Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay (2019 25th Anniversary Box Set)
Box set contains: 2xLPs, a 12", a CD, a booklet and ephemera
To mark its 25th anniversary, here is a very special box set of one of Saint Etienne's most critically-acclaimed albums, 'Tiger Bay'. The lovingly-put-together box will be released via Heavenly Recordings.
The lavish set included a vinyl version of the original album in gatefold sleeve cut at 45rpm over two discs, a 12-track vinyl compilation of rarities and demos, 'Tiger Bay – Remains of The Day', 'Tiger Bay – Tapestry', a 13 track CD album of ‘stripped-back’ versions and unreleased arrangements, taken from original master tapes and - compiled by Pete Wiggs - a 28-page booklet featuring a wealth of unseen photographs and an essay about the making of the album, a 12” x24” reproduction of the original album poster and a reproduction of the original press release and biography from 1994.
A ground-breaking blend of electronica and orchestration with traditional folk melodies, 'Tiger Bay', their third studio album, was originally released on 28th February 1994, also on Heavenly.
Self-produced by the band and engineered by long-time collaborator Ian Catt, the album also features input from Underworld’s Rick Smith, orchestral arrangements by renowned composer David Whitaker (Serge Gainsbourg, Marianne Faithfull, Air) and vocal contributions from Shara Nelson and Stephen Duffy amongst others.
Saint Etienne set themselves a bold challenge for their third album. No more records about London; no more samples – of music they loved, or snippets of film dialogue between tracks. They would change the genes of their music, swapping the helix of Madchester meets Swinging London meets indiepop for one in which Belgian techno was spliced with folk music.
'Tiger Bay' was intended to be nothing less than the sound of folk music reimagined for the last years of the 20th century and their brilliant reinvention of folk rock for the electronic age might not have resulted in an invitation to headline Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, but it gave them their best album yet.
But within months of 'Tiger Bay’s release, British independent music had changed direction abruptly, as Britpop instead came to mean guitar bands in Fred Perry, lads with Weller haircuts, unremarkable singers of both sexes proclaiming their will to greatness, despite the complete absence of evidence to support their boasts. And so 'Tiger Bay' slipped beneath the sands, neither an indelible hit nor a memorable flop. But that gives it a staying power, perhaps, that its predecessors lack: it doesn’t sound of its moment in the same way 'Foxbase Alpha' and 'So Tough' do. It sounds as if Saint Etienne had finally broken free of pop time, to create something that floated above pop trends, borrowing and squeezing together elements that should never have blended. It might even be their masterpiece.
1. Urban Clearway
2. Former Lover
3. Hug My Soul
4. Like A Motorway
5. On The Shore
6. Marble Lions
7. Pale Movie
8. Cool Kids Of Death
9. Western Wind
11. The Boy Scouts Of America
Extra VINYL LP ('Tiger Bay – Tapestry')
1. Urban Clearway - Arrival Strings
2. Like A Motorway - Bass
3. Former Lover - Intro Chat
4. Western Wind - Stephen Duffy Vocal
5. Boy Scouts of America - Lynch Frost Bed
6. Cool Kids Of Death - Sven Verse
7. Hug My Soul - Vibes & Strings
8. Tankerville - Orchestra
9. Like A Motorway - Fragments
10. Pale Movie - Guitar Solo
11. Boy Scouts of America - Orchestra
12. Marble Lions - Sarah Plus Orchestra
13. Tiger Bay - Coda
CD (Remains Of The Day)
1. Urban Clearway (Demo)
2. Black Horse Latitude
3. I Buy American Records
4. Hate Your Drug
5. You Know I'll Miss You When I'm Gone
6. Hug My Soul (Demo)
7. The Wedding of Stacey Dorning
8. Sushi Rider
9. Deborah's French Feast
10. Pale Movie (Demo)
11. La Poupee Qui Fait Non (No No No)
12. Highgate Road Incident