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  • Vinyl (June 12, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B007RX3294
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tone Burst
2. Our Trinitone Blast
3. Pack Yr Romantic Mind
4. I'm Going Out of My Way
5. Golden Ball
6. Pause
Disc: 2
1. Jenny Ondioline
2. Analogue Rock
3. Crest
4. Lock-Groove Lullaby

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Double vinyl LP pressing of this 1993 album from the Indie/Post-Rock band. Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements is Stereolab's breakthrough album, their major label debut, and one of the most innovative releases of the 1990s, a musical decade signified by breaking down artistic barriers. Originally released in August 1993, Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements builds on the promise of the band's early releases Switched On and Peng! by expanding the scope of their highly distinctive mix of one-chord Krautrock grooves, distorted vintage keyboard noise and Euro-pop. Adding touches of '50s and '60s easy listening, exotica and space-age sounds as well as samba and French pop, Stereolab did more than any group in the modern rock era to expand the language of art music by incorporating styles left for dead by the serious rock community.

Customer Reviews

My favorite track is JENNY ONDIOLINE, an 18 minute song that includes enough ideas for a whole album.
S. Finefrock
They are as noisy as Sonic Youth with huge freakin amps pumping out distorted guitars and old analog synths stuttering out tunes that sound like construction work.
Andrew Suber
Stereolab can certainly be considered a part of the evolution of electronic techniques into mainstream music.
Lloyd

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Someday rock fans will look back on 1993 and shake their heads in wonder. Over the course of just a few months during that spring, what I and many others feel are Stereolab's two finest albums were released: "The Groop Played 'Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music'" and this one. Astonishingly, Stereolab rush-recorded "Transient Random Noise Bursts with Announcements" in a matter of weeks, under pressure from their label, Elektra, who wanted to put out their U.S. debut ASAP. No amount of superlatives will prepare you for this masterpiece: a true ALBUM, one that demands the listener follow it all the way through, like a great novel you can't put down. It's an album of many moods, of soaring chants and harmonies, with inscrutable lyrics, beeps, scratches and pops layered on top of one another, and synthesizers brimming with soul. It's trite and perhaps useless to summarize it as the "Pet Sounds" for the 1990s, but I just did.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By tjs001 on June 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I bought this after reading an article in "Record Collector" (UK) in which it was described as a classic. As the group (groop!) sounded fascinating I took a chance on it. Well, now I've got all their albums, haven't I! This, however, is the one I'd keep if I could have only one. It's their most challenging and daring CD.
Since this album, slowly but surely, Tim Gane has become infatuated with Brazilian music (if I hear another song full of 'ba de daps' I'll probably throw up). Here, the drone aspects (Velvets and, apparently, Neu) were more dominant. 'Jenny Ondioline' is fantastic and my favourite Stereolab track.
The band has gone past this phase and will not return. That's fair enough. I've still got this CD, though, and they're not getting it back!
Oh, by the way, I saw them live recently and I think I'm in love with Laetitia Sadier!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By loctgruv on August 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This was Stereolab at its peak. A synthesis of sexy 60's pop culture noise, Neu-esque drone rock, and Jean Jacques Perrey's space age pop, with a 90's indie rock bend. This cd was my intro to stereolab in 1993 and it is their most memorable and rewarding in the end.

"Tone Burst" is a perfect example of a kind of cheeky 60's french pop thing with its droney vintage analog bleeps and Laetitia Sadier's sexy vocals gliding over the background in a manner that even touches upon "The Gift" by the VU. " Pack Yr Romantic mind" has that bossa thing going on for the first time in Stereolab's sound. "Im going out of my way" is an upbeat 60's rave up that ends with this cool experimental analog noise. "Jenny ondioline" is like a homage to NEU! clocking around 17 minutes of Sonic Youth-y, shoegazer-ish drone rock. If you can find it, there is a limited edition single for Jenny Ondioline that has a 3:51 edit of Jenny O and 3 rockin B-sides, most notably "French Disko", which later appeared in another version on Switched on Vol 2 on Drag City Records.

Any way you look at it this period of Sterolab was my favorite, and this cd is a great introduction to Sterolab's genius. It may even be the best, most consistent snapshot we'll ever see from Stereolab.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "abuttons" on September 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Though the groop has had a remarkably consistent recording career, this is definately their best. See, most Stereolab albums have 2 or 3 songs (if not more) that range from merely ok to unworthy, but only "Pause" from this album could be in that category, and even then it works on one occasion very well. It closes the first half of the album off as a kind of breather for the 18-minute extravaganza of "Jenny Ondioline," one of Stereolab's greatest achievements. All the other tracks on the album are great, though, and a few ("Tone Burst", "Pack Yr Romantic Mind", "I'm Going Out of My Way") are classics.
Stereolab wouldn't make another album like this, probably because it simply was the culmination of their early phase. They couldn't have added anything to this in future releases, so smartly the band moved closer to pop on "Mars Audiac Quintet". Still, "Transient Random Noise bursts With Announcements" remains Stereolab's finest album statement, and one of the most important albums of the '90s.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. R Robertson on March 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Heard alot about this great band, but never dove into them until I got this record. It's the perfect combination between Sonic Youth-style alternative rock and any electronics-lead groove band high on the keyboards. It shifts between My Bloody Valentine-esque emotional oubursts like "Tone Burst" and "Lock Groove Lullaby" and "Our Trinitone Blast", amazing complex noisy epics ("Jenny Ondioline", an 18 minute plus classic), slightly poppy beuats ("Pack Yr. Romatic Mind" is a beautiful French-flavored samba, "I'm Going Out Of My Way" is peppy and catchy in the more accessible Stereolab fashion) and various experiments between repetitive Kraftwerk-style krautrock ("Analogue Rock") and emotive drifters with a a transcendental Brian Eno minimalist touch ("Pause"). But forget all that pretentious mumbo jumbo I just said. Simply put, this is a great record; Stereolab are one of those bands that can be both pop catchy/radio friendly and experimentally quirky, which often works against them cause their lush pop sounds are often too weird for the masses. I don't think they've ever gotten above underground cult status, and now they're devoted totally to being experimental. But nevermind that. With spring upon us now and summer on the way, this is an awesome record to play on those existential road trips and chill hangout sessions.
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