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Stereo Total

Stereo TotalAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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By now introducing Stereo Total maybe unnecessary. The German/French Duo, comprising of Françoise Cactus and Brezel Göring, have been playing underground electropop songs since the mid‐90s – and that not just in a French accent, but also in several languages. Most recently they have released a Stereo ... Read more in Amazon's Stereo Total Store

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  • Audio CD (November 3, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bobsled Records
  • ASIN: B00000DFHA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Traveller In The Desert - Linda Hirst
2. Imperious Gestures / The General's Aria - Linda Hirst
3. Last Moves / Chao Tun's Letter Scene - Linda Hirst
4. Lamento / Interlude - Linda Hirst
5. Song Of The Hermit, Under Turtle Mountain - Linda Hirst
6. The Consolations Of Scholarship - Linda Hirst
7. A Shining Immortal - Linda Hirst
8. Interpretation Scene - Linda Hirst
9. The Chase To The Palace / The Emperor's Decree - Linda Hirst
10. Kyrie - Nick Herrett
11. Gloria - Nick Herrett
12. Credo - Nick Herrett
13. Sanctus - Nick Herrett
14. Benedictus - Nick Herrett
15. Agnus Dei - Nick Herrett
16. Harald / Fanfare / Tostig - Jane Manning
17. St Olaf / Harald / Harald's Wives - Jane Manning
18. The Norweigan Army / Messenger / Soldiers - Jane Manning
19. Icelandic Sage - Jane Manning

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Compilation! May 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album is a compilation of Stereo Total's first two albums which are not available in the US. I have no idea why somebody decided to have a compilation. The order of the songs on the compilation is a little bit funny, too - but one shouldn't complain about such a great CD, right?
Stereo Total are from Berlin, Germany. Their music is a mix of German trash pop, French chanson, American rock'n'roll and whatever else you want to mention. This album contains cover versions of songs by Serge Gainsbourgh and Salt'n'Peppa - from that you can guess how crazy the result must be. I remember I saw Stereo Total live in Boston. People were confused about the European sounding stuff (does anybody know Harpo's "Moviestar" in the US?) and they were freaking out when they did "Get Down Tonight". Everybody had smiles on their faces. And if you buy this album, you'll have a smile on your face, too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only if you can't afford the imports May 10, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This is a collection of MOST of the songs from the first two albums--Oh Ah, and Monokini--and is great if you're on a budget, but you do miss out on some of the best songs, so keep an eye out for a good price on the imports. Still you can't go wrong, this is great stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous July 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard this CD I was in this "hip" clothing/shoe store in San Francisco. Everyone in the place was commenting on how fabulous the sounds were...and they are. It's definitely a "feel good" CD in German/French/Japanese.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This really has one of those... foreign pop feels. You'll know what I'm talking about if you've ever listened to the Sugarcubes (or Björk), Cibo Matto, or Pizzicato Five. Cute stuff though, really gets those toes tapping. It's really best that you know at least snippets one or more of the following, however: French, Japanese, or German. They really have the language thing down. It's quite obvious that they're not Japanese... the accent is really strong. I would say they're German... but they pronounce French fairly well.
Buy it if you've got the dough to spare.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Green Andy Reviews: Stereo Total - Stereo Total October 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This CD is a slightly reorganized version of their 1995 debut for Bungalow Records, OH AH. It's more or less the same album, just missing one or two songs and adding one or two others. Since it was all recorded around the same time, I'm treating this as if it was effectively their first album, which it effectively is. And my advice to you is that if you're going to be a Stereo Total completist, which I ultimately plan to be myself, then you're probably best starting off with this album, because otherwise it's going to sound pretty dismal in comparison.

To explain, the first album I bought from Stereo Total was their 1999 record MY MELODY, and by that point the band's sound was much more together, and they've only improved from that point onward. (In particular, I recommend their 2001 release MUSIQUE AUTOMATIQUE if you really want to wow the crowd at your next party.) It was only at this point that I went backwards and picked up Stereo Total, which I found on the used CD shelf, and to call it a step backwards is giving it far too much praise. The band's jaunty, overly hip mix of electro pop, French pop, German pop and several other types of pop is in very much nascent form on this record, and while their attitude is more or less the same, they're much more of a sloppy rock band at this point, with messy lo-fi production that doesn't add to the songs, but rather takes away from their sense of fun a bit. You can hear the beginnings of their Serge Gainsbourg theft on "Moviestar" and their inchings towards effective Europop on "Ach Ach Liebling", but it's all a pale shadow of what they'd achieve with their very next album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some Good Songs in French, German, Italian October 17, 2002
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While on a first listen, the unusual sounds from this album may put you off, the songs are still basically pop songs with catchy hooks and a traditional structure. I heard "Schön von hinten" on the radio and it was very catchy, leading me to buy the album.
They sing in English, German, Italian, French, and Japanese, with some songs originals and some adapted cover versions. Their "Get Down Tonight" is a cover of the KC & the Sunshine Band song which sounds better than the original, with much more frenetic energy, and "Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M'En Vais" is a cover of the classic Gainsbourg song. However, many of the songs are only mediocre, such as "Ach Ach Liebling," a cover of the Francoise Hardy song "Oh Oh Cheri." Overall, the album seems less polished than their later album "My Melody."
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