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Continental [Original recording remastered]

Saint Etienne Audio CD
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“When I was ten, I wanted to explore the world.”

Pop begins here.

In a bedroom in the North, the South, the East or the West, softly-lit thanks to the scarf thrown across the lamp – just like Bolan’s, or Bowie’s, or Agnetha’s, or Kylie’s. It comes through headphones black and bulky, or small and cushioned. Down the canal to the drum, the ... Read more in Amazon's Saint Etienne Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B004NO5HLQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Shad Thames 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Burnt Out Car (Balearico) 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sometimes In Winter 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Winter Melody 4:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Public Information Film 1:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Process 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. He's On The Phone 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stormtrooper In Drag 5:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Star 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Down By The Sea 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Sea (PFM Mix (early fade)) 7:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Lonesome 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Angel (Broadcast Mix) 4:170.99  Buy MP3 

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation 23 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
'Continental' still sounds like a patchwork, but if we're going to get 2 discs of disparate material recorded over a 3 year period, then we could do a lot worse. The original album contains a few of Etienne's finest singles (namely Burnt Out Car and He's On The Phone, even Stormtrooper In Drag), as well as consistently interesting - if not excellent - excursions into typically leftfield pop. The bonus disc will have fans salivating, with 4 unreleased demos and all those obscure b-sides from the period; again, all very listenable and collectible. This is a proper deluxe release, with extensive liner notes and pix in a nicely designed and appealing digipack (although the transparent plastic sleeve is bound to get scuffed). It doesn't get 5 stars because it simply isn't a classic work, but it is very good and occasionally outstanding. Saint Etienne and Heavenly have done themselves proud.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasure 3 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
i,m beyond analysing saint etiennes music , thier output is amazing and they have put out such consistently brilliant music over the years they really have nothing to prove , this deluxe cd is no exception its full of that unique saint etienne sound ,some remixes , the odd classic and some new songs that are sure to please , a particular favourite track on here is'' down by the sea '' its so atmospheric i find it hard not to imagine i,m not laid on a beach somewhere , lovely stuff , sit back and enjoy the music ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars For the sake of my collection 7 April 2013
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I am a bit dissappointed as i had expected more information on the tracks. The record company could have done better. The music is typical Saint Etienne and if you like their style as i do, then it is at least okay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for track 8! 15 Mar 2004
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Stormtrooper in Drag - Mad song, vamping piano house arrangement... + all the quiet lilting melodies you know and love...
Some really evocative liner notes too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Etienne Gonna Die 16 Mar 2000
By Anon. - Published on
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As a diehard Saint Etienne fan I bought this Japanese import CD thinking it would be, as Mr Simon Brayley claims, merely an `odds-and-sods' collection which I needed to purchase primarily for the tracks (seven out of thirteen) that I did not already possess in various other guises (EPs and compilations). What surprised me about the collection is how seamless it is. Indeed, alongside their first _Foxbase Alpha_ it is their most beautifully constructed album. (Compare this to both the UK and US versions of _Tiger Bay_ which, for all its good tracks, is structurally random and diffuse. I suspected, at the time, that it was the result of a rift between the boys and Sarah. The subsequent - and, thankfully, brief - split up of the band seemed to validate this impression.) The brilliant sequencing of tracks on _Continental_ breathes new life into previously released material. For example, the instrumental "Winter Melody" (which is titled "Sometimes in Winter" on _Casino Classics_) is preceded here by the ballad "Sometimes in Winter" and the combination of songs brings added depth to each track. In particular, the mood of - how to put it? - defiant melancholy that was already latent in the instrumental is here brought to the fore by the way it comes to extend the fierce sadness on display in the track that precedes it. In other words, the latter (and its refrain "Sometimes in winter/Love can go astray") comes to reverberate in the former. We retain the memory of Sarah's plaintive vocal as "Winter Melody" loses itself in the snowstorm. One more example: "The Process," which was originally contained on one of the "He's on the Phone" eps surrounded by (even swamped under) two other overly wistful tracks is given new life by being sandwiched between the giddy "Public Information Film" and the euro-fun of "He's on the Phone." The poignancy of the track is more affecting for being so exposed. Finally, let me add that their cover of Gary Numan's "Stormtrooper in Drag" is even better than their cover of Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy." This CD is right up there with the very best of Saint Etienne, which is to say _Foxbase Alpha_ (esp. "London Belongs to Me"), _Good Humor_ (Japanese Import Version for including "Afraid to Go Home," "Zipcode" and "Hill Street Connection" from the "Sylvie" ep), _Casino Classics_ , and the ep for "You're In A Bad Way" (esp. "Archway People" and "Duke Duvet"). I might add that this CD also contains a lyric sheet, although - truth be told - most of the songs work better for retaining a certain elusiveness (the lyrics to "Burnt Out Car" are obviously meant to be heard as fragments of emotion, of inarticulable longing; very little or nothing is added to them by seeing the words printed on a piece of paper).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, one of their best 29 Sep 2000
