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Foxbase Alpha (Deluxe Edition) (Incl. Bonus CD) [Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered]

Saint EtienneAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 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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  • Audio CD (May 12, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B0020FQTRQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. This Is Radio Etienne
2. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
3. Wilson
4. Carnt Sleep
5. Girl VII
6. Spring
7. She's The One
8. Stoned To Say The Least
9. Nothing Can Stop Us
10. Etienne Gonna Die
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Kiss And Make Up
2. Filthy
3. Chase HQ
4. Sally Space
5. The Reckoning
6. Speedwell
7. Parliament Hill
8. People Get Real
9. Sweet Pea
10. Winter In America
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Foxbase Alpha is Saint Etienne's debut album.

Released in 1991 it was nominated for the inaugural Mercury Music Prize (won by Primal Scream) and is now cited as one of the classic albums of the era. The album is home to the timeless 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' (the best ever cover version?!) and 'Nothing Can Stop Us'.

The album has now been remastered with a second disc featuring b-sides, mixes and five previously unreleased tracks. The album is luxuriously packaged in the Universal Deluxe Edition style and comes with a booklet packed with brand new sleevenotes, images and memorabilia.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nine years ago, a legend was born. January 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is what started it all. From album to album, the trio of Saint Etienne change musically like a chameleon changes its colors - and each change can be appreciated in a different way. There's something special about Foxbase Alpha, though. Sure it's a little rough around the edges (not having the help of the mixers from albums like Tiger Bay and Continental), but this album has a warmth all its own - a sort of timelessness, if you will. Some of the songs on the album are achievements that the Etienne have yet to top. 'Nothing Can Stop Us' is an amazing song, and it WILL put you in a good mood, no question. 'London Belongs To Me' washes you away in a dreamy sea of gentle vocals and synths. And of course, there's 'Spring', an utterly charming and innocent number. Those are my favorites, but I haven't even mentioned their outstanding covers - 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' by Neil Young, 'Kiss And Make Up' by the Field Mice... I could go on and on.
I love all of Saint Etienne's albums, and I appreciate each of them for what they are - it takes guts to make a pop record one year and a techno one the next, at the risk of seriously alienating some fans. Foxbase Alpha, though, is on a pedestal in my heart. Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs, and Sarah Cracknell may have gone on from here to explore newer, stranger, and wilder sonic frontiers, but this, their first foray into music, is simply magical.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eccentric, lovely dance-pop brilliance December 15, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Now that the 90's have come to a close, this album still stands as one of my Top 25 albums of the decade. This debut album is a brilliant, quirky blend of dance and techno sensibility combined with 60's retro pop melodies with lots of odd noodlings and samplings thrown in between. Saint Etienne still haven't bettered this album to date. Sarah Cracknell's like-honey vocals are sensuous and sincere, harkening back to the such 60's songstresses like Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and Diana Ross. Instrumentalists Stanley and Wiggs' clever and masterful arrangements prove that they are electronica innovators in their own right. Listen for the odd vignettes "Etienne Gonna Die" (composed entirely of a snippet of dialogue from the film "House of Games" backed by menacing tribal-jungle percussion) and the psychotic "Wilson".
Standouts are "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" (a classy club rendition of Neil Young's song), "Spring" , She's the One", "People Get Real" (my all-time favorite Etienne song), "Stoned to Say the Least" (ambient-dance bliss), "Nothing Can Stop Us" and "Kiss and Make Up".
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly Improved July 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you own the original copy of this CD already as I do, you'll hear the album greatly improved by the remastering. The extra tracks are good, nothing that will change your life, but a nice little bonus. Wait for the price to drop below $20 though. It's a bit expensive for an album that's been around for so long.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect September 25, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This has to go down in pop music history as one of the best debut albums ever. 5 stars for the album, but thumbs down for the price. Why so expensive?!?! I've been ordering my British stuff from Amazon.UK because it's usually cheaper and it's just kinda' cool to get it from England. In fact, for a solid $20, you can get this from the UK.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative August 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Saint Etienne's debut is brilliant. The music, is mainly a blend of house, hop-hop and classic 60's pop, but many other styles are added to the mix. The vocals (in almost all of the songs, by Sarah Cracknell) are breezy and sensual. Songs like "Spring", "Nothing Can Stop Us" or "She's the One" are catchy, beautifully constructed pop gems. But this album's strongest point is definitely its power to congure up images of places and times, lost sceneries we'd wish (or dream) to be part of. Some tracks, like Wilson or Etienne Gonna die (as well as other non-proper songs consisting mostly of spoken samples) may become a little tedious and feel too long, but serve to the purpose of leaving the listener in a confused, unattentive state to be pleasantly broken by another lovely song. I definitely recommend this album and rate it among the top five of the 90's.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have a huge crush on this band! April 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was beginning to lose hope that there were any artists left out there who could inspire in me a manic fever to hear every single note they have ever produced. And then there was Saint Etienne!

