Saint Etienne 2-CD Comp En Route

 

Lovers unite to hear the band’s “London Conversations” as well as Eclipse
deep-vault reissues.

By Fred
Mills

BLURT has learned that in September, Universal will be issuing a new career-spanning
compilation from pop auteurs Saint Etienne. Entitled London Conversations, it will come in 2 editions: one the band
describes as “a condensed greatest hits” — they advise fans that “you may not
need this” since said fans already have all the tunes most likely — and the
other a two-disc set that will include the impossible-to-find “Lover Plays The
Bass” along with a pair of new singles (the first of which will be out in
August).

 

This comes on the heels of
the 4-CD rarities box set titled, sensibly, Boxette,
that St. E released as a fanclub exclusive earlier this year. (You can read a
full review of Boxette in the June
BLURT digital magazine – just page through until you get to the reissues
section.)

 

Meanwhile, the group has a
couple of gigs lined up for the summer, but otherwise is laying low:

July 27 — The Secret
Garden Party in Cambridgeshire, England
Aug. 15 —  the Ola festival in Almeria, Spain

 

And in still other St.E related news, Eclipse Records, the reissue label recently
launched by band members Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs (and not to be confused
with the very cool U.S. Eclipse label), has announced its next round of
releases. They are:

 

The Impressions – Complete A and B sides 1961-68
Paradise Island: the lost Burt Bacharach
The Girls are at it Again
Gary Walker & The Rain
Let’s Slip Away: Johnny Dankworth On
Stage And Screen

 

According to Wiggs and
Stanley, following the success of their crate-digging compilation The Trip last year, convinced Universal
to let them revive a dormant imprint, Eclipse, and duly “raid the far corners
of the company’s archives.” If the label names Phillips, Decca, A&M,
Island, Polydor, Mercury, ABC, Dunhill and MCA ring any bells — and if you’re
even marginally aware of the W&S musical braintrust’s finesse in unearthing
cool sounds both for St. E and their own deejay work — then you should be
nodding your head very happily round about now.

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