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Serene Velocity: a Stereolab a [Original recording remastered, Import]

Stereolab Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Aug 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000GH3PPY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,138 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jenny Ondioline (Part 1) (7' Version)
2. Crest
3. French Disko
4. Ping Pong
5. Wow And Flutter (7' Version)
6. Cybele's Underground
7. Metronomic Underground
8. Percolator
9. Brakhage
10. Miss Modular
11. Infinity Girl
12. Come And Play In The Milky Night
13. Space Moth
14. Double Rocker
15. Vonal Declosion
16. '...Sudden Stars'

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing a star for being unnecessary 29 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
Love Stereolab, have done since Jenny Ondioline, and like many Stereolab fans, have bought nearly everything they've released (except for the odd limited edition single).

Thankfully, Stereolab always pop up every few years with a brilliant Switched On compilation that mops up all those harder to get tracks.

Then came Oscillons From The Anti-Sun, which although may have been slightly intimidating for the newcomer was precisely the sort of treatment Stereolab needed. 3 career spanning discs mapping a selection of singles, album track and b-sides.

This compilation then is a bit of an anomaly. It can't really be called a singles collection (where's John Cage Bubblegum, Super Electric?), it's not really a definitive "best of" (where's Pack Yr Romantic Mind, The Noise Of Carpet and countless other tracks), it can't even be called an album or career overview seeing as it doesn't include any tracks from Peng, Space Age Batchelor Pad Music, Music from the Amorphous Body Study Center, The First of The Microbe Hunters or this year's Fab Four Suture.

BUT maybe this really is not for the Stereolab fan. There's no denying the quality of the tracks on this compilation at all, French Disko is still is visceral and thrilling as it always was and I deny anyone to listen to Ping Pong without grinning, so for the newcomer it would make a handy one-CD catch all for how much Stereolab have developed over their 15 year career.

So four stars for a newbie (because you're missing some very good tracks and I would hold out for Oscillons to go on sale and pick that up instead), but for your average Stereolab fan there's no need to pick this up other than to save you the trouble of compiling it yourself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's always better to compile your own!! 30 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
Time for another retrospective reappraisal of one of the best bands of the last 20 years methinks. I have done this purely because they have just issued their latest [final?] album, the rather negatively-titled 'Not Music' which is effectively the remaining unreleased tracks that formed the sessions for their 2008 album 'Chemical Chords'.

Much as I absolutely ADORE the mighty Stereolab, there hasn't yet been a truly definitive 2CD resume of their best highlights yet. True, there have been the absolutely essential 'Switched On' series of compilations which have collected together the singles, oddments, unreleased tracks, split 7"s, demos and alternative mixes that make up their vast [yes, really!] catalogue, and of course the 3CD/1DVD box set from a few years back 'Oscillons In The Anti-Sun' which is an overview of a big chunk of their output pre-2002 (the year that they tragically lost second singer Mary Hansen, which resulted in the band having to rethink their strategy and change tack, having lost such a hugely important member of their line up), but so far nothing resembling a 'best of' or indeed 'greatest hits' collection.

Of course, such notions are completely irrelevant: Stereolab did not have any 'real' hits as such.... 1994's ace single 'Ping Pong' was the closest they came - a giddying rush of space-age pop euphoria, undoubtedly the most perfectly precise 3 minute song anyone could hear that year, which reached number 44 (pretty respectable all told as it was playlisted on Radio 1 as well!) and probably the ONLY pop single ever to hit the top 50 in the 90s with lyrics about wars and its effect on the changing fortunes of the economy....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stereolab - a novice's view (8/10) 5 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
Stereolab are a long-time leftfield favourite that seem to have drifted in and out of critical favour during their prolific recording life. Somewhat derisively referred to as an "art-school" band at stages in their career, they mine a similar, but less abrasive, territory to Broadcast: psychedelic retro pop flavoured with hypnotic medodies and chugging krautrock rhythms. At times it comes across as rather heavy on style and low on substance, the detached vocal style - often in French - recalls the icy conceit of Nico. But while there isn't much to engage with emotionally in their songs, the Stereolab aesthetic is a very particular and beguiling one. It is easy to become lost in their kalaedoscopic lullabye grooves which are redolent of acid trip sequences in forgotten late-60s films. That is not to say that their sound has remained unchanged throughout, but this anthology shows that while the mood has largely stayed intact, they have continued to embrace new sonic concerns, from the shoegaze of the early period to flirtations with acid-jazziness and freak folk whimsy.

