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Occasional Rain is the sequel to Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs’ highly successful English Weather collection. This is the sound of young bands experimenting in a period of flux, feeling for a new direction, exploring jazz and folk – as many songs are led by mellotron, piano and flute as they are by guitar. Lyrically, there are two themes that crop up regularly: the search for a home that isn’t there anymore – the certainties of the optimistic 60s, the physical reality of terraced streets – and the rain. For the former, there’s Cressida’s gentle, keening Home And Where I Long To Be, while Duncan Browne’s shape-shifting Ragged Rain Life feels like a decent summary of Britain in both 1970 and 2020.


Occasional Rain puts the era’s bigger names (Traffic, Yes, Moody Blues) and the lesser known (Mandy More, Shape Of The Rain, Tonton Macoute) side by side. Like its predecessor English Weather, it evokes the turn of the new decade, a beautiful state of fuzzy confusion, and the feel of a wet Saturday afternoon at the dawn of the 70s spent flicking through the racks, wondering whether to buy the new Tull album or maybe take a chance on that Christine Harwood album in the bargain bin (go on, you won’t regret it).

Various Artists - Bob Stanley And Pete Wiggs Present Occasional Rain

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  • 1. Traffic – Hidden Treasure

    2. Duncan Browne – Ragged Rain Life

    3. Cressida (3) – Home And Where I Long To Be

    4. Keith West – Leit Motif

    5. Skin Alley – Night Time

    6. Clouds (2) – Once Upon A Time

    7. Mandy More – Come With Me To Jesus

    8. The Moody Blues – Out And In

    9. Shape Of The Rain – Wasting My Time

    10. Granny's Intentions – Nutmeg, Bitter Suite

    11. Mott The Hoople – Waterlow

    12. Yes – Sweetness

    13. Pete Brown & Piblokto! – Station Song Platform Two

    14. Argent – Freefall

    15. The Exchange & Mart* – I Know That I'm Dreaming

    16. Michael Chapman (2) – Postcards Of Scarborough

    17. Christine Harwood – Question Of Time

    18. 'Igginbottom – The Castle

    19. Andrew Leigh – Windy Baker Street

    20. Tonton Macoute – Flying South In The Winter

    21. Catherine Howe – Innocence Of Child

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