if there's a better compiler than Bob Stanley out there, I'd sure like to know...

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this is the first year that I've purchased way more old than new music...and I blame it all on the glut of compilations/lost classics/re-mastered flibbidy-floo that flies into the shops, week after week...and I'm lovin' every minute of it!...and so are you...now, do we think there's a better compiler out there than Bob Stanley, who has several ace collecitons (The Trip, Mario's Cafe, Early Morning Hush, Velvet Tinmine, to name but a few) to his name...'cos I ain't can think of anyone...you?

hank (hank s), Friday, 10 November 2006 19:20 (fifteen years ago) link

The Trip is acey but I can't listen to the whole thing in one go - 1 cd is enough for one sitting. Some great choices though for sure.

Also otm about old music - I've hardly bought anything new this year and it's totally down to hearing something on comps.

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Friday, 10 November 2006 20:23 (fifteen years ago) link

please tell me more about the other bob stanley comp.s - i have "the trip" and "mario's cafe" and absolutely love them!

srsy, "the trip" introduced some incredible songs to me.

derrick (derrick), Saturday, 11 November 2006 10:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Velvet Tinmine is a collection of fairly obscure 70's glam songs, vital and disposable (like most good music)...Early Morning Hush is late-60's/early 70's British folk, again veering toward the obscure...both worth your while...(Velvet Tinmine is part of the "Lip-Smackin' 70's" series on RPM records, not all compliled by Bob Stanley, but all highly recommended)...

Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs also compiled the two-disc Glen Campbell compilation The Capitol Years...anybody with a passing interest in Glen might consider this a one-stop shopping trip...also, Bob has compiled a number of girl-group collections, also for RPM...

hank (hank s), Saturday, 11 November 2006 15:14 (fifteen years ago) link

i've seen some of this stuff at amoeba and totally plan to get it. (of course i saw the name Bob Stanley and immediately thought of "The Steamer" - lol wild pitch to Mookie in game 6)

timmy tannin (pompous), Saturday, 11 November 2006 15:53 (fifteen years ago) link

'Glitter from the litter bin' is fun, think Stanley compiled that as well

Michael B (Michael B), Saturday, 11 November 2006 15:57 (fifteen years ago) link

some of the the dreambabes comps of brit girl groups on cherry red are bob stanley-curated. some really fantastic stuff.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Sunday, 12 November 2006 14:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Also, don't Stanley & Wiggs choose the tracks for their Eclipse label releases?

Link: http://www.saintetienne.com/eclipse1

zebedee (zebedee), Sunday, 12 November 2006 15:10 (fifteen years ago) link

those guys are gonna break my bank...

hank (hank s), Sunday, 12 November 2006 15:21 (fifteen years ago) link

There's a 2-disc C86 comp that Stanley did too that came out in the UK recently. I've been quite enjoying it.

mikef (mfleming), Sunday, 12 November 2006 16:09 (fifteen years ago) link


Is this the same Bob Stanley? He's a member of St. Etienne and wrote this article for the Guardian about an obscure movie doc about 60s London...

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 12 November 2006 18:56 (fifteen years ago) link

Oops, missed the posting above that confirms who he is...

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 12 November 2006 18:58 (fifteen years ago) link

YIKES! i've never even heard of those dreambabes comps that fritz mentioned. i want them all!! *sigh* i wish i was rich :(

this looks good too:


scott seward (scott seward), Sunday, 12 November 2006 19:11 (fifteen years ago) link

i'm just gonna pretend like i don't know about them.

scott seward (scott seward), Sunday, 12 November 2006 19:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Andy Votel >>>> Bob Stanley

Dave Segal (Da ve Segal), Sunday, 12 November 2006 22:56 (fifteen years ago) link

dear god. hardly. i can't think of any way in which votel is better than stanley, expect possibly graphic design

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Sunday, 12 November 2006 23:03 (fifteen years ago) link

All five Dream Babe compilations are at the Tower in Pasadena, as well as a couple of the Here Come the Girls CDs, for 30% off. Quick, somebody in LA, snatch them up! They're all fantastic.

