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Missing a star for being unnecessary,
This review is from: Serene Velocity - A Stereolab Anthology (Audio CD)
Love Stereolab, have done since Jenny Ondioline, and like many Stereolab fans, have bought nearly everything they've released (except for the odd limited edition single).
Thankfully, Stereolab always pop up every few years with a brilliant Switched On compilation that mops up all those harder to get tracks.
Then came Oscillons From The Anti-Sun, which although may have been slightly intimidating for the newcomer was precisely the sort of treatment Stereolab needed. 3 career spanning discs mapping a selection of singles, album track and b-sides.
This compilation then is a bit of an anomaly. It can't really be called a singles collection (where's John Cage Bubblegum, Super Electric?), it's not really a definitive "best of" (where's Pack Yr Romantic Mind, The Noise Of Carpet and countless other tracks), it can't even be called an album or career overview seeing as it doesn't include any tracks from Peng, Space Age Batchelor Pad Music, Music from the Amorphous Body Study Center, The First of The Microbe Hunters or this year's Fab Four Suture.
BUT maybe this really is not for the Stereolab fan. There's no denying the quality of the tracks on this compilation at all, French Disko is still is visceral and thrilling as it always was and I deny anyone to listen to Ping Pong without grinning, so for the newcomer it would make a handy one-CD catch all for how much Stereolab have developed over their 15 year career.
So four stars for a newbie (because you're missing some very good tracks and I would hold out for Oscillons to go on sale and pick that up instead), but for your average Stereolab fan there's no need to pick this up other than to save you the trouble of compiling it yourself.