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Iraina Mancini

Undo The Blue (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Re-Animation) / Sugar High (Saint Etienne Remix)

    Needle Mythology, the label founded by music writer, author and broadcaster Pete Paphides, is thrilled to announce the signing of the eagerly anticipated debut album by London singer-songwriter and renowned DJ Iraina Mancini. Iraina’s singular pop vision will be known to regular listeners of 6 Music, where her singles ‘Undo The Blue’, ‘Deep End’, ‘Shotgun’ and ‘Do It (You Stole The Rhythm)’ have all been enthusiastically embraced. Iraina's obsession with music stretches back into her early childhood, much of which was spent absorbing her parents’ collection of old 45s, in particular her dad’s Northern Soul records – an alternative education which meant that, by her early 20s, she was a familiar presence in the DJ booth at many discerning London club nights. Her love of French ye-ye, British freakbeat, Brazilian bossa nova, soul, and Turkish psych will be well-known to regular listeners of her Soho Radio show.

    Having always sung from a young age, Iraina embarked on a string of collaborators such as Jagz Kooner (Sabres Of Paradise), Sunglasses For Jaws (Miles Kane) and Simon Dine (Paul Weller, Noonday Underground) which truly saw her find her metier as a songwriter, conjuring melodies that stand shoulder to shoulder alongside her impeccable influences. Iraina describes her first single for Needle Mythology ‘Cannonball’ as “a celebration of that moment when you meet someone you really fall for and it knocks you for six. It can be a bit scary, but you’ve just got to go with what your intuition is telling you.”

    Written with Simon Dine, the vertiginous heart-in-mouth abandon of the song perfectly mirrors the circumstances that brought it into being. Iraina cites Jacqueline Taïeb’s 1967 single 7h du Matin as an early inspiration for the song: “There’s such a great energy about that song. Her vocal is amazing and all those stops and starts that grab your attention.”

    “This is an artist I absolutely love, one of our rising stars at 6Music.“ Lauren Laverne BBC 6Music.

    “Iraina seizes on the best aspects of the past, blurring those impeccable 60s and 70s influences with a touch of modernity.” Clash.

    “Full of femme fatale poise and swooning chanteuse flourishes.” The Times.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Undo The Blue (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Re-Animation)
    2. Sugar High (Saint Etienne Remix)

    Saint Etienne

    So Tough - 30th Anniversary Edition

      To mark its 30th anniversary, Saint Etienne release a very special box set of their classic second album, ‘So Tough’.

      This lavish set follows previous anniversary releases of ‘Foxbase Alpha’ and ‘Tiger Bay’ and includes: a vinyl version of the original album in a gatefold sleeve cut at 45 RPM over two discs in a gatefold sleeve; ‘So Tough - Remains Of The Day’, a 10 track vinyl companion album of rarities and demos, featuring previously unreleased material; ‘Hobart Paving’, a bonus 7’’ single cut at 45RPM; a 28-page booklet featuring new essays and never seen before photos; a poster; and a reproduction of the original press release from 1993.

      Rigid box with lift off lid (matt lamination with anti scratch).


      TRACK LISTING

      ‘So Tough’ 2LP
      1. Mario’s Café
      2. Railway Jam
      3. Date With Spelman
      4. Calico
      5. Avenue
      6. You’re In A Bad Way
      7. Memo To Pricey
      8. Hobart Paving
      9. Leafhound
      10. Clock Milk
      11. Conchita Martinez
      12. No Rainbows For Me
      13. Here Come Clown Feet
      14. Junk The Morgue
      15. Chicken Soup

      'So Tough - Remains Of The Day’ 1LP
      1. Everything Flows
      2. Orpington Blues
      3. Rainy Day Women
      4. Everlasting
      5. Johnny In The Echo Café
      6. Paper (demo)
      7. Last Thing On My Mind
      8. Biker Of The Strange
      9. You’re In A Bad Way (first Run Through)
      10. Castlemaine Avenue

      ‘Hobart Paving’ 7”
      1. Hobart Paving (Alan Tarney Mix)
      2. Hobart Paving (Van Dyke Parks Arrangement)

      Saint Etienne

      Good Humor - 25th Anniversary Edition

        Marking the 25th Anniversary of ‘Good Humor’, Saint Etienne present a special splatter vinyl reissue edition of the eleven-track collection.

