Serene Velocity: A Stereolab Anthology

Serene Velocity: A Stereolab Anthology

by Stereolab
     
 

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Whittling Stereolab's impressive (in terms of both size and quality) discography down to a single-disc retrospective is a daunting task, but Rhino's collection handles it well enough that only the fussiest completists could complain. Granted, Serene Velocity -- a title so apt it feels like it was borrowed from some long-lost, limited-run 'Lab 7" -- gets a head

Overview

Whittling Stereolab's impressive (in terms of both size and quality) discography down to a single-disc retrospective is a daunting task, but Rhino's collection handles it well enough that only the fussiest completists could complain. Granted, Serene Velocity -- a title so apt it feels like it was borrowed from some long-lost, limited-run 'Lab 7" -- gets a head start by concentrating on the band's output during their time with Elektra, but that's still 13 years, seven albums, and several EPs worth of material to choose from. Nevertheless, the collection hones in on each release's definitive tracks with lock-groove accuracy: "Jenny Ondioline" and "Crest" capture Transient Random Noise-Bursts with Announcements' bracing, droning sound, while "Ping Pong" and "Wow and Flutter" reflect the more overtly pop direction of Mars Audiac Quintet. Emperor Tomato Ketchup is the only album to have three tracks culled from it ("Cybele's Reverie," "Metronomic Underground," and "Percolator"), all of which show how the group incorporated jazz, funk, hip-hop, and chamber pop into what many consider their masterpiece. The more abstract, aloof feel of Stereolab's work from Dots and Loops to Sound-Dust is well-represented by "Brakhage," "Infinity Girl," and "Double Rocker," while "Vonal Declosion" and ."..Sudden Stars" mark Margerine Eclipse's return to poppier terrain. Indeed, the whole collection is so even-handed that it may bore long-term fans (the inclusion of Sound-Dust's "Space Moth" instead of its lead single, "Captain Easychord," is the only remotely controversial choice here), but it works very well as a primer for new listeners.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2006
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0081227953324
catalogNumber:
79533

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stereolab   Primary Artist
Simon Jones   Bass,Group Member
Alan Carter   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Tim Gane   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Group Member
Mary Hansen   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Richard Harrison   Group Member
Sally Herbert   Strings
Rob Mazurek   Cornet
Sean O'Hagan   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Marimbas,Clavinet,Slide Guitar,Vibes,farfisa organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Vox Organ,Electric Harpsichord,Tack Piano,Group Member
Jim O'Rourke   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,electronics
Andy Ramsay   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Group Member
Laetitia Sadier   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Katharine Gifford   Keyboards,Group Member
Duncan Brown   Bass,Guitar,Group Member
John McEntire   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Maracas,Marimbas,Tambourine,Vibes,electronics,Analogue Synthesizer
Andi Toma   electronics,electronic percussion
Steve Waterman   Brass
Jeb Bishop   Trombone,Brass
Douglas McCombs   Acoustic Bass
Paul Mertens   Flute,Brass,Bass Harmonica
Andy Robinson   Trombone,Brass
Marcus Holdaway   Strings
Vera Daucher   Violin
Fulton Dingley   Synthesizer,Percussion
Jan St. Werner   electronics
Lindsay Law   Trumpet
Mark Bassey   Brass
Shelly Weiss   Strings
Morgane Lhote   Group Member
Maureen Loughnane   Strings
Rebecca McFaul   Strings
Ross Reed   Brass
Poppy Branders   Strings
Sophie Harris   Strings
Jacqueline Norrie   Strings
Colin Crawley   Brass
Simon Johns   Bass
Brian G. Wright   Strings
Xavier "Fischfinger" Fischer   Piano
Meg Gates   Strings
William Hawes   Strings

Technical Credits

Tim Gane   Composer,Instrumentation
Mary Hansen   Instrumentation
Richard Harrison   Instrumentation
Sean O'Hagan   Composer,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Instrumentation,Flute Arrangement
Jim O'Rourke   Engineer,String Arrangements,Original Mix
Andy Ramsay   Instrumentation
Laetitia Sadier   Composer,Instrumentation
Paul Tipler   Engineer,Original Mix
Katharine Gifford   Instrumentation
Duncan Brown   Instrumentation
John McEntire   Engineer,Original Mix
Andi Toma   Engineer
Andy Robinson   Brass Arrangment
Marcus Holdaway   String Arrangements
Steve Woolard   Project Assembly
Fulton Dingley   Engineer,drum machine,MIDI,Original Mix
Jan St. Werner   Engineer
Morgane Lhote   Instrumentation
Maxx Stamm   Engineer
Phil Wright   Producer,Engineer,Original Mix
Mike McGonigal   Liner Notes
Dirk Slik   Discographical Annotation

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