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Shape of the Rain - Riley Riley Wood and Waggett remastered 3 cds expanded

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Pressing: Germany
Year: 1971
Genre: prog folk
Packaging: box

• 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 its original release, that lost jewel of an album finally gets the attention it deserves as the cornerstone of Grapefruit’s definitive new 3-CD anthology of a criminally neglected late Sixties/early Seventies 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.

• It’s a fascinating overview of a band that, with the right handling, could surely have joined the likes of Badfinger, The Raspberries and Big Star as early Seventies proto-power pop avatars of an immediately post-Beatles new dawn.

TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE

1. WOMAN
2. PATTERNS
3. CASTLES
4. WASTING MY TIME
5. ROCKFIELD ROLL
6. YES
7. DUSTY ROAD
8. WILLOWING TREES
9. I’LL BE THERE
10. BROKEN MAN
BONUS TRACKS
11. MY FRIEND JOHN
12. THE VERY FIRST CLOWN*
13. WHAT YOU GONNA DO NOW*
14. YOU’RE THE ONE*
15. FROM ME AND FROM YOU*
16. NO USE CRYIN’ AGAIN*
17. WATERCOLOUR SUNSHINE*
18. NOTHIN’ YOU COULD DO*
19. WE CAN PUT IT RIGHT*
20. LADY OF MY DREAMS*
21. IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOU*
22. LISTEN TO MY HEART*
23. NOW’S THE TIME TO START*
24. DON’T YOU KNOW*
25. SECOND TIME AROUND*

1-10 The album Shape Of The Rain/Riley
Riley Wood & Waggett, RCA Neon NE
7, released June 1971
11 Single released as Shape, RCA 2129,
released October 1971
12-25 Previously unreleased 1972 Keith
Riley demos

DISC TWO

1. BROKEN MAN (DEMO VERSION)
2. I DON’T NEED NOBODY
3. I’LL BE THERE (DEMO VERSION)
4. WE’RE NOT THEIR BOYS
5. HALLELUJAH
6. HELLO 503
7. I DOUBT IF I EVER WILL
8. WILLOWING TREES
(DEMO VERSION)
9. CANYON
10. SPRING
11. WORDS
12. LOOK AROUND
13. ADVERTISING MAN
14. GO AROUND AND SEE IT
15. IT’S SO GOOD HERE
16. BIG BLACK BIRD
17. EVERYONE THE FOOL
18. YOU JUST CALL
19. IT’S MY LIFE
BONUS TRACKS
20. DUSTY ROAD (DEMO VERSION)*
21. TOO MANY LIES*
22. YES (DEMO VERSION)*

DISC THREE
LIVE
1. WILLOWING TREES*
2. PASSING OF TIME*
3. IMAGINATION*
4. I’VE BEEN WRONG*
5. SPRING*
6. EVERYONE THE FOOL*
7. VANISHING COTTAGE*
8. CEILING*
9. BIG BLACK BIRD*
10. GO AROUND AND SEE IT*
11. SAY IT’S GOODBYE*
12. WOMAN*
13. WE’RE NOT THEIR BOYS*
14. HELLO 503*

1-8 Live at Alfreton Hall, 2 May
1970
9-13 Live at Manchester
University, circa 1973
14 Live acetate recorded at
Velvet Underground/Down
Broadway clubs, 1968


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