        TRACK LISTING

        Wood Cabin
        Sylvie
        Split Screen
        Mr. Donut
        Goodnight Jack
        Lose That Girl
        The Bad Photographer
        Been So Long
        Postman
        Erica America
        Dutch TV

        Saint Etienne

        Her Winter Coat

          Talking about the single, Bob Stanley said:

          We love Christmas, as you probably know, and it feels like it's been a while since our last really Christmassy Christmas record. But I think Pete has done a properly beautiful, icy, frosted, festive job on 'Her Winter Coat’. Alasdair's film for it is the icing on the yule log. I hope you love it as much as I do. We're really looking forward to playing it live!

          Pete Wiggs added:

          To complement 'Her Winter Coat', Sarah and Gus Bousfield have come up with the incredibly catchy 'A Kiss Like This', laden with swirling hibernal synths, and for a touch of Cold War frost we have the brooding melancholy instrumental 'Lillehammer' to complete the package. Hope you love 'em all!

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Her Winter Coat (edit)
          2. Lillehammer
          3. A Kiss Like This
          4. Her Winter Coat 

          Saint Etienne

          I've Been Trying To Tell You

            Can it be that it was all so simple then? Or has time rewritten every line?
            Marvin Hamlisch was not yet 30 when he wrote those words for the mouth of Barbra Streisand. Even then, Hamlisch was acutely aware that as a narrator of our own stories, the human memory is at best unreliable and at worst mendacious. That same awareness resonates through every bar, beat and breath of I've Been Trying To Tell You, the tenth studio album by Saint Etienne.

            The album is made largely from samples and sounds drawn from the turn of the new century, a period that was topped and tailed by Labour's election victory and the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. “It's about memory,” Bob explains, “and how it can fog and play tricks on you. Specifically, it's about the late Nineties, and current nostalgia for the Nineties.”

            Formed in Croydon in 1990 by music journalist Bob Stanley with childhood friend Pete Wiggs, and soon joined by singer Sarah Cracknell, Saint Etienne arose within the context of the indie- dance movement of that era but created a unique sound which – albeit accidentally – paved the way for what would later become known as Britpop.

            Their earliest albums – 1991 debut Foxbase Alpha and its 1993 successor So Tough – tapped into the collective consciousness by using an accretion of disparate elements - Long Wave football commentary, a snatch of Four Tops vocals or a sample of Dusty Springfield strings, some dialogue from Billy Liar, a melody from a long-forgotten perfume ad – to create a richly evocative memory-world which was specifically British, even when the component parts themselves were not.

            The resulting emotion, of course, is bittersweet. Saint Etienne's music has always captured the feeling that the Portuguese call saudade, the Welsh call hiraeth and the Germans call sehnsucht: a combination of homesickness and longing, a melancholy yearning for a time, a place, a person or a mood that can never be revisited.

            It's what the Scottish comedian Brian Limond was driving at with the heartbreaking Limmy's Show sketch in which he visits a travel agent and shows them a blurred colour photograph of himself and his friends on a teenage holiday in the Ayrshire resort of Millport. “Can you tell me how I get there?”, Limmy asks the confused agent, who initially tries to sell him a ticket to Millport. “No, not the place,” Limmy replies. “The feeling.” Saint Etienne's 2002 single “Action” expresses a similar desire: “Cos I've been searching for all the people I used to turn to, and all the people who knew the answer... Let's get the feeling again...”

