The Stone Roses: The Remixes (2000)
This album is a testimony to that lingering influence. Various techno luminaries ply their skills reworking some of those early classic songs, and it is immediately clear that the Roses, even beyond the genius of their songs, were a preeminent dance band. When the guitars are high in the mix and the rhythm section tugs along the beat, the remixed Roses sound both before their time and years ahead of it. Ian Brown, long lambasted as a singer, comes off as a kind of Mancunian Orpheus, poetic and yet fallible, his accent as endearing as it is occasionally indecipherable. On 808 State's corrosive interpretation of "Made of Stone," Brown's voice is the stable center in a squall of shifting, diverting accents. With A Guy Called Gerald's remix of "Fools Gold," the Roses greatest track, the fluttering, smoky wisp in Brown's voice rides atop an almost sickeningly possessive beat, and it's hard to believe the song hasn't been an American club stalwart for years. But then again, the Roses did foist Brit-Pop on the world, and for every Verve and Oasis, there are the hosts of bands seemingly here today and gone tomorrow. But one can't blame the Roses for their imitators, no more so than one could slag off Sgt. Pepper when Their Satanic Majesties came out. As this album attests, the Roses don't ever seem to go away, which might just be the hallmark of the finest northern soul.
Track Listing: 1. Shoot You Down (Soul Hooligan) 2. Fools Gold (A Guy Called Gerald) 3. Made of Stone (808 State) 4. Waterfall (Paul Oakenfold & Steve Osborne) 5. One Love (Utah Saints) 6. I Wanna Be Adored (Rabbit In The Moon) 7. Fools Gold (Grooverider) 8. I Am The Resurrection (Jon Carter) 9. Waterfall (Justin Robertson) 10. She Bangs The Drums (Elephant) 11. Elizabeth My Dear (Kinobe) 12. Elephant Stone (Mint Royale)
Personnel: Ian Brown (v), John Squire (g), Mani (b), Reni (d), various remixers
Record Label: Silvertone
Style: Beyond Jazz