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Tiger Bay [Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks]

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 (3 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Heavenly/Universal
  • ASIN: B003BTIGJY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Urban Clearway
2. Black Horse Latitude
3. I Buy American Records
4. Hate Your Drug
5. You Know I'll Miss You When I'm Gone
6. Sushi Rider
7. Hug My Soul
8. The Wedding of Stacy Dorning
9. Deborah's French Feast
10. Western Wind
11. Pale Movie
12. La Poupee Qui Fait Non (No No No)
13. Highgate Road Incident
14. My Christmas Prayer
15. I Was Born On Christmas Day

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BBC Review

There was a time in the mid-90s when it seemed that the pop world was going to be devoured by those people who made their living out of writing about it. Suddenly bands like the High Llamas were making pithy pastiches of their favourite records, all helmed by writers who not only knew how to make these records but how to contextualise them as well. Also in on this post modern trip was Saint Etienne, the brainchild of Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs.

Initially cooler as a concept than as an actual audio experience, Saint Etienne made a virtue of combining their (rather mundane) post-Acid House beats with suitably knowing snatches of film dialogue, German motorik iciness and the pristine voice of Sarah Cracknell. Their first two albums (Foxbase Alpha and So Tough) were gratefully lapped up by their fans but failed to really nail the grandeur of their ambitions. Tiger Bay was a different beast entirely.

Here the band managed to blend in a far more adventurous palette of musical colours. Orchestral folk music enters the picture (on "Former Lover"and "Marble Lions") and there's even a traditional song in the form of "Western Wind". Even the Kraftwerk-like "Like A Motorway" manages to slip in a distinctly pastoral air. Of course, none of this would have really worked in the context of their faux-sixties disco schtick, were it not for the fact that by now the band seemed to be able to churn out hook after hook.

Pointlessly reissued with extra tracks and a different running order, Tiger Bay suffered from a distinct lack of love from both label and public. It deserved far better as, in its original form, it belongs to that rare breed of 'perfect' albums. --Chris Jones

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CD Description

Originally released in 1994, Tiger Bay was Saint Etienne's third long player and their second Top 10 album. It took the group into a new place by mixing traditional folk melodies with modern electronica. They worked with Underworld, Shara Nelson, Stephen Duffy, arranger David Whitaker, and Birmingham neo-dubsters Original Rockers to create a windblown but lush record, echoing its oil painting cover. This deluxe edition album has been remastered by the band and expanded to two discs. The second disc contains seven previously unheard bonus tracks including an abandoned sequel to "Mario's Cafe" called "Black Horse Latitudes" (set in the evening, in a Tufnell Park pub), and "Wedding Of Stacy Dorning" which looked forward to the sunshine pop of 1998's "Good Humour". The deluxe edition also includes an expanded booklet featuring extensive sleevenotes from the band's original PR Robin Turner.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tiger feet 10 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
I bought this when it came out in the original format .. the bonus tracks are generally good and add to the album in a nice way This was probably the peak for Saint E, just on the edge of top-of-the-pops commerciality, but still a bit quirky and edgy. Hug my Soul and Like a Motorway are the highlights, great production and still sound fresh. A real treat, a bit retro-ish at times, but Goldfrapp and the like should bung them a few quid for paving their way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking 3 April 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Merging folk and electronica in this recording was something that probably kept it from being understood at the time. These deluxe editions add so much to your understanding and add so much good music to their canon. They are filled with overlooked and unreleased gems.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 3rd LP 28 Oct 2010
By James Singer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Tiger Bay" may be my favorite Saint Etienne lp. "Marble Lions" rivals their previous "Hobart Paving" for lump-in-the-throat balladry. "Former Lover" and "Western Wind" also find them in a folky introspective mood. These are good contrasts to their usual electronics. This deluxe edition is okay. The original lp remains great but the extra bonus tracks are mostly things you can live without.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Details 14 July 2011
By Giddy Giddy Carousel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of Saint Etienne's third studio album, originally released in 1994. The album has been remastered by the band and now comes with a second disc including seven previously unreleased gems. The Deluxe Edition comes in luxurious packaging with an expanded booklet featuring extensive sleevenotes by Jude Rogers. Universal. 2010.

Tracks
1 Urban Clearway
2 Former Lover
3 Hug My Soul
4 Like A Motorway
5 On The Shore
6 Marble Lions
7 Pale Movie
8 Cool Kids Of Death
9 Tankerville / Western Wind
10 The Boy Scouts Of America
11 Urban Clearway (Demo)
12 Black Horse Latitude
13 I Buy American Records
14 Hate Your Drug
15 You Know I'll Miss You When I'm Gone
16 Sushi Rider
17 Hug My Soul (Demo)
18 The Wedding of Stacy Dorning
19 Deborah's French Feast
20 Western Wind (Demo)
21 Pale Movie (Demo)
22 La Poupee Qui Fait Non (No No No)
23 Highgate Road Incident
24 My Christmas Prayer
25 I Was Born On Christmas Day
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Saint Etienne Album 9 Jan 2014
By Ian Stajduhar - Published on Amazon.com
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The deluxe edition of "Tiger Bay" has a dazzling mix of fun songs, pretty songs, and fabulous instrumentals. Singer Sarah Cracknell's vocals are dreamy and captivating, which makes for a very pleasant listening experience. If you think you would enjoy a record that blends pop, electronic, rock, and folk, then you owe it to yourself to buy this one. Now, granted, it doesn’t seem like mixing folk music with electronic music would produce anything worth hearing. But, the amazing thing is that it works really well here. On the first disc, all the songs are standouts. On the bonus disc, I really enjoyed “Black Horse Latitude,” “Sushi Rider,” and “The Wedding Of Stacey Dorning.” There is also an informative booklet that comes with this deluxe edition, in which band member Bob Stanley is interviewed about the album. "Tiger Bay" is essential listening if you want to hear music that is done with good taste and expert skill.
1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A weak effort from a band that is capable of much more 20 Dec 2010
By Aparato SuperSonico - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Time has not been kind to this release. Though the remastering greatly improves the quality of the sound, most of the songs appear to have been destined as fillers or B sides. A pity since some releases of B sides and rarities are actually better than this album. Recommended only of the price drops to under 10 bucks. Otherwise if you must own it, get the cheaper original pressing.
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