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London Conversations: The Best Of Saint Etienne CD+DVD, Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (16 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, Box set
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B001D84S6U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  2. Nothing Can Stop Us
  3. Join Our Club
  4. Avenue
  5. You're In A Bad Way
  6. Hobart Paving
  7. Who Do You Think You Are
  8. Pale Movie
  9. Like A Motorway
  10. Hug My Soul
  11. He's On The Phone
  12. Sylvie
  13. Heart Failed
  14. Action
  15. A Good Thing
  16. Side Streets
  17. Burnt Out Car
  18. Method Of Modern Love - Richard X, Saint Etienne, Pete Hofmann, Hannah Robinson
  19. This Is Tomorrow

Disc: 2

  1. Kiss And Make Up
  2. Filthy
  3. Spring
  4. People Get Real
  5. Mario's Cafe
  6. Goodnight Jack
  7. The Bad Photographer
  8. Lose That Girl
  9. Lover Plays The Bass
  10. How We Used To Live
  11. Boy Is Crying
  12. Finisterre
  13. Soft Like Me
  14. Shower Scene
  15. Stars Above Us
  16. Teenage Winter
  17. I Was Born On Christmas Day

Disc: 3

  1. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  2. Kiss And Make Up
  3. Nothing Can Stop Us
  4. Avenue
  5. You're In A Bad Way
  6. Hobart Paving
  7. Who Do You Think You Are
  8. I Was Born On Christmas Day
  9. Pale Movie
  10. Like A Motorway
  11. Hug My Soul
  12. He's On The Phone
  13. Sylvie
  14. The Bad Photographer
  15. How We Used To Live
  16. Heart Failed
  17. Action
  18. Side Streets

Product Description

Product Description

Like most bands formed by former music journalists, Saint Etienne were a highly conceptual group. The trio's concept was to fuse the British pop sounds of '60's London with the club/dance rhythms and productions that defined the post-acid house England of the early '90s. Led by songwriters Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, and fronted by vocalist Sarah Cracknell, Saint Etienne helped make indie dance a viable genre within the U.K. Throughout the early '90s, Saint Etienne racked up a string of indie hit singles that were driven by deep club beats -- encompassing anything from house and techno to hip-hop and disco -- and layered with light melodies, detailed productions, clever lyrics, and Cracknell's breathy vocals. They revived the sounds of swinging London, as well as the concept of the three-minute pop single being a catchy, ephemeral piece of ear candy, in post-acid house Britain, thereby setting the stage for Brit-pop. Though most Brit-pop bands rejected the dance inclinations of Saint Etienne, they nevertheless adopted the trio's aesthetic, which celebrated the sound and style of classic '60s pop.

BBC Review

It's a very British thing, the Saint Etienne experience. Their key genius lay in their ability to take the mundanity of a very English way of life and reimagine it into exotic nuggets of pop magic. Cafes, tube stations and motorways. Bus stops, The KLF and the Generation Game. Perhaps if they'd got their wish of having a tiger onstage with them back when they debuted on Top Of The Pops, things could've been so different.

This collection may not be the first Etienne compilation, but with 35 tracks from their 18 years of existence, it pulls together all the singles along with choice EP and album tracks. It's a wonderful distillation of a career brimming with fantastic moments. With disc one telling the chart action end of their story - all the hits, with a pair of new tracks attached, such as the bracing Xenomania team-up of Burnt Out Car and This Is Tomorrow, in which they could be saying cheerio to us for good - disc two adds further less-chart-bothering singles and cast adrift at the end is their sublime festive favourite, I Was Born On Christmas Day.

Of course, fans may quibble at some ommissions, but seeing as Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs know their way around a retrospective - they compiled the immensely marvellous Glen Campbell Capitol Years set, as well as reactivating lost classics such as The Peddlers - we should just leave it to them.

The debut single was a very of-its-time-version of Neil Young's Only Love Can Break Your Heart, slipping in nicely with the times of loose trousers, and the full length remix is still one of Andrew Weatherall's finest moments. From there we journey through electro folk (Like A Motorway, How We Used To Live), euro house (He's On The Phone, Pale Movie) and chandelier symphonies (Avenue, Hobart Paving). They've turned their hand to almost anything. Sequenced as it is, London Conversations is a joyous musical adventure through the greatest place on Earth.

They may have not sold millions or filled major stadiums, they may not have hung out with Bono or had a very public crack-based meltdown, but, and probably because of all that, Saint Etienne remain very special indeed. Some sort of national treasurehood awaits. --Ian Wade

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Format: Audio CD
Far too many gorgeous inspired tracks to comment on , i never tire of hearing these songs even though i already own most of them , its a nice well chosen compilation in one handy package , the music is a total delight , i always get the feeling saint etienne regard music as a sacred force ,always flowing harmoniously with each inspired idea , never controlling or trying to be smart which is why they do what they do so well , as always music at its best .... opt for the dvd version ,two audio cd's and a great dvd very nicely and carefully put together , loads to read when you are listening to the music , just as it should be , great value for money ...
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By D. Boni on 18 Feb. 2009
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The mastering on this compilation is very well done. This has injected new life into the tracks. All in all an essential purchase for any fan. It's also a darn site more interesting and varied than a lot of the acts who end up in the charts today (lame hip-hop tracks / cheap X-Factor pop divas & wannabes / boring and indistinctive guitar bands). When is innovation and effort going to be represented in the mainstream media again? Variety is the spice of life, after all. Whatever your opinion on this particular band, you certainly can't accuse them of lacking ideas or refusing to take a risk.
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What a fantastic collection! Saint Etienne has always been very kind to their fans and this collection proves it.

The songs have been remastered and all sound brilliant. Special treat for me to see the videos for the first time, as I live overseas and I imagine they don't get played much outside the UK.

Great packaging too, with lots of photos and magazine cover reprints!

Two very minor and I mean minor gripes.

1)"Avenue" on this compliation is the edited version, so the talky bits "... you put a spell on me, smells like lemon flavour... and "I was little girl that like to snog your face..." have been removed as well as the Japanese sample at the end. Perhaps was edited down due to length?

2) No "Saturday"!

If you're a fan, you'll probably already have this, if not get it now!
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I would encourage all producers of Best Of collections to look at this one its how they should be produced not some basic plastic case with three paragraphs on a bit of paper stuck in the front. This comes in a thick paged hard backed book format that is just a little bigger than a DVD case with some nice history of the group at the front and some nice pictures of their record covers and magazine covers. The discs slot in three double thickness pages at the back.
As another reviewer said make sure you get the 2 CD plus DVD version. If you've never heard the group at the time of writing Amazon have Only Love Can Break Your Heart as a free download so check it out.
It's a nice collection of their music and I for one can never get enough of Sarah Cracknell's wonderful voice.
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Whoever is responsible for releasing this, let me give you a big "thank you." As a fan St.E, I have all the CDs, several CD singles, the remix album: Casino classics, and at least one "best of" compilation. However, up until the point I ordered this wonderfully priced gem, I didn't have one video from my favorite pop band. As an added bonus, I (a yankee) can play the DVD on my region 1 player.
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