Catalogue [Bonus CD]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Released three years after their final album, Statues, a Moloko best-of was long overdue. Fortunately, the straightforwardly named Catalogue delivers an impeccably edited collection of the duo's eclectic, ahead-of-the-curve music, gathering their biggest hits and key album tracks. Gorgeous romanticism, drop-dead style, and a funky sense of humor -- not to mention Roisin Murphy's charismatic vocals and Mark Brydon's forward-thinking production skills -- were the key ingredients in Moloko's freewheeling mix of dance, pop, and rock, all of which are on display throughout Catalogue and especially on its first five tracks, which are, not coincidentally, the duo's most popular...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Released three years after their final album, Statues, a Moloko best-of was long overdue. Fortunately, the straightforwardly named Catalogue delivers an impeccably edited collection of the duo's eclectic, ahead-of-the-curve music, gathering their biggest hits and key album tracks. Gorgeous romanticism, drop-dead style, and a funky sense of humor -- not to mention Roisin Murphy's charismatic vocals and Mark Brydon's forward-thinking production skills -- were the key ingredients in Moloko's freewheeling mix of dance, pop, and rock, all of which are on display throughout Catalogue and especially on its first five tracks, which are, not coincidentally, the duo's most popular singles. "Fun for Me" and "Pure Pleasure Seeker" are quintessential examples of Moloko's sexy, mischievous take on dance anthems; "The Time Is Now" and "Familiar Feeling" are searching-but-glamorous ballads; and of course, the pair's breakthrough single "Sing It Back" is as alluring as it is inventive. Unlike some best-ofs, which have to stretch to fill out an album's worth of tracks, Catalogue is a welcome reminder of how strong Moloko's overall body of work is. From Do You Like My Tight Sweater?'s "Day for Night" and "Where Is the What If the What Is in Why?" to the title track of Statues, each song on the collection holds up. Catalogue's only flaw -- if it can be called that -- is that it doesn't include many of the flights of fancy that made Moloko's albums so distinctive. The closest the collection gets to the duo's deeply kooky side is the cryptic but irresistible shuffle of "Indigo" and the playful pop of "The Flipside." This is a minor drawback though -- Catalogue is a great Moloko primer, and any newcomers charmed by the songs here have even more to discover on the full-length albums. [The 2006 Echo edition included a live set from Brixton on a second CD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2006
  • Label: Pony Canyon Japan
  • EAN: 4988013151741
  • Catalog Number: 80022

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Moloko Primary Artist
Mark Brydon Bass
Nick Charles Bass Saxophone
Susan Dench Viola, Vocals
Anne Lines Cello
Arik Marshall Guitar
Richard Nelson Vocals
Leo Payne Violin
Chris Pitsillides Vocals
Audrey Riley Cello, Conductor
Winston Rollins Trombone
Juliet Snell Violin
Eddie Stevens Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Joy Hawley Cello
Peter Lale Vocals
Clare Thompson Violin
Liz Partridge Violin
Peter North Bass Trombone
Róisín Murphy Vocals
Sophie Harris Cello
Ben Castle Tenor Saxophone
Nichol Thompson Trombone
Charles Mutter Violin
Dominic Glover Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Lisa Millett Background Vocals
James Knight Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Richard George Violin
Corin Long Double Bass
James A. Hunt Saxophone
Chris Storr Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Richard Steggall Horn
Graeme Flowers Trumpet, Flugelhorn
N. Bray Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Elizabeth Bradley Double Bass
Emma Welton Violin
Barnaby Dickinson Trombone
Simon Finch Trumpet
Andrew Fuller Cello
James Harris Violin
Christine Jady Cello
Laura Melhuish Violin
Kathy Share Violin
Helen Paterson Violin
Brigett Davey Violin
Tony Finigan Cello
Clare Finmore Vocals
Ann Morgee Violin
Rachel Syms Bassoon
Christopher Tombling Violin
Catherine Musker Vocals
Peter Collyer Vocals
Technical Credits
Mark Brydon Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Audrey Riley String Arrangements
Eddie Stevens Composer, Programming, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Boris Dlugosch Producer, Remixing
Róisín Murphy Composer
Michael Lenge Producer, Remixing
Matt Lawrence Producer, Engineer
Ian Porter Programming
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