            Another constant in Saint Etienne's music has been their understanding of the power of dreams. There's a strand of pop which stretches from The Beach Boys' SMiLE through Saint Etienne to The Avalanches' Since I Left You and beyond which defies the reductive term 'dreampop', and instead evokes the genuine sensation of dreaming: blissful, yes, but also unsettling and disorienting. Saint Etienne's early career masterpiece “Avenue” conjured that realm for seven minutes, and I've Been Trying To Tell You inhabits it entirely. The album ties together these two Saint Etienne threads – memory and dreams – and tells us directly something which has always been implicit in Bob, Pete and Sarah's work: that memory is a dream.

            “I spent a lot of last year thinking about optimism for the future,” says Bob, “and the almost total lack of it at the moment. That got me thinking about the last time there was a general optimism in the country and I thought about May 1997, the window between then and September 2001, which it's easy to look back on as some kind of innocent golden age, even if it didn't feel like one at the time. In reality, of course, there was good and there was bad.... Primary schools and art galleries and hospitals were built versus we bombed Belgrade and introduced PFI!”

            Reflecting upon that era, and upon the collective (mis)remembrance of it, led to this new Saint Etienne album. “We thought, if you used samples from the late Nineties - the supposedly promising bit between Labour winning the election and September 11th - what would the music be and what could you do with it? Modern nostalgia culture often draws on corporate American Nineties mall culture, but what about British BBC radio culture? Could those sources be used to actually sound like the era, but through the fog of memory?”

            Two decades on, a combination of False Memory Syndrome and collective amnesia has grown up around those early New Labour years. The first Blair administration is nowadays viewed variously as a lost golden age, or a period of naïvete, delusion and folly, and a million different shades in between. “YouTube has so many nostalgic clips of slowed-down grainy footage of shopping malls,” says Bob, “often tagged 'liminal spaces' or something like that, post-Burial, post-Mark Fisher, with vaporwave-like music made by people younger than me who see the Eighties and Nineties as a simpler time. I find this fascinating. What you choose to remember or choose to forget... ASBOs and paediatricians getting death threats in Wales... those bits get forgotten.”

            Even at the time, a complacent illusion about the Nineties had taken hold, filtered down from Francis Fukuyama's The End Of History, that benign liberal democracy had triumphed forever and there were no struggles left to be fought. And, even at the time, an equal and opposite sense of disillusion had taken hold of Bob Stanley. On the first anniversary of Blair's election victory, Bob went to the Granita restaurant in Islington, where Blair and Brown had famously struck their power-sharing deal, and felt a sense of emptiness which he later described in the first verse of “Heart Failed In The Back Of A Taxi”: “Took a trip down Granita way/Had to go on the 1st of May/Didn't have much to celebrate...”

            Saint Etienne have always understood that pop music is the nearest thing we have to time travel, the closest we can get to breathing the air of a different time. On this album, they take that theory to its logical conclusion. I've Been Trying To Tell You uses sounds and samples from 1997 to 2001, evoking the folk memory of the period by using and twisting recordings from the time, re- working them into new songs. “They're all by people you'd have heard on daytime Radio 1 or 2 at the time,” Bob clarifies, “not Boards of Canada or anything.” Opening track “Music Again”, for example, begins with some gorgeously poignant electric harpsichord from a long-forgotten R&B hit.

            For the first time, Saint Etienne didn't record together in a studio. The album was completed remotely, in Hove (Pete), Oxford (Sarah) and Bradford (Bob, in collaboration with film and TV composer Gus Bousfield, who contributes to a number of tracks). Communication was handled via Zoom meetings and emails. “We had the idea for the album before the pandemic, and it was surprisingly straightforward.” The results are exceptional. “I'm really excited about the way the album has turned out,” says Bob. “It feels like something brand new.”

            I've Been Trying To Tell You has an internal unity, its heartbeat always at the low end of mid- tempo/high end of downtempo, landing at the approximate pace of Tricky's Pre-Millennium Tension (an album released on the very cusp of the era in question). This helps sustain the dream-state.

