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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen years ago) link

those guys are gonna break my bank...

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

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

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

Andy Votel >>>> Bob Stanley

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

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

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

Cherrystones is no slouch in the compilation game, either.

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

I'm still playing that Mojo Folk compilation!

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

I was wrong BS DID compile Glitter From The Litterbin

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

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

Jeff W, Sunday, 13 June 2021 08:38 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link


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

A guy's gotta pay the rent.

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

one month passes...

So that new comp is about out -- meantime Bob had a few separate single-artist/producer comps out over the past few months as well:




Ned Raggett, Friday, 1 July 2022 03:51 (two years ago) link

Loving 'Fell from the Sun' and adding more tracks to it. It's like a bit like a sequel to this all-time great "Volume 1" comp that never had a volume 2:

Spencer Chow, Friday, 1 July 2022 14:27 (two years ago) link

I wish Movement 98 "Joy & Heartbreak" was on it, it would slot in perfectly

boxedjoy, Friday, 1 July 2022 16:18 (two years ago) link

Fell from the Sun is so good. Just spent a pleasant Saturday morning listening & reading the sleevenotes (status: fully ascended Mojo dad) which have a nice 'Rock Family Trees: Chart Show edition' feel.

(Feeling old moment - realising we're twice as far away from this stuff as this stuff is from his 76 in the Shade comp.)

woof, Saturday, 2 July 2022 12:57 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

Two thirds through Let's Do It and the one big complaint I have so far is the lack of coverage of Latin music, which was surely very influential to this period (enough for Bing Crosby to record "South America, Take It Away"); so far the only references to it I've seen in there are a British bandleader claiming to have lived in Brazil and Duke Ellington recording a latin novelty song, which is shown as evidence that he was in a creative slump. Hoping he'll give Bossa Nova its due at least.

There's also a bit of a problem in making it about both US and UK pop. I get why he does it - UK pop is underexplored and a book solely about it would sell less - but it's really not fair, these huge developments in the US and then every time it goes back to Britain the scenario feels much the same as anywhere else in Europe (in fact I think histories of pre-Rock French and Italian Pop might have more juice!).

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 7 October 2022 11:01 (one year ago) link

Excellent points, Daniel. I read it over the summer and if memory serves, there's a paragraph at the very beginning, possibly in the foreword, about how there was clearly a story to tell about non-English-speaking pop but for the purposes of the book he'd restricted himself (and his comprehensive research) to UK/US pop.

giraffe, Friday, 7 October 2022 12:54 (one year ago) link

I think that's fair and certainly a book on all pop worldwide in the pre-rock era would be far too daunting, but it doesn't imo let him off the hook for the latin thing, as the influences of mambo, latin jazz and bossa nova to give just a few examples were huge on English speaking pop of that time.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 7 October 2022 13:50 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

New punk-era compilation, Winter of Discontent, about to drop:


lord of the rongs (anagram), Thursday, 5 January 2023 11:09 (one year ago) link

Post-punk rather than punk.

Aw naw, no' an Antonioni wan oan noo an' aw (Tom D.), Thursday, 5 January 2023 12:17 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

More goodness on the way: https://acerecords.co.uk/tribal-rites-of-the-new-saturday-night

giraffe, Monday, 22 May 2023 12:12 (one year ago) link

That looks pretty solid!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 May 2023 15:13 (one year ago) link

Yeah, these things just keep getting better and better. Wonder if Ace has a Bob Stanley Plan you can sign up for.

henry s, Monday, 22 May 2023 15:57 (one year ago) link

Looks amazing.

Is there a site where all these Saint Etienne/Bob Stanley comps listed? It's tough to keep up!

omar little, Monday, 22 May 2023 15:59 (one year ago) link

Here you go: http://www.saintetiennedisco.com/index2.html

Tim, Monday, 22 May 2023 20:57 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

he's got a new Bee Gees bio out which sounds quite good

Number None, Tuesday, 20 June 2023 14:44 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Various Artists
Latin Freestyle New York / Miami 1983 - 1992

