Second Coming – The Stone Roses

 
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Posted 26th June 2017 by

 
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The Stone RosesSecond Coming. The Stone Roses are certainly a Rock ’n’ Roll Cliché. The First eponymously named album released on 2nd May 1989 took some time to catch onto the public’s imagination and with an opening track called I wanna Be Adored, it rather breathed Rock ’n’ Roll hedonism. But ever so slowly it did catch the Public’s imagination and coming from Manchester, The Stone Roses became the De facto leaders of the Madchester movement and with a Million world wide album sales behind them. Who Can Argue?

Then you could not make this up if you tried to. The Band after playing a few headline shows just about disappeared for Five Years, Four and half of those years without even playing a concert.
Finally news leaked that the Stone Roses were back in the studio’s in Owestry, Shropshire and Monmouth, Wales. The album took Two and a half years to create with rumors abounding all the time about Band splits, replacements, new players, different directions etc.

Well finally in December 1994 Geffen records released the Stone Roses second album prophetically titled Second Coming. Putting it mildly it does not grab you straight away and all the comparisons that were made between the Stone Roses and the Beatles, Led Zeppelin etc. All rather went out the window. But there is an awful lot to be said for a strong fan base, the album leapt up the British Charts and even though in five years times had changed the Fan Base was still there waiting. Second Coming peaked at Number 4 in the charts in Britain selling another million albums, the rest of the world did not appear to have such long memories.

The album has some very fine tunes as long as you give them more than one spin on your deck. The Opener Breaking into Heaven is a classic. Starting with some rampant Lead Guitar Chords fromThe Stone Roses John Squire before changing track and ever so slowly leaving you with just rippling water rolling over stones, other furry beasts lurking in the jungle and the odd chant. A Drum beat comes rolling over the hill and the song carries you away with itself. John Squires guitar comes in and out of the song like a rain squall. It’s nearly five minutes before Breaking Into Heaven resembles anything like a Rock ’n’ Roll song, but when it does it is laden down with charm. The other tracks on the album all have their own magical moments with two of the songs having a delightful Camp Fire Sing-a-long feeling. Whilst others are sprinkled with some deep rooted psychedelic passions, Funky/Blues/Rock/Pop Numbers are all superbly played. John Squires guitar work is never short of a unique quality which along with Ian Brown’s vocals, gave them that distinctive Stone Roses sound. Although if you have a fine Lead Vocalist I never think it is a good idea to hand the mike stand to another member of the Band.

Of course as in all good Rock ’n’ Roll stories nothing lasts. The Stone Roses did set out on a World tour to support the album, but first Mani left and then disastrously John Squire picked up his guitar and left too. Replacements were drafted in, but it was far too little too late . The Last Stone Rose Concert was at Reading Festival where the band were under rehearsed, out of tune and out of their gourds. It is I am afraid rather generous to call this the second Stone Roses album as it’s also their last. But as the saying goes “Never Say Never”.

Having said that finishing with the appalling noise that is last track The Foz is unforgivable. I’ll still dispense Four Stars, but that is despite The Foz.

Track Listing:
Breaking into Heaven
Driving South
Ten Storey Love Story
Daybreak
Your Star will Shine
Straight To the Man
Begging You
Tightrope
Good Times
Tears
How Do You Sleep
Love Spreads
The Foz

The Stone Roses:
Ian Brown – Vocals and Harmonica
John Squire – Lead Guitar
Mani – Bass Guitar
Reni – Drums

Written By Mott The Dog and Hells Bells
Mott The Dog and Cronies can often be found slurping from their bowls at Jameson’s Nova Park, Soi AR , Pattaya

Buy the album now….


Mott the Dog

 


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