Arthurgh! A Music War (Arthur), Sunday, 12 November 2006 23:08 (fifteen years ago) link

I may yet ask your assistance there, Arthurgh...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 12 November 2006 23:15 (fifteen years ago) link

i can't think of any way in which votel is better than stanley, expect possibly graphic design

Think harder. Folk Is Not a Four Letter Word, Prog Is Not a Four Letter Word, Vertigo Mixed, Welsh Rare Beat, Songs in the Key of Death, Music to Watch Girls Cry: unbeatable run there.

Dave Segal (Da ve Segal), Monday, 13 November 2006 00:15 (fifteen years ago) link

i find several of those compilations pretty lame. i suppose like all things it comes down to taste.

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Monday, 13 November 2006 00:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Ask away, Ned! Give me a call, I'm off for the next month-and-a-half.

Arthurgh! A Music War (Arthur), Monday, 13 November 2006 01:09 (fifteen years ago) link

scott! email me, i can burn a couple of the dreambabes for ya. i'm sure you've got some shit i'd flip for if you want to trade. if not, i highly recommend the ones I've got: "folk rock and fathfull" and "backcomb and beat" are both awesome

ps hiya arthur!

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Monday, 13 November 2006 01:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Votel certainly rivals Stanley...I think it just comes down to taste...Votel is more of an Incredibly Strange Music seeker, while Stanley aims to redefine the cosmopolitan sounds of earlier eras...(which totally dovetails with the St. Etienne aesthetic...in fact, the great thing about Bob Stanley compilations is how well they complement his/their own music)...

I have to say, though, that the Finders Keepers releases I own do not get into the rotation as much as, say, The Trip or Velvet Tinmine...

hank (hank s), Monday, 13 November 2006 14:01 (fifteen years ago) link

the real question is how do i get a job being andy votel or bob stanley?

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Monday, 13 November 2006 15:06 (fifteen years ago) link

Cherrystones is no slouch in the compilation game, either.

Dave Segal (Da ve Segal), Monday, 13 November 2006 15:25 (fifteen years ago) link

More to the point, where do either get the money to buy all of these records in the first place, unless they literally do fish them all out of charity shops for 20p a throw?

Mind you, I'm glad they do. The St Et The Trip comp is exceptional (will somebody tell me more about Mandy More?) and the Selda album which Votel's recently reissued is a thing of wonder.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 13 November 2006 15:26 (fifteen years ago) link

Let's not forget David Toop - those Ocean Of Sound 2CD comps he did in the '90s were uniformly fantastic.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 13 November 2006 15:28 (fifteen years ago) link

xpost to Michael Bourke. I don't think Bob S did Gltter From The Litterbin, it was the same bloke who does some of the Psychedelic Pstones series. Can't remember who it is - it'll come to me.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Monday, 13 November 2006 16:08 (fifteen years ago) link

will somebody tell me more about Mandy More?

Can't tell you anything about her, but here's a few titbits online about her LP:

- from a Q&A with Bob Stanley @ saintetienne.com:

"Ember Glance asks who the hell is Mandy More. Well, her mindblowing If Not By Fire appeared on The Trip. It's from an album called But That Is Me on Philips in 1972 (which includes a great cover of God Only Knows, an almost impossible feat!). I know she did a few equally intriguing non album singles including Coffee Cups which is very proto Kate Bush. Most of the album is, too."

