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Serene Velocity: A Stereolab Anthology
1. Jenny Ondioline, Pt. 1 - (7" Version)
3. French Disko
4. Ping Pong
5. Wow and Flutter - (7" Version)
6. Cybele's Reverie
7. Metronomic Underground
10. Miss Modular
11. Infinity Girl
12. Come and Play in the Milky Night
13. Space Moth
14. Double Rocker
15. Vonal Declosion
16. ...Sudden Stars
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79533
Phil Wright; Maxx Stamm; Fulton Dingley; Jan St. Werner; Andi Toma; Paul Tipler; John McEntire; Jim O'Rourke
Personnel: Laetitia Sadier (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion); Mary Hansen (vocals, guitar, percussion); Sean O'Hagan (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, piano, tack piano, Fender Rhodes piano, electric harpsichord, Clavinet, organ, Farfisa, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, vibraphone, marimba, percussion); John McEntire (guitar, keyboards, vibraphone, marimba, drums, maracas, tambourine, percussion, electronics); Jim O'Rourke (guitar, keyboards, percussion, electronics); Tim Gane (guitar, keyboards, percussion); Duncan Brown (guitar); Vera Daucher (violin); Marcus Holdaway, William Hawes, Brian G. Wright , Jacqueline Norrie, Rebecca McFaul, Maureen Loughnane, Meg Gates, Poppy Branders, Shelly Weiss, Sophie Harris, Sally Herbert (strings); Alan Carter (flute, tenor saxophone); Paul Mertens (flute, brass); Lindsay Law (trumpet); Rob Mazurek (cornet); Andy Robinson, Jeb Bishop (trombone, brass); Colin Crawley, Mark Bassey, Steve Waterman, Ross Reed (brass); Xavier "Fischfinger" Fischer (piano); Andy Ramsay (keyboards, drums, percussion); Katharine Gifford (keyboards); Fulton Dingley (synthesizer, midi, drum machine, percussion); Douglas McCombs (acoustic bass); Andi Toma (electronic percussion, electronics); Jan St. Werner (electronics).
Audio Mixers: Phil Wright; Fulton Dingley; Andi Toma; Paul Tipler; John McEntire; Jim O'Rourke.
Audio Remasterer: Nick Webb .
Liner Note Author: Mike McGonigal.
Recording information: Academy Of St. Martin In The Street, Disseldorg (05/1993-??/2003); Blackwing Studios, London, England (05/1993-??/2003); Idful Studios, Chicago, IL (05/1993-??/2003); Instant O, France (05/1993-??/2003); Soma Recording Studio, Chicago, IL (05/1993-??/2003); Wolf Studios, Brixton, London, England (05/1993-??/2003).
Released by the Rhino label in 2006, the beautifully titled and intuitively assembled SERENE VELOCITY is the first Stereolab anthology to explore the remarkably wide range of the revered post-rock group's Elektra albums. Proceeding from the dreamy drone of "Jenny Ondioline" (1993) to the funky, hip-hop-influenced "Metronomic Underground" ('96) to the shimmering experimental-pop confection "Sudden Stars" ('04), the 16-track collection boldly attempts to capture the essence of the British/French ensemble in the space of one disc, and largely succeeds. Stereolab's collective affinity for Krautrock, cinematic scores, and 1960s pop are all on display here, as deftly channeled through the coolly detached lead vocals of Laetitia Sadier, the dynamic guitar/keyboard lines of Tim Gane, and the precise work of the band's formidable rhythm section. Although the slightly earlier OSCILLONS FROM THE ANTI-SUN compilation covers some of this set's territory, VELOCITY's tight focus and chronological sequence are what make it stand out as the definitive introduction to Stereolab.
Spin (p.107) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "These pop scholars saved '90s indie rock from boredom by rediscovering an entire universe of classic outre sounds..."
Uncut (p.124) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Stereolab are not only one of the most intellectually stimulating and collectable bands of the past 15 years, but one of the most straightforwardly infectious, too."
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