genre: prog, folk
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wikipedia: Stackridge is the 1971 debut album by the English group Stackridge. It was one of the first releases on the MCA Records label in the U.K.
The Stackridge style is rather hard to categorize. According to the liner notes the group claimed a wide range of influences including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, Syd Barrett, Robin Williamson, The Marx Brothers, Flanders and Swan, Bing Crosby, Tom Lehrer, Gilbert & Sullivan, Frederick Delius, J.S. Bach and Igor Stravinsky.
The album contains the original version of "Slark" which was later re-recorded in a much shorter version for a single. "Slark" was the highlight of many concerts, combining folk and progressive rock elements to create the first Stackridge epic.
"Dora the Female Explorer" was the only single released from the album and sounds like it must have been the inspiration for the children's television show Dora the Explorer. The real reason for the similarity in title is not fully known. Lyricists Andy Cresswell-Davis and James Warren had hoped to adapt six of the album's songs into a cartoon-book for children but, unfortunately, the project was never completed.
The album was recorded on 16-track equipment at De Lane Lea Studios, London, between March and April 1971 with recording engineer Martin Birch. It was produced by Fritz Freyer. Deep Purple were in the studio next door working on their album Fireball.
On some versions of the album, such as the U.S. edition released by Decca Records (DL-75317), the title of the song "32 West Mall" was shortened to "West Mall." Decca had also changed the titles of songs by other British artists, such as The Who, for U.S. release.
Side One Grande Piano - 3:21 (Davis/Warren)
Percy The Penguin - 3:40 (Davis/Warren)
The Three Legged Table - 6:47 (Warren)
Dora the Female Explorer - 3:45 (Stackridge)
Essence of Porphyry - 8:04 (Warren)
Side Two Marigold Conjunction - 4:58 (Warren)
32 West Mall - 2:25 (Davis/Warren)
Marzo Plod - 3:05 (Warren)
Slark - 14:07 (Walter/Davis)
bonus tracks: Let There Be Lids
Slark (single version)
Andy Cresswell-Davis - lead vocals, backing vocal, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, piano and harmonium
James Warren - lead vocals, backing vocals, bass guitar, acoustic bass guitar and acoustic guitar
Michael Evans - violin and backing vocals
Michael "Mutter" Slater - flute and backing vocals
Billy "Sparkle" Bent - drums and triangle
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