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ABC Music the Radio 1 Sessions [Live]

StereolabAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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listen10. Anemie 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Moogie Wonderland 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 8, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B00008O310
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Often derided as "shoe-gazer" aesthetes, Stereolab’s dirty little secret is that they’re a lively, inventive, and surprisingly aggressive live band, and have been since their 1991 inception. These 32 tracks were recorded live in the studio for BBC radio hosts John Peel and Mark Radcliffe. The early songs have a garage-rock vibe; listeners are witness to the "groop" working through their influences, which they’ve never really tried to hide. "Anemie," for instance, is a Farfisa-fired homage to the Faust tune "Rainy Day." As the '90s progressed, the band's recording became more genteel and intricately arranged songs. But what some songs may lose in subtlety they make up for in force. Of particular note is 1996’s 10-minute "Metronomic Underground," a jagged space-age/Afro-rock workout. Fans shouldn't hesitate to pick up ABC Music, while newcomers might consider it as a playful and raw retrospective of this innovative pop band's career. --Mike McGonigal

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very worthwhile compilation of some of Stereolab's best December 19, 2002
By farpin
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This new double CD sort of functions as both a greatest hits collection and a quasi-live album at the same time. Compiling all of Stereolab's Radio 1 sessions, this set features songs from nearly every phase of the 'Lab's constantly evolving massive body of work. It's amazing to hear, although the more raw qualities of a band performing on the radio are definitely evident here, how polished the band sounds in these recordings. The early, more guitar-centered songs like "Super-Electric" and "Laissez Faire" sound great, but it's the songs from the "Emperor Tomato Ketchup" and "Sound-Dust" eras that are most fun and revelatory to hear in this 'live' setting. The inclusion of some very good songs that you probably haven't heard anywhere else before ("Moogie Wonderland" and the awesome "Heavy Denim") makes 'ABC Music' an essential buy for Stereolab fans--even though they'll already have the studio versions of most of these songs. God, I sound like I'm working for Amazon.com, but it really is worth getting. I have found myself preferring the songs from "Sound-Dust" on this compilation better than the ones on the actual record.

We'll miss you, Mary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Make that 3.5.... April 27, 2003
By skytwo
Format:Audio CD
I'm surprised that there haven't been more reviews of this album. Stereolab's first release in quite a while is more in line with their 'Switched On' series than their studio releases (NOTE: this is not a new studio album), so it's tough to know who to recommend it to. If you're a little turned off by their electronic shenanigans, then it's a great opportunity to hear a more stripped-down Stereolab relying more on their instruments to make their sound. If, like me, you're thrilled with their more polished and eclectic works, this might be a bit of a letdown. Nevertheless, it's two discs of solid pop tracks that include some new versions of their best songs. For fans, it's a must-have (natch), but it might not be the best introduction for newcomers. That said, if you like them more live than you do on CD, then this is the Stereolab album for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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It has taken me a long time to get round to really connecting with this double CD workproduct from the famed Franco-British synthetic pop-music agitprop alternorock band. Ever since catching them live about ten years ago, I've considered them one of my favorite bands. I mean the live sound was so good that although I had long outgrown my penchant for ingesting mind altering substances, I caught myself longing for something really good to better enjoy the sound with AND even though I left that concert thinking it was one of the dem finest concert experiences I'd ever had--and I've attended dozens and dozens, of 'em--I still to this day wish I'd been there on a different plane of consciousness. It was just an indescribably good time. Having said that, I subsequently acquired three or four of their efforts, King Tomato Ketchup, Dot and Loops, Space Age Bachelor Music and perhaps another but they all got a couple of plays and then gathered dust. I got this double CD more from wishful thinking than from any expectations of taking aural pleasure from it. My first couple of play throughs more or less confirmed my worst expectations: just another another semi-repetitious Stereolab album with a few good bits, I thought. Then, about a year later for no reason or any reason at all I gave it another chance, by chance and you know what? It came alive for me. I have to say that this comp. of synthetic mongopopular radio frequency stage happiness is really quite good, and complete and definitely worth a purchase. If you've never heard Stereolab listen to the sample tracks above, I'm sure that they will give one a good idea of what they sound like. The music is kind of dreamy kind of funky kind of hokey kind of thoughtful kind of happy and often kind of demmed good. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Studio Sounding Live Cd November 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you're a Stereolab fan then this is an outstanding double disc of "live" John Peel session cuts featuring for the most part cuts from Switched On, Peng, Emperor Tomato Ketchup and Mars Audio Quintet. Probably the most interesting aspect of the cd is that it sounds more like an alternative studion cuts compilation than it does a live cd and in fact unless you know beforehand that the cuts are indeed live you'd really have no idea. Definitely worth picking up even if you own most of the original releases.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous May 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This collection of live sessions from BBC Radio 1 is a fantastic retrospective of Stereolab's work from 1991-2001. They sound great throughout this two disc collection. Particular highlights for me include the extended jam on Metronomic Underground and, one of my favorite tracks from any group, Cybele's Reverie. If you are new to Stereolab, this is a great collection to give you a remedial course in their work throughout the 90's, while long time fans will surely enjoy these live recordings of old favorites. Clocking in with over two hours music, this is a good deal as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are searching for Stereolab, you need this. February 12, 2003
By OSUTeke
Format:Audio CD
If you are searching for Stereolab, this is the release you need. 2 CD set is excellent. It is not like hearing them live but it is not as polished as a studio album either. It is an essential addition to any long time fan's collection and serves as a very good introduction to the Groop for anyone just discovering this awesome band.
Mary R.I.P.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridgework
I'm not a Stereolab guru, I've only been listening to them a couple of years or so but I think this album is a good starter for a couple of reasons. Read more
Published on October 23, 2009 by C. L. Messina
5.0 out of 5 stars music
Awesome cd has cool cuts that are rare and if your a long time fan of the groop this will add to your collection.
Published on April 22, 2009 by Arthur R. Padilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Great Music
This is my personal favorite Stereolab album, and the one that introduced me to what a great band they really are. Read more
Published on January 2, 2009 by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a live CD(sort of...)
It hits me as ironic that this live BBC CD is so "happy" in tone,and yet one of Stereolab's members just passed-away. Read more
Published on August 21, 2003 by Barry P. S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Buenisimo
Acabo de recibir este trabajo que esta estupendamente maravilloso, Letitia alcanza un nivel maximo con su banda y logra emitir esa energia pura que tiene! Read more
Published on July 18, 2003 by Tohuko
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Stereolab!
This is now my favorite Stereolab album! Fans of Stereolab will love this! For folks new to Stereolab, this is a great place to start! Read more
Published on July 12, 2003 by Swordfish
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece
simply.. incredible. this version of les yper sound is amazing. can't stop listening to it.
Published on April 14, 2003 by Tyler Rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars We'll miss you Mary Hansen
This collection comes out around the time Stereolab fans are getting the sad news of Mary Hansen's death. But these cd's serve as a wonderful tribute. Read more
Published on January 2, 2003
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