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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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

Michael B (Michael B), Saturday, 11 November 2006 15:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

those guys are gonna break my bank...

hank (hank s), Sunday, 12 November 2006 15:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink


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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 12 November 2006 18:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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

scott seward (scott seward), Sunday, 12 November 2006 19:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Andy Votel >>>> Bob Stanley

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

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 12 November 2006 23:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Cherrystones is no slouch in the compilation game, either.

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

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 13 November 2006 16:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm still playing that Mojo Folk compilation!

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 13 November 2006 16:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

** 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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I was wrong BS DID compile Glitter From The Litterbin

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 09:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I guess the target market is people who have just got their first turntable and are in an enthusiastic early buying phase + older people who have just bought a turntable again after keeping all their vinyl in the loft for a decade. They'll sell enough to people who are doing the weekly shop and just buy them on the spur of the moment, I guess.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 21 November 2017 15:25 (one year ago) Permalink

> yeah these are nice comps but i'm also wondering how 'useful' they are and who would want them, especially in the age of Spotify recommended playlists etc

Merry Christmas, i got you a spotify playlist...

koogs, Tuesday, 21 November 2017 15:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I don’t really buy the argument that the comp is redundant in the age of the Spotify playlist, given that Spotify also has *whole albums* too and no one (on this thread at least) is saying these are obsolete too.

Don’t want to overstate the case for these Sainsbury’s albums, but a physical compilation can be a lovely thing.

bamboohouses, Tuesday, 21 November 2017 21:39 (one year ago) Permalink

That somehow ties into my slightly snarky theory that a lot of teenagers will go crazy for vinyl until they actually have to move it all into/away from college.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 12:21 (one year ago) Permalink

So many Spotify playlists, even useful ones, are 250-tracks long with entire albums shunted in there and no thought to flow or confluence or anything else. Curation matters.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 13:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Spotify also has *whole albums* too and no one (on this thread at least) is saying these are obsolete too

*bursts in sweating*

nashwan, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:06 (one year ago) Permalink

For those looking for more Stanley curation goodness, I'm listening to his Soho Radio show on mixcloud, and it's pretty fucking solid (though the discrepancies in volume between the songs and his voice can annoy).

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:05 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...


New Robert Kirby comp compiled by Stanley.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 16 February 2018 13:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Must have!

henry s, Friday, 16 February 2018 13:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Love that Keith Christmas track. Had no idea Kirby was involved.

Comp looks great.

groovypanda, Saturday, 17 February 2018 20:26 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New Bob and Pete comp soon

A new project from @rocking_bob & @petewiggs due in May. More details shortly 👇 pic.twitter.com/7l7bAeIwXx

— Ace Records (@AceRecordsLtd) March 20, 2018

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:50 (one year ago) Permalink


Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 17:09 (one year ago) Permalink

wow at that sleeve.

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 20:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Fantastic sleeve and title, yeah -- we have details:


The events of May '68 are seen as a turning point in France's social history - pictures of the barricades are still potent images. Lines were drawn politically, culturally, socially, and pop music was not exempt.

“Paris In The Spring” is a collection of the new music, put together by Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, that emerged from France between 1968 and the mid-seventies, an extraordinary blend of several previously independent strains – French chanson and yé -yé, American jazz and funk, British chamber pop - shot through with the era's underlying mixture of optimism, uncertainty and darkness. This is the first collection of its kind, released on the 50th anniversary of the Paris uprising.

Serge Gainsbourg – a jazz pianist with a chanson past and a pop present – was in a position to play a key role in soundtracking France in flux over the next five years. His “Histoire de Melody Nelson”, with its heavily atmospheric arrangements by Jean-Claude Vannier, was the acme of this new, unsettling French sound. “Paris In The Spring” includes other equally dazzling Vannier arrangements (for Léonie) and Gainsbourg compositions (for Jane Birkin and Mireille Darc).