            That hypnagogic sensation is enhanced here and there by the eerie sound of seagulls and garden birds. It's like falling asleep listening to Minnie Riperton's “Lovin' You” and coming a- dreamwake in Kew. This, it turns out, is another turn-of-the-millennium reference. “In the early series of Big Brother,” Bob explains, “when Channel 4 used to broadcast live from the house in the daytime, they'd dip out the sound whenever the housemates talked about real life people, or swore or whatever, and they'd replace the sound with quite avant-sounding field recordings of birdsong.”

            The lyrics, too, obey the fractured logic of dreams. Sarah Cracknell sings in short phrases - “here it comes again”, “never had a way to go”, “ruby dust”, “a love like this again” - looped and repeated, rather than a traditional verse-chorus-verse structure. “They are all snatched phrases that could have been used at the time,” Bob explains, “from news items, or songs, or magazines.” The album's centrepiece is arguably “Little K”, the fourth track of eight, a six-minute oneiric ocean which ends with the sound of lazily lapping waves. The words that filter through the haze are ones which define the album: “No reason to pretend. In my reverie, the mind will carry me...”

            The reverie has interludes with no words at all, at least not sung. “Blue Kite”, made from backwards strings and synths and bassy beats from the room next door, is entirely instrumental, as is “I Remember It Well” apart from snatches of mysterious voices which evoke childhood holidays. Some tracks, like some dreams, are simply too strange for analysis: the inscrutably- titled “Penlop” (a Tibetan term which translates loosely as 'governor') has a refrain which appears to run “I don't really know you/But I'd like to show you/Chester town/We went all around...”

            The accompanying film, which premieres at the NFT in the first week of September and will also be available as a DVD with the album, came about when Bob Stanley contacted Alasdair McLellan after the latter had used Saint Etienne's “Nothing Can Stop Us” in a Marc Jacobs commercial. They met a few times, pre-pandemic, in a cafe under Shipley clocktower. “Alasdair understood the album straight off,” says Bob. “We talked about youth, and the A1, and British identity, and memories of the recent past. He's really made a beautiful film, and it perfectly complements the album. Alasdair's film also taps in to the way we think of our youth, and sense of place, and where we come from.”

            McLellan's film – a still from which adorns the album sleeve - is a slow-motion travelogue that takes in “a lifetime's worth” of locations, including Felixstowe, Blackpool, Portmeirion, Avebury, Southampton, Doncaster, Grangemouth, as well as London. It its vignettes, we see a couple breaking up on a Westminster bench, a man skimming stones across the water from an oil terminal, a ballet dancer rehearsing, a raver dancing in the headlights of a Ford Cortina, youths playing in a Yorkshire waterfall, teams meeting in caffs. The album dovetails immaculately with the visuals. When we do hear anyone speak, it's only to recite lyrics from classic Saint Etienne songs, all taken from the Nineties.

            The dreamlike mood of the album, and the film, is a statement in itself: namely that memory is a largely fictionalised product of the human mind, rather than a reliable record. I've Been Trying To Tell You – the album, and the film – sifts through those Hamlischian misty watercolour memories of the way we were, and poses the question: was it all just a dream? Saint Etienne have always known the answer. They've been trying to tell you.

            Simon Price, 2021

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: While Saint Etienne are well known for pulling together a host of influences into their own particular clever brand of indie, their latest outing is perhaps the most confidently nostalgic tribute yet, crafted from found sounds and snippets of samples from the early 00's, leading to an evocative and wonderfully realised triumph.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Music Again
            2. Pond House
            3. Fonteyn
            4. Little K
            5. Blue Kite
            6. I Remember It Well
            7. Penlop
            8. Broad River

            Saint Etienne

            Words And Music

              Like the other seven titles in the Saint Etienne Deluxe Edition series both discs are packaged in a gatefold card sleeve with a 24 page colour booklet.

              The original sleeve notes by Travis Elborough are included alongside new notes by Adey Lobb of The Big Issue. The booklet also contains previously unseen photographs by Karen Robinson and Paul Kelly plus a blow by blow account of each song penned by the three members of Saint Etienne.

