Much-loved indie excursionists Stereolab are to have a pair of classic albums reissued on vinyl.
Back in July, 1972 Records (the folks behind the recent Selected Ambient Works Vol. II reissue) produced deluxe vinyl editions of the band’s early albums Transient Random Noise Bursts With Announcements and Mars Audiac Quintet. Exclaim report that 1996’s Emperor Tomato Ketchup and 1997’s Dots And Loops are the next in line to get the reissue treatment.
Emperor Tomato Ketchup is, in many ways, the band’s flagship record – their first sizeable commercial success, and the record most often found knocking about near the top of 1990s best-of lists (note: it didn’t make ours). A sizeable step up from Mars Audiac Quintet, the record finds an effective synthesis between the band’s two main touchstones: chippy vintage pop and library music on the one hand, motorik psych-rock on the other.
Dots And Loops, meanwhile, is a more – perhaps their most – contentious release. The cast list of contributors (Mouse On Mars, John McEntire) is pretty unarguable, but Dots And Loops alienated as many fans as it gained, almost entirely jettisoning the muscle of their previous records in favour of whimsical pop and quirky chanson.
Both 2xLP sets are due on November 27. Emperor Tomato Ketchup‘s ‘Cybele’s Reverie’ is available to stream below.