I became an Etienne fan in a very roundabout way. I happened to buy a copy of Sarah's solo EP, Kelly's Locker. I loved it on first listen. I found her full length album and loved that, too. But where could I go from there? According to, Saint Etienne was the answer!

After buying every Etienne CD I could get my hands on, I sat back and only listened to them casually for awhile. I was a little overwhelmed, as I had just purchased 5 CDs from them and didn't quite know where to start. Well, I ended up starting with Smash the System, which showed me that I needed to catch up on early Etienne! (All the CDs I'd bought were Good Humor and later) I got Foxbase Alpha on Ebay and I love it. There's nothing quite like listening to the early beginnings of a great band and seeing how they got where they are today.

This album isn't their best, but it is a great start. Their cover of "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" will not allow you to sit still (and I admit that at first I was puzzled as to why Sarah's voice sounded so different; should have figured the answer was as simple as a different singer!). I loved this song before I got this album, but now it just doesn't sound right to me unless it is preceded by "This is Radio Etienne". "Carn't Sleep" and "Spring" are both glorious pop songs with two very different moods: one is about missing a lost love, one is very hopefull that love will find its way to her. "Girl VII" has an incredible guitar sound. "She's the One" is a trippy little song that turns the title into an accusation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fox Base Alpha - Deluxe Edition
I'm a fairly new Saint Etienne fan. I first started listening to them around 2008. However, I've heard enough of their music already that I have good memories attached to a lot... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ian Stajduhar
4.0 out of 5 stars not to everyone taste by any means
But this is an old album with found memories for me so it's gets 4 stars
Most people my age will likely know at least 1 track from it
Published 2 months ago by david in CA
4.0 out of 5 stars nice album
this album has a lot of very cool music. great beat and you can dance to it, i give it a 4
Published 3 months ago by M. Perla
5.0 out of 5 stars "A cigarette, a bun, a cup of tea....."
I've been a Saint Etienne fan for little over 16 years, "Fox Basa Alpha" album is what started St Etienne's musical journey for me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fidel Garibay
5.0 out of 5 stars Saint Etienne - Foxbase Alpha
Saint Etienne's first album, FOXBASE ALPHA, rightfully set the standard for pop music. In a world where "pop music" is seen as somehow substandard, Saint Etienne proves the critics... Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by scoundrel
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
This brought back memories that I had forgotten about. A great set of tunes although pricey...
Published on August 23, 2010 by The Old Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Re-Buying
I was a bit skeptical at first about buying this, I did not think that the album was old enough yet to warrant a re-issue. Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by Ryan Mcnally
4.0 out of 5 stars You're too young to be a fool in love
The Summer of 1992 holds such visceral memories for me. Clinton played the sax on Arensio Hall. Kelly went after Dylan on 90210. Read more
Published on January 10, 2009 by Damon L. Jacobs
4.0 out of 5 stars Sunny electro dance Brit pop.
In the beginning Saint Etienne was just two men, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs. They produced a few singles (tracks 2, 13, and 10, in that order), with various personnel doing the... Read more
Published on November 4, 2006 by Tony Breed
5.0 out of 5 stars Saint Etienne and Death metal
I've mostly listened to "So Tough" back in 94 and this is excellent early electro pop music and I still like it a lot. Read more
Published on July 29, 2006 by L. GUILLAUME
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