La Varieté [Bonus Tracks]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
The airy arrangements and exotic rhythms throughout La Varieté sound like low-budget approximations of Antonio Carlos Jobim, although "A Life in the Day Of...Pt. 1 & 2" is a stab at African high life, and "Nostalgia" minus the vocals could be one of U2's early instrumental B-sides. In short, the album is nothing like what you would expect from former Young Marble Giants vocalist Alison Statton, excepting the song "Drum Beat for Baby," which mimics the unique sound of her previous band. Interestingly, Young Marble Giants' main man Stuart Moxham has nothing to do with that track, but he and his brother Phil contribute a couple of compositions, one of which is the Gist's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
The airy arrangements and exotic rhythms throughout La Varieté sound like low-budget approximations of Antonio Carlos Jobim, although "A Life in the Day Of...Pt. 1 & 2" is a stab at African high life, and "Nostalgia" minus the vocals could be one of U2's early instrumental B-sides. In short, the album is nothing like what you would expect from former Young Marble Giants vocalist Alison Statton, excepting the song "Drum Beat for Baby," which mimics the unique sound of her previous band. Interestingly, Young Marble Giants' main man Stuart Moxham has nothing to do with that track, but he and his brother Phil contribute a couple of compositions, one of which is the Gist's "Carnival Headache." La Varieté is an impressive achievement, but is too stylistically diverse to make much sense, and at times the individual tracks seem like genre exercises. It's a bad sign that "Drum Beat for Baby," a deliberate stylistic throwback, is the strongest cut on the album. [Vinyl Japan's 2006 reissue adds a number of bonus tracks including three demos, a couple of 12-inch mixes and some single b-sides.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • Label: Cherry Red Uk
  • EAN: 5013929130128
  • Catalog Number: 301
  • Sales rank: 103,855

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The End of the Affair (3:04)
  2. 2 Weekend Stroll (3:23)
  3. 3 Summerdays (2:52)
  4. 4 Carnival Headache (2:51)
  5. 5 Drum Beat for Baby (2:57)
  6. 6 A Life in the Day Of..., Pt. 1 (3:48)
  7. 7 A Life in the Day Of..., Pt. 2 (2:23)
  8. 8 Sleepy Theory (2:51)
  9. 9 Woman's Eyes (2:48)
  10. 10 Weekend Off (3:20)
  11. 11 Red Planes (4:45)
  12. 12 Nostalgia (3:50)
  13. 13 Red Planes (8:57)
  14. 14 Nostalgia (5:22)
  15. 15 Summerdays (3:37)
  16. 16 A View from Her Room (8:10)
  17. 17 Leaves of Spring (2:40)
  18. 18 Past Meets Present (3:37)
  19. 19 Midnight Slows (2:02)
  20. 20 Drum Beat for Baby (4:16)
  21. 21 Drumbeat for Baby
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Weekend Primary Artist
Harry Beckett Flugelhorn
Simon Booth Guitar, Group Member
Philip Moxham Bass, Octave Bass
Larry Stabbins Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Olaf Vas Baritone Saxophone
Annie Whitehead Trombone
Alison Statton Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Dave Harwood Strings, Violin, Double Bass
Salah Dawson Miller Percussion
Spike Guitar, Strings, Viola, Group Member
Technical Credits
Weekend Arranger
Simon Booth Arranger, Liner Notes
Simon Jeffes Arranger, Producer
Norman Mighell Engineer
Wendy Smith Cover Art
Larry Stabbins Composer
Alison Statton Arranger, Liner Notes, Author
Dave Harwood String Arrangements
Spike Arranger, Liner Notes, String Arrangements
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