              Disc one is the original 13 track album whilst Disc Two contains all 10 tracks from the long deleted US only ‘More Words And Music’ release plus 3 songs appearing on CD for the first time. ‘Pocket Call’ and two previously unreleased recordings ‘Starlings’ and ‘When I Was Seventeen (single mix)’. We think you’ll be pleased.

              More notes on this underrated gem from the Saint Etienne cannon:

              'Words and Music by Saint Etienne' was the bands eighth studio album released on 18 May 2012 by Heavenly Recordings. The record features collaborations from longtime Saint Etienne associate Ian Catt, as well as Richard X and former Xenomania members Tim Powell and Nick Coler. The title was provided by Lawrence of the bands Felt, Denim and Go-Kart Mozart.

              According to Bob Stanley the record deals with "how music affects your life. How it defines the way you see the world as a child, how it can get you through bad times in unexpected ways, and how songs you've known all your life can suddenly develop a new attachment, and hurt every time you hear them. More than how it affects and reflects your life though, the album is about believing in music, living your life by its rules.”

              TRACK LISTING

              Disc One
              01. Over The Border
              02. I’ve Got Your Music
              03. Heading For The Fair
              04. Last Days Of Disco
              05. Tonight
              06. Answer Song
              07. Record Doctor
              08. Popular
              09. Twenty Five Years
              10. DJ
              11. When I Was Seventeen
              12. I Threw It All Away
              13. Haunted Jukebox

              Disc Two
              01. Solid Gold
              02. Your Valentine
              03. Jan Leeming
              04. Racing Car
              05. Landscape
              06. Manhattan
              07. You’re Not Alone
              08. Just Friends
              09. Fairground Rock And Roll
              10. Lullaby
              11. Pocket Call
              12. Starlings
              13. ????????

              Saint Etienne

              Words & Music (Love Record Stores Edition)

                Love Record Stores Edition available from 9am on Saturday June 20th.
                Limited to one per person.

                White Vinyl with yellow, Green and Black splatter LP.



                Saint Etienne

                Tiger Bay - Deluxe Edition

                  To mark its 25th anniversary, Saint Etienne announce details of the release of a very special box set of one of their most critically acclaimed albums, ‘Tiger Bay’.

                  The lavish set includes: vinyl version of the original album in gatefold sleeve cut at 45rpm over two discs; ‘Tiger Bay - Remains Of The Day’, a 12 track vinyl compilation of rarities and demos; ‘Tiger Bay - Tapestry’, a 13 track CD album of ‘stripped-back’ versions and unreleased arrangements taken from original master tapes and complied by Pete Wiggs; a 28-page booklet featuring a wealth of unseen photographs plus an essay about the making of the album; a 12” x 24” reproduction of the original album poster and a reproduction of the original press release and biography from 1994. Also includes sticker and digital download album code.

                  A ground-breaking blend of electronica and orchestration with traditional folk melodies, ‘Tiger Bay’, their third studio album, was originally released on 28th February 1994 on Heavenly.

                  Self-produced by the band and engineered by longtime collaborator Ian Catt, the album also features input from Underworld’s Rick Smith, orchestral arrangements by renowned composer David Whitaker (Serge Gainsbourg, Marianne Faithfull, Air) and vocal contributions from Shara Nelson and Stephen Duffy amongst others.

                  Saint Etienne set themselves a bold challenge for their third album. No more records about London; no more samples - of music they loved, or snippets of film dialogue between tracks. They would change the genes of their music, swapping the helix of Madchester meets Swinging London meets indiepop for one in which Belgian techno was spliced with folk music.

                  ‘Tiger Bay’ was intended to be nothing less than the sound of folk music reimagined for the last years of the 20th Century. Their brilliant reinvention of folk rock for the electronic age might not have resulted in an invitation to headline Fairport’s Cropredy Convention but it gave them their best album yet.

