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Refried Ectoplasm [Switched On Volume 2]
 
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Refried Ectoplasm [Switched On Volume 2]

12 July 1995 | Format: MP3

£7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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Format: Audio CD
This is the second in the "Switched On" trilogy of Stereolab rarities, b-sides & out-takes. So, this should sound like a random jumble of noodling; a hotch-potch of filler and rejects? Right?
Wrong. This is one of my favourite Stereolab albums.
Perhaps because the album has such a consistent sound with recurring themes spread throughout the tracks, this collection hangs together superbly as an album in its own right. From the angry one-chord solos in "Harmonium" to the gentle come-down of "Tempter", it's an exhillarating and satisfying journey. For example... the opening track is revisited in "Revox" with a renewed energy, "French Disco" is a nice jangly take on The Groops finest moment, and "Eloge d'Eros" offers the finest ever example of the vocal sparring between Mary Hansen and Laetitia Sadier. "Tone Burst [country]" is jaunty and irreverent, yet the next track "Animal or Vegetable" is a monstrous assault of difficult listening.
This is the best of the Switched On series, and possibly even their best album. Unintentionally, of course.
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For record collectors the delight of getting small press releases with hand-painted sleeves and other sundry delights is surely some kind of psychological obsession (guilty!). This compilation is a treat to those like myself who have not gone to expense and trouble of hunting down and acquiring the masses of limited edition vinyl that Stereolab puts out. Refried Ectoplasm collects many of the impossibly hard to find Stereolab releases from the 1990s and what's better is you don't have to bankrupt yourself to get them this way.
Much of the music fits the guitar driven drone-pop the band are well known for but there are other surprises that hint at what was to follow this release. "Farfisa" is like a quirky folk song, "French Disko" is a knockout rock track and the fabulous "Lo Boob Oscillator" is a boyant 1960's bubblegum track. This is not my favourite compilation (Aluminium Tunes offers a lot more) but is an important document showcasing the niche carved out by the groop in the early to mid-1990's .
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One of Stereolab's great albums. Surprisingly, although this is a collection of odds and sods, B-sides, etc, it sounds just as good as any regular album, if not better. There is nothing second-rate about any of these songs, which include some of Stereolab's finest.

As with a lot of Stereolab albums, it gets off to a chirpy start, settles into a long and sleepy experimental interlude, comes roaring back, and then waves goodbye on a note of poignant sadness.

This early album has a lot more energy than Stereolab's later work. That energy is exemplified by the rousing "French Disko", Stereolab's most popular track and a sort of calling card for the "groop".

Essential for any Stereolab fan.
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This, in my opinion, is Stereolab's best collection of work. It is a brilliant showing of what they do best: grinding organs, blissful beats and hypnotic loops. It is intense and inspired.

I cannot think of another band who can hold one note for several long minutes and yet make it the most exciting piece of music imaginable.

Highly recommended to indie fans, dance fans, and even jazz fans who appreciate expert organ playing.

I have a large and eclectic music collection and this, I feel I should mention, is by far my favorite album for driving at night. Whenever I have to cruise down a motorway at night this is the first thing I'll put on. Give it a go and I guarantee you'll see what I mean!
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One of Stereolab's great albums. Surprisingly, although this is a collection of odds and sods, B-sides, etc, it sounds just as good as any regular album, if not better. There is nothing second-rate about any of these songs, which include some of Stereolab's finest.

As with a lot of Stereolab albums, it gets off to a chirpy start, settles into a long and sleepy experimental interlude, comes roaring back, and then waves goodbye on a note of poignant sadness.

This early album has a lot more energy than Stereolab's later work. That energy is exemplified by the rousing "French Disko", Stereolab's most popular track and a sort of calling card for the "groop".

Essential for any Stereolab fan.
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