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Wigwam - The Lucky Golden Stripes and Starpose (1976)

Wigwam - The Lucky Golden Stripes and Starpose (1976)

Tracklist front / back album covers

1. "Sane Again"   3:37
2. "International Disaster"   2:41
3. "Timedance"   1:07
4. "Colossus"   6:30
5. "Eddie And The Boys"   4:03
6. "Lucky Golden Stripes And Starpose"   6:36
7. "June Maybe Too Late"   3:35
8. "Never Turn You In"   5:03
9. "In A Nutshell"   3:47

Bonus tracks
10. "Tramdriver"   3:48
11. "Wardance"   3:43

Wigwam Band Members / Musicians
The line-up was identical to the previous album apart from the replacement of Esa Kotilainen with Hessu Hietanen on keyboards.

Mosse Groundstroem – bass
Hessu Hietanen – keyboards
Ronnie Österberg – drums, percussion
Jim Pembroke – vocals, piano
Pekka Rechardt – guitar
Paavo Maijanen – backing vocals

Engineer – John Eden
Mastered By – Ben Wiseman
Producer – Paavo Maijanen (track 10), Ronnie Leahy (tracks 1 to 9, 11)
Recorded By – Paavo Maijanen
Remastered By – Pauli Saastamoinen

Lucky Golden Stripes and Starpose is the 6th studio album by Wigwam, released in April 1976. The album was recorded at Virgin Records’ The Manor in Oxfordshire in January 1976 with Scottish musician Ronnie Leahy in the producer's chair. The album had a double release by Love Records in Finland and Virgin internationally. The track listings were identical but the releases had different artwork.

Lucky Golden Stripes And Starpose continued the theme of the previous album, Nuclear Nightclub, in having a pop-rock style. There were, however, still prog-rock elements to the album, and the track "Colossus" is a stand-out piece of classic '70s prog-rock. The album strangely did not include the single "Tramdriver/Wardance", which had been released the previous year. Hopes that it would be added came to pass in 2010 when the whole album including these tracks was re-mastered and re-released on Esoteric Recordings. The album was recorded at the Virgin Manor (UK), January 1976, except "Tramdriver" recorded at Manor Mobile and Kingsway Studio August 1975 and "Wardance" recorded at Marcus Music Studio, Stockholm November 1975.

As noted above, there were two versions of artwork. The Finnish release had artwork by former Wigwam bassist Mats Huldén. This depicted a group of US 19th century Cavalry soldiers on horses and with weapons depicting the Middle Ages. Wigwam were hoping to break into the US market and this hope is more clearly signalled on the international release. The cover design by Clive Arrowsmith shows headshots of the band within the US flag.

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