- review @ the vinylvulture.co.uk forum:

"Mandy More – But that is me, Philips 1972
A beautiful and moving album, one I know nothing about. On playing it through I discovered that ‘If Not by Fire’ was familiar – featured on St Etienne’s Trip compilation. This is one of the 2 tracks which features some great electronic / moogy effects (freaking out at the end) and is mighty fine. But the album is so not a 1-tracker, it is one of those perfectly formed complete albums. A little like Melanie’s earlier LPs, but IMHO so much better. Mandy More has a great voice and the arrangements are gloriously baroque – strings, harp, layers of voices, piano – and great songs too. Highlights, if I must pick them are: ‘But That is Me’ (almost a single – catchy uplifting song), ‘Listen Babe’ (gentle grooving number), ‘Come to me Jesus’ (lush complex orchestral, with a great twisting and swelling ending); ‘If I smiled on Saturdays’ (catchy uptempo number featuring congas and melodica). For me the best is the closing number – a fantastic cover of ‘God only Knows’ – the moog comes back (or it might be guitar through effects) and the drums are funky even has a harmonica solo from Mandy! Produced by a certain Tony Hall, if that means anything to anyone.... Find this album if you can, you need it!"

zebedee (zebedee), Monday, 13 November 2006 16:31 (fifteen years ago) link

ah yes, David Toop...those other Virgin comps (Boomin' on Pluto, Sugar And Poison, I think there's another one whose name escapes me now) are also great...dude owns the 80's...

related to xposts: can anybody tell me more about Esther Williams (not the swimmer who turned up on the cover of the first Blur LP, but the soul singer whose "Last Night Changed It All" appears on The Trip)?

hank (hank s), Monday, 13 November 2006 16:40 (fifteen years ago) link

If you dig the Early Morning Hush comp you should definitely check out the first "acid folk" comp Stanley did, Gather the Mushrooms. It is equally splendid.

I liked that Folk Is Not A Four Letter Word comp Votel did, and the welsh one he did with Gruff Rhys, but thought the prog one was just dreadful. Though I'd probably have dug the song selection if I was out at a club and those were the records a dj was playing. It didn't work so well as an at home listening experience for me.

bastowe (bastowe), Monday, 13 November 2006 16:54 (fifteen years ago) link

The other two Ocean of Sound comps were Crooning On Venus and Guitars From Mars.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 13 November 2006 16:54 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm still playing that Mojo Folk compilation!

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 13 November 2006 16:55 (fifteen years ago) link

i still have to play that oxford american music issue comp. i wanna hear the muhammad ali track.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 13 November 2006 16:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Marcello beat me to mentioning Toop. Ocean of Sound helped reshape how I listened to music.

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Monday, 13 November 2006 19:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Toop also compiled the great 2cd "not necessarly english music" and the really interesting (but a bit cold) "hunted weather"

those 2cd Virgin compilations were so beautiful.... i'm the only fan of "monster, robot and bugmen" compiled by simon hopkins and "jazz satellites" by kevin martin )and "kosmic kuruschi monster (vol.1, sigh....))? wish kevin martin would/could compile more...

minerva estassi (minerva estassi), Monday, 13 November 2006 21:28 (fifteen years ago) link

speaking of those Virgin compilations, the only one to have eluded me lo these years (I haven't bought them all, but I've at least had the chance) is the Kodwo Eshun-curated "Escape Velocity: Routes From The Jungle" (or something like that)...and dang it, that's the one I really wanted!...did anybody else snag that one, and who knows where it can be currently found?...(I am assuming it is long out-of-print)...

hank (hank s), Monday, 13 November 2006 21:34 (fifteen years ago) link

** Marcello beat me to mentioning Toop. Ocean of Sound helped reshape how I listened to music. **

Was going to say a similar thing but wanted to articulate *how* and not sure i can right now.

dh (djh), Monday, 13 November 2006 22:24 (fifteen years ago) link

Bob Stanley goes out with Sheila Burgel, another excellent compiler in that she did One Kiss Can Lead To Another.

Nedpoleon (NedBeauman), Monday, 13 November 2006 23:42 (fifteen years ago) link

i volunteer to housesit anytime, bob + sheila! i'll water the plants and everything, just set me up with some headphones.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 01:33 (fifteen years ago) link

jazz satellites" by kevin martin

I've been waiting for eons for Vol. 2. Jazz Satellites Vol. 1 was a life-changer. Some key person at Virgin must've got sacked, because it seems like all those amazing comps stopped issuing forth about 5 years ago.

