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'I Am The Resurrection'
The Stone Roses
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Clocking in it a hefty eight minutes plus, the ambitious, sprawling “I Am The Resurrection” represents for many people the high point of the ‘Madchester’ scene.

The Stone Roses fused the Sixties rock of Hendrix, The Byrds and
The Stone Roses
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Composer Brown/Squire
Genre Rock
Album The Stone Roses
Released 1989
UK Chart Position 33
The Beatles with their Manchester heroes The Smiths and the emerging dance sounds of late Eighties acid house. And on “I Am The Resurrection” in particular, the resultant mix is intoxicating.

Kicking off with a pounding four to the floor Motown-esque rhythm from drummer Alan ‘Reni’ Wren and bassist Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield, the song negotiates three verses  before singer Ian Brown makes the grandiose claim that “I am the resurrection and I am the light,” the tension finally released.  He also sounds utterly at ease in doing so.

But that’s only phase one. At about 3 minutes 40 the song appears to be drawing to a conclusion. And then guitarist John Squire takes over. For the next four-and-a-half minutes the listener learns several lessons: that the words ‘indie’ and ‘dance’ can indeed go together perfectly wel,l that Squire is really a very good guitarist and above all, that The Stone Roses, at their best, were near untouchable.


John Leckie
John Leckie
Record Producer John Leckie talks about recording the Stones Roses’ acclaimed first album, including “I Am The Resurrection”.


 

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 This is the “5:3 Stoned Out Club Mix”, featured on the CD single of I Am The Resurrection.


Just over 8 minutes in length I could pretty much say that this is the greatest song the Stone Roses ever put out


Gavin

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