Another stunning compilation compiled by Bob Stanley. Latin Freestyle was a dizzying, passionate, ultra- modern music. It was the aural equivalent of a can of thirst-quenching Quatro or a Spanish Harlem dance-off, and it became the electronically constructed bridge between disco and house. Freestyle grew out of the electro sound of the early 80s, combined clean staccato rhythms with morse code synth hooks, and topped them off with emotive, usually female, frequently Latina vocals. There was plenty more going on besides: proto- house piano lines, Cuban percussion, high emotion and synth hooks to die for. Put together and annotated by Bob Stanley (who also compiled the acclaimed The Daisy Age and Fell From The Sun), Latin Freestyle is the first compilation to cover the whole gamut of Freestyle from its early 80s breakthrough to its early 90s revival. So many classics... Lisa Lisa made the UK top ten with the 808 joy of ‘I Wonder If I Take You Home’. Stacey Q’s cosmically great ‘Two Of Hearts’ came out in 1986, while 1987 saw the likes of Company B’s ‘Fascinated’ and Exposé’s ‘Point Of No Return’ become huge UK club hits. Today, Freestyle is a scene with a solid collector’s market, and rarities like Janelle’s ‘Don’t Be Shy’ sell for hundreds of dollars. It’s a classic summer soundtrack, finally condensed in one Ace Records compilation – Latin Freestyle.

Thus Sang Freud, Saturday, 22 July 2023 11:15 (eleven months ago) link

I approve. Some good choices in there. Interesting that he went with "Let's Go" by Nocera which is slightly less known than her "Summertime, Summertime," but I love both. He went with all female singers, which is a choice. There are two or three Cynthia tracks I'd pick before "Thief of Heart," but there are no losers here.

I would have a hard time choosing only that number of tracks for an all-encompassing freestyle comp, even going with just one track per artist.

Josefa, Saturday, 22 July 2023 13:53 (eleven months ago) link

Looking again at his 16 selections on this comp, I think my own freestyle comp would include exactly eight of those 16 tracks. And then I could come up with eight better ones.

Alfred to thread. I know he’s posted a best of freestyle list here.

Josefa, Saturday, 22 July 2023 18:01 (eleven months ago) link

How's the Bee Gees book?

I was kind of thinking "It's Bob! Maybe I've just not really got the Bee Gees and this might convince me otherwise?" but the excerpt in the Guardian didn't convince me to part with money.

djh, Sunday, 23 July 2023 19:46 (eleven months ago) link

I enjoyed the Bee Gees book a great deal, their story is unusual and interesting, sometimes bewildering and sometimes sad. I thought I knew a bit about the Bee Gees but didn't know the half of it. IT looks like a thick book but it skips along at a pace, there's a lot of Bee Gees to get through. I am pleased that he gives proper attention to the brothers' production work in the 80s.

Bob observes at the start that the Bee Gees have never really been a fashionable name to drop, haven't been the subject of much of a critical re-evaluation (compared to The Beach Boys or The Kinks, both of whom have had periods in and out of fashion). He doesn't ever really get to why he thinks that is, aside from a few observations about how they never really fitted in to the pop world, and often seemed to shy away from any kind of cutting edge. I'm quite glad the book doesn't give a direct answer to that question, but I'd pay to read Bob music on why the Bee Gees seem immune to being a cool name to drop.

Tim, Monday, 24 July 2023 16:04 (eleven months ago) link

Thanks Tim.

djh, Monday, 24 July 2023 20:17 (eleven months ago) link

Thanks Tim.

djh, Monday, 24 July 2023 20:17 (eleven months ago) link

three months pass...

London A To Z is great grey sky listening. The blurb on the John & Beverley Martyn track unpleasantly flippant if you've listened to the Andrew Hickey podcast ep on the artists tho.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 21 November 2023 13:47 (seven months ago) link

A friend recently gifted me Tribal Rites on CD. It’s excellent, particularly the second half. As I’m currently working on a project with the veteran DJ Greg Wilson, I told him about it and he was v.excited by the track listing, particularly for the Sons Of Robin Stone track. So that’s a strong expert endorsement for you there!

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 21 November 2023 14:08 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Man I've been slack on catching up on the various comps in general. Had missed London A To Z for instance.

Meantime, the other day I'm shopping in Amoeba and I noticed these two comps from him that I had missed completely! (Which of course I bought immediately.)



The latter one is in series with English Weather and Occasional Rain, this time being 1972.

Next up is a Cafe Exil sequel:


Plus a really interesting one to me, a Lou Christie comp focusing on 1967. (I keep being very surprised at how Christie barely factors into wider 60s retrospections -- was he too much of a flash in the pan in the end?)


Ned Raggett, Saturday, 30 December 2023 17:33 (six months ago) link

Thanks for the head's up, Ned! I too have lost track of these comps, which is a shame because I almost invariably enjoy the hell out of them.

I own 76 In The Shade, Occasional Rain, Three Day Week, English Weather (my fave), Paris In the Spring, Tears of Technology, and State of the Union. Aside from this latest batch, are there any other crucial ones I'm missing, aside from Cafe Exil (which I can never seem to find)?