                  ‘Tiger Bay’ slipped beneath the sands - neither an indelible hit nor a memorable flop - but that gives it a staying power, perhaps, that its predecessors lack: it doesn’t sound of its moment in the same way ‘Foxbase Alpha’ and ‘So Tough’ do. It sounds as if Saint Etienne had finally broken free of pop time, to create something that floated above pop trends, borrowing and squeezing together elements that should never have blended. It might even be their masterpiece.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  ‘Tiger Bay’ 2LP
                  Urban Clearway
                  Former Lover
                  Hug My Soul
                  Like A Motorway
                  On The Shore
                  Marble Lions
                  Pale Movie
                  Cool Kids Of Death
                  Western Wind / Tankerville
                  The Boy Scouts Of America

                  ‘Tiger Bay - Remains Of The Day’ LP
                  Urban Clearway (Demo)
                  Black Horse Latitude
                  I Buy American Records
                  Hate Your Drug
                  You Know I'll Miss You When I'm Gone
                  Hug My Soul (Demo)
                  The Wedding Of Stacey Dorning
                  Sushi Rider
                  Deborah's French Feast
                  Pale Movie (Demo)
                  La Poupee Qui Fait Non (No No No)
                  Highgate Road Incident

                  ‘Tiger Bay - Tapestry’ CD
                  Urban Clearway - Arrival Strings
                  Like A Motorway - Bass
                  Former Lover - Intro Chat
                  Western Wind - Stephen Duffy Vocal
                  Boy Scouts Of America - Lynch Frost Bed
                  Cool Kids Of Death - Sven Verse
                  Hug My Soul - Vibes & Strings
                  Tankerville - Orchestra
                  Like A Motorway - Fragments
                  Pale Movie - Guitar Solo
                  Boy Scouts Of America - Orchestra
                  Marble Lions - Sarah Plus Orchestra
                  Tiger Bay - Coda

                  Saint Etienne

                  Tales From Turnpike House

                    ‘Tales From Turnpike House’ is the seventh studio album by Saint Etienne. It is a concept album in which the songs depict characters who all live in the eponymous block of flats in London.

                    The album features two tracks co-written and produced by Xenomania (‘Lightning Strikes Twice’ and ‘Stars Above Us’) as well as a guest vocal from 1970s pop star David Essex on ‘Relocate’ (Essex had earlier appeared on the Saint Etienne album ‘So Tough’ via sampled dialogue from the 1973 film ‘That’ll Be The Day’).

                    Finally available on LP since original release. Includes postcard digital download card and printed inner sleeve.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Sun In My Morning
                    Milk Bottle Symphony
                    Lightning Strikes Twice
                    Slow Down At The Castle
                    A Good Thing
                    Side Streets
                    Last Orders For Gary Stead
                    Stars Above Us
                    Relocate
                    Bird Man Of EC1
                    Teenage Winter
                    Goodnight

                    Saint Etienne

                    Finisterre

                      ‘Finisterre’ is Saint Etienne’s sixth studio album, first released in 2002.

                      ‘Finisterre’ contains a wide mixture of sounds and styles. The album returned to the inclusion of vocal interludes between songs as last heard on their album ’So Tough’ and a more angular, electronic sound, particularly on tracks such as ‘Action’, ‘Shower Scene’ and ‘New Thing’.

                      ‘Language Lab’ and ‘Summerisle’ recall the ambient style of ’Sound Of Water’, while ‘Stop And Think It Over’ would not have been out of place on ’Good Humor’ or its predecessor ‘Tiger Bay’.

                      The album sleeve features a photograph of the East London tower block Ronan Point shortly after it collapsed in 1968 with the loss of four lives.

                      LP with postcard, digital download card, printed inner sleeve. Never before reissued on vinyl.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Action
                      Amateur
                      Language Lab
                      Soft Like Me
                      Summerisle
                      Stop And Think It Over
                      Shower Scene
                      The Way We Live Now
                      New Thing
                      B92
                      The More You Know
                      Finisterre

                      Saint Etienne

                      Sound Of Water

                        ‘Sound Of Water’ was first released in 2000 and was developed as Saint Etienne’s ambient and trip hop statement.

