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Friday, September 11, 2009

Attention All Richard X And Saint Etienne Fans

It's time again for another limited edition Saint Etienne fan club-only release, and this time it comes in the form of their very first album, Foxbase Alpha, completely re-imagined, remixed and re-everythinged by Richard X (who swizzed up their recent single, "Method Of Modern Love").

This new version is called Foxbase Beta. Says SE's Bob Stanley:
"Using the original masters, adding cellos, electrix, choirs, and the spirit of Brian Cant he has created something really special—spruced-up yet reverential, it is essentially a 2009 up-date of Foxbase Alpha, given a shot of vodka and a loving caress. We're chuffed. It feels unnervingly like jumping into a Tardis.

"FOXBASE BETA will be issued, via the fan club, as a limited, numbered 2CD set of 3,000 copies, which will also include FOXBASE EXTRA, three unreleased recordings from the original album sessions: a just discovered coda to 'Girl VII' (we'd forgotten it existed), a summery instrumental called 'Richard III,' and the first, very different, take of 'Kiss And Make Up,' which was the very first Saint Etienne recording. We cut it one afternoon in January 1990, and then 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' in the evening! It was all so simple then. These tracks won't be available anywhere else."
It's been a fun year for Saint Etienne fans, what with the two-CD deluxe editions of Foxbase Alpha, So Tough, Continental and Sound Of Water being released. (I just finally picked up the latter two on Saturday at Amoeba Records).

Foxbase Beta will be made available for pre-order on the band's website September 21. But you've gotta be a fan club member first to get them the limited edition two-disc edition.

Thanks to Daft Monk for pointing out the following: An un-numbered, single disc edition will be available at gigs and through Rough Trade. It will also be available for digital download via itunes (with the commentary but without the bonus tracks).

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  • At 10:59 AM, Blogger xolondon said…

    I see you went out after we talked and spent money. I have that effect on people. I lure them to eat cupcakes too.

  • At 11:24 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    that sounds proper decent. I owe it to my st etienne education (that you inspired) to get this!

  • At 1:30 PM, Anonymous rich weaver said…

    how much were they at amoeba?
    i really want the remasters, but i need a job first:( still hoping to find them on a torrent somewhere until i can afford the discs.


  • At 4:29 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Rich, one was $29 and the other was $30 (they're imports, of course). Good luck finding a job :( I was there with you for four months earlier this year before sexy freelance work started rolling in. Now I'm a whore on the payroll for whoever wants me).

    Paul, I consider it payback for turning me on to The Feeling :)

    XO, I did. Mmmmm. Cupcakezz.

  • At 8:25 PM, Anonymous $ucce$$! said…

    A Saint Etienne fans-only release?

    That'll go plywood.

  • At 12:06 PM, Blogger Daft Monk said…

    I was under the impression that it was a fan club only thing too but buried in Saint Etienne's announcement they say all the Richard X material will be released digitally. The samples up at http://www.myspace.com/saintetienne sound amazing.

  • At 10:58 PM, Blogger JimmyD said…

    rich weaver: There are torrents for 'Foxbase Alpha' and 'Continental.'

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