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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, relaxing and, yes, a little bit cheesy....
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)...
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3.0 out of 5 stars I've enjoyed other St. Etienne mixes more..
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, relaxing and, yes, a little bit cheesy...., 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant music, 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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3.0 out of 5 stars I've enjoyed other St. Etienne mixes more.., 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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