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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years ago) link

those guys are gonna break my bank...

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

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

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

Andy Votel >>>> Bob Stanley

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

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

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

Cherrystones is no slouch in the compilation game, either.

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

I'm still playing that Mojo Folk compilation!

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

I was wrong BS DID compile Glitter From The Litterbin

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

Better to say 'alternate' rather than 'enhanced,' I'm looking at my old copy and there are a number of tracks on that that aren't on this one.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 15:52 (nine months ago) link

"New and improved" is how it's described on the site. The first version went out of print pretty quickly, I certainly was never able to find a copy. Glad I'll be able to check that box off now. Has been something of a used-bin holy grail search for me.

henry s, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:01 (nine months ago) link

Yeah, hold on, this is almost a totally different release using the same name.

Here's the original via Discogs:

1 –John Kerruish Time To Wander

2 –Graham Gouldman Nowhere To Go

3 –Jon Plum Alice

4 –Vigrass* Stop

5 –Kate Strange Girl

6 –Lea Nixon Off To Find A New Land

7 –Honeybus For Where Have You Been

8 –Eddie Addenbury* Captain Jones

9 –Nimbo Maisie Jones

10 –Almond Marzipan Summer Love

11 –Les Payne Very Well

12 –David Reilly Nothing Else To Say

13 –Lori Balmer Here Before The Sun

14 –Consortium Copper Coloured Years

15 –Marc Reid My World Turns Around You

16 –Roger Charles Watching The Boat

17 –The Tremeloes Till The Sun Goes Down

18 –Graham Gouldman Growing Older

19 –Steve Elgin Seductress

20 –Julian Brooks Justine

21 –Junior Campbell If I Call Your Name

22 –Quiet World Of Lea & John* There Is A Mountain

23 –The Humblebums Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway

24 –Tuesday Sewing Machine

And the new one:

01 Pictures - Ray Brooks
02 I Can't Let Maggie Go - The Honeybus
03 Off To Find A New Land - Lea Nixon
04 Alice - Jon Plum
05 When The City Sleeps - Bombadil
06 Fading Yellow - Mike Batt
07 Say You Don't Mind - Colin Blunstone
08 The Seventh Hour - Gordon Waller
09 Mary Jane - Erasmus Chorum
10 Shapes And Shadows - Tandem
11 Please Believe Me - Nirvana
12 Forever Autumn - Vigrass & Osborne
13 Oh Girl - Richard Henry
14 Very Well - Les Payne
15 You're Lovely - Sunchariot
16 Pollution Song - Mike Sedgewick
17 Epitaph (When Times Were Good) - Bill Kenwright
18 Coathanger - Clifford T Ward
19 The Race - Christopher
20 Closing My Eyes - David McIvor
21 Lifetime - The Bliss
22 Two Sugars - Matthew Bones

There's only three specific tracks in common, at least on the CD version of this new one! I won't complain for that reason, but if you're hoping for a true repress with extras of the original, that's not what you're getting.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 17:58 (nine months ago) link

Hmmm, that's odd. Why not just tack on a "Vol. 2" at the end?

Of all the Stanley/Wiggs comps out there, this is the one that just cannot be found, at least at a decent price. I wonder if it got issued w/o officially acquiring the rights to some of those tracks - maybe that's why it disappeared so quickly and completely?

henry s, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 19:05 (nine months ago) link

Maybe? I always figured it was label collapse. (I did spend a pretty penny getting my copy a few years back.)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 19:20 (nine months ago) link

I wondered that too, but their other comps of that genre/era (Early Morning Hush, Gather in The Mushrooms) came out on the same label and seem to be readily available, not cheap but not $$$ either.

henry s, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 19:42 (nine months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Here’s that ‘Tears of technology’ 80s synth comp that Mark G referred to upthread.

Jeff W, Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:51 (eight months ago) link

Nice range, and a whole lotta obscurities to boot (to me at least). Another one to order!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:55 (eight months ago) link

That Turquoise Swimming Pools (David Balfe and I think Troy Tate?) song is great, glad to see it available on CD

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:35 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

Meantime, got the new Tea & Symphony today and the issues/questions raised are addressed by Bob in the liners, at least:

The first TEA & SYMPHONY collection was released back in 2007 on the now-defunct Sanctuary label. It was the first official compilation of its kind, but the sudden demise of the record company meant it hardly made it into the shops (this compilation has four tracks in common with its ancient ancestor)....To the delight of people who thought the mine was exhausted, previously undiscovered gems by the likes of Matthew Bones, Erasmus Chorum and Les Payne continue to be unearthed.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 9 February 2020 00:04 (seven months ago) link

Well, that 'splains that! Still leaves the original issue on my holy grail list...

henry s, Sunday, 9 February 2020 00:57 (seven months ago) link

... And now, everyone else's too

Mark G, Sunday, 9 February 2020 12:22 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

My Tears of Technology arrived today along with a card announcing the next comp he and Wiggs doing -- Occasional Rain, which based on the title, font choice and photo is some sort of sequel to English Weather.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 March 2020 22:00 (six months ago) link

Would have guessed a symphonic-soul comp based on that title, but I suppose that's not exactly their wheelhouse. And I also guess that someday soon Stanley and Wiggs will do a comp with "wheelhouse" in the title.

henry s, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 00:41 (six months ago) link

Dunno if Stanley has a wheelhouse, as a compiler. Recent releases include Baroque Pop, Glitter Rock and DAISY Age Hip-Hop, I don't think Symphonic Soul would be too much of a strech.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 09:52 (six months ago) link

First glimpse of Occasional Rain?

