Second pressing No color wax or foil stamp jacket
Some albums hold the blueprint for something bigger than can be contained on twelve inches of vinyl; the self-titled debut album by The Stone Roses is one of them. Check!Despite clocking in at less than fifty minutes long, itï¿½s a record that shaped the next two-and-a-half decades of British music.
Released in 1989, The Stone Roses was a fusion of rock music and the nascent rave scene in the groupï¿½s native Manchester. For a period of a few years, the industrial English city that gave us Joy Division, The Fall, and The Smiths was home to a drug-fuelled, club-based scene that earned the town a new nicknameï¿½Madchester. Falling squarely in that point of transition, The Stone Roses created guitar music that made people dance, fostering the baggy scene that paved the way to Britpop and Manchesterï¿½s next mega band, Oasis.
The Stone Roses were the full package: they had the tough demeanor and insular mentality of any group of friends from a rugged city, they had a unique look comprised of bucket hats, Adidas sportswear, baggy jeans, and oversized T-shirts, and they talked a mean fight in interviews. But musically they were groaning with talentï¿½Gary ï¿½Maniï¿½ Mounfied (bass) and Alan ï¿½Reniï¿½ Wren (drums) made complex rhythms seem effortless, guitarist John Squire could give his beloved Jimmy Page a run for his money, and frontman Ian Brown balanced punk sensibility and hippy mentality.
In the UK, the album is the stuff of legend, its cover still seen on T-shirts in any given gig venue. Around the world, its influence was less tangible, most likely due to the fact that the group was hamstrung by a legal wrangle with the Silvertone label following the albumï¿½s release.
Musically, itï¿½s a mix of the grandiose and the intimate, containing songs so forceful and emotive theyï¿½ve become terrace anthems (ï¿½This Is The Oneï¿½ is Manchester Unitedï¿½s walk-on music) alongside introspective tracks like the anti-monarchy madrigal "Elizabeth My Dear.ï¿½ In ï¿½Waterfall,ï¿½ there are cascading guitar lines that describe its title like musical onomatopoeia, and in ï¿½Made Of Stoneï¿½ and ï¿½She Bangs The Drum,ï¿½ there are perfect pop songs too. Most significantly, there are songs in which the band etch their own myth in earth-rumbling basslines and grandiose statements: ï¿½I Wanna Be Adored,ï¿½ which opens the album, and ï¿½I Am The Resurrection,ï¿½ which closes.
Reissued on Light In The Attic on deluxe double-vinyl, this is your chance to discover the album for the first time or to own it in its most beautiful presentation yet.