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Various Artists

Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs present English Weather

Ace Records

Released: 7th February 2017

2xLP£27.99Out of Stock
CD£12.99 Buy Now In Stock. Dispatched today.


The latest project from our pals, Saint Etienne's Bob 'n' Pete is a deluxe double LP (tip on sleeve, you fetishists) and cd of an underexplored but super rewarding moment in time. After The Beatles and mostly before everyone became a Marc Bolan and David Bowie freak there was a nice change in English and Welsh music from psychedelia to prog as the 60s moved into the 70s.

This is exactly the sound of English weather and it's strangely beautiful, melodic, melancholic, with jazz and folk touches. While America may have licked its Vietnam wounds at the turn of the seventies by turning to singer-songwriters, purveyors of homilies like 'teach your children well', Britain wasn't so ready to give up the trappings of the UK counterculture, of dissent, albeit of the quiet kind. British bands would mirror the new decade with a new kind of music made with flutes, mellotrons and sometimes very lived in voices. Featuring titans like Robert Wyatt, John Cale and Caravan alongside a bunch of crate digger gems this is as you would expect, a very superior compilation.

Lavishly put together, with two of Peter Mitchell’s iconic photographs of 1970’s Leeds, welcome to the English Weather.