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STACKRIDGE Anyone For Tennis?


The CD on this set is a ‘best of’ which has been seen before back in 2006 and is a good introduction to this quirky band who cover everything from folk through to pop, whimsical tunes like ‘The Galloping Gaucho’ and a bit of prog as can be heard on ‘Fish In A Glass’. The band are very talented musically and for those new to the band this is a good as place as any to start off.

The DVD was recorded at a concert in Bath last year and is preceded by interviews with avid fans who were obviously really looking forward to the gig. The set list comprise twenty five songs including the Korgis hit ‘Everybody’s Got To Love Sometime’ as the Korgis featured a couple of members of Stackridge. The band’s sound is expanded in the live arena by adding two female violinists, one of whom also adds backing vocals. As an added bonus you get interviews with the band members (conducted on a rooftop of all places!) where the band give some wonderful insights into the first ever Glastonbury festival.

A perfect sound and visual introduction to the band who deserve a wider audience to go with the critical acclaim they have already received down the years. ****

Jason Ritchie, (August 2008)

Another excellent CD/DVD package from Angel Air, this time featuring the eclectic band Stackridge.

The CD has fifteen tracks culled from the band’s entire catalogue; going back to their eponymously titled debut album from 1971 and coming right up to date with a re-working of ‘Purple Spaceships Over Yatton’.

The instrumental ‘Lummy Days’ is a strong opener, and amongst the collection are favourites such as ‘Syracuse The Elephant’ and ‘Do The Stanley’.

If you’ve never heard any of Stackridge’s music before, this is a great place to start, and it’ll have old fans digging out their old albums again.

The DVD is a gem, a live concert filmed in 2007 at a sold out Rondo Theatre in Bath. Two and a half hours of classic Stackridge music featuring the band’s main four stalwart members James Warren, Andy Davis, Mutter Slater and Crun Walter.

Martin Hutchinson. The Bolton News (August 2008)

An audio CD featuring many of the band’s finest musical moments is coupled with a DVD recorded at their concert in Bath last year…

Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser

…combination of quirky pop, understated classical elements and a pastorally English songwriting maturity retains its charm down the years…

Steve Caseman, RocknReel (October 2008)

…the irresistibly melodic Squeeze-style Last Plimsoll, the gorgeous pop harmonies of Friendliness and the proggy instrumental Purple Spaceships Over Yatton indicate that Stackridge were more than funsters…a fine collection…

Classic Rock Society (October/November 2008)

A perfect melange to lose the game – and be revered now…And then go back to investigate the albums’ context. (November 2008)

…while it may be too late for Stackridge to attain any modicum of the fame and fortune that eluded them in their prime, a case could be made that for a deserving ensemble such as this, any attempt – even three and a half decades on — is still none too late.

Of course, one should expect there would be ample evidence as to why anyone other than their original diehard devotees should care about Stackridge resurfacing. So fortunately, these two double discs offer the uninitiated an enticing backwards glance of the group in all their glory via the cream of their catalogue. While ‘Anyone For Tennis?’ offers a basic compilation/compendium (as well as a DVD of the aforementioned The Forbidden City performance),

…while ‘Anyone for Tennis’ is fine for starters, it takes ‘The Forbidden City’ to prove — its intimidating title aside — that catching up on guilty pleasures like these can be ever so liberating.

Lee Zimmerman, November 2008

…many of the band’s finest musical moments…

Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (January 2009)

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Fans of the eccentric Bristolians should welcome this opportunity to compare and contrast the two creative visions on display here

Kevin Bryan, Hartlepool Mail (May 2007)

Witty lyrics, discreetly satisfying instrument embellishments and wistful West Country vocals produce a light masterpiece of gentle poignancy

RocknReel (June 2007)

…just as engaging as any of its predecessors

Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine, April 27 2007

Not an easy album to come to grips with, buit one which grows, and sounds better as a CD slab rather than two vinyl sides…

Maverick (October 2007)

Fans of the eccentric Bristollians should welcome this opportunity to compare and contrast the two creative visions on display here…

Kevin Bryan, Stirling News (Dec 2007)

Now here’s something special…they really do sound as fine as ever…They are essentially a rock band with a bluesy and sometimes funky edge and these songs give all the chance to shine, showing there’s plenty in the tank yet.

Classic Rock Society (Dec 2007)

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STACKRIDGE Extravaganza


…their sterling efforts this time yielded beguilingly memorable tracks…Excellent stuff.

