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Product details

  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Heavenly
  • ASIN: B000006H8C
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Like A Motorway - Chemical Brothers
  2. Join Our Club - Billy Nasty
  3. Pale Movie - Secret Knowledge
  4. Speedwell - The Aloof
  5. Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Andrew Weatherall
  6. Who Do You Think You Are - Aphex Twin
  7. Avenue - Gordon King
  8. Hug My Soul - Sure Is Pure
  9. Like A Motorway - David Holmes

Disc: 2

  1. Angel - Way Out West
  2. Filthy - Monkey Mafia
  3. People Get Real - Death In Vegas
  4. Nothing Can Stop Us - Lionrock
  5. Sometimes In Winter - Psychonauts
  6. The Sea - PFM
  7. Burnt Out Car - Balearico
  8. He's On The Phone - Primax
  9. Cool Kids Of Death - Underworld
  10. Angel - Broadcast

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This album exemplifies everything that was bad about the 90's. In their original versions all these songs are really great songs, many of them classics that still sound fresh today. But when the songs were handed over to the top remixers of the period it becomes painfully clear what a dreadful period it was. Sure, these remixes must have sounded fresh and modern at the time (and all the rave reviews here written at the time seem to agree on that). But now, some twnty years on, this is barely listenable. A typical Casino Classics remix starts with four minutes of pointless meandering before you get a small portion of the original (i.e snippets of Sarahs vocals), and then it just rolls on for a further six minutes. No musicians seems to have been involved, so they don't know how - or simply just don't care for - chord changes or dynamics. Prepare yourself for the most boring journey of a lifetime if you go along with this.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91e59c7c) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91bf46b4) out of 5 stars St. Etienne is merely a platform for some of these artists. 3 July 2000
By Cary S. Whitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is NOT a typical St. Etienne disc. This is a electronic complilation, and a fine one at that. Very rarely do we see the original tracks true colors as most of these artists have opted for a more obsure version of the song they "covered". I will say for me disc 2 is much better. Starting with "Angel" and ending with "Angel", disc 2 contains many diiferent feels and many different styles. Whether is the god-like trance of Underworld's "Cool Kids Of Death", or Lionrock's "Nothing Can Stop Us", it showcases some great tunes! Other highlights includes tracks by Death In Vegas, Monkey Mafia and Primax. Disc one has some treasure as well. Chemical Brothers do their fine version of "Motorway", and Aphex Twin does his own thing to "Who Do You Think You Are". If you are a fan of Underworld I highly recommend this based on their track alone. I doubt this will ever see the light of day here in the states, so if can spare a few extra dollars, you'll come away with a nice complitaion for electronic music collection.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91bf4708) out of 5 stars Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 4 21 Nov. 2004
By Lozarithm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
We Brits should be proud of having produced St Etienne, an utterly contemporary sounding group who regularly flitted up the charts in the nineties with their sure footed pop sensibilities and Sarah Cracknell's languid vocals. They could effortlessly draw from the music of previous decades, yet were not afraid to be avant-garde, and at the same time had one foot firmly in the dance camp.

This is evidenced here by the cutting edge remixers they commissioned for the numerous white labels and B-sides they released and some they didn't. Some of the best are gathered within these covers: The Chemical Brothers, Secret Knowledge (Kris Needs), The Aloof (Jagz Kooner), Andrew Weatherall, The Aphex Twin, David Holmes, Death In Vegas, Lionrock, Underworld and Broadcast, many of them still unknown names at the time.

The highly anthologised Weatherall "mix in two halves" of Neil Young's Only Love Can Break Your Heart is present and correct as is the mighty 14 minute version of Cool Kids Of Death remixed by Underworld and the famous Trouser Assassin mix of Pale Movie.

Disc 1 begins and ends with versions of Like A Motorway, while Disc 2 bookends versions of a new song called Angel and features several other new songs and mixes, including the best track of all, a Monkey Mafia reworking of a 1991 B-side called Filthy, featuring the vocals of Q-Tee and a sample of Tone-Loc's Wild Thing
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91bf4b40) out of 5 stars Boyee, Do I Love this Album 26 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The first CD in this set is unreal. Starting with a Chemical Brothers remix of "Like a Motorway" and ending with a David Holmes remix of "Like a Motorway" that are not only completely indistinguishable from each other but barely reminiscent of the source material, we pass through some of the prettiest techno/dance tracks I have ever heard, along with a bit of Aphex Twin (on a melodic day). The second album has the occasional serious screw-up ("Filthy", "People Get Real"), but gradually gets back into gear with some D&B / ambient stuff like "The Sea" (which, somehow, sounds like soaring over an emerald, archipelago-littered ocean) and then falls head-first into more genius disco-fests.
The 10-minute opus "Pale Movie" remix by Kris Needs, however, is pure brilliance; a perfect amalgam of looping, soft violins, trancey electronic warbling, pounding beats, and Sarah Cracknell's vision of a "moody" boy and a "sunshine" girl, their bed, dreams like a movie, whispered in the sweet antithesis of the archetypal house diva. A random, tossed-in soap opera sample -- "There've been times in my life when I've been up, and I've been down" -- turns the whole mix into a veritable anthem for everything on God's good earth. Daaaaaamn.
This was the first St. Etienne album I heard, and honestly, after listening to the best of these tracks for a week, hearing the original LPs was quite a letdown. They're pretty and all, but my youthful thirst for continuous, fat beats brings me back to the "Classics". I don't mean to be disparaging towards the group at all, though -- there's clearly something about their music that inspires the clever artists showcased here to construct tracks that deeply, deeply outclass most of the dance music I get exposed to...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91bf4ef4) out of 5 stars Good, but... 11 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First, let me state unequivocably that this is a really good CD. There are some aspects of it though that I don't like. First, as an avid St. Etienne fan I already own discs that have many of the better remixes on here. Second, many of the other remixes are too dissimilar to the original songs for my taste and they don't stand well on their own. Also, there are better remixes of many of the songs on this CD available on other discs. However, there are some definite highlights in this collection that made it worth it. As the previous reviewer mentioned, the remix of Pale Movie on Disc 1 is simply stunning and an enormous enhancement of the original album version. On disc 2, the first remix of Angel (funny that they've never released a non-remixed version of this song) is another stunner, very dancable techno-ish piece. Sarah Cracknell's voice can be a wonderous thing, and to hear her angelicly (no punn intended) cooing "Angel....nobody ever stopped to wonder why" over and over is terrific. Two other highlights on disc 2 are remixes of Burnt Out Car and The Sea, both of which have also never made it onto CD or vinyl in their original form. Burnt Out Car, in particular is a great piece.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91bf4cc0) out of 5 stars Here There and Everywhere 21 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The music on this remix album is pretty inconsistent in terms of style. Fortunately, the quality is high throughout most of the CD.
Like most listeners, I didn't really think much of the Like A Motorway remixes. My favorite tracks, though, were He's On The Phone (I hadn't heard the original of this one, so it was a great surprise), and the remix of Filthy. The Filthy remix is much different from anything else on the album - its roots are in big beat techno as opposed to Abba-type pop. It totally rocks! However, I guess the big beat style is at odds with many Saint Etienne's fans tastes. Oh well.
If you are a Saint Etienne fan, however, I'm sure you'll find at least half of the material is worthwhile. The remixes are well selected, and rarely induce listener boredom.
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