Saint Etienne ‎– Continental


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PHOTO 9, COCY-80608 Saint Etienne Continental(CD, Album) L'appareil-Photo, Readymade Records PHOTO 9, COCY-80608 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
PHOTO-10, COJY-9185 Saint Etienne Continental(LP, Album) L'appareil-Photo, Readymade Records PHOTO-10, COJY-9185 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
HVNLP70CDDE, 2703766 Saint Etienne Continental(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Dlx, RM) Heavenly, Universal UMC HVNLP70CDDE, 2703766 UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
2759103 Saint Etienne Continental(CD, Album, RE, RM) Universal 2759103 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
HVNLP70CDSE Saint Etienne Continental(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Dlx, RM) Heavenly HVNLP70CDSE UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version
HVNLP70 Saint Etienne Continental(LP, Album, Comp, RE) Heavenly, [PIAS] HVNLP70 Europe 2017 Sell This Version


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July 18, 2008
referencing Continental, CD, Album, PHOTO 9, COCY-80608
Although I'm sure this album was an after thought, it leaves some question in mind my as to the possibility of a "lost" albums worth of material. This, pulled together with the tracks from the 'He's On the Phone' single (which have the same production value as the exclusive tracks here), could have easily come together as one record. In the liner notes for 'Nice Price', Bob Stanley himself has referred to this period as the 'wilderness years'. I wonder if the band was having a crisis of direction. Certainly the period that came after this marked a complete departure from what, up until then, categorized Saint Etienne as more of an electro pop outfit rather than the indie pop cred of the subsequent records. It's a crying shame that tracks such a 'Sometime in Winter' were relegated to this obscure import-only jewel. Come on Bob; tell us more about the wilderness years, please?


September 4, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Continental, CD, Album, PHOTO 9, COCY-80608

Although CONTINENTAL, a Japan-only release, features tracks that appeared on Saint Etienne’s remix album, CASINO CLASSICS, or on various singles, but most are exclusive to this album. It’s a b-side dream, mixing the classy instrumental “Shad Thames” with songs led by Sarah Cracknell’s increasingly controlled voice. “Sometimes in Winter,” even with its underlying guitar growl, still manages to be cool and confident. The same goes for “Star,” which pumps up the rock bombast. On the Gary Numan cover, “Stormtrooper in Drag,” they deliver Europop that rivals the Pet Shop Boys in catchiness. In a sharp compare-and-contrast move, the dreamy “Down by the Sea” is followed by its equally dreamy (but more rhythmically frenetic) remix from PFM.