Stereophonics ‎– Word Gets Around

V2 ‎– VVR1000432, V2 ‎– 707.0043.2.
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1 A Thousand Trees 3:03
2 Looks Like Chaplin 2:32
3 More Life In A Tramps Vest 2:20
4 Local Boy In The Photograph 3:22
5 Traffic 4:53
6 Not Up To You
Accordion [Accordian] – Richard Payne
7 Check My Eyelids For Holes 2:42
8 Same Size Feet 4:00
9 Last Of The Big Time Drinkers 2:45
10 Goldfish Bowl 3:03
11 Too Many Sandwiches 5:01
12 Billy Daveys Daughter
Cello – Nadia Lannman*

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Cat# VVR1000432 appears on spine, disc. 707.0043.2. appears on the rear cover above the barcode.

Issued in jewel case with 12-page booklet containing lyrics & credits.

From the booklet:
1 recorded @ The Woolhall Studios
2, 3 recorded @ Battery Studios, London
4, 8, 11 recorded @ Rockfield Studios, Monmouth
5, 9 recorded @ Parr Street Studios, Liverpool
6, 12 recorded @ Real World Studios, Bath
7 recorded @ Straylight Studios, London
10 recorded @ Courtyard Studios, Oxford

1, 3, 5 to 10, 12 mixed @ Real World Studios, Bath
2 mixed @ Roundhouse Studios, London
3 mixed @ Battery Studios, London
11 mixed @ Loco Studios, Caerlon, Gwent

Mastered at Gateway Studios Portland, Maine, USA
Management for Marsupial Management
Published by Polygram/Island Music
p. 1997 V2 Music Limited
c. 1997 V2 Music Limited
V2 distribution: UK 3MV/Pinnacle Benelux P.I.A.S
France Sony Music Germany/Austria Rough Trade
Scandinavia S.M.D. Eire Record Services

From the rear cover:
p 1997 V2 music ltd c 1997 V2 music ltd

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 5033197004327
  • Barcode (As Printed): 5 033197 004327 >
  • Label Code: LC1801
  • Other: CB791
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): A-48581/VVR1000432 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, 3, 4): [Sono Press logo] A-48581/VVR 1000432 B
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1, 2, 3, 4): IFPI LB45
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0793
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0737
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 0788
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 0785

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VVR1000432, 707.0043.2 Stereophonics Word Gets Around(CD, Album) V2, V2 VVR1000432, 707.0043.2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
VVR1000432, 6313-2 Stereophonics Word Gets Around(CD, Album) V2, Sum Records (2) VVR1000432, 6313-2 Argentina 1997 Sell This Version
V2ADV-27006-2 Stereophonics Word Gets Around(CD, Album, Promo) V2 Records V2ADV-27006-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
ST446-4 Stereophonics Word Gets Around(Cass) Polstar Records ST446-4 Poland 1997 Sell This Version
322651 Stereophonics Word Gets Around(Cass, Album) Timbuktu Records 322651 Gulf Cooperation Council 1997 Sell This Version



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December 29, 2016

Word Gets Around is Stereophonics' most straight-forward album. It's also probably their best. It's certainly their most acceptable, from the perspective of wider music fans who find certain elements of the band's discography objectionable.

The album is, in simplest terms, a collection of strong indie-rock songs. It's melodically strong, with soaring choruses and catchy hooks, without ever resorting to cliches. Kelly Jones's lyrics paint pictures of smalltown life in south Wales - the homeless guy with an uncanny resemblance to Charlie Chaplin, the minor celebrity's daughter who killed herself on the edge of town, scandals involving football players - and are warm and incredibly evocative. The music occasionally plays towards rock ('Too Many Sandwiches') or acoustic ('Billy Daveys Daughter'), but for the most part is crunchy, melodic indie-rock. Before the band had become global stars, this album has a certain innocent charm and warmth to it.

Stereophonics may have become a deeply unfashionable band over the following years, but Word Gets Around is an album that deserves to be heard divorced from that image. While the post-Britpop years at the end of the 20th century are often associated with the bland acoustics of Starsailor and Athelete, for a year or two, at least, the Stereophonics offered an alternative, with their blend of humble, honest, but anthemic indie-rock. A genuine keeper.