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Casino Classics Import

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Import only double-disc pressing of their remix compilation. Saint Etienne has always been receptive to electronic music, and their openness has served them quite well. Casino Classics, a collection of remixes, shows how forward-thinking they've been since the beginning of their career. While several mixes (Secret Knowledge, David Holmes, Underworld) are aimed squarely for the progressive house dancefloor - an indication more of when this album came out than of individual taste - there are plenty of surprises. Though the first disc features mostly previously released mixes, there are still plenty of treasures. Dub fans can go to the Aloof's mix of 'Speedwell' or Andrew Weatherall's epic mix of 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart'. The Aphex Twin is also represented in all his clanging abstract glory with his landmark remix of 'Who Do You Think You Are'. The second disc features mostly new mixes, and there are some doozies. The dancefloor breaks of Way Out West's take on 'Angel' shows them at their peak, while dirty funk erupts from Monkey Mafia's 'Filthy' and Death in Vegas' 'People Get Real'. But the real gems are PFM's gorgeous and atmospheric drum `n' bass on 'The Sea' and Broadcast's angular version of 'Angel'--classics that hit the jackpot every time. BMG.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Like A Motorway - Chemical Brothers
  2. Join Our Club - Billy Nasty
  3. Pale Movie - Secret Knowledge
  4. Speedwell - The Aloof
  5. Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Andrew Weatherall
  6. Who Do You Think You Are - Aphex Twins
  7. Avenue - Gordon King
  8. Hug My Soul - Sure Is Pure
  9. Like A Motorway - David Holmes
  10. Angel - Way Out West
  11. Filthy - Monkey Mafia
  12. People Get Real - Death In Vegas
  13. Nothing Can Stop Us - Lionrock
  14. Sometimes In Winter - Psychonauts
  15. The Sea - PFM
  16. Burnt Out Car - Balearico
  17. Hes On The Phone - Primax
  18. Cool Kids Of Death - Underworld
  19. Angel - Broadcast


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 25, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Heavenly
  • ASIN: B000066HEE
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A. D. Gould on January 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Having been a fan of Saint Etienne pretty since first hearing the joyous "I was born in Christmas day" in 1993, I was eagerly anticipating the release of this foray into the electronic world. Saint Etienne have always been receptive to electronic music, and indeed some of their finest moments have been at the hands of the remixer, including "Sylvie" (Trouser Enthusiasts remix), "He's on the phone" (Motiv 8 mix) etc. The ambitious "Casino classics" features some very high profile remixes of classic Saint Etienne tracks by contemporary dance producers. Originally released in 1996, it was commissioned and issued on the back of the success of the group's first forays into the electronic arena, and tracks such as "Pale movie" and "Like a motorway" really opened up this genre-straddling ensemble to a wider audience.

CD1 begins with the rather lacklustre Chemical Brothers remix of the dark and brooding "Like a motorway", one of Saint Etienne's finest moments. Unfortunately the Bros have seen fit to omit the melancholy vocal, rendering the original far superior to this interpretation.

The Billy Nasty mix of "Pale movie" is up next and again 'pales' in comparison to the soaring, uplifting original. A techno-electro affair, it fails to do justice to this timeless 1994 single.

The Aloof's mellow remix of "Speedwell" is a significant improvement upon the last two remixes, and indeed showcases The Aloof's immense talent as ambient/trip hop producers and remixers.

Next up is one of the highlights of the entire Saint Etienne's back catalogue in the shape of "Only love can break your heart". Andrew Weatherall's mix of two halves is an amazing aural affair, the vocals of which do not actual kick in until the sixth or seventh minute of the track.
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I own all of the albums including the two Japan-only releases. They are all great pop albums, the best two being Good Humor, and The Sound of Water. SubPop somehow brought the best out of this trailblazing trio. All Casino Classics does is gather together a bunch of cheesy techno dance remixes by "trendy" DJs that have no clue at all. Not all SE fans want to hear dorky dance remixes. Buy any Saint Etienne but this one, and you will be rewarded.
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Some of the remixes will only be appreciated by hardcore Saint Etienne fans like myself. Others should be played nightly in clubs across the globe (e.g. Burnt Out Car, He's on the Phone). Sexy-Fun.
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