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Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present English Weather album review

Album Review

Autumnal prog collection captures the melancholy mood of the early 70s.

Compiled by Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne, English Weather is a collection of rare or (mostly) overlooked tracks from the start of the progressive 70s. What unifies them is a prevailing sense of melancholy and wistfulness – if the psychedelic revolution of the 60s had trampled on the old order then here are the ghosts haunting the ruins left in its wake.

In many ways, the songs in this collection feel more accurately evocative of the times than the concept album prog that has come to dominate the received history of this period: elegies for a nation hanging on in quiet desperation, as Pink Floyd would later put it.

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