Check out this lineup for the unreleased second volume: http://wlt4.home.mindspring.com/adventures/articles/satellites.htm

Dave Segal (Da ve Segal), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 03:22 (fifteen years ago) link

the tracklist of Jazz Satellites II it's so great it's actually depressing it was withdraw at the 11th hour, after all the licensin was done and the comps annunced, if i recall right... not only so much unavailable stuff (and anyway even if all was available, it's a lot of money to get all!), but also, for example, the Mahavishnu Orchestra 'Miles Out'is an outstanding track from a otherwise mediocre lp... and that Vol. 1 on the cover of 'kosmic kurushi' always make me think: 'what the hell will they put on vol.2?'

talking of wire/tony harrington compiled comps, the wire 3cd box on Mute i think is really good, but have never seen reviewed or talked about. Check the tracklist:

minerva estassi (minerva estassi), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 03:53 (fifteen years ago) link

and about compilations, i read a while ago on pitchfork that compilations are in the age of downloading useless. i think that in this age of all available the role of the compiler is more important then ever, he select for you the cream, while if you have too much, you can be easily bored (if you have the time). i love comps and i love to make comps for friends and loved ones, and it's quality (like old cassetes (i'm showing my age?)), not quantity (like dvd full of anything), that matters.

Anyway bored that downloading will actually be a pain for little (or big) records companies that will decide so that to issue comps, and the problems about it (licensing), it's no long useful and profitable (even if of unavailable music).

minerva estassi (minerva estassi), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 04:10 (fifteen years ago) link

I was wrong BS DID compile Glitter From The Litterbin

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 09:06 (fifteen years ago) link

hey, that is quite the tracklisting for that Jazz Satellites 2 comp...makes me wonder when/if the the Art Ensemble's People In Sorrow will ever get the reissue treatment it deserves...

hank (hank s), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 14:19 (fifteen years ago) link

At least the MONSTER Priester album was reissued last year.

The Garbarek-Coltrane-23 Skidoo-Melle stretch on Jazz Satellites is one of my favorite sequences.

Pamplaxico Polancobon (Andy_K), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 14:35 (fifteen years ago) link

This thread got me curious, so I thought I'd check out "Jazz Satellites"--it's going for $250 at Amazon! Wha? Anyone know if this is available for a less ridiculous price?

Tyler W (tylerw), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 15:17 (fifteen years ago) link

Saw it going in the MVE Notting Hill bargain basement for three quid a couple of weeks ago.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 15:26 (fifteen years ago) link

Really? ...Can you buy it for me? I'm not going to be able to make the trip to Notting Hill this weekend, as much as I'd like to. I reside in Colorado, you see...

Tyler W (tylerw), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 15:48 (fifteen years ago) link

My favorite compiler is Toru Hashimoto of Cafe Apres Midi / Free Soul / etc fame. The Stanley comps do have a bunch of good stuff on them though.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 17:40 (fifteen years ago) link


"Saint Etienne Present Songs For The Fountain Coffee Room" is due: 31 July 2020 👍 pic.twitter.com/dY6TaZJzeM

— Ace Records (@AceRecordsLtd) June 4, 2020

Jeff W, Thursday, 4 June 2020 16:31 (one year ago) link

English Weather sequel as good as the first one so far.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 5 June 2020 09:33 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Back to the diner theme!



The latest in the popular “Saint Etienne Present” series – soundtracks for places both real and imaginary. This time, Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs have put together a selection to fit a bar in mid-70s Los Angeles, the kind of place where Warren Beatty and Julie Christie might meet in the afternoon for a secret rendezvous between shooting scenes for Shampoo.


