|Expanded edition of album from 1976 including the original version as originally planned by the band
Format: CD / Cat No: ECLEC22844 / Released: 06/10/2023
Track Listing: CD 1 - Mr. Mick - The 1976 album version:
1. Hold Me Tight / 2. Breakfast with Werner von Braun / 3. The Steam Radio Song / 4. The Dump / 5. Save a Red Face / 6. The Slater’s Waltz / 7. Coniston Water / 8. Hey! Good Looking / 9. Fish in a Glass
CD 2 - Mr. Mick - The original unreleased version
1. Hey! Good Looking / 2. Breakfast with Werner von Braun / 3. Mr. Mick’s Waltz / 4. Mr. Mick’s Dream / 5. Save a Red Face / 6. The Steam Radio Song / 7. The Slater’s Waltz / 8. Hazy Dazy Holiday / 9. Coniston Water / 10. Can Inspiration Save the Nation? / 11. Mr. Mick’s New Home / 12. Fish in a Glass
More information: Formed in Bristol in 1969, Stackridge were one of the most unique British bands of the era. Their initial line-up featured Andy Davis (guitar, keyboards, vocals), James Warren (guitar, vocals), James “Crun” Walter (bass), Michael “Mutter” Slater (flute, vocals), Michael Evans (violin) and Billy Bent (drums). Possessing a gift for melody, musicianship and a fine sense of humour and English eccentricity, their concerts were legendary.
Throughout 1970 the honed their song writing and live act, appearing at the very first Glastonbury festival that year. In 1971, Crun Walter departed the band and James Warren assumed bass guitar duties. They signed to MCA Records and recorded their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, issued in August that year. Their second album, ‘Friendliness’, was issued in November 1972, the album and subsequent tours with fellow Bristol act The Pigsty Hill Orchestra and latterly Camel, gained the band more dedicated followers. The band’s third album, ‘The Man in the Bowler Hat’ was produced by the legendary George Martin and was widely well received by critics and fans. Following the release of the album Stackridge underwent a series of line-up changes and signed to Elton John’s newly established Rocket Records label, releasing the album ‘Extravaganza’ in 1975.
The following year, they recorded their final album of the 1970s, the conceptual ‘Mr Mick’. The original version of the album featured a story and narration and was rejected by Rocket Records and the band were forced to prepare a different version of the record for release in 1976.
This edition has been expanded to include the original version of the album as originally planned by the band. The release also features an illustrated booklet with an essay and exclusive band interviews.