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Tales From Turnpike House/Up The Wooden Hills EP

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Product details

  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2008)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B0009F6712
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,232 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sun In My Morning
  2. Milk Bottle Symphony
  3. Lightning Strikes Twice
  4. Slow Down At The Castle
  5. A Good Thing
  6. Side Streets
  7. Last Orders For Gary Stead
  8. Stars Above Us
  9. Relocate
  10. Bird Man of EC1
  11. Teenage Winter
  12. Goodnight

Disc: 2

  1. You Can Count ON Me
  2. Barnyard Brou Ha Ha
  3. Lets Build A Zoo
  4. Excitation
  5. Bedfordshire
  6. Night Owl

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ST ETIENNE Tales From Turnpike House (2005 UK limited edition 2-disc set comprising of 12-track CD album featuring a sublime collection of songs about life on a council estate through the eyes of its inhabitants plus the Bonus 6-track CD including songs aimed at the children of their fans housed in the sealed & stickered card picture slipcase SANDD271)

This is the Special Edition version, which includes the bonus "Up the Wooden Hills" EP. Times were when the term "concept album" meant having to phone in sick to wade through some four hour long metaphysical prospectus on flying Nepalese goatherds performed by men in long capes. But not anymore. The storyboard to Saint Etienne's Tales From Turnpike House - in nature sharing many of the proletarian grievances of The Streets' A Grand Don't Come For Free and Blur's Modern Life Is Rubbish - is set in and around an Islington high rise and its charmlessly franchised local watering hole "The Hat And Fan" public house; a dysfunctional Camberwick Green environment populated by drifters, dreamers and misfits, where the circadian essentials of the neighbourhood bakery have been supplanted by the pretensions of tanning salons and where the alleyways (the sweet easy listening of "Side Streets") afford pleasant strolls for those unphased by the prospect of having one's wallet emptied and face rearranged. While film director Mike Leigh's bleak burlesques and the astringency of Luke Haines' Black Box Recorder provide honourable comparisons, Saint Etienne remain in love with wit, optimism, The Beach Boys and cut-price electronic disco. Thus, the eastern Eurovision witchery of "Lightning Strikes Twice" and the rooftop party funk-lite of "Stars Above Us" provide valuable pop hit currency, necessary checks and balances to the suffocating social fragmentation narrated on the outstanding "Teenage Winter". Even David Essex - it's official, he's cool again - pops up playing Richard Briers to Sarah Cracknell's Felicity Kendall on the rat race opt-out "Relocate". Tales From Turnpike House is just the sort of record to give concept albums a good name. --Kevin Maidment

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