ABC Music: The Radio 1 Sessions

ABC Music: The Radio 1 Sessions

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by Stereolab
     
 

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ABC Music, the two-disc, 32-track compilation of Stereolab's BBC Radio 1 sessions from July 1991 to August 2001, is a surprisingly illuminating and listenable set. Although this may come as a shock to some casual listeners, Stereolab can be a ferocious live band, and their trademark blend of Krautrock, easy listening, and Brazilian…  See more details below

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ABC Music, the two-disc, 32-track compilation of Stereolab's BBC Radio 1 sessions from July 1991 to August 2001, is a surprisingly illuminating and listenable set. Although this may come as a shock to some casual listeners, Stereolab can be a ferocious live band, and their trademark blend of Krautrock, easy listening, and Brazilian influences (in different proportions throughout their career) usually has an added aggressiveness in a live setting. This is particularly apparent on the earliest tracks, including an outstanding version of their early signature tune "Super Electric" on which the Neu!-like motorik pulse is buttressed by some almost punky guitar work by co-leader Tim Gane. Several tracks appear in embryonic versions, with a very different early take of "Seeperbold" called "Working Title (The Pram Song)" of particular interest. The familiar songs tend to sound more stripped-down here; "International Colouring Contest" loses its samba-like beat but gains a more heartfelt vocal from Laetitia Sadier, who also steps away from her usual deadpan on glorious revisions of the rarity "Brigitte" and the 1996 single "Cybele's Reverie," which sounds just as catchy and propulsive without the studio version's full orchestral setting. ABC Music is probably not the place to start for the complete Stereolab novice, but any fan will be impressed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923862321
catalogNumber:
8623

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Super-Electric
  2. Changer
  3. Doubt
  4. Difficult Fourth Title
  5. Laissez Faire
  6. Revox
  7. Peng 33
  8. John Cage Bubblegum
  9. Wow and Flutter
  10. Anemie
  11. Moogie Wonderland
  12. Heavy Denim
  13. French Disko
  14. Wow and Flutter
  15. Golden Ball
  16. Lo Boob Oscillator
  17. [Untitled]
  18. Working Title (The Pram Song)

Disc 2

  1. International Colouring Contest
  2. Anamorphose
  3. Metronomic Underground
  4. Brigitte
  5. Spinal Column
  6. Tomorrow Is Already Here
  7. Les Yper-Sound
  8. Heavenly Van Halen
  9. Cybele's Reverie
  10. Slow Fast Hazel
  11. Nothing to Do With Me
  12. Double Rocker
  13. Baby Lulu
  14. Naught More Terrific Than Man

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stereolab   Primary Artist
Joe Dilworth   Drums
Tim Gane   Guitar
Mary Hansen   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Richard Harrison   Bass
Martin Kean   Bass
Gina Morris   Vocals
Andy Ramsay   Drums
Laetitia Sadier   Trombone,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Katharine Gifford   Keyboards
Duncan Brown   Bass
Pete Kember   Keyboards,electronics
Morgane Lhote   Keyboards
Dave Callahan   Moog Synthesizer
Mick Conroy   Keyboards
Simon Johns   Bass

Technical Credits

Mike Robinson   Producer,Engineer
Fred Kay   Engineer
Simon Askew   Producer,Engineer
Ralph Jordan   Engineer
Mike Engles   Producer,Engineer
Robert Khan   Engineer
Lis Roberts   Producer
George W. Thomas   Engineer
Tony Worthington   Engineer

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ABC Music: The Radio 1 Sessions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I'm an early adopter of Stereolab. I bought "Transient Random Noise Bursts with Announcements" and "Mars Audiac Quintet" at the time "MAQ" was released (1994). Then I quickly obtained "Switched On", "Peng", "Space Age Bachelor Pad Music" and I was an instant collector. I bought everything, and the last thing I bought was the "Cobra and Phases Group" CD. Health and family problems caused me to abandon my musical pursuits. Later, I lost all my CDs. So, for years, I lost touch with this wonderful, amazing band. Just a few weeks ago, I went to Barnes & Noble and decided to catch up with Stereolab. I saw this, "ABC Music" and rejoiced to see so many of my favorite early, Velvet Underground inspired songs on it, like "Lo Boob Oscillator", "Peng 33", "Changer", "Wow and Flutter", "Les Yper Sound"--triumphant, put a smile on your face, bounce up and down, cheerful, happy but intellectual and social conscience music. A double CD with BBC Studio 1 tracks seemed like a dream come true. What a way to catch up with Stereolab. I was not familiar with "Laissez Faire" one of the best and most drivingly joyous tracks. I cannot conceive of how any rock fan could not be blown away by this collection. This is not their trippy beatnik jazzy lounge music of "Cobra and Phases" period, rather, it's the hard driving, straight ahead rock material, with the sweet haunting cherubic female vocal stylings that made Stereolab unique and delicious. This is the first Stereolab CD you should get if you don't know the band and want a taste of some of their best rock, with some electronic experimentation sounds (mooginess) mixed in.