CD released: Jun 30, 2023
STACKRIDGE EXPANDED CD EDITION
This Esoteric Recordings edition has been expanded to include four bonus tracks, two of which are from the band's first BBC radio session for John Peel's Top Gear. The release features an illustrated booklet with exclusive band interviews and an essay by Mike Barnes. Formed in Bristol in 1969, Stackridge were one of the most unique British bands of the era. Their initial line-up featured Andy Davis (guitar, keyboards, vocals), James Warren (guitar, vocals), James "Crun" Walter (bass), Michael "Mutter" Slater (flute, vocals), Michael Evans (violin) and Billy Bent (drums). Possessing a gift for melody, musicianship and a fine sense of humour and English eccentricity, their concerts were legendary. Throughout 1970 they honed their song writing and live act, appearing at the very first Glastonbury festival that year. In 1971, Crun Walter departed the band and James Warren assumed bass guitar duties. They signed to MCA Records and recorded their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, issued in August that year.