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Continental (Deluxe Edition) (Incl. Bonus Disc) [Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered]

Saint EtienneAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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“When I was ten, I wanted to explore the world.”

Pop begins here.

In a bedroom in the North, the South, the East or the West, softly-lit thanks to the scarf thrown across the lamp – just like Bolan’s, or Bowie’s, or Agnetha’s, or Kylie’s. It comes through headphones black and bulky, or small and cushioned. Down the canal to the drum, the ... Read more in Amazon's Saint Etienne Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 12, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B0020FQTS0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Shad Thames - Saint Etienne, Gerard Johnson
2. Burnt Out Car - Saint Etienne, Mat Gray
3. Sometimes In Winter - Saint Etienne, Ian Catt
4. Winter Melody - Saint Etienne, The Psychonauts
5. Public Information Film - Saint Etienne, Ian Catt
6. The Process - Saint Etienne, Ian Catt
7. He's On The Phone - Saint Etienne
8. Stormtrooper In Drag - Brian Higgins, Saint Etienne
9. Star - Ian Catt, Saint Etienne
10. Down By The Sea - Saint Etienne, Gerard Johnson
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Accident - Saint Etienne
2. Is It True - Saint Etienne, Ian Catt
3. Where Did Our Love Go - Saint Etienne, Ian Catt
4. Groveley Road - Ian Catt, Saint Etienne
5. How I Learned To Love The Bomb - Saint Etienne, Ian Catt
6. Postal Interlude - Saint Etienne, Ian Catt
7. Can't Stop Now - Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Mark Waterfield
8. Under Her Spell - Saint Etienne, Sarah Cracknell, Mark Waterfield
9. Saturday - Saint Etienne, Ian Catt, Fugu
10. Suburban Autumn Lieutenant - Saint Etienne, Ian Catt
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Continental was a Japanese only compilation of Saint Etienne's non-album singles, cover versions and new material that was recorded in 1996-97 inbetween working on other projects.

The album, which features 'He's On The Phone', their biggest ever hit single, now receives it's first ever release outside of Japan and has been remastered and expanded to 2 discs, including 4 previously unreleased tracks.

The release is packaged in the luxurious Deluxe Edition style and comes with a booklet packed with brand new sleevenotes, images and memorabilia.