Kevin Bryan, Hartlepool Mail (April 2007)

It follows a similar idiosyncratic and distinctive approach to their earlier work, although with a more focused form of madness…

Rock n Reel (May 2007)

…there was much more to this jesterly West Country bunch than an anarchic stretching of the boundaries of folk into Old Grey Whistle Test territory…an impossible hybrid of jazz-rock and folk, though the CD retains much of the festival-friendly frolics that came as part of the original package.

Record Collector (May 2007)

As surprising as it may sound, here are comedy character vignettes worthy (and reminiscent) of Ian Dury, and a bouncy playfulness that blends music-hall tinkling, cod reggae brass and easy interludes to bring to mind The Buzzcocks, Zappa and even Madness

Derek Hammond, Record Collector (April 2007)

‘an exceptionally well-formed and functioning band with a grasp of their musical history and an ability to craft songs that pulled together an eclectic albeit potentially commercial collection of musical strands.

Danny Moore, Rock&Reel (April 2007)

Desperate recklessness could be the motivation for this record yet its motif is as jolly as it gets…a different kind of gem.

Let It Rock (April 2007)

This likeable outfit continued to mine the same rich vein of peculiarly English musical eccentricity which had won them so many friends in previous years

Kevin Bryan, Mid-Sussex Chronicle (May 2007)

…more professional musically, if lacking in off-the-wall inspiration…

Maverick (October 2007)

Wild, wacky and wonderful, this 1975 set is best described as Stackridge’s answer to Sgt. Pepper, as written by Monty Python, while simultaneously channelling the Gershwins…

Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (November 2007)

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STACKRIDGE Something For The Weekend


Gorgeous tunes, skilfully played with just the right amount of light and shade, and recorded with evident love and care, rendered one of the band’s best.

With the oxygen of Angel Air, this reissue, with bonus unreleased demos, should fly further than before. And justifiably so.

Peter Muir, (May 2007)

…lyrically Stackridge remained just as eccentric as ever

Kevin Bryan, Hartlepool Mail (May 2007)

…it’s absolutely flipping, flapping, flupping brilliant. What a stunner of a selection of songs…this is on a level with Rubber Soul and Sgt. Peppers.

Geoff Smiles, Classic Rock Society (July 2007)

Deeply melodic, strikingly hook-laden, Something For The Weekend is classic Stackridge, updated for the modern era, and so much more adventurous than most 70s reunions could even dream of proving. Maybe they should try again?

Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (June 2007)

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STACKRIDGE Friendliness


Their live shows were described as ’3 Hours of fun, lust and lunacy’ which describes the set here too. But the minds drift as much as the songs do, making for an occasionally disjointed mixture.

Well packaged with 4 extra tracks, should please fans and a few more besides. ***1/2

Joe Geesin (January 2007)

Stackridge’s sound is delightfully fresh and melodic. steeped in that aura of post 60s flora…Each song is filled with tuneful harmonies and spirited lyrics, backed up by the great piano and guitar of Andy Davis.

Classic Rock Society (February 2007)

…ever ready with melodic ditties that drifted somewhere between folk and the soft end of prog. File under ‘definitely English’

Mojo (February 2007)

…their second album, from 1971, is them at their best. West Country folk-popsters with the knack of great tunes, oddball lyrics and great vocals…At the centre of everything here are beautiful and clever songs, wonderfully sung…

Maverick (March 2007)

…Stackridge’s best work by far. It’s well versed and has some decent instrumental passages…

Record Collector (April 2007)

Marching in boldly with a brisk instrumental ‘Lummy Days’, the sextet immediately go elegiac in the title song and, with the exception of the ‘Keep On Clucking’ boogie, don’t leave this comfortable, harmony-filled furrow until the very end…A (mostly) quiet masterpiece.

Let It Rock (April 2007)

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Inspiration is drawn from Zappa and the Beatles resulting in something that is interesting and can’t be described as the ‘normal’ type of music that follows a fashion. A bit off the wall at times but you would expect that wouldn’t you?

Classic Rock Society (January 2007)

An uplifting blend of folk, rock, the Beatle-like melodies, children’s storybook imagery and soaring harmonies, the 1971 debut album was a beautiful affair…One of the great under-rated albums of the 1970s.

