Q - 7/95, p.1455 Stars
- Indispensable - "...Pop proliferates, but the law of averages suggests it will still have to throw up vast amounts more before this wonderful music is bettered."
NME (Magazine) - 12/23-30/95, p.23Ranked #5
on NME's 'Compilations Of The Year' list for 1995.
THE COMPLETE STONE ROSES compiles singles, B-sides and album tracks from 1987-1990.
The Stone Roses: Ian Brown (vocals); John Squire (guitar); Gary Mounfield (bass); Reni (drums).
Producers: Martin Hannett, Peter Hook, John Leckie, Paul Schroeder, The Garage Flowers.
Engineers: Chris Nagle, John Hurst.
Includes liner note by John Harris.
The title of THE COMPLETE STONE ROSES is not entirely accurate. The disc is one of the settlements resulting from the longstanding legal battles between the Manchester band and its former label, Silvertone Records. THE COMPLETE collects the singles from the Roses' classic first album, 1989's THE STONE ROSES, along with such excellent, pre-and-post-album singles as "Made of Stone" and the hypnotic nine-minute groove anthem "Fools Gold" and a handful of early recordings made in the mid-'80s with the late Martin Hannett. The latter are especially intriguing, making clear the previously hidden influence earlier Hannett-produced Manchester bands like New Order and A Certain Ratio had on the Stone Roses' more '60s-influenced and guitar-oriented sound. THE COMPLETE is an interesting compilation for fans and newcomers alike.