Extravaganza (album)

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Extravaganza
Studio album by Stackridge
Released January 1975 (UK)
Recorded 1974
Genre Progressive rock[1]
Length 42:34
Label The Rocket Record Company,
Sire Records,
Stallion Records,
(CD re-issue)
Angel Air,
(CD re-issue)
Producer Tony Ashton
Stackridge chronology
The Man In The Bowler Hat
(1974)
Extravaganza
(1975)
Mr. Mick
(1976)
UK. Single label

Extravaganza is the fourth album by the British rock group Stackridge. The album was produced by Tony Ashton at AIR Studios, London.

The album was originally released in the UK on Elton John's label, The Rocket Record Company. Stackridge was the first group signed to the new label.

A different version of the album was released by Sire Records in the U.S and Canada. This version removed two songs already released on Pinafore Days and added "Do The Stanley" from a UK single and "The Indifferent Hedgehog" from the UK album The Man In The Bowler Hat.

Singer and songwriter Gordon Haskell rehearsed with Stackridge for a short time during 1974. Though Haskell decided not to join Stackridge they did keep one of his songs in their repertoire and decided to record it for Extravaganza. Originally called Worms, the song was re-titled No One's More Important Than the Earthworm.

The song "Happy In The Lord", written by Phil Welton, was a cover of a song originally performed by the band Fat Grapple, and released by them as a single in 1975.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Spin 'Round the Room" (Rod Bowkett, Lucy Vernon) – 2:45
  2. "Grease Paint Smiles" (Bowkett, Bathos) – 4:04
  3. "The Volunteer" (Andy Davis, Smegmakovitch) – 5:05
  4. "Highbury Incident (Rainy July Morning)" (Davis, Bowkett, "Mutter" Slater) – 4:02
  5. "Benjamin's Giant Onion" (Bowkett, Bathos) – 4:04
  6. "Happy in the Lord" (Phil Welton) – 3:51

Side two[edit]

  1. "Rufus T. Firefly" (Bowkett) – 4:51
  2. "No One's More Important Than the Earthworm" (Gordon Haskell) – 5:12
  3. "Pocket Billiards" (Bowkett) – 4:04
  4. "Who's That Up There with Bill Stokes?" (Bowkett, Davis) – 4:36

Track listing: U.S. version, Sire Records SASD-7509[edit]

  1. "Do the Stanley" (Wabadaw Sleeve) – 2:53
  2. "Grease Paint Smiles" (Bowkett, Bathos) – 4:04
  3. "The Volunteer" (Davis, Smegmakovitch) – 5:05
  4. "The Indifferent Hedgehog" (Davis, Graham Smith) – 3:15
  5. "Benjamin's Giant Onion" (Bowkett, Bathos) – 4:04
  6. "Happy in the Lord" (Phil Welton) – 3:51
  7. "Rufus T. Firefly" (Bowkett) – 4:51
  8. "No One's More Important Than the Earthworm" (Haskell) – 5:12
  9. "Pocket Billiards" (Bowkett) – 4:04
  10. "Who's That Up There With Bill Stokes?" (Bowkett, Davis) – 4:36

Note that "Bathos", "Smegmaokovitch" and "Wabadaw Sleeve" are entities invented by the band to signify the whole band. Many lyrics were joint efforts.[3]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Tony Ashton and Stackridge
  • Engineers : Geoff Emerick, Pete Swettenham, Gary Edwards
  • Recorded at AIR Studios, London, England 1974
  • Remastered under the watchful eye of Andy Davis and James Warren at Sundried Artists by Glenn Tommey during November 2006.

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