Man in the Bowler Hat

The Man in the Bowler Hat

by Stackridge
     
 

Produced by George Martin, The Man in the Bowler Hat continues Stackridge's brand of satiric rock marbled with elements of folk and to some extent, even country. The lyrics are just as witty as in their first two releases, and the poetry glistens with a jovial Englishness that became the band's most identifiable trademark. With Martin's help, though, the album…  See more details below

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Produced by George Martin, The Man in the Bowler Hat continues Stackridge's brand of satiric rock marbled with elements of folk and to some extent, even country. The lyrics are just as witty as in their first two releases, and the poetry glistens with a jovial Englishness that became the band's most identifiable trademark. With Martin's help, though, the album became one of their better releases, as the music rises to the top before the words do, sounding fresher, livelier, and noticeably sharper than both their debut and 1972's Friendliness. Stackridge's best song, "Dangerous Bacon," was released as a single, and it's in this song as well as "The Galloping Gaucho" and "The Indifferent Hedgehog" in which their sound comes alive. The eccentric combination of Mutter Slater's flute and the playful airiness of Mike Evans' violin give the melodies a lightheartedness that is catchy and original. Andy Davis' keyboard work doesn't hide the warmth of the strings or the woodwinds, and the album as a whole sports a cheeriness which disappointingly began to subside on Stackridge's later album's, mainly because the novelty of their music was wearing off. The reissued version of The Man in the Bowler Hat contains three impressive bonus tracks, including "Do the Stanley" and "Let There Be Lids," which involves some rather exceptional fiddle playing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
Angel Air
UPC:
5055011702325
catalogNumber:
232
Rank:
46611

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stackridge   Primary Artist
Andy Davis   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
George Martin   Piano
Ray Davies   Trumpet,Cornet
Ronald Chamberlain   Clarinet,Horn,Saxophone
Raymond Davis   Trumpet
Jack Emblow   Accordion
Martin Fry   Tuba
Vivian Joseph   Cello
Bill Lamb   Trombone
Reg Leopold   Violin
Michael Slater   Flute,Keyboards,Vocals
Billy Sparkle   Drums
Derek Taylor   Horn
Jim "Crun" Walter   Bass,Guitar
James Warren   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Mutter Slater   Flute,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Mike Evans   Violin,Vocals
Michael Evans   Violin,Vocals
William Reid   Violin
Graeme Scott   Violin,Viola

Technical Credits

Stackridge   Composer,Producer
George Martin   Producer,Orchestration
Bill Price   Engineer
Mike Evans   Arranger

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