STACKRIDGE Something For The Weekend Angel Air SJPCD235 (2007)
Nigh 20 years on from swansong concept album 'Mr Mick' (sadly, too little, too late), came a terrific return to Stackridge's previous form in this 1995-released set.
While their enduringly silly, trademark Palm Court Orchestra sensibilities are welcomingly evidenced on 'Sliding Down The Razorblade of Love', it's the pure pop song writing talent of vocalist James Warren, honed in the '80s in his chart-busting Korgis incarnation with former Stackridger Andy Davies, that shines here.
Highlights in 'It's A Fascinating World', 'Faith in Love' and the sly-titled 'Something About The Beatles', a nod to the Fab Four's inspiration and George Martin's production work on the band's acclaimed album, 'Man in The Bowler Hat', reveal this to be more than another sliver of folky prog doing the rounds again.
Gorgeous tunes, skilfully played with just the right amount of light and shade, and recorded with evident love and care, rendered one of the band's best.
With the oxygen of Angel Air, this reissue, with bonus unreleased demos, should fly further than before. And justifiably so.