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Riley Riley Wood & Waggett = 3 CD, Digipack = (CD)
Three CDs. Issued by underground imprint RCA Neon in mid-1971, the Shape of the Rain album Riley Riley Wood & Waggett sold poorly at the time despite glowing reviews from the British music weeklies. A surging collision of Beatlesesque writing and harmonies and Byrds-like jingle-jangle guitars, sadly it would take another couple of decades before the LP was finally disinterred by a new generation of record collectors. Half-a-century after it's original release, that lost jewel of an album finally gets the attention it deserves as the cornerstone of Grapefruit's definitive new anthology of a criminally neglected late '60s/early '70s British band. In addition to that 1971 album, our release features a post-LP single, a clutch of studio demos, taped rehearsals and alternative versions as well as more than a dozen previously-unissued demos of material for an aborted second album. Recorded in 1972 by band leader and chief vocalist/songwriter Keith Riley, these songs are a staggering new find, occupying similar musical territory to newly-solo McCartney, Badfinger man Pete Ham's home demos and Chris Bell's post-Big Star work. Our release also features some incendiary Shape of the Rain live recordings, including a 50-minute show from May 1970 that stands as a rare and enthralling document of a West Coast-influenced English psychedelic band captured in full and glorious flow at the turn of the decade. Boasting a 24-page booklet that includes numerous rare photos as well as a new history of the band, this expanded, four-hour edition of Riley Riley Wood & Waggett features approximately two hours of previously unreleased music.
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Type: CD
Recorded: 1971
Release Date: 2020-05-20
Label: Grapefruit
Country: Euro
Item No: CRSEG067T
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