The album comes complete with exclusive new John Squire 'action painting' artwork and extensive, beautiful sleeve notes from long-time Stone Roses commentator John McCready. All tracks were re-mastered from the original tapes at Abbey Road Studios by Chris Blair, overseen by John Leckie and (for the 'Second Coming' songs) Simon Dawson.
The album will be released on CD & Double LP (heavy vinyl) and there will be a limited edition slipcase CD featuring 4 artwork prints.
The Stone Roses were one of the most important bands of the late '80's and the '90's. Formed in the North West of England during the first stirrings of a nascent house music scene, the early Roses gigs at warehouses in the Manchester area borrowed heavily from the Chicago house music parties. Alongside the Hacienda and Thunderdome, these shows were the beginnings of the new approach to clubs and shows that would later become a defining feature of the rave generation. The Stone Roses debut ignited first the North West, with a seminal Hacienda show in 1989 causing the traffic to stop due to queues round the block, and then London, with the now legendary ICA show. Over the course of 1989 the band moved to the forefront of the UK music scene and influenced the wardrobes of teenagers from John O'Groats to Lands End in addition to monopolising their stereos. The long break between their debut and "Second Coming" did nothing to dampen the allure of the band and their return was greeted with a run of sell-out shows throughout the UK. A generation on, both LP's continue to sell to new fans and cement the reputation of the most influential British band since The Beatles.
"We wanted to be the first band to play on the moon." Ian Brown
The track listing is as follows: