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Aluminum Tunes: Switched On, Vol. 3 [Japan Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Stereolab's Switched On series is ingenious, one of the best services a band has performed for its fans. Since their inception, Stereolab have made it a practice to release non-LP singles, tour 7"s, split singles, special-edition EPs -- recordings that were available in small quantities for a limited time. In every case, the limited-edition recordings become very valuable very quickly, often reaching ridiculously exorbitant prices that most fans could never afford. That's where the Switched On series comes in. It's where the group gathers the best of these rarities, leaving a couple of tracks on the original single for the sake of collectibility. Stereolab may ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Stereolab's Switched On series is ingenious, one of the best services a band has performed for its fans. Since their inception, Stereolab have made it a practice to release non-LP singles, tour 7"s, split singles, special-edition EPs -- recordings that were available in small quantities for a limited time. In every case, the limited-edition recordings become very valuable very quickly, often reaching ridiculously exorbitant prices that most fans could never afford. That's where the Switched On series comes in. It's where the group gathers the best of these rarities, leaving a couple of tracks on the original single for the sake of collectibility. Stereolab may do certain projects as a lark, but they rarely throw away tracks, as each EP and most singles have their own identity, offering a new spin on the group's trademark style. Given that Aluminum Tunes: Switched On, Vol. 3 spans two discs, it might seem that the compilation will only be of interest to diehards, but it rivals Refried Ectoplasm: Switched On, Vol. 2 in terms of creativity and consistency. Aluminum Tunes is distinguished by the first wide release of the entire sublime easy listening EP Music for the Amorphous Body Center, which would be enough to make the compilation essential for all fans, but it also has such minor masterpieces as their swinging duet with Herbie Mann on Antonio Carlos Jobim's "One Note Samba," Wagon Christ's remix of "Metronomic Underground," the horn-spiked "Percolations," and "You Used to Call Me Sadness." There may be a couple of tracks that never rise above the level of good but predictable Stereolab, but the best moments rank among their very best work. Quite simply an essential addition to their catalog. [Aluminum Tunes: Switched On, Vol. 3 is also available in a Japanese release, a triple-LP box with a bonus T-shirt.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/1998
  • Label: Import [generic]
  • EAN: 4988029287144
  • Catalog Number: 112527

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pop Quiz (4:22)
  2. 2 The Extension Trip (3:43)
  3. 3 How To Play Your Internal Organs Overnight (3:58)
  4. 4 The Brush Descends the Length (3:08)
  5. 5 Melochord Seventy-Five (3:39)
  6. 6 Space Moment (4:20)
  7. 7 Iron Man (3:27)
  8. 8 The Long Hair Of Death (4:48)
  9. 9 You Used to Call Me Sadness (4:00)
  10. 10 New Orthophony (6:26)
  11. 11 Speedy Car (5:00)
  12. 12 Golden Atoms (5:18)
  13. 13 Ulan Bator (3:14)
  14. 14 One Small Step (4:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 One Note Samba/Surfboard (9:10)
  2. 2 Cardiopo (3:09)
  3. 3 Klang Tone (5:36)
  4. 4 Theme from Get Carter (3:23)
  5. 5 One Thousand Miles an Hour (4:32)
  6. 6 Perocolations (3:21)
  7. 7 Freestyle Dumpling (3:57)
  8. 8 Check And Double Check (4:03)
  9. 9 Munich Madness (3:48)
  10. 10 Metronomic Underground (7:51)
  11. 11 The Incredible He Woman (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stereolab Primary Artist
Herbie Mann Track Performer
Tim Gane Group Member
Technical Credits
Roy Budd Composer
Harvey Birrell Producer
Tim Gane Composer
Sean O'Hagan Composer
Laetitia Sadier Composer
Paul Tipler Producer
John McEntire Remixing
Stereolab Producer
Luke Vibert Remixing
Steve Rooke Mastering
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