                        The album’s lead single was the sprawling, multi-movement ‘How We Used To Live’, which was not edited down from its 9-minute running length for single release.

                        Their previous US release ‘Places To Visit’ was clearly the beginning of this new direction. Many of the artists with whom they collaborated on that EP are present on ‘Sound Of Water’.

                        Finally available on LP since original release. Includes postcard digital download card and printed inner sleeve.

                        Saint Etienne

                        Continental

                          ‘Continental’ (1997) was originally released in Japan only, later made available on CD outside of Japan in 2009. This is the first time it has been reissued on vinyl.

                          It is a compilation that includes previously released material such as the UK hit ‘He's On The Phone’ as well as curios like their cover of the Paul Gardiner/Gary Numan song ‘Stormtrooper In Drag’.

                          Many of the tracks were recorded during the 'wilderness' years of 1996/97 when the band members worked on their separate projects.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Shad Thames
                          Burnt Out Car
                          Sometimes In Winter
                          Winter Melody
                          Public Information Film
                          The Process
                          He's On The Phone
                          Stormtrooper In Drag
                          Star
                          Down By The Sea
                          The Sea
                          Lonesome
                          Angel

                          Saint Etienne

                          So Tough

                            ‘So Tough’ is the second studio album by British band Saint Etienne.

                            First released in 1993, it is their highest-charting album to date, reaching No. 7 on the UK Album Charts.

                            The album takes its title from The Beach Boys’ ‘Carl And The Passions - So Tough’ album.

                            The album was indebted to Sixties classics ‘The Who Sell Out’ by The Who, ‘Smile’ by The Beach Boys and ‘Head’ by The Monkees.

                            The album was originally intended as a concept album which starts at Mario’s Café in London then travels around the world, however it came to be viewed as a solely London album.

                            The album cover features lead singer Sarah Cracknell aged 6, taken by her father Derek Cracknell.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Mario’s Café
                            Railway Jam
                            Date With Spelman
                            Calico
                            Avenue
                            You’re In A Bad Way
                            Memo To Pricey
                            Hobart Paving
                            Leafhound
                            Clock Milk
                            Conchita Martinez
                            No Rainbows For Me
                            Here Comes Clown Feet
                            Junk The Morgue
                            Chicken Soup

                            The Home Counties are an embarrassing place to come from. The name itself suggests that somehow the rest of Britain isn’t ‘home’, not even London. Saint Etienne grew up in the Home Counties. Here are sixteen new songs they have written about a day in the life of this doughnut of shires that ring the capital, punctuated by bursts of BBC radio to remind you what time it is and all connected by train journeys - main lines, branch lines, commutes, escapes.

                            The love / hate relationship people have with ‘home’ is particularly acute in the Home Counties. Yet Saint Etienne understand that if you squint, it could be almost utopian.

                            The album was produced by Shawn Lee of Young Gun Silver Fox, with support from Augustus (Kero Kero Bonito), Carwyn Ellis (Colorama, Edwyn Collins), Robin Bennett (The Dreaming Spires), Richard X (Girls On Top / Black Melody) and long-time collaborator Gerard Johnson (Denim, Yes). It was recorded in Central London. Sarah, Bob and Pete commuted to the studio every day for six weeks.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            The Reunion
                            Something New
                            Magpie Eyes
                            Whyteleafe
                            Dive
                            Church Pew Furniture Restorer
                            Take It All In
                            Popmaster
                            Underneath The Apple Tree
                            Out Of My Mind
                            After Hebden
                            Breakneck Hill
                            Heather
                            Sports Report
                            Train Drivers In Eyeliner
                            Unopened Fan Mail
                            What Kind Of World
                            Sweet Arcadia
                            Angel Of Woodhatch

