Fans of The Stone Roses, ourselves among them, have reason to rejoice at last. Sadly, Ian Brown and John Squire have not decided to bury the hatchet and reform the band for a money-spinning comeback, but consolation is at hand as we approach the 20th anniversary of the Mancunians’ eponymous and brilliant debut album, The Stone Roses.
On August 10, exactly twenty years to the day since The Stone Roses walked on to the stage at the Blackpool Empress Ballroom for what would become a legendary gig, Sony Music will re-release the band’s debut LP in four brand new formats.
Consistently polled as one of the greatest albums of all-time, and arguably Britain’s finest ever debut, The Collector’s Edition truly is the stuff of fan boy fantasy, featuring a fully re-mastered version by original producer John Leckie and Ian Brown alongside a host of bonus discs, unseen footage, additional tracks and interviews with famous fans.
The full DVD of the Empress Ballroom show is enclosed, plus all six of the promotional videos made during this period, whilst Disc 2 delivers a complete set of re-mastered B-sides and non-album A-sides for the band’s Silvertone singles, including such favourites as Mersey Paradise, Elephant Stone and the superlative Fools Gold. The third CD features The Lost Demos, a previously unheard selection of early recordings, plus the never before heard track Pearl Bastard. Also included will be three heavyweight vinyl discs collating the material across six sides.
Further unheard and unseen material comes in the form of five backwards tracks and John Leckie’s personal home movie, Up at Sawmills: The Making of Fools Gold, which are contained on a Lemon shaped USB (in homage to the album’s iconic sleeve art). And if all that wasn’t enough, a 48-page bound book features a host of unseen images and brand new interviews with the band and high profile fans such as Noel Gallagher, Peter Hook, Mark Ronson and Glasvegas, not to mention six John Squire 12” art prints for the tracks I Wanna Be Adored, She Bangs The Drums, Elephant Stone, Fools Gold, One Love and I Am The Resurrection.
It might just be time to fish out the old-school sunhats and baggy jeans from the back of the wardrobe…