Prior to 1968, sixties French pop had been dominated by yé -yé, the country's unique brand of upbeat pop, a world of primary colours, mini-jupes and discotheques (a French invention, after all). Its stars either faded fast after May '68 or adapted to the new era: Jacques Dutronc (‘Le Métaphore’) and France Gall (‘Chanson Pour Que Tu M'aimes un Peu’) discovered a moody side that they had previously kept hidden, and Françoise Hardy released the Brazilian-influenced, after-hours classic “La Question”, from which we have picked ‘Viens’.

New bands like Triangle emerged, influenced by Soft Machine and Gong who became regulars on the Paris club scene. French library music from Janko Nilovic and film soundtracks (François De Roubaix, Karl-Heinz Schäfer) reflected the era's edginess. All are represented on “Paris In The Spring”, making it a continental cousin to Stanley and Wiggs's 2017 Ace compilation “English Weather”.

01 La Victime (Part 1) - Karl Heinz Schäfer
02 Hélicoptère - Mireille Darc
03 Les Aventures Extraordinaires D'Un Billet De Banque - Bernard Lavilliers
04 Roses And Revolvers - Janko Nilovic
05 L'Élu - Ilous & Decuyper
06 La Métaphore - Jacques Dutronc
07 Dommage Que Tu Sois Mort - Brigitte Fontaine
08 Les Gardes Volent Au Secours Du Roi (Alternate version) - Jean-Claude Vannier
09 Looking For You - Nino Ferrer
10 Chanson D'Un Jour D'Hiver - Cortex
11 Viens - Françoise Hardy
12 Couleurs - Léonie
13 Leslie Simone - William Sheller
14 Litanies - Triangle
15 Baleines - François De Roubaix
16 Encore Lui - Jane Birkin
17 Evelyne - Serge Gainsbourg
18 Le Bal Des Laze - Michel Polnareff
19 Lilith - Léonie
20 Ystor - Ys
21 Chanson Pour Que Tu M'Aimes Un Peu - France Gall
22 La Victime (Part 2) - Karl Heinz Schäfer
23 La Chanson D'Hélène - Romy Schneider & Michel Piccoli

Ned Raggett, Friday, 23 March 2018 16:17 (one year ago) Permalink

great cover, will buy

omar little, Friday, 23 March 2018 16:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Awesone! I'd been picking up stray moments of this kinda stuff - that Nino Ferrer album that got spotlit in Aquarium Drunkyard, Léo Ferré's 1970 record w/ a rock group - and really welcome a curation of it. Roubaix is an all-time fave, too.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 23 March 2018 16:31 (one year ago) Permalink


Jeff W, Friday, 23 March 2018 19:20 (one year ago) Permalink

English Weather was really outstanding - it was probably my most played record of last year - so hopes are high.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 24 March 2018 13:37 (one year ago) Permalink

There isn't a single song on English Weather that is any less than wonderful.

Matt DC, Saturday, 24 March 2018 15:33 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...


New Bob 80s synth comp. He couldn't clear Kraftwerk or Depeche he says on Twitter

piscesx, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 15:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Track list:

All gold.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 17:35 (eleven months ago) Permalink

There's also a Shadows / Hank Marvin / Welch & Farrar comp if that's more your bag.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 17:37 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Good to see some 80's deep cuts there. And Phil Lynott? Whynott!

henry s, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 18:22 (eleven months ago) Permalink

He's good when he's exploring genres most people don't know about - showcasing the best stuff that's often never been reissued or available on CD or whatever. But I don't get why he's compiling for Sainsburys like this which are largely tracks that everyone knows in genres that have been comped to death.

everything, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 18:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I kinda agree but otoh people under 30 do buy vinyl and many would probably also be into this sort of primer (somehow only heard 'Videotheque' for the first time last year myself)

nashwan, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 19:35 (eleven months ago) Permalink

*puts now that's what i call music 1 on shuffle*

calzino, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 19:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

No way anyone under 30 knows Lawn Chairs or Peter Schilling or Bill Nelson or B Movie or some forgotten China Crisis and Buggles singles. Comped to death, really?

piscesx, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 19:59 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I guarantee a huge % of under 30s know these, at least in Europe. I know lots of under 30s who know this stuff inside out and back to front; a 24 year old friend of mine is an uber Bill Nelson fan. Also, Peter Schilling had a massive revival last year.