                            It’s hard to believe that Saint Etienne’s debut album ‘Foxbase Alpha’ turns 25 this year but the good news is that it still sounds as fresh, vibrant and relevant as the day it was released. Often hailed as one of the most important DIY albums of all time, ‘Foxbase Alpha’ became the first long player released on fledgling Heavenly Recordings in 1991 and went on to be nominated alongside ‘Screamadelica’ in the first ever Mercury Music Prize in 1992.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            CD1 & LP
                            This Is Radio Etienne
                            Only Love Can Break Your Heart
                            Wilson
                            Carnt Sleep
                            Girl VII
                            Spring
                            She’s The One
                            Stoned To Say The Least
                            Nothing Can Stop Us Now
                            Etienne Gonna Die
                            London Belongs To Me
                            Like The Swallow
                            Dilworth’s Theme

                            CD2
                            Kiss And Make Up (Extended Version)
                            Filthy
                            Chase HQ
                            Sally Space
                            The Reckoning
                            Speedwell
                            Parliament Hill
                            People Get Real
                            Sweet Pea
                            Winter In America
                            Fake 88
                            Studio Kinda Filthy
                            Kiss And Make Up (Sarah Cracknell Version)
                            Sky’s Dead

                            The keenly awaited follow up to the innovative and ground-breaking compilations - Songs For Mario’s Café and Songs For The Dog And Duck.

                            Compiled with knowledge and TLC by Bob Stanley… this is a glorious slice of life from those halcyon Pre-Rock days.

                            Features many era defining artists and household names such as Frankie Laine, Al Martino, Dickie Valentine, Eddie Calvert and Peggy Lee.

                            The audio delight is accompanied by a jam-packed booklet featuring many label shots and some gorgeous ephemera.

                            Transport yourself back to a less complicated time and pour yourself a nice cup of tea and then crank up the volume on your gramophone…

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. You Belong To Me – Jo Stafford
                            2. Make It Soon – Tony Brent
                            3. Comes Along A Love – Kay Starr
                            4. Blowing Wild – Frankie Laine
                            5. Limelight – Ron Goodwin
                            6. Stowaway – Barbara Lyon
                            7. Tenessee Wig Walk – Bonnie Lou
                            8. Oh Mein Papa – Eddie Calvert
                            9. The Glow Worm – The Mills Brothers
                            10. The Great Pretender – Jimmy Parkinson
                            11. The Breeze And I – Caterina Valente
                            12. Wanted – Al Martino
                            13. Moulin Rouge - Mantovani
                            14. Leave Me Alone – Lita Roza
                            15. Theme From The Threepenny Opera – Billy Vaughan
                            16. The Story Of Tina – Ronnie Harris
                            17. Finger Of Suspicion – Dickie Valentine
                            18. Come On A My House – Rosemary Clooney
                            19. Little Red Monkey – Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra
                            20. Hummingbird – Frankie Laine
                            21. It’s Almost Tomorrow – The Dreamweavers
                            22. Poor People Of Paris – Winifred Atwell
                            23. Johnny Guitar – Peggy Lee
                            24. Blue Star (The Medic Theme) – Cyril Stapleton
                            25. Count Your Blessing – Bing Crosby

                            Saint Etienne

                            Tiger Bay: Deluxe Edition

                              Originally released in 1994, "Tiger Bay" was Saint Etienne's third long player and their second Top 10 album.

                              It took the group into a new place by mixing traditional folk melodies with modern electronica. They worked with Underworld, Shara Nelson, Stephen Duffy, arranger David Whitaker, and Birmingham neo-dubsters Original Rockers to create a windblown but lush record, echoing its oil painting cover.

                              The album has been remastered by the band and expanded to 2 discs.

                              The second disc contains 7 previously unheard bonus tracks including an abandoned sequel to "Mario's Cafe" called "Black Horse Latitudes" (set in the evening, in a Tufnell Park pub), and the perky "Wedding Of Stacy Dorning" which looked forward to the sunshine pop of 1998's "Good Humor".

                              The Deluxe Edition comes in luxurious packing with an expanded booklet featuring extensive sleevenotes from the band's original PR Robin Turner.


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