By Jeffrey J. Lyons - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is a fine CD from Saint Etienne, one of the most underrated, artistic and expressive pop groups out there. This album, which came out only in Japan in 1997, shows the impressive versatilty of this band. Sarah's voice doesn't get much better than this. Even when she hums on "Shad Thames," it's sexy. The two-part "Down by the Sea" and "The Sea" is a hypnotic merger of simple lyrics and ethereal musical arrangements...a masterpiece in its own way. "Lonesome" is the kind of song that when you hear it, you simply cannot understand why it wasn't a hit. It has a kind of pop emotion. And they cover a lesser known Gary Numan song, "Stormtrooper in Drag." Get out your dancing shoes for that one. Even the one minute long "Public Information Film" has a certain pleasantry about it. This includes "He's On the Phone," which is a fairly well-known song among the band's fans. I know the price may be a little steep for a CD but if you need to eat macaroni and cheese for a week to buy should. This is HIGHLY recommended listening.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sometimes blonde anthologies do have more fun 14 Feb 2005
By moses the man - Published on
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I was excited to find this import, and I purchased it basically for one track: "Stormtrooper in Drag." This ear-opener was the only worthwhile cover on the misguided Gary Numan tribute, "Random" (Numan deserved much better than the lackluster by-the-numbers imitations assembled there); but I didn't think it existed on a Saint Etienne album. So when I saw "Stormtrooper in Drag" on the tracklist of "Continental" I got it right away. This song is addictive, a high-octane energy blast. Saint Etienne takes Numan's Most Psychotic Song Ever (was he watching Visconti's "The Damned" on a bad trip?) to the club floor and dances all over it in stiletto heels. How pleased I was to also discover that the rest of "Continental" (a Japanese anthology of Saint Etienne's non-album tracks) is pretty great, ranking with "Good Humor" and "Sound of Water" as one of their best. What's appealing about "Continental" is its eclectic tour of electronica styles. "Shad Thames" is an Enofied near-instrumental, "Down By the Sea" ventures into Roni Size drum'n-bass territory, and "Angel" tries on Portishead's atmospherics, replete with simulated scratchy vinyl-lp noises. But through it all, Saint Etienne remains true to its own carefully crafted, slightly ethereal sound on the catchy tracks "Burnt Out Car," "Sometimes in Winter," "Lonesome," and the lump-in-the-throat-inducing "He's On the Phone." That last number has a big, driving chorus that may surprise listeners who wanted to write off Sarah Cracknell as queen of the la-la-la's. But I've always appreciated her earthy, as well as her airy, side. She's like the neighborhood librarian who gets sexy and wild when she goes out to a club. She's so innately tasteful that she can allow her musicians to deflate her own breathy romantic "pose" with all kinds of weird electronic gadget-sounds, and that's always been a big part of her charm, for me. There is a refreshing lack of vanity to Saint Etienne that undercuts the plastic excesses of pop music and club life, even as the band makes itself at home in both areas. Sometimes blonde anthologies do have more fun!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and classy St. Etienne melodies and hooks 24 Dec 1998
By George Gollery - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Once again, US fans are deprived of some fine music with this Japan-only release. This title is rather difficult to find retail (but Amazon's got it!!) but it is well worth the price.
With this title, Saint Etienne further confirms its status as the finest pop band in the world. "Continental" opens with the wonderful instrumental "Shad Thames". I find it amazing that this band, along with only a handful of others (such as the B-52s) never shy away from including instrumentals on their releases. "Shad Thames" simply flows directly to that part of one's brain that says, "gee, I could listen to this over and over"
As on "Tiger Bay" Saint Etienne leaves the mixing for most of the songs on this album to other folks not perhaps directly involved with the band and the results are sweet, sweet, sweet. Some fans may notice that a few tracks (Burnt Out Car, Down by the Sea, Winter Melody) have been culled from the prior compilation "Casino Classics". But "Continental" is well worth one's time and money to purchase (heck, the liner notes are worth it!!). In fact, this CD would be a great way to introduce someone to this band. With the slower paced tracks such as "Sometimes in Winter" and my personal favorite "The Process", Saint Etienne shows pop can be sophisticated. The euro-fave, "He's on the Phone" is also included. I simply can't see anyone NOT being hooked after one listen to this tune.
The Gary Numan-penned, "Stormtrooper in Drag" from the Numan tribute "Random" is also included. With extra lyrics and a driving beat, one can just see any dance floor filling up with this one. As usual, there is the Saint Etienne short "vignette" tune here. At around one minute, "Public Information Film" sounds as if it could have been written for a Public Service Announcement with Sarah simply singing " swim....da da da da da da" in front of a jungle-ish beat. It leaves me wanting to hear more!! I mean, how do these guys get away with it over and over -- 60s/70s melodies and hooks in front of a 90s sound? Well, I don't really care....I just hope they continue on and on....
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a "Deluxe Edition" 24 Oct 2009
By Unquiet American - Published on
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"Continental" Deluxe Edition is a beautifully packaged in a slipcase with a 4 fold digipak with in depth liner notes and two cd's. Continental the first cd contains some of the most interesting and sophisticated pop that still sounds like it was released last week. The second cd does not disappoint with b-sides and not to be missed remixes of some of the "Continental" tracks. This a very wonderful treat for the fans being that the original relase was only in Japan.
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