Serene Velocity: A Stereolab Anthology

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227953324
  • Catalog Number: 79533

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jenny Ondioline, Pt. 1 (3:42)
  2. 2 Crest (6:07)
  3. 3 French Disko (3:33)
  4. 4 Ping Pong (3:02)
  5. 5 Wow and Flutter (3:02)
  6. 6 Cybele's Reverie (4:42)
  7. 7 Metronomic Underground (7:52)
  8. 8 Percolator (4:15)
  9. 9 Brakhage (5:29)
  10. 10 Miss Modular (4:13)
  11. 11 Infinity Girl (3:55)
  12. 12 Come and Play in the Milky Night (4:38)
  13. 13 Space Moth (7:34)
  14. 14 Double Rocker (5:32)
  15. 15 Vonal Declosion (3:27)
  16. 16 ...Sudden Stars (4:41)
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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, Guitar, 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
Nick Webb Remastering
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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