Anymore for Anymore Vinyl LP
Release Date: 16th July
Was Ronnie Lane the nicest guy in all of music through the 60s and 70s? the certified soul of The Faces and Steve Marriott's musical sparring partner in the Small Faces, there's always a warmth to Ronnie's music. There's a feeling that Ronnie made songs to lift the mood, to get you off your barstool or someone to share your problems with.
For those who dig: welcoming Anglo/Celtic country folk pub rock. His previous great work in The Faces and Small Faces and also music that just has a genuinely great soul.
I absolutely love Ronnie Lane.
In May 2021 UMC will be making Ronnie Lane’s classic 1974 album ‘Anymore For Anymore’ available on vinyl for the first time in more than 30 years.
‘Anymore For Anymore’ has been newly mastered at Abbey Road Studios, pressed on 180gm vinyl and is housed in a sleeve reproducing the original distinctive artwork. A new inner sleeve features rare photos and the lyrics to Ronnie’s original songs and the package includes a reproduction of the original album promo poster. It also comes with a Sound of Vinyl Download code.
Originally released in July 1974, ‘Anymore For Anymore’ was Ronnie’s debut solo album following his departure from The Faces, for whom he wrote and co-wrote a number of their best loved songs including ‘Debris’, ‘Flags and Banners’ and the title track for their chart topping 1973 album, ‘Ooh La La’. Rod Stewart subsequently said the soul of the band went when Ronnie left. Prior to that Ronnie and songwriting partner Steve Marriott had been the driving force behind seminal ‘60s Mod outfit The Small Faces, where they co-wrote hits including ‘All Or Nothing’, ‘Itchycoo Park’, ‘Lazy Sunday’ and ‘Tin Soldier’.
Recorded at his farm in Wales, ‘Anymore For Anymore’ saw Ronnie’s music adopt a more pastoral tone, incorporating elements of folk and country music. The band Slim Chance included contributions from Scottish duo Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle, bass player Steve Bingham (The Foundations, Colin Blunstone) and drummer Bruce Rowland (Joe Cocker, Fairport Convention).
‘Anymore For Anymore’ reached No. 48 on the UK album chart, while single ‘The Poacher’ peaked at No. 36. The single might have fared better if a planned appearance on Top of the Pops hadn’t been cancelled due to a strike by the cameraman’s union. Despite the modest chart position, the album has grown in stature since release. Widely considered his best solo outing, Ronnie’s unique mix of folk and country and love of East End music hall was more recently christened ‘neckerchief rock’ by BBC London presenter and long-time Ronnie fan Robert Elms.
Greatly admired and loved by Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Pete Townsend, Liam and Noel Gallagher, Jimmy Page, Paul Weller, The Pogues, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, OCS and Rumer, to this day his songs are regularly covered by both new and established artists alike.
After Ronnie’s untimely death in 1997 a street was named after him, ‘Ronnie Lane’, near his east London birthplace.