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St Etienne Presents Songs For A Central Park Picnic


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  • Audio CD (29 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Croydon Municipal
  • ASIN: B00D3BCFV0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise - Vince Guaraldi - Vince Guaraldi - Vince Guaraldi
2. Bee Bom - Sammy Davis Jr - Sammy Davis Jr. - Sammy Davis Jr.
3. Untie Me - The Tams - The Tams - The Tams
4. Be Sure My Love Teddy Randazzo - Teddy Randazzo - Teddy Randazzo
5. Moon Guitar - The Rangoons - The Rangoons - The Rangoons
6. Stranger On The Shore The Drifters - The Drifters - The Drifters
7. Peanuts - Little Joe And The Thrillers - Little Joe & The Thrillers - Little Joe & The Thrillers
8. Gopher Mambo - Ymu Sumac - Yma Sumac - Yma Sumac
9. Marie - The Four Tunes - The Four Tunes - The Four Tunes
10. Raincoat In The River Sammy Turner - Sammy Turner - Sammy Turner
11. Rinky Dink - Dave Baby Cortez - Dave 'Baby' Cortez - Dave 'Baby' Cortez
12. You Don't Have To Be A Tower Of Strength - Gloria Lynne - Gloria Lynne - Gloria Lynne
13. Lost For Sure - Dion - Dion - Dion
14. Boato (Bistro) - Lalo Schifrin - Lalo Schifrin - Lalo Schifrin
15. A Kiss From Your Lips Billy Storm - Billy Storm - Billy Storm
16. Yes I Love You - Paris Sisters - The Paris Sisters - The Paris Sisters
17. Moon River - Jerry Butler - Jerry Butler - Jerry Butler
18. Where Have You Been - Arthur Alexander - Arthur Alexander - Arthur Alexander
19. Quiet Girl - Don Rondo - Don Rondo - Don Rondo
20. Bad Boy - The Jive Bombers - The Jive Bombers - The Jive Bombers
See all 25 tracks on this disc

Product Description

It's a perfectly curated, seasonal blend of the sounds of New York - girl groups, doo wop, Latin and atmospheric instrumentals. It features names like the Drifters, Burt Bacharach and Lalo Schifrin, alongside a host of fabulous unknowns. Songs For A Central Picnic is also the first release on Saint Etienne member and renowned pop archivist Bob Stanley's new label, Croydon Municipal.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PS Rapaport on 9 Dec 2013
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Xmas is coming and it's time for the papers, magazines and websites to choose their Albums Of The Year for 2013. I can't believe that, thus far, I haven't spotted this little gem in anybody's 'best compilation' list. Admittedly it isn't quite in the same bracket as Saint Etienne's brilliant 'Trip' double-CD from 2004 (one of the greatest mix-sets of all time, in my view) but it's still well worth the price and comfortably the most interesting compilation I've heard recently.

There are 25 tracks, most of them cool, breezy and obscure, including the occasional familiar tune ('Moon River', 'Stranger On The Shore') but otherwise complete surprises - stuff you are unlikely to hear anywhere else. The standout moments are tracks 2 (Sammy Davis Jr - what a glorious voice he had), 8 (Yma Sumac - the eccentric Lady Gaga of her day), 12 (Gloria Lynne, a great singer whose death earlier this year sadly went virtually unnoticed) and 13 (Dion - teenybob 1961-style). There then follows somewhat of a lull until track 19 (Don Rondo - more cheesy than a pizza) and then two superb songs at the end, 23 (Connie Francis - oozing seductive menace) and 24, a beautiful lullaby finale by Artie Garr, recorded before he changed his stage name and hit the big time with Paul Simon.

So many compilations are released nowadays that there is a degree of trust - or a leap of faith - involved when choosing one. You hope the whole CD is going to be of good quality, not just the couple of teasers inserted at the top of the track listing. In the case of Bob Stanley, the inspiration behind this CD with his finely-tuned ear for an obscure golden nugget and gift for putting these sets together, you can be confident you are in safe hands.
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By Magnus Bark on 27 Dec 2013
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Anyone following the "Saint Etienne Presentes" series know what to expect: A high quality selection of light music from the 50's and the 60's, most of them quite obscure for today's listener. However, the booklet is a slight disappointment as the track information is minimal.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By keith campbell on 14 Aug 2013
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I liked St. Etienne's Dog & Duck and Lyons House compilations better. Few of the songs really grabbed me. What can I say though, I'm such a fan that I'll keep buying their products.
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Amazon.com: 3 reviews
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Cool, relaxing and, yes, a little cheesy.... 9 Dec 2013
By Mr. P. S. Rapaport - Published on Amazon.com
Xmas is coming and it's time for the papers, magazines and websites to choose their Albums Of The Year. I can't believe that, thus far, I haven't spotted this little gem in anybody's 'best compilation' list for 2013. Admittedly it isn't quite in the same bracket as Saint Etienne's brilliant 'Trip' double-CD from 2004 (one of the greatest mix-sets of all time, in my view) but it's still one of the most enduring compilations I've heard recently.

There are 25 tracks, most of them cool, breezy and obscure, including the occasional familiar tune ('Moon River', 'Stranger On The Shore') but otherwise complete surprises - stuff you won't hear anywhere else. The standout moments are tracks 2 (Sammy Davis Jr - what a glorious voice he had), 8 (Yma Sumac - the seriously eccentric Lady Gaga of her day), 12 (Gloria Lynne, a great singer whose death earlier this year sadly went virtually unnoticed) and 13 (Dion - teenybob 1961-style). There then follows somewhat of a lull until track 19 (Don Rondo) and then two superb songs at the end, 23 (Connie Francis - oozing seductive menace) and 24, a beautiful lullaby finale by Artie Garr, recorded before he changed his stage name and hit the big time with Paul Simon.

So many compilations are released nowadays that there is a degree of trust - or a leap of faith - involved when choosing one. You need to know that the whole CD is going to be of good quality, not just the couple of teasers inserted at the top of the track listing. In the case of Bob Stanley, the inspiration behind this CD, with his ear for an obscure golden nugget and gift for putting these sets together, you can rest assured you are in safe hands.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Buy It Today 14 Oct 2013
By Thomas Hoheisel - Published on Amazon.com
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Very rare tracks, many of them not available elsewhere. Lovingly crafted artwork. Compiled by those guys that brought you some of the finest pop of the last quarter of the century. Get the other three 'Songs for...' CDs too!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
More perfection 6 Jan 2014
By gary evans - Published on Amazon.com
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Another great collection from my favourite pop people. A smart, groovy, breezy mix. Haven't tried it out at a Central Park picnic yet. It is January as a write this . . .
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