February 4, 2012

Goldfrapp, properly anthologized

This week Goldfrapp release a stopgap hits record called, imaginatively, Singles. The cover is dire and setlist is weaker, though they have contributed two new ballads to the set. Here it is:

1. Ooh La La
2. Number 1
3. Strict Machine (Single Mix)
4. Lovely Head
5. Utopia (Genetically Enriched)
6. A&E
7. Happiness (Single Version)
8. Train
9. Ride A White Horse (Single Version)
10. Rocket
11. Believer
12. Black Cherry
13. Yellow Halo
14. Melancholy Sky

My friend Mike at Second Disc has a series called Reissue Theory where he imagines what should happen with artists' back catalog. I am going to do that here with Alison and Will.

Aside from a better cover image, my version of the Singles album would be called Collected. The tracklist would be similar, but add a few songs and run in chronological order...

Disc One:

1. Utopia
2. Lovely Head
3. Pilots On A Star
4. Strict Machine
5. Train
6. Black Cherry
7. Ooh La La
8. Number 1
9. Ride A White Horse
10. Fly Me Away
11. A&E
12. Caravan
13. Happiness
14. Rocket
15. Believer
16. Alive
17. Yellow Halo
18. Melancholy Sky

The bonus disc would compile b-sides, remixes and rarities, including a currently non-existent studio recording of an early live epic, the James Bond-worthy Sartorius...

Disc Two:

1. Lovely Head (Staré Mesto mix)
2. U.K. Girls (Physical)
3. Horse Tears (Live at the Ancienne Belgique)
4. Big Black Cloud, Little White Lie
5. White Soft Rope (featuring The Midwich Children Choir)
6. Yes Sir
7. Sartorius (studio version)
8. Gone to Earth
9. All Night Operator (Part 1)
10. Beautiful
11. Boys Will Be Boys
12. Satin Chic (Through the Mystic Mix, Dimension 11 by The Flaming Lips)
13. A&E (Gui Boratto Remix)
14. Road to Somewhere (Acoustic Version)
15. Clowns (live from Union Chapel)
16. We Radiate

A proper collected works with something for everyone. Did I miss anything? Remember to check out Second Disc's Reissue Theory posts. They're more comprehensive than this one!


Phil said...

Spot on as usual. I love both new tracks but overall an extraordinarily disappointing collection from one of my favourite artists. Hopefully a new album of originals is not far off.

countpopula said...

Your track list is SO MUCH BETTER. The only thing I would personally change is to add Twist after Black Cherry as it is one of my favorite songs and videos of theirs--like Strict Machine on adrenaline! Maybe Believer could go away in an effort to keep the list streamlined.

All we can hope is that a new album is here sooner than later (this year would be nice), as I am hearing reports Alison is not to keen on Head First, and while some of us like it, there is no denying it is their most underperforming album, and sort of goes against their general original mix of Cocteau Twins meet Kraftwerk, James Bond meets Cabaret Voltaire. Head First had none of the darkness or mystery of those bands, and in an effort to be more direct, lost some of their core following. Maybe instead of trying to synthesize all their influences into one, they should continue to compartmentalize and surprise. That's what made Black Cherry and Seventh Tree such alarmingly fresh and special records.

zen~ said...

Right on, XO. The version of "...Singles" I have has the Plaid remix of 'Utopia' and some dodgy remix of 'Alive'.

The collection could have been so much...and yet, was so...disappointing. Goldfrapp still are one of my favourite all-time bands, so am not too disappointed (seeing as I buy all their product, anyway). I love the two new tracks. They sound awesome on my speakers at home.

The acoustic version of 'Road To Somewhere' actually moves me to tears, so glad you included that in yours.

xolondon said...

One thing I left out is an epic live version of Deer Stop. Hmmmm...

zen~ said...

What about the BBC Radio One Live Lounge cover version of Grace's 'Not Over'? I always tack that on as the last track to any 'Frapp compilation I make (for obvious reasons).

