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  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000024T5D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD Description

180 grams audiophile vinyl / Printed inner sleeves --This text refers to the Vinyl edition.

About the Artist

When the 'A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular' with singer Liesje Sardonius was originally released in 1996, Hoover ran into a bit of legal trouble with the famous vacuum company and had to change their moniker to Hooverphonic. Luckily, it didn't have any effect on their success. Music On Vinyl is re-issuing 'A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular' on 180 grams audiophile vinyl for the first time since its original release. On it is the single '2Wicky', which was featured heavily on the soundtrack of the film 'Stealing Beauty' starring amongst others Liv Tyler and Jeremy Irons. Perhaps the dreamily experimental Symph Pop of Hooverphonic is one of Belgium's most important exports in the musical field. --This text refers to the Vinyl edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Medway on 24 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I am one to randomly buy music as I love pretty much anything. This was purchased to vary my electronica collection, and by george I think its definately done that! Its dark, at times creepy and spine tingling! Its one of my favourite albums and can listen to it in any type of mood. Go and buy it now if you're a REAL music fan!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 13 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
The "New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular" it says on the sleeve but this ain't no disc for resting your equipment its a trawl through the Ambient Forests of a number of studios used for post production for this new CD by the Hoover (who are also known as Hooverphonic and I beleive Dutch)
The credits also include their lawyer who may have suggested Bacharach & David received a credit for a snippet of Isaac Hayes' version of Walk on by-which you barely notice unlike some of the other samples used here which may have come from radio stations.
With a female voice provided by one Leesja Sadonius-which seems to be a prerequisite for what has been called Dream Pop- you get nearly 48 minutes of soundscapes which either work as avant garde classical or music with the power to drive people out of the supermarket
What's in here is a listening experience for those who want to take a step further than Adiemus
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Sbisa' on 30 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I bought this cd after several years from the first time i heard '2 wicky', from the soundtack of 'Stealing beauty'.
Since then, i liked the sound and music of Hooverphonic.
This very first one sounds very 90ies, and if you like that period, and kind of music like trip hop, sophisticated pop, i guess this is a good one.
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62 of 74 people found the following review helpful
One Album Wonder in Retrospect... 6 Oct. 2000
By Danny Kim - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Having heard their subsequent albums, I am certain a chip in the head of Alex Callier malfunctioned or someone else wrote the first album. The moods and rhythms evoked by this first album are far more complex than most of the songs on Blue Wonder Power Milk and most definitely the trite Magnificent Tree.
From the first hypnotic track, Inhaler, this album is like a syren that draws you in closer and closer. With Liesje's departure, something was lost. Nr9 is a remarkable song. I've never quite heard anything like it.
Musically, this album is layered from beginning to end with dreamy instrumentals, and the beats...trip hop, drum and bass, or whatever you want to call it, that isn't mired in an orchestral overkill of synthetic strings or your latest band to add a few string arrangements to add credibility to their music. That is what they've done on their second and third albums, unfortunately. Like Orson Welles, Hooverphonic hit their peak with their first work. They achieved a sound that is nothing like Portishead, only to the virginal listener who finds Moloko, Mono and Olive to all sound the same. Only time will tell if Hooverphonic comes to their senses, which I doubt they will with how far out they've ventured from their original charm.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular? Indeed 24 May 2001
By Christopher R. Cicatelli - Published on
Format: Audio CD
this CD never leaves my's in the's downloaded on my computer at's in the CD player at home. if there were ever a group to take you in a new direction of music, allow Hooverphonic to lead the way. dreamy...otherworldly...hypnotic. little bit of trip-hop...trip-pop...lounge...and vocals that will leave you wanting more after every listen. when i'm listening to this at work, i always get the "who's this? it's really" trust me...this debut release from this Belgian band is incredible. i have yet to get the other two albums (milk and tree)...a bit scared of tarnishing my view i suppose. owe it yourself as a fan of music to get this CD and experience what is known as a "New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular".
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Retro Trip-Hop at its finest 23 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I just received my shipment today, and I'm already incredibly impressed with this CD. This is true trip-hop in the fashion of Portishead and Massive Attack. To me, only 2 tracks disappoint: Sarangi and Revolver. All of the others have the incredible dynamic range of the best trip-hop. Barabas reminds me of Massive Attack's incredible Unfinished Sympathy, but my favorite is the retro sounding Innervoice, simply peaceful. Also, this is the first trip-hop CD I've gotten with the lyrics inserted: in the mood for a laugh? Check the lyrics to Nr9. My only regret is that I procrastinated too much before prchasing this CD - Don't make the same mistake!
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Beutifull dream pop 27 July 2000
By D. A. Holm - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It seems like most reviewers are fans of Portishead and Massive Attack, and find Hooverphonic close in style. To me that is totally wrong. Hooverphonic delivers in my opinion pure beautifull dreampop, with Liesje Sadonius angelvoice, and haunting very beutifull emotional music, and to me they are not even comparable to the other bands. The best track of the album is the fantastic Sarangi, where Liesje almost reaches the vocal beuty of God Mylene Farmer ( I have no idea why other reviewers dont like it, but I guess it could be because they are based in a wrong music style to realy enjoy Hooverphonics dreampopsound ) But also the very beutifull tracks Inhaler, Someone and Innervoice, makes this album a mark in musichistory. By the way if you like this album theck out the cd Repertoire from unknown danish band Luksus if you can find it, and of course also the second album from Hooverphonic. Eventhough it has a different not just as good singer in Geike Arnaert, it is still a brilliant album.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
One of triphop's finest 9 May 2006
By notthatimportant - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I got this album back in the days, introducing triphop to me together with Massive Attack's "Mezzanine". This record immediately grabbed my attention with it's unnoticable submerging drums, hypnotical synthesizer/guitar (hardly can tell the difference), the dreamy atmosphere, and vocals which are dreamy-sweet, smoothly gliding over chord changes. It was exactly what I was looking for, and it didn't disappoint me at all. The years went by, and since triphop never really was my day-to-day music, "A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular" didn't visit my cd-player often. But when it did, I rediscovered the clever layers, the haunting hooks and the superb drums all over again, and I was absolutely stunned that the album was able to amaze me for the I-dont-know-how-many'd time.

The tracks are mostly in the same lane, yet differ enough to keep you interested. "Inhaler" is an amazing opener, a driving guitar welcomes you to the characteristic Hooverphonic sound, along with intense vocals. "Plus Plafond" has some of the most hypnotic drums around, "Nr 9" is as defined by contrast, and "Cinderella" also deserves a spot in the hall of fame. The overal quality of the tracks is sublime, while a reviewer before me does have a point: the latter 3 songs are of little lower quality, missing the darker tone that makes the lighter moments that more substantial and meaningful, something that seemed the foundation of the first 8 tracks.

The complete package contains a setting which is between the light daydreams, and the darkest nightmares (see "Mezzanine" for that), containing a dark element which is used intelligently, never takes over, and creates that extra inch of atmosphere. All in all this is definitly recommended for all the fans of dreamy hypnotical triphop, triphop in general, or perhaps even to all fans of good music.
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