Maverick (April 2007)

…this English band were ahead of their time with playful ‘Dora The Female Explorer’…lyrical extravaganza gelled fine with bright melodies…you never know what’s there ’round the corner…

Let It Rock (April 2007)

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STACKRIDGE The Man In the Bowler Hat


1974′s career highlight is a small but perfectly formed body of work. Producer George Martin lifts principal leads (and Beatles fans) Andy Davis and James Warren’s capacity for a droll way with words and pastoral melody to new levels, tightening presentation without losing the immediacy and sparkle that trademarked their recorded output and, more importantly, popular live act . ****

Peter Muir (January 2007)

…What really works a treat on this, probably Stackridge’s finest hour (from 19873) is George Martin’s production…It entitles Stackridge to take their place as significant contributors to the rich diversity of the rock scene of the early 70s…

Rock n Reel (May 2007)

Stackridge’s tuneful charm at its most endearing

Kevin Bryan, Hartlepool Mail (April 2007)

‘the songs’ maintain a coherent level of arrangements. The nearly homogenous treatment helps in gluing the songs together and results in a better album flow’ 8.75/10

Avi Shaked, (May 2007)

‘a thoroughly good-natured project. What really works a treat on this, probably Stackridge’s finest hour (from 1973) is George Martin’s production’

Rychard Carrington, Rock&Reel (April 2007)

…a more concentrated listening reveals clever and amusing lyrics with more musical complexity than at first thought…

Classic Rock Society (February 2007)

This time progressive tendencies give room to playful songs…here the music goes everywhere – meandering from calypso to country…

Let It Rock (April 2007)

…an uplifting collection of songs, from the beautiful Road To Venezuela to the quirky Galloping Gaucho…

Maverick (October 2007)

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STACKRIDGE Purple Spaceships Over Yatton – The Best Of


They really do cover all musical bases from the sublime folk tinged instrumental ‘Lummy Days’ through to harmony soft rock of ‘Friendliness’ – very CSNY. Then you have ‘Do The Stanley’ which sounds like a Monty Python musical number! ‘Consiton Water’ with its sax verges into jazz rock territory. The title track was re-recorded especially for this compilation making it an enticement for fans of the band getting this release.

One for collectors of quirky English rock/folk bands of the 70’s and the good news for fans is that Angel Air will be releasing their back catalogue.

Jason Ritchie, (September 2006)

If there ever was a band to inherit The Beatles it was Stackridge. Why the band has never received the deserved level of admiration (eventually leading key members to form the alternatively poppier The Korgis) is a mystery, even though this compilation is only my first attempt at confronting the band’s classic material.

This best-of release is, in a way, a preview to the Angel Air re-mastered series of the entire Stackridge classic catalogue, set to release in 2007 (so they promise). It represents most of the band’s 1970s releases, showcasing different aspects of the multifaceted sound.

Maelstrom (October 2006)

Equally close to traditional music and rock ‘n’ roll…the band were brave enough to go out on a sophisticated pop limb (October 2006)

Memories of a time of musical experimentation, free expression and parties in hazy rooms…are rekindled in this diverse and entertaining collection.

Classic Rock Society (November 2006)

Amazingly, this is Stackridge’s first Best Of set, fifteen songs strong…In reality, this compilation is just a taster for what Angel Air has to come, reissues of all the band’s original albums. (November 2006)

There’s music that could have made the soundtrack of Teletubbies and music that could be turned into orchestral pieces – and plenty of fantastic tunes.

Maverick (November 2006)

This best-of marches resolutely through the original group’s five-album career and draws
representative magic from each of them Dora the Female Explorer, Syracuse the Elephant, and no fewer than six tracks from the landmark Man In A Bowler Hat – and that’s only the half of it.

Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (December 2006)

…their entire back catalogue is scheduled for re-release during the course of 2007, and until then discerning punters can revel in the delights of melodic gems such as ‘The Road To venezuela’, ‘Syracuse The Elephant’ and ‘Dora The Female Explorer’

Kevin Bryan, Hartlepool Mail (January 2007)

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While the metal frothing masses would not necessarily dig this stuff; anyone who enjoys rock music with a bit of folky edge would love this stuff. It’s perfect for a laid-back Sunday afternoon sitting in the sun reading the paper getting slowly pickled.

Jason Ritchie, (June 2005)

…draws its material from 1999′s Something For The Weekend and the whole of the 2003 website only album Lemon with some previously unreleased material thrown in for good measure…will undoubtedly please the legions of Stackridge fans.

Classic Rock Society (July 2005)

…The band’s English humour and Fab Four-style tunes…are nowhere better illustrated than on Wonderful Day, about, er, driving an Austin Maestro…

Record Collector (August 2005)

No longer quite as eccentric as old, the members have mellowed with age, although their love of pastoral stylings, Beatles’ chord progressions, and a very English sound is as passionate as ever.

It all makes for an incredibly eclectic mixture of music, ranging from the epic ”Beating a Path”, into the bright lights of the music hall-esque ”Grooving Along the Highway on a Monday Morning Once”, then ”Sliding Down the Razorblade of Love” into blues… a splendidly entertaining set all round.

Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (July 2005)

The polished, cultured songs come off as a modern take on psychedelic pop, with their finessed elaboration never reaching bombastic dimensions. With all the wittiness, keyboards, guitars, flutes and violins that Stackridge is known for intact, this is a true celebration. (August 2005)

Imagine Donovan mixing with Barclay James Harvest and ELO with 10CC along for the ride…as a pop album it is all good clean fun with some great pop tunes…

Feedback (August 2005)

…became synonymous with amiable eccentricity during their heyday in the early 70s…the band were tempted out of retirement two decades later and this anthology showcases some of the tracks they recorded during this second incarnation…

Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser

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STACKRIDGE Radio Sessions 1971-1973


Time though has been kind to these eccentrics, whose winding, portmanteau songs wedded Beatles’ melodies to a sensibility grounded in British folk.

The main prize here is ‘The Lyder Loo’, never issued on album. At least as interesting is a fabulous, 15-minute ‘Slark’, which features some extemporised wordless vocals that make it even knottier than the released version.

Probably not an entry point, but nonetheless essential.

Kieron Tyler, (October 2012)

Looks like nobody seemed to care and tape classic STACKRIDGE performances, and their only live album was recorded only in 2007. The more precious, then, are their sole TV appearance and these six cuts laid down in September 1970 and February 1973.

Blistering and brilliantly rough, the latter is of special interest because it includes apocryphal pub ditty “The Lyder Loo”, bound to land on the forthcoming “The Man In The Bowler Hat”, yet never taken to a studio other to the Beeb one.

More so, “The Road To Venezuela” and “The Galloping Gaucho”, originally split between different vinyl sides, become a sort of vaudeville suite here, while the same Latino rhythm is set in the opener “Three Legged Table” from the group’s debut.

And if this glamorous song comes severely shortened, the compensation arrives with the significantly revised “Slark” which laps lazily across its own album mark, as Michael Evans’ violin and Mutter Slater’s flute claim the funny folksy space over from Andy Davis and James Warren’s soft vocal melange.

But radio or not, “God Speed The Plough” retains its orchestral beauty while expanding the initial classical quotient… and that’s what the whole of this disc does with STACKRIDGE legacy. (October 2012)

…some classic examples of their distinctive melodic whimsy…

Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser and other regionals (October 2012)

This 33+ minute disc includes material taken from two BBC radio sessions (September 21, 1971 and February 7, 1973). This disc will mainly appeal to diehard Stackridge fans…

Included are the must have tracks “Slark” (a fifteen minute version) plus the hard-to-find only recorded version of “The Lyder Loo.”

Rounding out the disc are live versions of “God Speed The Plough,” “Road To Venezuela,” and “The Galloping Gaucho” (a fan favorite)…

We highly recommend anything and everything that bandleaders Andy Davis and James Warren are involved with. They most certainly are two of the best pop musicians of the past few decades. (November 2012)

…the otherwise unavailable The Lyder Loo, a discard from The Man ln The Bowler Hat album (on which the other three 1973 session tracks appeared in studio form) and a 15-minute version of the classic Slark from !971, with fabulous Mutter Slater flute, make them well worthy of exhumation…Quirky pop like this is a rarity today, and the rude vocal adlibs on The Road To Venezuela still raise a schoolboy smile.

Record Collector, (December 2012)

lf may sound am-dram, but Stackridge embraced their more eccentric proclivities. Besides, the early 70s – when Monty Python, The Incredible String Band and medieval music could influence a band equally – was a particularly purple period for such pure prog-folk oddness.

Stackridge could play too: the exotic rhythms and sub-Saharan singing of ‘Three Legged Table’ is quite a contrast to the early music minstrel strum-along of the unreleased The Lyder Loo. Storytelling folk lies at the heart of these songs but with clear Beatles influences and a West Coast approach to warm harmonies, Stackridge’s early work still holds its own against that of their many colourful contemporaries.

Classic Rock Prog Magazine (Jan 2013)

Only six tracks, ‘The Lyder Loo’, ‘Three Legged Table’, ‘God Speed The Plough’, ‘Road To Venezuela’, ‘The Galloping Gaucho’ and an overlong 15 minute ‘Slark’, but the inclusion of that rare track should ensure good sales. Probably for completists only.

Classic Rock Society (Jan 2013)

…the cheery, tuneful Three Legged Table is given an irrepressible South American makeover, all handclaps and whoops backed up by the harmonies of James Warren and Andy Davis; something that sounds comedic but is actually beautiful, both in sound and execution. The other song is the band’s magnum opus Slark, which is by far the best version ever recorded.

…The recordings here are superb and show the band at their most confident and innovative.

Maverick magazine

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