The Stone Roses [20th Anniversary Edition] (CD)


The Stone Roses

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John Schacht 08/13/2010

You knew the Stone Roses’ eponymous debut would be special from the moment “I Wanna Be Adored” emerged from its intro haze into sinister focus and Ian Brown began insisting upon your worship. The cock-sure solipsism of that opening and the rest of the record’s ecstasy-fueled lyrics – “I Am The Resurrection,” anyone? – might’ve been laughable if the band hadn’t conveyed it with ultimate self-confidence and chops to match. Guitarist John Squire brought the wah-wah back from its punk-rock exile and wisely married it with Byrds’ chime; producer John Leckie draped the melodies in druggy reverb; and the Manchester quartet bridged the psychedelic, pop, and dance (read “Rave”) worlds. Unfortunately, The Stone Roses entered label/lawsuit purgatory after this, effectively killing the momentum the debut engendered – while less-talented lunkheads like Oasis rushed in to capitalize (Noel Gallagher should pay Brown royalties every time he opens his mouth). It was six years before the Roses’ desultory letdown -- The Second Coming -- emerged, and the band imploded before that tour even ended. This expanded package includes two more discs -- The Lost Demos and The Extras -- and a live show/videos DVD. Most demos packages only prove the sausage-making is best left unheard, but this set is interesting because the songs sound so solid even shorn of their effects, while high-quality extras like “Going Down,” “Mersey Paradise” and “Where Angels Play” suggest how great that sophomore record could’ve been. True, extras like “Full Fathom Five” and “Guernica” show how quickly drugs and backmasking lead to self-indulgency, but the original album still sounds incredibly fresh two decades on.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
I Wanna Be Adored
The Stone Roses 04:52
2.
She Bangs the Drums
The Stone Roses 03:42
3.
Waterfall
The Stone Roses 04:37
4.
Don't Stop
The Stone Roses 05:17
5.
Bye Bye Badman
The Stone Roses 04:00
6.
Elizabeth My Dear
The Stone Roses 00:59
7.
(Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister
The Stone Roses 03:25
8.
Made of Stone
The Stone Roses 04:10
9.
Shoot You Down
The Stone Roses 04:10
10.
This Is the One
The Stone Roses 04:58
11.
I Am the Resurrection
The Stone Roses 08:12
12.
Fools Gold [Bonus Track]
The Stone Roses 09:53


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
I Wanna Be Adored [Demo]
The Stone Roses 03:42
2.
She Bangs the Drums [Demo]
The Stone Roses 03:46
3.
Waterfall [Demo]
The Stone Roses 04:45
4.
Bye Bye Badman [Demo]
The Stone Roses 04:03
5.
(Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister [Demo]
The Stone Roses 03:30
6.
Shoot You Down [Demo]
The Stone Roses 04:25
7.
This Is the One [Demo]
The Stone Roses 04:00
8.
I Am the Resurrection [Demo]
The Stone Roses 06:38
9.
Elephant Stone [Demo]
The Stone Roses 03:13
10.
Going Down [Demo]
The Stone Roses 02:40
11.
Mersey Paradise [Demo]
The Stone Roses 02:47
12.
Where Angels Play [Demo]
The Stone Roses 03:16
13.
Something's Burning [Demo]
The Stone Roses 03:03
14.
One Love [Demo]
The Stone Roses 06:22
15.
Pearl Bastard [Demo]
The Stone Roses 03:42


Disc 3 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
I Wanna Be Adored [Live]
The Stone Roses 05:14
2.
Elephant Stone [Live]
The Stone Roses 03:35
3.
Waterfall [Live]
The Stone Roses 03:35
4.
(Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister [Live]
The Stone Roses 03:27
5.
Made of Stone [Live]
The Stone Roses 04:26
6.
She Bangs the Drums [Live]
The Stone Roses 03:41
7.
Where Angels Play [Live]
The Stone Roses 04:10
8.
Going Down [Live]
The Stone Roses 02:44
9.
Mersey Paradise [Live]
The Stone Roses 02:51
10.
I Am the Resurrection [Live]
The Stone Roses 12:32
11.
Waterfall [Music Video]
The Stone Roses 03:36
12.
Fools Gold [Music Video]
The Stone Roses 04:14
13.
I Wanna Be Adored [Music Video]
The Stone Roses 04:33
14.
One Love [Music Video]
The Stone Roses 03:47
15.
She Bangs the Drums [Music Video]
The Stone Roses 03:41
16.
Standing Here [Music Video]
The Stone Roses 03:15

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