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Oscillons from the Anti-Sun [W/DVD]
     

Oscillons from the Anti-Sun [W/DVD]

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by Stereolab
 
The three-disc, one-DVD mini-box set Oscillons From the Anti-Sun is not part of Stereolab's ongoing Switched On series, which rounds up the stray singles, EPs, and B-sides, but it's easy to see how the casual observer might think it's the fourth installment in the series. Instead, this 35-track box set contains material

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The three-disc, one-DVD mini-box set Oscillons From the Anti-Sun is not part of Stereolab's ongoing Switched On series, which rounds up the stray singles, EPs, and B-sides, but it's easy to see how the casual observer might think it's the fourth installment in the series. Instead, this 35-track box set contains material previously released on British and European CD singles and EPs between 1993 and 2000. Oscillons is not limited to featuring only the B-sides: such familiar A-sides as "Jenny Ondioline," "The Noise of Carpet," "Ping Pong," and "Cybele's Reverie" are here next to such non-LP cuts as "Fluorescences," as well as a host of B-sides, some of which were featured on the 1998 Switched On comp, Aluminum Tunes. Frustratingly, the EPs are neither presented in their original running order, nor is the music presented chronologically. Instead, the three discs jump around from EP to single, from year to year, without regard to the band's ever-shifting lineups. Despite this, the sequencing of the music flows well, and it's an entertaining listen since this indeed covers the group's peak years. Nevertheless, it's hard to imagine that any fan who followed Stereolab with any regularity not having the great majority of this material, which surely is why the DVD was included with this set. It's a nice DVD, containing all of the promo videos from the mid- to late '90s -- "Jenny Ondioline" through "The Free Design" -- along with U.K. TV performances from the group's appearances on The Word and Later With Jools Holland. Considering that this box retails for under 25 dollars in the U.S., this DVD may be enough for serious fans to consider purchasing this set and getting rid of the original singles (even if the original artwork is nowhere to be found in this set, outside of a set of stickers included with the first pressing of the set; of course, there are no liner notes to speak of in the set at all). Of course, replacing singles with box sets runs contrary to the nature of Stereolab and their fans, who are positively enamored with rare pieces of vinyl and limited-edition CDs, but this is still a good way to get all of the music on those singles and EPs, even if the presentation and sequencing could have been a bit better.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Too Pure / Beggars
UPC:
0644918016021
catalogNumber:
80160

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stereolab   Primary Artist
Tim Gane   Group Member
Mary Hansen   Group Member
Richard Harrison   Group Member
Sean O'Hagan   Group Member
Andy Ramsay   Group Member
Laetitia Sadier   Group Member
Katharine Gifford   Group Member
Duncan Brown   Group Member
Morgane Lhote   Group Member

Technical Credits

Mike Clifford   Director
Tim Gane   Composer
Sean O'Hagan   Composer
Laetitia Sadier   Composer
Nick Abrahams   Director,Producer
Sacha Austin   Graphic Design
Grant Branton   Producer
Stephen Brierley   Producer
Robin Mahoney   Producer
Pikey   Executive Producer
Mikey Tomkins   Director,Producer

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Oscillons from the Anti-Sun [W/DVD] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this box set two days after its release date. I walked to Barnes & Noble, which took an hour. That's how bad I wanted this recording package. I had phoned the store and a friendly voice said he'd hold the only copy for me until I got there. This 3 CD and one DVD offering is too beautiful to comprehend. Stand out tracks include all the songs that are new to my ears, and thus, combine to make what is essentially an entire album of newly heard material, as close to a sequel to the marvelous, endlessly refreshing and bouyant Margarine Eclipse masterpiece. I'm delightfully amazed at such astonishing tunes as Fluorescences, Fruition, Long Life Love, Escape Pod, Moodles, and Narco Martenot. Funny that they use the names of old electronic sound generators in song titles (martenot and ondioline). With Friends Like These (opening lyric fragment: "All this violence is puzzling. Maybe the Lord should intervene. All this violence is threatening. Hate is in need of censoring. Ban hate and violence for our convenience." I've always sensed a positive mystical undercurrent to Stereolab music. While I've heard scathing denouncement of religious right wing fanaticism, I suspect that Stereolab is not far from the True Light. Then to see the DVD videos and live performances, this is the ultimate gift to fans. How cool to see the band members all wearing French capes, almost as if they were a nice and non-brainwashing sect. The non-sleazy, intellectual, avant garde nature of this band, with beautiful but modest and non-grandiose women, especially that Latitia Sadier icon...well, excuse me, but I can chat no longer. I've got to get back to listing and watching some mind-gifting music by a truly innovative and metaphysically benevolent band. Buy all the Stereolab you can find. This one would be a good recording package to start with. Heavenly, as usual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago