Guardian.co.uk 11th July 2004






OBSERVER AIDS ROSES' RETURN


The Stone Roses' eponymous debut album has steamed back into the charts at number nine - its highest position - after it was voted number one in Observer Music Monthly's 100 Greatest British Albums poll.

When first released in May 1989, The Stone Roses achieved cult classic status. But, despite remaining in the charts for 80 weeks, it peaked at 19th position. Messy fights with their record label meant it was more than five years before a second album was released and it failed to match the impact of their debut.

The album's resurgence comes in the wake of it topping the OMM poll, as well as publicity surrounding the release of The Stone Roses: The DVD and a huge price cut by some stores.

HMV, which has cut the price of the CD to 3.99, has seen a massive increase in demand. An HMV spokesman said: 'It's a combination of two things. First, it constantly features in the top music lists. This gets people thinking. Second, seeing it at a slashed price is the catalyst that drives people to make the purchase.

'The Observer survey was particularly instrumental in the surge of sales. People read about how brilliant it is.'

The Stone Roses: The DVD features live and TV performances, classic videos and behind-the-scenes footage. It has claimed the number one slot in the DVD charts, beating fellow Nineties rockers Guns 'N' Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.



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