01 Only Love - Bill Quateman
02 Where Are We Going? - Marvin Gaye
03 Get Closer - Seals & Crofts
04 Tell Her She's Lovely - Batteaux
05 One Way Or The Other - The Fifth Avenue Band
06 Lilly (Are You Happy) - Daryl Hall & John Oates
07 Love Is The Answer - Utopia
08 Oh Honey - Delegation
09 Easy To Love - Leo Sayer
10 A House For Sale (Single version) - Millie Jackson
11 Tin Man - John Edwards
12 Thunder In The Afternoon - Bobbie Gentry
13 Save It For A Rainy Day - Stephen Bishop
14 Love Don't Come No Stronger (Than Yours And Mine) - Jeff Perry
15 Hollywood - Boz Scaggs
16 A Love Of Your Own (Album version) - Ned Doheny
17 Natural High (Single version) - Bloodstone
18 Hickory - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
19 Touch Me Baby (Reaching Out For Your Love) - Tamiko Jones
20 Sunshower - Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 02:50 (one year ago) link

Ah missed Jeff's post there. Well a double notation, then!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 02:53 (one year ago) link

Ooooh, my kind of thing. That Jeff Perry track is a particular favourite, I’ve played it out many times.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 07:22 (one year ago) link

Good to have the track list, Ned. This looks like a must buy.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 09:57 (one year ago) link

"Natural High" I remember, the others I couldn't approximate the tune or.

Mark G, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 12:14 (one year ago) link

Friend of mine who knows Bob took him to the actual spot named, thus the title. Apparently it's amazing.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 16:15 (one year ago) link

It never rains but it... um, never rains

Bob Stanley presents "76 In The Shade" is due 31st August ☀️ (link in bio) pic.twitter.com/HkgXONJmT0

— Ace Records (@AceRecordsLtd) July 7, 2020

Jeff W, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 18:00 (one year ago) link

Great! He had mentioned this was coming down the pike in a recent Ace podcast interview.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 18:06 (one year ago) link

The months without rain and airless days and nights might not have been something out of the ordinary in the Algarve or the south of France, but it was without precedent in Britain. The Summer of 1976 has remained a benchmark for long, hot summers – there may have been scorchers since, but none have seemed quite as relentless or enervating. The country melted into a collective puddle. “76 In The Shade” probably wasn’t anyone’s real life soundtrack of the year – that could have included Bowie’s “Station To Station” and Abba’s “Greatest Hits”. Instead, Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley has put a compilation together that sonically evokes the summer of 1976 itself, its sweet heat and almost narcotic lethargy.

01 Walking So Free - Spike Janson
02 Sugar Shuffle - Lynsey De Paul
03 Miracles (Single version) - Jefferson Starship
04 Get Out Of Town - Smokey Robinson
05 I'm Mandy Fly Me (Album version) - 10cc
06 Stoned Out - Simon Park
07 Nothing To Remind Me - Cliff Richard
08 Discover Me - David Ruffin
09 You're The Song (That I Can't Stop Singing) - Hollywood Freeway
10 You Are My Love - Liverpool Express
11 Liquid Sunshine - John Cameron
12 Not On The Outside - Sylvia
13 Stay With Me - Blue Mink
14 Wild Mountain Honey - Steve Miller Band
15 Fallin' In Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
16 Flowers - The Emotions
17 Montreal City - Azimuth
18 Rock'n'Roll Star - Barclay James Harvest
19 Miss My Love today - Gilbert O'Sullivan
20 Music - Carmen McRae

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 18:07 (one year ago) link

Surprised not to see 'Oh Lori' by Alessi on that compilation - released on a 1976 album, although not a hit single until 1977.

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 21:32 (one year ago) link

lol dude needs to slow down!

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 10:49 (one year ago) link

There was a curious exchange on Twitter where someone suggested that Bob makes all these compilations but actually spends his evenings listening to the Lighthouse Family.

"I don't get it," replied Bob.

