– The Stone Roses – In Concert From Leicester – Recorded December 7, 1995 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
The Stone Roses to start the week. One of the pioneering bands of the Madchester scene of the late 1980s/early 1990’s. Their music and spirit left a lasting impression on a number of musicians who took the example and added to it. Many say Madchester was the precursor to Brit-Pop and that it was borrowing heavily on 60s Psychedelia as foundation while going in different directions.
Whatever it was, it proved to be a very productive and inspiring time for a lot of people; musicians and audiences alike. It also came roughly around the same time as Grunge was taking off in the U.S. and it wouldn’t be all that much of a stretch to say there was a kinship to the two genres, although you’d be hard pressed to say one influenced the other – but the atmosphere and the all-pervasive desire to do and say something different was the driving force which made them compatible bedfellows.
The Stone Roses released their same-titled debut album, in 1989. The album was a breakthrough success for the band and garnered critical acclaim, with many critics regarding it as one of the greatest British albums ever recorded. At this time the group decided to capitalize on their success by signing to a major label. Their record label at the time, Silvertone, would not let them out of their contract, which led to a long legal battle that culminated with the band signing with Geffen Records in 1991. The Stone Roses then released their second album, Second Coming, which was met with mixed reviews in 1994. The group soon disbanded after several lineup changes throughout the supporting tour, which began with Reni first departing in early 1995, followed by Squire in April 1996. Brown and Mani dissolved the remains of the group in October 1996 following their appearance at Reading Festival.
Following much intensified media speculation, The Stone Roses called a press conference on 18 October 2011 to announce that the band had reunited and would perform a reunion world tour in 2012, including three homecoming shows in Heaton Park, Manchester. Plans to record a third album in the future were also floated. In June 2012, Chris Coghill, the writer of the new film which is set during the Stone Roses 1990 Spike Island show, revealed that the band “have at least three or four new tracks recorded”. In June 2013, a documentary about the band’s reformation directed by Shane Meadows and titled The Stone Roses: Made of Stone was released.
In 2016 they released their first new material in two decades.
To get a taste of how they were during their first incarnation, here is a concert from Leicester, part of a UK tour they did towards the end of 1995.
Not 100% successful in the vocal department (I gotta be honest), it is nonetheless vintage Stone Roses.
Crank it up.