20th Anniversary of The Stone Roses Iconic Debut Album

By on Friday, 24th July 2009 at 12:00 pm

The Stone Roses (side)It continually notches high amid those countless ‘greatest album ever’ polls, and back in 2006, NME even went as far as to declare it the ‘best British album of all time’. If you hadn’t guessed already, we’re talking about The Stones Roses iconic self-titled debut album, which is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this 2009.

The new-romantic and cheesy-rock faze of the 80s was over, and a fresh wave of music was swiftly sweeping the country. As the 90s approached, the infamous Madchester movement started storming our charts, and along with the likes of Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets, a fresh-faced Ian Brown led the movement with his band’s eclectic indie-dance.

Recording began on the album in June 1988 and was completed in February 1989. ‘The Stones Roses’ was finally released upon the world on May 2nd of the same year. The record was produced by John Leckie, who had already worked with a number of legends including John Lennon, Pink Floyd and Simple Minds. Initial reception of the album was positive, despite only reaching 19 in the record charts. Still – brimming with epic tracks including ‘I Wanna Be Adored’, ‘She Bangs the Drums’ , ‘Waterfall’, ‘Made of Stone’ and ‘I am the Resurrection’- ‘The Stone Roses’ was musical history just waiting to happen. Combing wavey guitar-pop with acid house-synths, the soundscape was like nothing anyone had heard before – basically, in one word, it was immense.

Indeed, without The Stones Roses and said debut album, half of the music we hear today wouldn’t exist. The band went on to influence the likes of Oasis, Blur and Manic Street Preachers, who consequently went on to influence our Kasabians and The Enemys of 2009. Without The Stone Roses, there would be no Brit-Pop, and without Brit-Pop, who knows what would have been around nowadays.

Basically, 1989 was a vital year for music, and 20 years on, The Stones Roses want us to celebrate it all over again. In August, the band will be releasing three remastered, super special anniversary editions of their now legendary debut album. To learn more, check out this website especially dedicated to the festivities. While you’re here, why not also check out the links below, which detail all three editions which will be available to purchase from August 10th.

The Collectors Edition, £79.98, including CDs, DVD, USB, vinyls, book, art prints and other goodies, The Legacy Edition, £24.98, including 2 CDs and DVD, The Special Edition, £8.93, CD.

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