Anyhow, Bob is a compilation compling god but come on, this one must have taken 15 mins max. I hope Sainsbury's paid him handsomely.

stirmonster, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 21:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Like he needs the money.

everything, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 22:35 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I'll Stan up for the Hank one, mainly because I'd asked him yonks ago about "Other Shadows tracks that are as great as" Stingray", (album tracks tend towards MOR safety) and he'd suggested some. Trouble is, not that they are rare as in pricey, but rare as in hard-to-find, there's not that many of those singles out there.

So, yeah I'm quite pleased about that one.

Mark G, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 22:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Gave Paris In The Spring a cursory listen - CD player's in the repair shop so I succumbed and bought the vinyl. A lot of Gainsbourg-adjacent stuff, as was to be expected, I get to feel smug about having played stuff off of Les Gants Blancs Du Diable on my radio show before I knew Stanley's championing it - he's got three tracks from it on here!

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 11 June 2018 12:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...


Stanley's alternative 100th NOW compilation (with Spotify playlist)

Number None, Monday, 23 July 2018 20:01 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Man, Stanley and Wiggs are on a roll with their late 60s themed comps:


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

has "4th of july" ever appeared anywhere else since the "good vibrations" box set? that song really is underheard

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

First time the Beach Boys' Fourth Of July has been on vinyl. Really happy with this one - hats off to @liz_buckley for making light of some very tricky licensing work! https://t.co/Iecrh6CUH9

— bob stanley (@rocking_bob) September 10, 2018

groovypanda, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 09:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Handy reminder

FINALLY!! Out today. “Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present: State of the Union - The American Dream In Crisis”, available on CD and double vinyl. https://t.co/A3lMVyHPQa pic.twitter.com/gd6Luw9Q8W

— Liz Buckley (@liz_buckley) October 26, 2018

Jeff W, Friday, 26 October 2018 18:30 (six months ago) Permalink

This is a fantastic compilation. Is there a sadder song than 'The Train' by Sinatra?

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Sunday, 28 October 2018 12:15 (six months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

New interview with him via Pete Paphides on the Ace Records podcast, and the first question out of the gate is about putting together comps, so.


Ned Raggett, Friday, 16 November 2018 17:21 (six months ago) Permalink

This was posted about 10 years ago but I think it's complete at this point:

I really need to check out most of these.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 16 November 2018 18:10 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah, got most of them. Happily so.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 16 November 2018 18:26 (six months ago) Permalink

i've got all of those Saint Etienne compilations except for the London Winter one. Need to get Paris in the Spring and the new one. Plus there are so many others, including a bunch released via Croydon Municipal that aren't specifically Stanley-curated but bear his influence.


omar little, Friday, 16 November 2018 18:40 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New one! Just in time for Brexit innit

Jeff W, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 16:34 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

My copy arrived today! Have only listened to the first part so far, but it's ace.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 18:12 (one month ago) Permalink

the state of the union comp is great. looking forward to this one.

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 19:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, I started off lukewarm on the concept of that one - songs about social strife from the 60's, yawn - the fact that it's mostly about how the squares and the olds reacted to that upheaval really makes it something special. That spooky Tokens track has been in my head for days.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 28 March 2019 16:20 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Three Day Week is excellent and strongly aligned to my interests. I fear it may have niche appeal, but hope I'm proven wrong.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 12:49 (one month ago) Permalink

I think all of Bob Stanley's stuff for Ace is pretty niche. No bad thing obv!

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 13:05 (one month ago) Permalink

State Of The Union is so good. This track is a bit on the nose (a common thread amongst the album's squares-doing-protest theme), and I don't think either waves or bombs go "zzzz", but it still kills me, such a simple concept.


Daniel_Rf, Friday, 19 April 2019 11:53 (one month ago) Permalink

I got my first working stereo system w/ record player in nearly 20 years and first thing I got for it was the 'English Weather' comp, it was a very good choice.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 19 April 2019 12:39 (one month ago) Permalink

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