Continental (album)

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Compilation album by Saint Etienne
Released 21 June 1997 (1997-06-21)
Recorded 1995–1997
Genre Synthpop, house, trip hop
Length 52:43
Label L'appareil-Photo - COCY-80608
Heavenly - HVNLP70
Producer Saint Etienne, Ian Catt
Saint Etienne chronology
Casino Classics
Good Humor
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10) link
Jam Showbiz 4.5/5 stars

Continental is an album by the British band Saint Etienne which had original release only in Japan.

It is a compilation that includes previously released material such as the UK hit "He's on the Phone" as well as curios like their cover of the Paul Gardiner/Gary Numan song "Stormtrooper in Drag". Many of the tracks were recorded during the 'wilderness' years of 1996/97 when the band members worked on their separate projects. The remix versions on this album had all appeared on Casino Classics.

As part of the 2009 Saint Etienne back catalogue reissue program, the album has had a UK release for the first time. It also has a Heavenly catalogue number - HVNLP70. The deluxe edition includes four previously unreleased tracks.

Track listing[edit]

1997 release[edit]

All tracks written by Stanley and Wiggs; except where indicated.

CD: L'appareil-Photo / COCY-80608, 2009 release - CD: Heavenly / HVNLP70CDDE (Disc one)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shad Thames"   3:33
2. "Burnt Out Car (Balearico Mix)"   4:18
3. "Sometimes in Winter" Stanley, Wiggs, Cracknell 4:11
4. "Winter Melody" (longer version of "Sometimes in Winter (Psychonauts Mix)" from Casino Classics) Stanley, Wiggs, Cracknell 4:44
5. "Public Information Film"   1:02
6. "The Process"   3:09
7. "He's on the Phone" (Radio Edit) (Featuring Etienne Daho) Cracknell, Daho, Stanley, Wiggs 4:07
8. "Stormtrooper in Drag" (edited version) Gary Numan 5:27
9. "Star" Cracknell, Catt 4:02
10. "Down by the Sea"   3:13
11. "The Sea" (edited version of "The Sea (PFM Mix)" from Casino Classics)   7:16
12. "Lonesome" Cracknell, Catt 3:25
13. "Angel (Broadcast Mix)"   4:16

2009 release[edit]

Bonus CD: Heavenly / HVNLP70CDDE (Disc two)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Accident" Cracknell, Daho, Stanley, Wiggs 4:30
2. "Is It True" Marc Bolan 2:52
3. "Where Did Our Love Go (Demo)" Stanley, Wiggs, Cracknell 2:49
4. "Groveley Road" Catt, Cracknell 3:40
5. "How I Learned to Love the Bomb" Treacy 3:04
6. "Postal Interlude"   1:25
7. "Can't Stop Now" Waterfield, Cracknell 4:34
8. "Under Her Spell" Waterfield, Cracknell 4:20
9. "Saturday"   3:20
10. "Suburban Autumn Lieutenant" Daho, Stanley, Wiggs 4:04
11. "We Could Have It All (Demo)" Stanley, Wiggs, Cracknell 2:48
12. "Lover Plays the Bass"   4:16
13. "Home (Demo)" Batson, Cracknell, Male 4:47
14. "Burnt Out Car (X Files Version)"   2:52
Total length: 49:19


The liner notes list the album's personnel as follows:


  1. ^ Cooper, William. "Continental". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 January 2012.