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 30 December 2023 18:01 (six months ago) link

Having gotten them all I can't be truly objective but per the new John Cameron one, gotta give credit to his very interesting producer/arranger overview choices -- the Thom Bell and Norman Whitfield comps arguably work in more familiar territory but they're solid overviews (Bell's own thoughts in the liners are great), but the Robert Kirby one was really striking, a way to open up a view into a lot of 70s UK folk-and-related work I wouldn't have really assayed otherwise.

Meantime I've just now noticed that that 'A Taste Of' series he did for Sainsbury's, which I thought was vinyl only, did have at least some CD issues as well so I may have to start tracking those down.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 30 December 2023 18:14 (six months ago) link

They sure are coming in thick and fast these days. My hometown record store always has a great compilation section, and when I was just back for the holidays I picked up the Cameron and Free Festival ones, as well as Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night. Still on the hunt for London A-Z and the Latin Freestyle one. Also got the new Bobby Gillespie weepy ballad comp, also on Ace.

henry s, Saturday, 30 December 2023 19:28 (six months ago) link

Meantime I've just now noticed that that 'A Taste Of' series he did for Sainsbury's, which I thought was vinyl only, did have at least some CD issues as well so I may have to start tracking those down.

― Ned Raggett, Saturday, December 30, 2023 6:14 PM (three hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Curious. I've never seen the CDs (and only fleetingly saw the vinyl) despite shopping in Sainsbury's regularly. I don't recall the track listings for the ones I saw being that interesting??

djh, Saturday, 30 December 2023 22:11 (six months ago) link

(I might be being unfair/grumpy in that assessment).

djh, Saturday, 30 December 2023 22:12 (six months ago) link

"Cafe Exil" is my favorite comp of the last number of years, such a great ride. Very excited about the sequel even if its tracks are far more familiar than CE.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 30 December 2023 23:00 (six months ago) link

The Sainsburys releases were basically "here's a basic ass selection with a few hidden gems snuck in", which is honestly very fair considering the target audience (it ain't us). Would still have picked them up if they had them at my local ofc.

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 31 December 2023 12:04 (six months ago) link

Sounds a reasonable assessment.

djh, Sunday, 31 December 2023 12:13 (six months ago) link

"Fell From The Sun" is decent though shocked to discover that One Dove's Fallen wasn't as good as I remember (at least in the version on here).

djh, Tuesday, 9 January 2024 20:08 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Compiling some tracks recently [the ones on the Tarwater thread] and being a bit indecisive on the track-listing, I found myself wondering "What would Bob Stanley do??"

djh, Monday, 12 February 2024 21:51 (five months ago) link

"Fantastic Voyage" is another top tier compilation, lives up to the title!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:05 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

Here's the next one: Thom Bell - Didn't I Blow Your Mind? The Sound Of Philadelphia Soul 1969 - 1983


mike t-diva, Thursday, 18 April 2024 13:53 (two months ago) link

That’s…weird. He already did a Thom Bell comp a few years back! Hell it’s linked on that page. Is this a complementary set?

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 April 2024 14:10 (two months ago) link

This is the sequel to “Ready Or Not”, Ace’s first acclaimed compilation of the late Thom Bell’s productions and arrangements.


Ned Raggett, Thursday, 18 April 2024 19:56 (two months ago) link

Bob has been busy again. https://www.acerecords.co.uk/tomorrows-fashions-library-electronica-1972-1987

giraffe, Thursday, 2 May 2024 09:11 (two months ago) link

Bob has been busy again. https://www.acerecords.co.uk/tomorrows-fashions-library-electronica-1972-1987

I used to own hundreds upon hundreds of these albums. I sold a lot on eBay ages ago, but probably still own several hundred, and I still have CD-Rs of many of those I sold.

The one track on here I really love is John Cameron’s ‘Northern Lights’. For some reason it always evokes for me not the northern lights but gazing out on the River Thames at night, in the 1980s or early 1990s, at somewhere like Battersea. There’s an ominousness to it or a feeling of lost time, or something. That's what goes through my head anyway every time I listen to it.

A lot of the others have aspects to them that I like, but things I don’t like as well. Sometimes the drums and bass sound a bit like jazz funk, but a bit plodding, not sprightly. Then there are certain chord changes that I find annoying. You can hear the loosely prog rock background of some of these composers and the changes they use are not always to my taste.

dubmill, Thursday, 2 May 2024 13:25 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

And speaking of that comp, new Ace Records Podcast episode with Bob talking about it:


Ned Raggett, Monday, 8 July 2024 17:14 (six days ago) link

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