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Emperor Tomato Ketchup [CASSETTE] Import

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B00006ZUFM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Format: Audio CD
Emperor tomato ketchup is a blend of various musical scents, from funky jazz to cool electronica, it always sounds refreshing, powerful, yet with a delicious touch of laziness and naivity, similar to the Gentle people's cd's.
Laetitia Sadier's french vocals are simply irresistible!
I rate this album with 5 stars because it manages to reflect the spirit of the nineties, through its electronical drive, however achieving uniqueness in its "harmless futiristic" message.
Don't miss it!
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Stereolab are one of those bands who have been consistently great (or at worst, consistently good) - get any of their albums or compilations and let me know if you detect a dud. Contrary to some fans of their earlier so-called 'Lo Fi'-work, I have to say I prefer the stuff after - 'Emperor Tomato Ketchup' being a key album in their history. I always found releases like 'peng! and '...Space Age Bachelor Pad Music' a bit too theoretical and repetative - though I must go back and check if my tastes haven't superceded my memory. Exposure to a band like Neu! could make you reassess the groop known as Stereolab.

Stereolab almost broke through in the mid-90s - the recent box-set reminds you that 'French Disko' was close to a hit, while 'Ping Pong'/'Mars Audiac Quintet' almost had them being the next St.Etienne (the closest they got in the end was Laetitia Sadier's appearance on Blur's 'To the End' from the best-selling 'Park Life' LP). They appeared to step sideways with the 'Refried Ectoplasm'-compilation of earlier singles and the soundtrack recording 'Music for the Amorphous Body Center.' 'Emperor Tomato Ketchup', recently cited by the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne as one of his favourite albums alongside Miles Davis' 'Bitches Brew', tapped into their best work before and extended their range hugely. Sean O'Hagan (High Llamas/Microdisney) supplies gorgesous string arrangements alongside his usual guest contributions (O'Hagan contributed similarly to Super Furry Animals' 'Guerrilla' - shame that approach only gelled on 'The Turning Tide'). John McEntire (Tortoise) is engineer and co-producer here, a role he would advance with Jim O'Rourke on the classic 'Cobra Phases...' and 'Sound-Dust' albums (my three favourite Stereolab recordings).
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This is a landmark release by this innovative and creative group - superb
The LP arrived in perfect condition from the supplier in significant protective packaging. The sleeve and contents pristine and play perfectly and I've been enjoying the music.
Couldn't be happier and recommend heartily
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I have been a die-hard Stereolab fan ever since they first appeared in 1992, and have bought every album as a matter of course. It's hard to review something which it has become second-nature to regard as obviously totally brilliant.

I have to admit, though, that the last few Stereolab albums have been a bit bland by comparison with their earlier work. In the category of true classics I would single out this album, "Emperor Tomato Ketchup". It's probably fair to say that after their experimental beginnings, this is where Stereolab really hit their stride. Just really great, catchy songs, with a philosophical twist. In other words: classic Stereolab.
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Nice to see this available again as for me Stereolab never subsequently reached the same heights. Here their fusion of krautrock drone n breezy gallic pop was just perfect. The next album, Dots and Loops, was disappointingly bland - starting a trend that has unfortunately continued to this day.
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