As a layman, I'm not qualified to comment on whether this compilation best represents their output, any band with a die-hard following tend to provoke controversy with this type of release. However, if you are looking for a place to start - as the sheer size of Stereolab's back catalogue makes it rather difficult to know where to begin - you can't do much wrong with this. I suspect that Broadcast's more industrial take on this antiquated-keyboard-retro-futurist-pop schtick is a little more purposeful than Stereolab's - the reliance on prettiness can be wearying. But there's no denying Stereolab's enduring influence in modern music, and one can't help admire their resolve to keep refining their vision while fickle musical trends have come and gone. If you like Stereolab, you might also like Broadcast (especially 2003's 'Ha Ha Sound'), Blonde Redhead's '23', Lali Puna or Asobi Seksu.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice compilation 4 Sep 2006
By Brandon R. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Stereolab has always created nice mix albums which show the flexible nature of their creative gift. The length and breadth of their continuing exploration of musical potential can be both awe-inspiring and intimdating at the same time - where does one start if you haven't been there from the begining? This mix feels like a even more edited release of "Oscillons From the Anti-Sun", bringing samples from the past and combining them with the current, but on one disc instead of three (no DVD either). The liner notes are well written, taking into account both the perspectives of the critics and the fans, and provides encouragement to those who want to delve deeper into the work of this phenomenal band. A must have for those of us who want all Stereolab releases (a next to impossible goal), and a great collection of fan favorites. Upbeat rock, mellow electronica, smooth jazz, all incorporating the famous wit and political perspective of one of the 90's greatest bands.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A non-essential - unless you're a novice 16 April 2010
By Edwin W. Skinner, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to confess, I purchased this CD to make my Stereolab collection a little more complete. If you are a Stereolab nut, then you know how difficult - almost impossible - it is to own everything they put out. But, I make the effort . . .

This is a nice collection of cuts covering the band's time on Elektra records - so it is by no means career-spanning or comprehensive. If you are a Stereolab novice, this is a nice set to start with.

If you are an aspiring completist - like me - then you just have to have it. I will give a brief kudos to amazon marketplace seller goHastings for offering this disc at an unbelievably low price, making my decision to get the disc a little easier. The copy I got is apparently a cut-out or was once a promotional copy (it has the tell-tale drilled hole on the spine) but hey, for $3.99, I can hardly complain. Everything else with the disc is as it should be.

Bottom line? A nice collection that works for both the completist and the novice. Check the amazon marketplace for inexpensive copies . . .
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As a newcomer to Stereolab, I'm glad I bought this. 3 Oct 2012
By Turtleface - Published on Amazon.com
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So I had heard "Miss Modular" and knew I liked it, but when it came to buying a Stereolab album, I didn't even know where to start due to the sheer number of albums these guys have...but then I found this gem. A lot of great music, much of it very different in excellent ways, and from what I can tell, it has a nice selection of songs from throughout the band's career. I don't regret this purchase one bit.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great compilation at a great price--what's not to like? 10 July 2010
By doctormanny - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know how I missed them before, but I only got turned on to Stereolab earlier this year (2010), when I happened to come across one of their CDs at a local library. I now have over 10 of their CDs, and "Serene Velocity/A Stereolab Anthology" is one of my favorites. This compilation has 16 tracks that come from recordings that span a wide range of time, and thus it offers a glimpse into several of the various permutations of Stereolab's sound. All of the songs on "Serene Velocity" are good, and some of them, in my opinion, are among their best (e.g., Jenny Ondioline, French Disko, Ping Pong, Wow and Flutter, and Metronomic Underground). The music of Stereolab is hard to describe, and it definitely changed over time, but it includes elements of electronica, dream pop, bossa nova, fusion jazz, and lounge, with a lot of French chanteuse vocals on top. The mellow groove that they create on many of the songs can be quite hypnotic. Definitely a great CD, especially for people who want to get introduced to the music of Stereolab. Be forewarned that this music can be very addictive. Highly recommended.
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