Casino Classics

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Britain's premier dance-pop band of the 1990s; the Shangri-Las with synthesizers; the only group who can make you fall in love, break your heart, and dance your butt off simultaneously, Saint Etienne marked six years of consistent brilliance with a two-CD collection that pegged out 17 songs for the attention of the remix community, and wound up with a reinvention that defies any kind of categorization. Employing both newly commissioned mixes and older cuts drawn from past singles and such, Casino Classics was previewed with a bonus disc offered with early copies of the Too Young to Die hits collection -- the same disc's reappearance here did spike some grumbling at the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Britain's premier dance-pop band of the 1990s; the Shangri-Las with synthesizers; the only group who can make you fall in love, break your heart, and dance your butt off simultaneously, Saint Etienne marked six years of consistent brilliance with a two-CD collection that pegged out 17 songs for the attention of the remix community, and wound up with a reinvention that defies any kind of categorization. Employing both newly commissioned mixes and older cuts drawn from past singles and such, Casino Classics was previewed with a bonus disc offered with early copies of the Too Young to Die hits collection -- the same disc's reappearance here did spike some grumbling at the time, but the entire package remains a virtual history of U.K. remix tendencies throughout the first half of the 1990s. Contributions from the Chemical Brothers, Aphex Twin, David Holmes, Death in Vegas, Lionrock, and Underworld either predate or at least coincide with those acts' own mainstream breakthroughs, while Andrew Weatherall's "A Mix of Two Halves" assault on "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" spirals off Saint Etienne's first 12" single, released in summer 1990. Elsewhere, Monkey Mafia's revision of "Filthy," from a hard-to-find compilation, recaptures one of the group's earliest rarities, and a clutch of new songs -- "Angel," "Burnt out Car," "The Sea," and "Sometime in Winter" -- offer the unusual experience of hearing the remix before you've even encountered an original version. For anybody spellbound by the purity of Saint Etienne's "regular" releases, great swathes of this collection will certainly feel less than essential -- possibly unique among the club bands of its age, Saint Etienne works as ideally away from the dancefloor as it does on it, and hearing those exquisite arrangements and hooks hacked into electronic collops can be distracting -- maybe even infuriating. But, if you put your feet before your ears, Casino Classics has a perfection all of its own, and never a dull moment either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/1999
  • Label: Bmg Int'l
  • EAN: 5025006690166
  • Catalog Number: 66901

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Like a Motorway - The Chemical Brothers (9:11)
  2. 2 Join Our Club - Billy Nasty (6:42)
  3. 3 Pale Movie - Secret Knowledge (10:12)
  4. 4 Speedwell - The Aloof (6:08)
  5. 5 Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Andrew Weatherall (8:48)
  6. 6 Who Do You Think You Are - Aphex Twin (8:04)
  7. 7 Avenue - Gordon King (6:20)
  8. 8 Hug My Soul - Sure Is Pure (8:41)
  9. 9 Like a Motorway - David Holmes (12:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Angel - Way Out West (6:35)
  2. 2 Filthy - Monkey Mafia (5:54)
  3. 3 People Get Real - Death in Vegas (7:20)
  4. 4 Nothing Can Stop Us - Lionrock (5:46)
  5. 5 Sometimes in Winter - The Psychonauts (4:17)
  6. 6 The Sea (9:35)
  7. 7 Burnt Out Car (4:18)
  8. 8 He's on the Phone - Primax (6:01)
  9. 9 Cool Kids of Death (14:30)
  10. 10 Angel - Broadcast (4:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Saint Etienne Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Q-Tee Vocals
Secret Knowledge Track Performer
Death in Vegas Track Performer
Monkey Mafia Track Performer
Ben Rechnagel Keyboards
Moira Lambert Vocals
Technical Credits
PTP Programming
Aphex Twin Producer, Remixing
Gary Burns Engineer
David Holmes Producer, Remixing
Tim Holmes Engineer
Jagz Kooner Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Mark Lawrence Engineer
Peter Smith Producer, Remixing
Andrew Weatherall Producer, Remixing
The Chemical Brothers Producer, Remixing
Billy Nasty Producer, Remixing
Lionrock Producer, Remixing
Kris Needs Producer, Liner Notes, Remixing
Broadcast Producer, Remixing
Andy Montgomery Engineer
Jon Carter Producer, Remixing
Steve Dub Engineer
Ben Rechnagel Producer, Engineer
Way Out West Producer, Remixing
Gordon King Producer, Remixing
Dean Thatcher Producer, Remixing
Sure Is Pure Producer, Remixing
Brian Higgins Producer, Remixing
Primax Producer, Remixing
Roger Lyons Engineer
Ben Keen Engineer
Mike Bolton Producer, Remixing
Richard Fearless Producer, Remixing
Baz Barrett Engineer
The Psychonauts Producer, Remixing
Mat Gray Producer, Remixing
Steve Patton Engineer
Rick Smith Producer, Remixing
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