Glossop Record Club is back on Thursday 12th October, and for the first time ever we’ll be playing a various artists compilation album in full!
Curated by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs and released on Ace Records earlier this year, ‘English Weather‘ is (to quote from the Ace website):
“The autumnal sound of Britain at the turn of the 70s, looking out through wet window panes to a new decade with a mixture of melancholy and optimism for what might come next. With the Beatles gone and the pound sinking, a new and distinctive sound emerges, led by flutes and Mellotrons.”
As Bob Stanley writes in the sleevenotes, it captures “the post-psychedelic, pre-progressive moment”, where elements of jazz and folk mingle with psych and the early strains of prog.
With 19 tracks spread over four sides of vinyl, the Saint Etienne crate-diggers have skilfully blended a handful of well-known acts (some previously featured at past record club sessions) in the shape of Caravan, Van Der Graaf Generator, John Cale and Camel alongside cult classics and evocative obscurities from Daevid Allen (Gong), Matching Mole (Robet Wyatt), T2 and Bill Fay.
The album is already a hit with several record clubbers, your host (a prog sceptic) included. It’s the perfect soundtrack for autumn in Glossop. See you there!
Thursday 12th October from 8pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT
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