Second Coming (The Stone Roses album)

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Second Coming
Studio album by The Stone Roses
Released 5 December 1994 (1994-12-05)[1]
Recorded 1992–1994
Length 66:25
Label Geffen
  • Simon Dawson
  • Paul Schroeder
The Stone Roses chronology
Turns Into Stone
Second Coming
The Complete Stone Roses
Singles from Second Coming
  1. "Love Spreads"
    Released: November 1994
  2. "Ten Storey Love Song"
    Released: March 1995
  3. "Begging You"
    Released: November 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (neither) link
Rolling Stone (Not Rated) link

Second Coming is the second studio album by The Stone Roses, released through Geffen Records on 5 December 1994[1] in the UK and in early 1995 in the US.[2] It was recorded at Forge Studios in Oswestry, Shropshire and Rockfield Studios near Monmouth in Wales between 1992 and 1994. It went platinum in the UK and sold over 1 million copies worldwide and was dedicated to Philip Hall, the band's publicist, who died of cancer in 1993. On cassette tape and vinyl record record format, it was released as a double album. Second Coming would be the Stone Roses' last studio album to date.


The second album by the Manchester four-piece, it suffered greatly at the time from the sheer weight of expectation generated by both the 5½ year gap between it and the band's eponymous debut, and the band's withdrawal from the live arena for 4½ of those years. In addition, The Stone Roses made their return in a changed musical environment, with the UK newly ensconced in Britpop with Blur and Oasis as the premier rock bands of the day. The album reached number 4 in the UK Album Chart.

Second Coming features tribal rhythms, 1970s-style extended guitar riffs, funky rock/blues numbers with jazz elements and campfire style songs such as "Your Star Will Shine" and "Tightrope" that hint at the band's rural surroundings at the time (the band moved to Wales to make the album). As the line-up began to crumble, three singles ("Love Spreads", "Ten Storey Love Song", and "Begging You") from the album were released in the UK.

Track listing[edit]


All songs written and composed by John Squire, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Breaking into Heaven"   11:21
2. "Driving South"   5:09
3. "Ten Storey Love Song"   4:29
4. "Daybreak" (Ian Brown, Gary Mounfield, Squire, Alan Wren) 6:33
5. "Your Star Will Shine"   2:59
6. "Straight to the Man" (Brown) 3:15
7. "Begging You" (Squire, Brown) 4:56
8. "Tightrope"   4:27
9. "Good Times"   5:40
10. "Tears"   6:50
11. "How Do You Sleep"   4:59
12. "Love Spreads"   5:46
90. "secret track" (Brown, Mounfield, Squire, Wren) 6:26
  • After "Love Spreads" are 77 silent tracks, each lasting 4 seconds. These are followed by an untitled and hidden track, generally referred to as "The Foz".[3] This is, in turn, followed by a further 9 silent tracks bringing the total number of tracks to 99.


Year Chart Peak
1994 UK Album Charts 4[4]


The Stone Roses
  • Ian Brown – lead vocals, harmonica, recording of running water on "Breaking into Heaven"
  • John Squire – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals on "Tightrope", backing vocals on "How Do You Sleep", recording of jets on "Begging You", collage
  • Mani – bass guitar
  • Reni – drums, backing vocals, vocals on "Tightrope", recording of running water on "Breaking into Heaven"
Technical personnel
  • Simon Dawson – keyboards, Jew's harp on "Straight to the Man", castanets, Wurlitzer electric piano on "Straight to the Man" and "Tears", acoustic piano on "How Do You Sleep" and "Love Spreads"; production, engineering on tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 12
  • Paul Schroeder – production on tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, engineering on tracks 1, 2, 6, 9
  • John Leckie – partly responsible for recording on tracks 3, 7, 11, recording on "Breaking into Heaven" intro
  • Mark Tolle – initial recording on tracks 4, 8, 10
  • Al "Bongo" Shaw – initial recording on tracks 4, 8, 10
  • Nick Brine – assistant engineering; tambourine on "Love Spreads"


  1. ^ a b Johnson, Johnny (February 1995). "Coming Out". Vox. pp. 14–19. Archived from the original (print) on 12 March 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Stone Roses, The – Second Coming (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  4. ^ "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Retrieved 23 May 2008. 

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