In this time of financial hardship all I ask is that @rocking_bob and @petewiggs stop releasing brilliant compilations through @AceRecordsLtd pic.twitter.com/CO3jlj00cu

— Andrew Male (@Andr6wMale) March 4, 2020

Jeff W, Thursday, 5 March 2020 12:56 (six months ago) link

Mott's "Waterlow" is so pastorally out of character for those hustlers, and really wonderful.

Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Friday, 6 March 2020 16:09 (six months ago) link

English Weather is like the ultimate comp for very early January, the sadness of the party being over, excited there's a sequel.

Matt DC, Friday, 6 March 2020 17:15 (six months ago) link

really wish the vinyl versions of these weren't so expensive, i would pick up a bunch but £29 is just too much

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Friday, 6 March 2020 17:22 (six months ago) link

The Rough Trade shops edition of The Tears of Technology is cheaper than the standard edition (at £24.99) and you get a bonus track. Very limited though so you’d need to be quick.

Jeff W, Friday, 6 March 2020 20:09 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Thread-adjacent: Saint Etienne have been releasing playlists on Spotify. Listening to the first one right now and it's brill.

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 12 April 2020 16:32 (five months ago) link

are these playlists on the page for the band, or under some other account?

Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Tuesday, 14 April 2020 21:47 (five months ago) link

Yeah, they don't turn up on Spotify US on the band's page...

henry s, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 22:10 (five months ago) link

I third a request for being navigated/pointed in the right direction for these

Cysteine Chapo (Craig D.), Tuesday, 14 April 2020 23:05 (five months ago) link

#1 Hannah and Her Sisters:

#2 Picnic at Hanging Rock:

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Wednesday, 15 April 2020 00:05 (five months ago) link


Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Wednesday, 15 April 2020 10:54 (five months ago) link

Sorry, should have noted. It's under a Saint Etienne account but not the band's account.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 11:00 (five months ago) link

It's interesting finding those personal accounts from artists. Kelsey Lu makes some good playlists


Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Wednesday, 15 April 2020 14:54 (five months ago) link

Sorry, should have noted. It's under a Saint Etienne account but not the band's account.

Tim, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 19:43 (five months ago) link

Sorry -posted in error (but I am noting these, thanks).

Tim, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 19:44 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Okay, new comp announced focusing on Thom Bell's production work:


01 Here I Go Again - Archie Bell & The Drells
02 I Can't Take It - The Orlons
03 You've Been Untrue - The Delfonics
04 Look The Other Way - Lesley Gore
05 Tick-Tock - Connie Stevens
06 What I See - Three Degrees
07 Moody Woman - Jerry Butler
08 What Kind Of Lady - Dee Dee Sharp
09 Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love) - The Delfonics
10 I Wanna Be A Free Girl - Dusty Springfield
11 It's The Same Old Love - The Courtship
12 People Make The World Go Round (Single edit) - The Stylistics
13 Back Stabbers - The O'Jays
14 One Man Band (Plays All Alone) - Ronnie Dyson
15 Do You Remember Yesterday - The Intruders
16 I'm Doin' Fine Now - New York City
17 Life Is A Song Worth Singing (Album version) - Johnny Mathis
18 Something For Nothing - MFSB featuring Thom Bell
19 Could It Be I'm Falling In Love - The Spinners
20 You Make Me Feel Brand New (Album version) - The Stylistics
21 Close The Door (Single edit) - Teddy Pendergrass
22 It's Gonna Take A Miracle - Laura Nyro & Labelle
23 Track Of The Cat (Album version) - Dionne Warwick

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 May 2020 18:00 (four months ago) link

Bob Stanley’s sleeve notes - with a rare exclusive interview with Bell himself - and a wealth of rare photos are icing on the cake.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 May 2020 18:01 (four months ago) link

Thom Bell did "Moody Woman"? Blimey, never knew that. And "Life Is A Song Worth Singing" is ALL TIME.

mike t-diva, Friday, 8 May 2020 18:44 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...


"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 (three months ago) link

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

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 5 June 2020 09:33 (three months 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 (two months ago) link

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

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 02:53 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

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

Jeff W, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 09:57 (two months ago) link

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

Mark G, Tuesday, 7 July 2020 12:14 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

lol dude needs to slow down!

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 10:49 (two months 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 (two months 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 month ago) link

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

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

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