Category Archives: STACKRIDGE
This splendid anthology was assembled by Stackridge founder members James Warren and Andy Davis, drawing on more than three decades worth of exemplary music-making in the process. The gentle quirkiness which became Stackridge’s trademark permeates choice offerings from the early seventies such as ’32 West Mall’, ‘Teatime’ and the single version of of ‘Slark’…
…Sure, there was a break in their activities, and the bittersweet post-reunion gem “Something About The Beatles” sounds polished, more like Andy Davis and James Warren’s other collective, THE KORGIS, rather than STACKRIDGE’s original oeuvre, yet for all the variety on offer, the impression is of genuine continuity.
It draws a bridge to another latter-time track, the elegiac “Charles Louis Dance”, from the fantastic dance of “Slark” from their debut, here in its single variant, less than third in length from the full one but still arresting, as is the acoustic lace of “Can Inspiration Save The Nation”…
…”Preserved”, then, is a wrong choice of the title, and jam on the cover doesn’t reflect this band’s real nature. The STACKRIDGE music is still a vibrantly living creature – strange but adorable. ****
DME Music Site
From the acoustic whimsy of 32 West Mall, from their 1970 debut, to the acoustic delicacy of The Final Bow, from 2002′s LEMON, in between there’s a wealth of inventiveness, grandeur and fine tunes that span almost every genre.
Whether it’s the cut-down single version of the epic Slark, the imaginative 21st century tribute Something About The Beatles or the expansive instrumental God Speed The Plough (produced by Beatles mastermind George Martin) the music is gorgeous and shows how much the band needed the full-blooded reunion that brought us 2009′s aptly-titled A VICTORY FOR COMMON SENSE, one of the finest albums of all time. ***
…Unlike most compilations, ‘Preserved’ doesn’t shy away from including the shorter, quirkier Stackridge tracks, allowing highlights like ’32 West Mall’ and ‘Can Inspiration Save The Nation’ to catch your curiosity as they pass by.
Really that is just scratching the surface of the flavours and textures served up on this excellent introduction to a band that deserves far more recognition than they currently receive. However, what ties it all together are beautifully crafted songs that have obviously been created with great care and attention, making each and every one a journey well worth taking in its own rite.
Anyone not familiar with Stackridge will be pleasantly surprised by this varied and entertaining collection – and, yes, there is an occasional hint of the Korgis that they were to become for a period of time.
Classic Rock Society
With 25 tracks and a running time of 150 minutes this is a ‘bang up’ DVD that should be in everyone’s collection. Stackridge needs to be better appreciated, and I can assure you that if I ever discover them appearing locally I will be buying tickets (unless I can get in for free with press credentials hahaha). I am so impressed with this band that I do plan on seeking out some of their other albums. So if the Stackridge PR people are reading this, drop me a line!
Simon Barrett, Blogger News (August 2007)
…plenty of humour…and no little atmosphere. The crowd are responsive and appreciative, and it helps the band to some really good performances…
An entertaining release for most, pretty rivetting if you are already a fan.
Classic Rock Society (Dec 2007)
Warm as toast, the audience roars its approval, mums, dads, boys and girls, fired by nostalgia and the self-knowing absurdity of it all. Fans will love this. Metal fiends should stay well away, though …
Peter Muir, www.getreadytorock.com (January 2008)
The arrangements are complex, yet the band takes it all easy, and vocal harmonies of the likes of ‘Friendliness’ hit the soft spot of even the hardened listener…
Let It Rock, www.dmmme.net
…a stunningly beautiful piece of work which takes their early 1970s work and recreates it to the full…The sound is just lovely, full and rich…The band doesn’t put a foot wrong during 25 wonderful tracks…
Maverick (March 2008)
This fine 2CD set captures the musical delights of their show…in 2007, an evening of classic English popular music…
Kevin Bryan, Mid-Sussex Chronicle (March 2008)
…the best Stackridge compilation you could imagine…
Goldmine, March 28 2008
Their music still quivers with creativity…A must-have set for all fans, young and old alike.
Jo-Ann Greene, allmusic.com (March 2008)
The band’s blend of soft, breezy pop-rock infused with traces of Bonzo Dog wackiness, Beatle-esque harmonies and even the occasional folk flavour is represented best on the second CD…
RocknReel, April/May 2008
With their inspirational post-Beatles sounding pop,. Stackridge sound like they haven’t missed a beat…performing a great mix of newer songs and vintage Stackridge.
20th Century Guitar (March 2008)
Due to the dedication of the experts at Angel Air the band’s albums have been reissued in recent years. This enjoyable live album was recorded at Rondo Theatre in Bath on 1st April, 2007; there is also an accompanying DVD. As the band are still touring this is an excellent testament to their robust live sets.
The sleeve notes (which are littered with shots of the band on stage) come courtesy of Mike Tobin so it’s a good package. With 11 tracks on the first disc and 14 songs on the second there’s plenty of material, exhaustive but likable. This is really an essential purchase for fans but will probably not be of interest to newcomers.
Neil Daniels, Fireworks magazine (Issue 32)