Travel Edition 1990-2005

Travel Edition 1990-2005

by Saint Etienne


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Travel Edition 1990-2005

Though they were never included in the Britpop movement that spawned Blur, Oasis, and Pulp, one could argue that Saint Etienne were the most British band of the '90s. Comprising music journalists-turned-musicians Pete Wiggs and Bob Stanley, plus glamorous singer Sarah Cracknell, Saint Etienne had one foot on the dance floor and the other on Carnaby Street circa 1968. Early singles were so au courant that they felt like diary entries from the hippest kid in Camden Town. Travel Edition 1990-2005 charts the trio's career to date with a mix of singles, album tracks, U.K.-only releases, rarities, and the now-requisite New Song. Two-thirds of the songs here -- including "Nothing Can Stop Us," "Mario's Cafe," "Hug My Soul," "Sylvie," and a cover of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" -- are essential and exemplify the lush, witty dance music at which Saint Etienne excel. Unfortunately, the disc also errs on the side of inclusiveness, with classics "Pale Movie," "Join Our Club," and "You're in a Bad Way" omitted in favor of a few rare-but-throwaway tracks. And while 2000's Sound of Water worked as an album, the two down-tempo tracks included here all but pull the plug on the party. On the plus side, this collection does feature "He's on the Phone" and "Burnt Out Car" -- two of Saint Etienne's best singles, neither of which have ever seen this side of the Atlantic. A pure singles collection might have been better, but Travel Edition is a fine introduction to Saint Etienne's swinging, groovy world.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Sub Pop
UPC: 0098787066029
catalogNumber: 660

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Saint Etienne   Primary Artist
Sarah Cracknell   Vocals
Etienne Daho   Vocals
Moira Lambert   Vocals

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Composer
Saint Etienne   Producer,Audio Production
Ian Catt   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Sarah Cracknell   Composer,Producer
Bob Stanley   Composer
Robert Stanley   Composer
Pete Wiggs   Composer
Etienne Daho   Composer
Steve Rodway   Producer
Jeremy Wheatley   Engineer
Brian Higgins   Producer
Tore Johansson   Producer,Audio Production
C.A.T.T.   Composer
Paul Henderson Kelly   Cover Illustration
Mister Joshua   Producer
Lawrence Oakley   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Mark Waterfield   Producer
Rick Smith   Programming
Martin Kelly   Management

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