Stereolab ‎– Emperor Tomato Ketchup

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Released in a cardboard sleeve.

Made in England.

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  • Barcode (Printed): 5 021904 031025
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5021904031025
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L132
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0450
  • Matrix / Runout: DUHFCD11 10397961 01 % MADE IN U.K. BY PDO

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D-UHF-D11 Stereolab Emperor Tomato Ketchup(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Yel) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks D-UHF-D11 UK 1996 Sell This Version
D-UHF-D11 Stereolab Emperor Tomato Ketchup(2xLP, Album, Gat) Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks D-UHF-D11 UK 1996 Sell This Version
AIN 23007 Stereolab Emperor Tomato Ketchup(CD, Album, Unofficial) Elektra (2) AIN 23007 Russia 1996 Sell This Version
61840-4 Stereolab Emperor Tomato Ketchup(Cass, Album) Elektra 61840-4 US 1996 Sell This Version
WPCR-583 Stereolab Emperor Tomato Ketchup(CD, Album) Elektra WPCR-583 Japan 1996 Sell This Version


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February 8, 2015
Stereolab's "Emperor Tomato Ketchup" refrains to a character that is very influenced by the sixties and the seventies, with undertones of French pop and reminiscences from the automatic psychedelia from Silver Apples and a well constructed pastiche of Krautrock tendencies that overcome in a very colorful and melodic album that departs from the more avantgardistic pro Velvet underground fascination more votive in their previous albums.
I didnt listen this kind of music in 1996, but the powerful vitalism from it and the continuous rotation of certain songs into the circles of NYC at the time were enough to fill me with its inhibited positiveness and colorful sweetness. It is the kind of album that goes along with every circumstance and contains different moods in through its own aural delivery, thats probably its richness.
The voice from Laetitia sadier along with the backing vocals of Mary Hansen creates this lovely melodic form that interplayed with the tonal layers and the instrumental loops enncompased with the robotic rhythms makes it a big hit for a rainy day, for the walk or the car drive.

it is to notice that while one may dedicate some deep listening disposition towards the album it may identificate the tricks behind its veil.
In some songs sometimes there is not even a proper melody construction (aside from the voices which are always the top center of the whole thing) but a sort of continuous juxtaposition of tonalities and loops that added the proper velocity and rhythmic resonance finally conform a melodic structure that always manages to bring an impressive concatenation of melody and fluidity. Also the variety of the album it is displayed not by the ammount of different instrumentation but by the disposition and different organization of the drones and the beat. Take notice for example how the backing tonal chords from "Percolator" which is an upbeat happy song resembles almost identically those of the "Monstre Sacre" which is the melancholic note from the album, nevertheless completely different in form and sentiment.

This is the kind of album one may keep in the shelves for whenever the sun is not around, its shiny and colorful melodic predicament may be enough to rise the mood of a dead person, and its enough inventive and vitalistic as to surpass the mere pop enterntainment.
Classic of the 90s.


December 23, 2013
The title of the album came from the Shûji Terayama's surreal movie Tomato Kecchappu Kôtei (1971) (Emperor Tomato Ketchup) after the band members watched a 72 min (1996) version I guess.


June 24, 2009

How come there are no reviews for this famous album on Discogs?... Anyway, this certainly goes down as one of the iconic albums of the '90s. Combining influences from krautrock, noise pop or retro French pop (I only mentioned three, but many more can be felt on the album), Stereolab sound different on almost each track on this album, yet it never feels like a half-baked compilation or mixtape. Maybe not as cohesive as "Sound-Dust" or "Dots and Loops", Emperor Tomato Ketchup has one big advantage: it's very fun. It's also artsy, at least more artsy than "Mars Audiac Quintet", but it's fun, first of all. While struggling with a harder-to-get-into Stereolab album, I was easily attempted to replay this: it certainly caught them in a moment of divine inspiration. Needs probably a few listens or one very attentive listen, but, after that, there's no filler to be found here.