I was bemused he engaged, to be honest.

djh, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 21:22 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

This is out today... almost forgot to mention it! Actually suits the weather. Didn’t see that coming. pic.twitter.com/qCVDYIzQ16

— Saint Etienne (@bobpetesarah) July 31, 2020

some great stuff here, the Bobby gentry track is amazing

brimstead, Sunday, 2 August 2020 22:44 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I was streaming this over the weekend and it sounded wonderful.

mike t-diva, Monday, 3 August 2020 08:04 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

When Bowie and Iggy escaped LA to go interrailing in the mid 70s they heard a new European music that was largely devoid of Anglo American rock influence. In Berlin one of their favourite haunts was Cafe Exil - this is it’s imaginary soundtrack. Out in December. pic.twitter.com/udkClxv7ev

— bob stanley (@rocking_bob) October 5, 2020

Jeff W, Monday, 5 October 2020 09:38 (one year ago) link

Track list:


djh, Monday, 5 October 2020 17:30 (one year ago) link

would buy for the cover alone

henry s, Monday, 5 October 2020 17:33 (one year ago) link

I already know and adore Jan Hammer Group "Don't You Know", the rest look intriguing.

mike t-diva, Monday, 5 October 2020 18:08 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Allegedly a new one on the horizon called Choctaw Ridge Country Fables but no details yet.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 16 January 2021 22:05 (one year ago) link

The Cafe Exil comp is fantastic, really does take you on a journey.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 16 January 2021 22:53 (one year ago) link

Drunk thought: I wonder how long Bob (and collaborators) spend compiling these?

(I'm not really sure how widely he can draw from?)

djh, Saturday, 16 January 2021 22:55 (one year ago) link

I did discuss an idea with him (online) which happened about 2 years later. I don't know if he'd already thought of it before, but.

Mark G, Sunday, 17 January 2021 10:15 (one year ago) link

anyone else stuck between not wanting to buy CDS any more but finding it hard to justify £29 for the LP? :-(

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Sunday, 17 January 2021 11:01 (one year ago) link

I’m not quite at the ‘no more CDs’ stage but yeah the price is driving my format choice in the case of these Ace comps

Jeff W, Sunday, 17 January 2021 13:30 (one year ago) link

New comp done with Tim Burgess


Finally picked this one up at the end of last year and it's so great - concept/execution etc. Hadn't given ISAN much thought for 15 years but in context it's perfect.

The second CD of The Trip *still* gets a monthly airing, pretty much

technopolis, Sunday, 17 January 2021 13:58 (one year ago) link

I've managed to avoid paying £29 for the doubles, but yeah.

One on ebay was £12, because the seller "was expecting something else" when buying it. Nm, his loss, my gain (it's great - the three-day-week one).

Mark G, Sunday, 17 January 2021 16:24 (one year ago) link

> Hadn't given ISAN much thought for 15 years but in context it's perfect.

that track is about 23 years old (which is about 8 years older then i'd've guessed) was a single in '98

koogs, Monday, 18 January 2021 10:05 (one year ago) link

Think I first heard it on the excellent Blue Room mix cd that came with the October 2002 edition of Muzik magazine


groovypanda, Monday, 18 January 2021 10:56 (one year ago) link

ISAN are worth keeping up with. I like this from last year: https://wiaiwya.bandcamp.com/album/nothing-picked-and-placed-nowhere

djh, Monday, 18 January 2021 13:23 (one year ago) link

Thanks - will investigate. I've just realised how much ISAN product there is from the past 20 years...

Cafe Exil also now acquired and is a joy

Another favourite from a few years back is: https://acerecords.co.uk/saint-etienne-present-songs-for-the-carnegie-deli. You sense he could churn these out in his sleep, but the hit rate here is incredibly high and it's low-key glorious throughout

I think my very favourite Bobcomps are those where he's trying to evoke an incredibly vague ill-defined mood, rather than the sort of 'primer in genre X' ones. But maybe they're all this really, to some extent

technopolis, Monday, 18 January 2021 15:29 (one year ago) link

My favs of this recentish crop that I haven't seen receive much acclaim: State Of The Union (the squares react to the social changes of the 1960's, in a liberal rather than reactionary mold - semi socially conscious tracks from Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis) and 76 In The Shade (very much in that vague mood setting technopolis mentions, just these lazy, hazy grooves from all sorts of mid 70's sources).