Customer Reviews

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Etienne Gonna Die March 16, 2000
By Anon.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a diehard Saint Etienne fan I bought this Japanese import CD thinking it would be, as Mr Simon Brayley claims, merely an `odds-and-sods' collection which I needed to purchase primarily for the tracks (seven out of thirteen) that I did not already possess in various other guises (EPs and compilations). What surprised me about the collection is how seamless it is. Indeed, alongside their first _Foxbase Alpha_ it is their most beautifully constructed album. (Compare this to both the UK and US versions of _Tiger Bay_ which, for all its good tracks, is structurally random and diffuse. I suspected, at the time, that it was the result of a rift between the boys and Sarah. The subsequent - and, thankfully, brief - split up of the band seemed to validate this impression.) The brilliant sequencing of tracks on _Continental_ breathes new life into previously released material. For example, the instrumental "Winter Melody" (which is titled "Sometimes in Winter" on _Casino Classics_) is preceded here by the ballad "Sometimes in Winter" and the combination of songs brings added depth to each track. In particular, the mood of - how to put it? - defiant melancholy that was already latent in the instrumental is here brought to the fore by the way it comes to extend the fierce sadness on display in the track that precedes it. In other words, the latter (and its refrain "Sometimes in winter/Love can go astray") comes to reverberate in the former. We retain the memory of Sarah's plaintive vocal as "Winter Melody" loses itself in the snowstorm. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, one of their best September 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a fine CD from Saint Etienne, one of the most underrated, artistic and expressive pop groups out there. This album, which came out only in Japan in 1997, shows the impressive versatilty of this band. Sarah's voice doesn't get much better than this. Even when she hums on "Shad Thames," it's sexy. The two-part "Down by the Sea" and "The Sea" is a hypnotic merger of simple lyrics and ethereal musical arrangements...a masterpiece in its own way. "Lonesome" is the kind of song that when you hear it, you simply cannot understand why it wasn't a hit. It has a kind of pop emotion. And they cover a lesser known Gary Numan song, "Stormtrooper in Drag." Get out your dancing shoes for that one. Even the one minute long "Public Information Film" has a certain pleasantry about it. This includes "He's On the Phone," which is a fairly well-known song among the band's fans. I know the price may be a little steep for a CD but if you need to eat macaroni and cheese for a week to buy should. This is HIGHLY recommended listening.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sometimes blonde anthologies do have more fun February 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was excited to find this import, and I purchased it basically for one track: "Stormtrooper in Drag." This ear-opener was the only worthwhile cover on the misguided Gary Numan tribute, "Random" (Numan deserved much better than the lackluster by-the-numbers imitations assembled there); but I didn't think it existed on a Saint Etienne album. So when I saw "Stormtrooper in Drag" on the tracklist of "Continental" I got it right away. This song is addictive, a high-octane energy blast. Saint Etienne takes Numan's Most Psychotic Song Ever (was he watching Visconti's "The Damned" on a bad trip?) to the club floor and dances all over it in stiletto heels. How pleased I was to also discover that the rest of "Continental" (a Japanese anthology of Saint Etienne's non-album tracks) is pretty great, ranking with "Good Humor" and "Sound of Water" as one of their best. What's appealing about "Continental" is its eclectic tour of electronica styles. "Shad Thames" is an Enofied near-instrumental, "Down By the Sea" ventures into Roni Size drum'n-bass territory, and "Angel" tries on Portishead's atmospherics, replete with simulated scratchy vinyl-lp noises. But through it all, Saint Etienne remains true to its own carefully crafted, slightly ethereal sound on the catchy tracks "Burnt Out Car," "Sometimes in Winter," "Lonesome," and the lump-in-the-throat-inducing "He's On the Phone." That last number has a big, driving chorus that may surprise listeners who wanted to write off Sarah Cracknell as queen of the la-la-la's. But I've always appreciated her earthy, as well as her airy, side. She's like the neighborhood librarian who gets sexy and wild when she goes out to a club. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and classy St. Etienne melodies and hooks December 24, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Once again, US fans are deprived of some fine music with this Japan-only release. This title is rather difficult to find retail (but Amazon's got it!!) but it is well worth the price.
With this title, Saint Etienne further confirms its status as the finest pop band in the world. "Continental" opens with the wonderful instrumental "Shad Thames". I find it amazing that this band, along with only a handful of others (such as the B-52s) never shy away from including instrumentals on their releases. "Shad Thames" simply flows directly to that part of one's brain that says, "gee, I could listen to this over and over"
As on "Tiger Bay" Saint Etienne leaves the mixing for most of the songs on this album to other folks not perhaps directly involved with the band and the results are sweet, sweet, sweet. Some fans may notice that a few tracks (Burnt Out Car, Down by the Sea, Winter Melody) have been culled from the prior compilation "Casino Classics". But "Continental" is well worth one's time and money to purchase (heck, the liner notes are worth it!!). In fact, this CD would be a great way to introduce someone to this band. With the slower paced tracks such as "Sometimes in Winter" and my personal favorite "The Process", Saint Etienne shows pop can be sophisticated. The euro-fave, "He's on the Phone" is also included. I simply can't see anyone NOT being hooked after one listen to this tune.
The Gary Numan-penned, "Stormtrooper in Drag" from the Numan tribute "Random" is also included. With extra lyrics and a driving beat, one can just see any dance floor filling up with this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Saint Etienne - Continental
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... Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by scoundrel
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a "Deluxe Edition"
"Continental" Deluxe Edition is a beautifully packaged in a slipcase with a 4 fold digipak with in depth liner notes and two cd's. Read more
Published on October 24, 2009 by Unquiet American
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but...
I find that after about the first 8 tracks or so I never want to listen to the rest of the cd. Don't get me wrong, I think the cd is a definite must have, but I find that it... Read more
Published on August 5, 2003 by sgwhite
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH EVERY CENT
Of course, here in Switzerland hole, there's absolutely no-one who knows this gifted group, and at some level I'm more happy, since it's more personal. Read more
Published on June 7, 2000 by rickshayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This cd is worth the price alone for "Star," "Stormtrooper" and "He's On the Phone." (Also good is "Lonesome). Read more
Published on May 4, 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars A musical stop-gap between "Tiger Bay" and "Good...
"Continental" contains a couple of gems, notably the ballads "Sometimes In Winter" and "Lonesome" but only half the tracks are unavailable elswhere. Read more
Published on October 24, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars THEIR BEST ALBUM
Simply one of the best record that ever been made, songs that Lonesome (with Sarahs smooth voice in perfect harmony). Star (THEIR BEST SONG EVER). Read more
Published on July 9, 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars A good transition from "Tiger Bay" to "Good...
Continental marks the distinct line between Tiger Bay and Good Humour and is a good catch-all for Saint Etienne sound. Read more
Published on March 13, 1999 by Daniel Headrick
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