listing

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

Bonus tracks
10 Everyman (B-side of single)
11 Let There Be Lids
12 The Three-Legged Table Part Three (BBC Radio John Peel Top Gear session 1971)
13 Slark (BBC Radio John Peel Top Gear session 1971)

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