Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present

Occasional Rain

£31.99
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29th May 2020 / 2LP & CD / Ace
     

Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present

Occasional Rain

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Taking a trip back to the uncertain and hazy times of late 1960s Britain, where artists were looking to jazz and folk for new musical directions in lieu of the looming new decade.

Occasional Rain is the sequel to Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs’ highly successful English Weather collection.

This is the sound of young bands experimenting in a period of flux, feeling for a new direction, exploring jazz and folk – as many songs are led by mellotron, piano and flute as they are by guitar. Lyrically, there are two themes that crop up regularly: the search for a home that isn’t there anymore – the certainties of the optimistic 60s, the physical reality of terraced streets – and the rain. For the former, there’s Cressida’s gentle, keening Home And Where I Long To Be, while Duncan Browne’s shape-shifting Ragged Rain Life feels like a decent summary of Britain in both 1970 and 2020. Occasional Rain puts the era’s bigger names (Traffic, Yes, Moody Blues) and the lesser known (Mandy More, Shape Of The Rain, Tonton Macoute) side by side. Like its predecessor English Weather, it evokes the turn of the new decade, a beautiful state of fuzzy confusion, and the feel of a wet Saturday afternoon at the dawn of the 70s spent flicking through the racks, wondering whether to buy the new Tull album or maybe take a chance on that Christine Harwood album in the bargain bin (go on, you won’t regret it).

Format /2LP & CD
Released /29th May 2020
Catalogue / XXQLP2070
Barcode / 029667011013
Label /Ace
Genre / Compilations
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