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Songs From Stamford Hill
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  • Wood: James Maddock (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Bill Newsinger (guitar, banjo, mandolin, mandola, background vocals); James O'Malley (bass); Steve Jackson (drums).
  • Additional personnel: Mike Brenner (pedal steel guitar, dobro); Steve Achenbach (accordion, Hammond organ, background vocals); Joy Askew (piano, synthesizer); Joe McGinty, Jem Pitchford (keyboards); Jim Boggia (harmonium, background vocals); Mike Klein (vibraphone, bells); Lee Humber (drums); Dr. Gibbs (percussion); Keleen Cogan, Nancy Falkow, Blackie (background vocals).
  • Producers: Stiff, James Maddock, Jem Pitchford, Chris Brown.
  • Recorded at Tongue And Groove Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Arnos Groove Studios, London, England.
  • Springsteen, Dylan and Americana fans will find nothing unauthentic about James Maddock's brand of singer-songwriter music from Leicester, England which goes by the brand name, Wood. The verse to the opener "Stay You, " is Boss-ified, while "Whole Lot To Think About" is a country-Neil Young moment (Maddock must've heard "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" a time or two). With his influences on the sleeve of his peasant shirt, Maddock's dreamy, gentle songs sound familiar-it's impossible not to imagine his musings as outtakes from the Jackson Browne/Eagles songbooks. And that's the problem: Wood's best songs ("Straight Line" has a Fleetwood Mac/"Landslide"-feel; "Knock on the Head" could be an inverted "Going to California" ) sound like retreads of others'-and those are only the first four! Ultimately, Maddock will have to invent something he can claim as his own, but for now he's picked a primo crop to emulate. ~ Denise Sullivan
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