Craig Astley said...

i had a similar annoyance with how poor the track list is for the commercial release... and compiled by OWN playlists for what would be a box set split into SINGLES, RARITIES, LIVE and REMIXES

Lovely Head
Human (Single Mix)
Utopia (Genetically Enriched)
Pilots (On A Star)
Strict Machine (Single Mix)
Twist (Single Mix)
Black Cherry (Single Mix)
Ooh La La
Number One (Single Mix)
Ride A White Horse (Single Mix)
Fly Me Away (Single Mix)
Satin Chic (Through the Mystic Mix)
Happiness (Single Mix)
Caravan Girl (edit)
Alive (Radio Mix)
Believer (Radio Mix)
Yellow Halo
Melancholy Sky

Soft White Rope
UK Girls Physical
Yes Sir I Can Boogie
Gone to Earth
Big Black Cloud, Little White Lie
All Night Operator (Part One)
We Radiate
Boys Will Be Boys
it’s Not Over Yet
Winter Wonderland
Clowns (Instrumental)

Deer Stop (Live in London)
Hairy Trees (Live in London)
Deep Honey (Live in London)
Utopia (Live In London)
You Never Know (Liv, Sevent Tree itunes bonus)
Caravan Girl (Choral Version)
Happiness (Choral Version)
Road To Somewhere (Acoustic)
Monster Love (Acoustic Version)
Clowns (Live at Electric Proms)
Strict Machine (iTunes Original Version)
Ooh La La (iTunes Original Version)
Rocket (iTunes Festival EP)
Believer (iTunes Festival EP)
Head First (iTunes Festival EP)
Alive (iTunes Festival EP)
Shiny & Warm (iTunes Festival EP)
Dreaming (live in oxford, official bootleg release)
I Wanna Life (live in oxford, official bootleg release)

not compiled this yet... anyone care to join in?

Daniel said...

You could technically add 'Boys Will Be Boys' to the main tracklist, because it was a single, albeit on limited vinyl, in a sort of niche way.

Anonymous said...

"Head First had none of the darkness or mystery of those bands"

Hunt and maybe Dreaming?

xolondon said...

Dreaming is stunning.

sextonseven said...

Some of us are on the same wavelength. I too had already made a more comprehensive singles collection before the new compilation was released.

Disc 1:

1. Lovely Head
2. Human (Single Version)
3. Utopia (Genetically Enriched)
4. Pilots (On A Star)
5. Train
6. Strict Machine (Single Mix)
7. Twist
8. Black Cherry (Single Mix)
9. Ooh La La (Radio Edit)
10. Number 1
11. Ride A White Horse (Single Mix)
12. Fly Me Away (Single Version)
13. Satin Chic (Through The Mystic Mix)
14. A&E
15. Happiness (Single Version)
16. Caravan Girl (Edit)
17. Clowns
18. Rocket (Radio Edit)
19. Alive (Radio Edit)
20. Believer (Radio Edit)

Disc 2:

1. U.K. Girls (Physical)
2. Big Black Cloud, Little White Lie
3. White Soft Rope (Featuring The Midwich Children Choir)
4. Yes Sir
5. Gone To Earth
6. This Is The New Shit [Marilyn Manson vs Goldfrapp]
7. All Night Operator
8. Beautiful
9. Boys Will Be Boys
10. It's Not Over Yet
11. We Radiate
12. Winter Wonderland

And then a separate double disc of dance mixes called 'At The Disco'.

Disc 1:

1. Rocket (Richard X Eight Four Remix) (6:58)
2. Ooh La La (Peter Rauhofer Reconstruction Mix) (9:15)
3. Number 1 (Chumbomundo Rework) (9:24)
4. Alive (Dave Audé Remix) (7:57)
5. A&E (Gui Boratto Remix) (7:03)
6. Strict Machine (Calderone + Suryanto Remix) (12:03)

Disc 2:

1. Fly Me Away (The Naughty Rmx) (6:29)
2. Believer (Joris Voorn Remix) (5:45)
3. Twist (Jacques Lu Cont's Conversion Perversion Mix) (6:47)
4. Happiness (Beyond the Wizards Sleeve Re-Animation) (7:51)
5. Utopia (Tom Middleton Cosmos Vocal) (8:16)
6. Train (T. Raumschmiere Vocal Rmx) (5:51)
7. Ride A White Horse (Ewan Pearson Disco Odyssey Parts 1 & 2) (15:13)

xolondon said...

I forgot about that 15 min Ride A White Horse!