It'll be a good year for the roses - Fools Gold and more due for re-release!

Posted: 5th July 2009

If you had any musical love and involvement with the North-West scene in the late 80's and early 90's then you would surely have been happy to slap a happy Stone Roses platter on the gramophone at some point. But, you would also have slung your beloved CD or 12" singles out with the dustmen as soon as Blur arrived or Oasis took over the world. Shame on you.

To commemorate the importance of Brown's gang, a very limited batch of 7" and downloads will be released at weekly intervals from July 6th, designed to round up the superior earlier works of this revolutionary band who bonded weed-heads and acieeeed-heads alike in the days of rave.

The awesome "Elephant Stone" is the first of a chunk of 5 singles to be released, coupled with a limited special box set thrown in to store the subsequent brace of 7" singles to be released afterwards. The schedule includes "Fools Gold" and "She Bangs The Drums" plus requisite B-sides and artwork and also heralds the release of downloads and a collector's edition with art-cards and USB keys-a-go-go.

It's been a good 16 years since the euphoria of Spike Island, but the Stone Roses debut album is still hailed as one of the most important albums in British history alongside Joy Division's "Unknown Pleasures" and their live performances are coveted with pride and joy by their many fans. These recordings are indeed the resurrection - turn on the light once more and enjoy the good times of their self-titled debut (also part of the reissue programme) once again.

Paul Pledger