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SHAPE OF THE RAIN

Check out last.fm It is a free music listening Website. Join and then search for Shape of The Rain. Their page makes interesting reading.

 

Their album Riley, Riley, Wood and Waggett can be purchased on CD from Amazon and CD Universe. If you Google the Band you will also find some interesting information.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Shape of the Rain was a band from Sheffield , founded around 63/64 by Keith Riley, his brother Len, Brian Wood and Ian Waggett. They started out called The Gear and then The Reaction. ‘If we couldn’t get gigs because they didn’t like us, we’d just change the name, If they liked us we’d stick with the same name,’ says Keith Riley. The band’s first professional recordings were in Nottingham in 1966. They released an album called “Riley Riley Wood and Waggett” in 1971, which was produced by Tony Hall. They were influenced by American West Coast music and the British psych/progressive scene as well as many other styles and came up with a sound that was all their own.Twelve string and slide guitars were used to create a different sound to what was then the norm. They played The Marquee, London, The Cavern, Liverpool and Manchesters Hard Rock and Magic Village. They supported bands such as Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Free, Fleetwood Mac, Love and Joe Cocker, as well as many others during their time as Sheffield University ‘House Band’!

 

They also played at The Black Swan now called The Boardwalk, as well as many other venues around locally.

 

An article about the Band published in The Sheffield Telegraph and written by Martin Lilleker on Friday, January4th, 2002 is also interesting.

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I have the Lp and remember many years ago when this band drove arround Sheffield in a blue transit van with Shape of the Rain displayed accross the windscreen.

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To escort1.

I also have the LP, it is still in Great Condition and sounds Excellent. I also have the CD Version.

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My favourite songs were Castles & Woman. I never heard the album just the live versions. (My wife has reminded me I did hear it, her friend had it). Last time I saw them was at Westfiled School when my OH was in the 6th form. I remember seeing them at the "Mucky Duck" and "Craizy Daisy" several times. I sometimes got a lift home from Tag in the back of the "Shape of the Rain" Van. Last I heard Brian was backing Dave Berry but that was a while ago.

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They were an excellent band.I used to put them on at the free concerts I organised in Weston park and they always did a great show.

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They were an excellent band.I used to put them on at the free concerts I organised in Weston park and they always did a great show.

 

I think we have spoken before sirglyn. Did you see the booklet that the museum put out 2008/9. They used some of my photos of the concerts in the booklet.

 

Weston Park Concerts

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To Lostrider.

 

Thanks for the info about the Footage/Track - Yes by Shape Of The Rain on YouTube! I didn't know anything about it, .. and think that it's Great. I can't believe that that some American Guy even knows about SOTR and their music, let alone likes that particular track enough to add film footage. Amazing!

 

I was in the Sixth Form at Westfield from 1967 to 69.

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I think we have spoken before sirglyn. Did you see the booklet that the museum put out 2008/9. They used some of my photos of the concerts in the booklet.

 

Weston Park Concerts

Thanks very much Lostrider.Great pics.No,I didn't see the booklet.I'd heard they were looking for info about the concerts so I emailed them but never heard anything.As regards Shape,does anyone know why they changed their name when they put the record out?It was such a great name too.What a waste.

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A mint example of Shape Of The Rain's rare vinyl album LP Riley, Riley, Wood and Waggett is up for sale at the moment on e bay!

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A mint example of Shape Of The Rain's rare vinyl album LP Riley, Riley, Wood and Waggett is up for sale at the moment on e bay!

 

i just nabbed the VG+ one on there :cool:

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i just nabbed the VG+ one on there :cool:

 

Hope that your vinyl album is playing well! Take care.

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