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 10:50 (one year ago) link

I'm super jealous of Bob Stanley, and dig what he does.

Is there really almost anyone else who gets to do what he does, these days? Make comps (not like Numero does, of mostly-unheard, primary-source stuff, but of good stuff of all levels of known-ness) that get pressed into physical media? I've got a few dozen Musicophilia mixes I'd love to see go legit like that...

Soundslike, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 18:40 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Oh hello

I'm working on a compilation of 98bpm tracks, all from 1990/91 - hypnotic, post -acid, neo-psych (at least that's how I hear it), ... does this sound even have a name? Things like this by One Dove... it'll be beautiful. https://t.co/nnxDVJXpZH

— bob stanley (@rocking_bob) April 13, 2021

groovypanda, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 11:30 (one year ago) link

street soul revival is firmly underway!

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 11:54 (one year ago) link

is that track Stanley posted street soul?

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 09:27 (one year ago) link

I feel like I should know the answer to this ... but is there significance to 98bpm?

djh, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 09:35 (one year ago) link

Was a bit of a thing at the time


In 1990, Paul Oakenfold bailed on house music. "The scene split, the scene went rave and I didn't feel comfortable with rave music. The noises were more cheesy and we were more song-oriented. Where I wanted to go was keep the energy and go downtempo. We'd be caning it for four years, we were ready to go out on a different vibe.
"That's the kind of person I am musically. I could have made a fortune out of being a big rave DJ - I played all those Biology's and Sunrise's - but it wasn't about that for me."
So began his 98bpm movement, a combination of dance grooves, indie rock and hip hop that ended up finally reappearing as indie dance with old Future regulars, the Happy Mondays and Stone Roses, at the helm. And on his releases as Movement 98, top slowed up groovers like 'Joy And Heartbreak'.

groovypanda, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 09:40 (one year ago) link

Thanks groovypanda.

I was trying to work out in my head if there would be a particular physical sensation related to it. It's sort of top of resting heart rate or maybe bottom of moderately exercising heart rate in a young un'.

djh, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 10:45 (one year ago) link

"Joy And Heartbreak" is such an incredibly perfect song

boxedjoy, Thursday, 15 April 2021 09:15 (one year ago) link

Anyway, to answer your question, Jon Savage's latest collection 1972-1976 is one I'm currently on. It might be because it's the only correct reissue of the Faust polydor 7" of "So Far", um, so far.

Mark G, Thursday, 15 April 2021 17:59 (one year ago) link

Waltz Darling doesn't fit genre-wise but the BPM and the era work just about


piscesx, Friday, 16 April 2021 01:05 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

New from Ace Records: ‘Chocktaw Ridge’, compiled by Bob with Martin Green

Jeff W, Sunday, 13 June 2021 08:38 (eleven months ago) link

Best songs from Elvis' 60s movies. That's what a colleague of mine reckons will be a Bob Stanley compilation project in the future.

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Sunday, 13 June 2021 09:31 (eleven months ago) link

Followed by the best songs from Cliff Richard movies.

speaking the language of goals, going forward (Matt #2), Sunday, 13 June 2021 13:57 (eleven months ago) link


AP Chemirocha (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 13 June 2021 14:13 (eleven months ago) link

A guy's gotta pay the rent.

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Sunday, 13 June 2021 14:31 (eleven months ago) link

eleven months pass...

remembered the 98bpm chat earlier this week and the mention of a compilation being put together.
well, it has just been announced :


mark e, Friday, 13 May 2022 11:41 (one week ago) link

He has an Oh Brother I haven't heard yet too. JUst getting the John Leckie one starting at the moment.

Stevolende, Friday, 13 May 2022 12:29 (one week ago) link

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