• saint etienne presents songs for a central park picnic  (CD, £6.75)

    label: Croydon Municipal

    Wake up and smell the coffee! Here's the ideal soundtrack for spring, the latest in the highly successful Saint Etienne Presents... series following on from last year's Songs For The Lyons Cornerhouse compilation, which is still getting constant spins on Robert Elms' BBC London show.  It's a perfectly curated, seasonal blend of the sounds of New York - girl groups, doo wop, Latin and atmospheric instrumentals. It features names like the Drifters, Burt Bacharach and Lalo Schifrin, alongside a host of fabulous unknowns.  Songs For A Central Picnic is also the first release on Saint Etienne member and renowned pop archivist Bob Stanley's new label, Croydon Municipal. Tracklisting: 1. SOFTLY AS IN A MORNING SUNRISE Vince Guaraldi 2. BEE BOM Sammy Davis Jr 3. UNTIE ME The Tams 4. BE SURE MY LOVE Teddy Randazzo 5. MOON GUITAR The Rangoons 6. STRANGER ON THE SHORE The Drifters 7. PEANUTS Little Joe & The Thrillers 8. GOPHER MAMBO Yma Sumac 9. MARIE The Four Tunes 10. RAINCOAT IN THE RIVER Sammy Turner 11. RINKY DINK Dave Baby Cortez 12. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A TOWER OF STRENGTH Gloria Lynne 13. LOST FOR SURE - Dion 14. BOATO (BISTRO) Lalo Schifrin 15. A KISS FROM YOUR LIPS Billy Storm 16. YES I LOVE YOU Paris Sisters 17. MOON RIVER Jerry Butler 18. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN Arthur Alexander 19. QUIET GIRL Don Rondo 20. BAD BOY The Jive Bombers 21. SOMETHING FOR CAT Henry Mancini 22. CHA CHA CHARMING Ellie Gaye 23. IT'S GONNA TAKE ME SOME TIME Connie Francis 24. PRIVATE WORLD Artie Garr 25. OUR WINTER LOVE Bill Pursell

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