Saint Etienne Deluxe Editions En Route

 

Foxbase Alpha and Continental due May 18
in expanded formats.

 

By Fred Mills

 

With Britain’s Saint
Etienne set to resurrect their early ‘90s classic Foxbase Alpha for the concert stage next week, Bob, Pete and Sarah disclosed
this morning details of the upcoming Deluxe Edition for the album. There’s also
to be a similar treatment for 1997’s Continental,
a rarities/odds-and-sods collection previously available only as a Japanese
import. Both will be available starting May 18, and there’s to be a limited
edition of Foxbase Alpha as well
arriving in July.

 

According to the
band, “[The reissues[ are 2cd sets, in shiny plastic wallets, with plenty of
unseen photos and memorabilia from the period. As well as the relevant b-sides,
and various alternate takes, each will include a clutch of unreleased songs.”

 

Foxbase Alpha will include the previously unheard
tracks “Sally Space” (described as “pretty good, but oddly entirely forgotten
by all three of us”), “Chase HQ” (“as premiered on Resonance
FM a couple of weeks back”), and “The Reckoning” (“full spy mode
instrumental”)

 

For Continental, new extras will be “Where
Did Our Love Go” (“lost somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic
according to this high-powered melancholic dancer”), “We Could Have It All” (“celebrating
the magic of teamwork”) and “Under Her Spell” (“jagged electro love song”).

 

And
of that limited Foxbase? “It’s coming out in a gorgeous limited edition
of 1,000 set – as seen in the Guardian! Thanks to the international piracy
problem (we’re not kidding) it will ship in July, but can be pre-ordered during
May. We’ll offer a link via the official Saint Etienne
site first, and it will be available to international buyers. So what do
you get? A 6″ tall model of a Subbuteo player in the classic green and
white Saint Etienne strip; a reprint of the original album poster; 4 unique
Foxbase badges (or pins); a cd of the remastered double disc album. It all
comes in a beautifully designed, vintage Etienne-green presentation box. It’s
truly lovely – we’ve seen one! Something for your children, and your children’s children, to go gooey-eyed over, before they tear the box
to bits and pull the player’s head off.”

 

Well, all right
then! Nothing like going gooey-eyed where Saint Etienne is concerned.

 

Next in the
pipeline will be deluxe reissues of So
Tough
(from 1993) and Sound of Water (released
in 2000, during the band’s tenure on Sub Pop here in the States), and the band
promises details are coming soon “but we’ve been rather shocked and surprised
by how many forgotten relics are lurking in various cupboards and cellars” so
presumably those are still being brainstormed.

 

 

Foxbase Alpha Tracklisting:

 

Disc: 1

1. This Is Radio
Etienne – Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

2. Only Love Can
Break Your Heart – Saint Etienne

3. Wilson –
Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

4. Carnt Sleep –
Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

5. Girl VII –
Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

6. Spring –
Saint Etienne

7. She’s The One
– Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

8. Stoned To Say
The Least – Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

9. Nothing Can
Stop Us – Saint Etienne

10. Etienne
Gonna Die – Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

11. London Belongs To Me –
Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

12. Like The
Swallow – Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

13. Dilworth’s
Theme – Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

 

Disc: 2

1. Kiss And Make
Up – Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

2. Filthy –
Saint Etienne

3. Chase HQ –
Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

4. Sally Space –
Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

5. The Reckoning
– Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

6. Speedwell –
Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

7. Parliament
Hill – Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Ian Catt, Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs

8. People Get
Real – Saint Etienne

9. Sweet Pea –
Saint Etienne

10. Winter In America – Saint
Etienne

11. Fake 88 –
Saint Etienne

12. Studio Kinda
Filthy – Saint Etienne

13. Kiss And
Make Up – Saint Etienne

14. Sky’s Dead –
Saint Etienne

 

 

 

Continental Tracklisting:

 

Disc: 1

1. Shad Thames – Saint Etienne, Gerard Johnson

2. Burnt Out Car
– Saint Etienne, Mat Gray

3. Sometimes In
Winter – Saint Etienne, Ian Catt

4. Winter Melody
– Saint Etienne, The Psychonauts

5. Public
Information Film – Saint Etienne, Ian Catt

6. The Process –
Saint Etienne, Ian Catt

7. He’s On The
Phone – Saint Etienne

8. Stormtrooper
In Drag – Brian Higgins, Saint Etienne

9. Star – Ian
Catt, Saint Etienne

10. Down By The
Sea – Saint Etienne, Gerard Johnson

11. The Sea –
Mike Bolton, Saint Etienne

12. Lonesome –
Ian Catt, Saint Etienne

13. Angel –
Saint Etienne, Ian Catt, Broadcast

 

Disc: 2

1. Accident –
Saint Etienne

2. Is It True –
Saint Etienne, Ian Catt

3. Where Did Our
Love Go – Saint Etienne, Ian Catt

4. Groveley Road – Ian Catt, Saint Etienne

5. How I Learned
To Love The Bomb – Saint Etienne, Ian Catt

6. Postal
Interlude – Saint Etienne, Ian Catt

7. Can’t Stop
Now – Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Mark Waterfield

8. Under Her
Spell – Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Mark Waterfield

9. Saturday –
Saint Etienne, Ian Catt, Fugu

10. Suburban
Autumn Lieutenant – Saint Etienne, Ian Catt

11. We Could
Have It All – Saint Etienne, Gerard Johnson

12. Lover Plays
The Bass – Saint Etienne

13. Home – Guy
Batson, Saint Etienne

14. Burnt Out
Car – Saint Etienne

 

 

 

 

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