Saint Etienne has always had the time of this particular writer – some hit ‘n’ miss recent material, but as latter day pop culture curators, they’ve dug up some interesting music and film over recent years.
So it’s no surprise that the band has been given their own label – with the brief to dig into the Universal archives (which covers the likes of Philips, Decca, A&M, Island, Polydor, Mercury, ABC, Dunhill and MCA) to pick out the lost gems for reissue, mixing big name acts with some of the crate diggers’ favourites.
The first batch of releases on the Eclipse label is something of a big bunch from the 60s – another Dusty Springfield compilation and a Chris Montez collection don’t really get the pulse racing, but more interesting is a collection of long-lost girl pop from the 60s under the title "Girls Are At It Again: UK Beat Girls 1964-1969" and The Peddlers’ Suite London, a library music-style sampler’s favourite from 1968.
All the releases are available from July 24th, mid-price CD only. Many more releases set to follow.