NEWS: Saint Etienne announce 25th anniversary reissue box-set of 'Tiger Bay' & UK Dates

NEWS: Saint Etienne announce 25th anniversary reissue box-set of ‘Tiger Bay’ & UK Dates

Saint Etienne have announced details of the release of a 25th anniversary reissue box-set of Tiger Bay – 17th May 2019 on Heavenly Recordings. They’ve also UK shows including an already sold-out performance at the Barbican, backed by the London Contemporary Orchestra. Listen to ‘Marble Lions’ (Sarah plus orchestra from ‘Tapestry’) here:

The lavish set included a vinyl version of the original album in gatefold sleeve cut at 45rpm over two discs, a 12 track vinyl compilation of rarities and demos ‘Tiger Bay – Remains of The Day’,  a 28-page booklet featuring a wealth of unseen photographs and essay about the making of the album, a 12” x 24” reproduction of the original album poster and a reproduction of the original press release and biography from 1994.

At the heart of the set is Tapestry a 13 track CD album of previously unreleased ‘stripped-back’ versions and arrangements, taken from original maste produced and complied by Pete Wiggs.

Tiger Bay, their third studio album, was originally released on 28th February 1994 on Heavenly.

Self-produced by the band and engineered by long-time collaborator Ian Catt, the album also features input from Underworld’s Rick Smith, orchestral arrangements by renowned composer David Whitaker and vocal contributions from Shara Nelson and Stephen Duffy amongst others.

Saint Etienne set themselves a bold challenge for their third album. No songs about London; no samples or snippets of film dialogue between tracks. They would change the genes of their music, swapping the helix of Madchester meets Swinging London  for one in which Belgian techno was spliced with folk music.

Tiger Bay was intended to be nothing less than the sound of folk music reimagined for the last years of the 20th century.

But within months of Tiger Bay’s release, British independent music had changed direction abruptly, as Britpop came to mean something very different.  And so Tiger Bay slipped beneath the sands, neither an indelible hit nor a memorable flop.

Finally, the band are set to perform the album in its entirety at a number of shows across the UK including a performance at the Barbican in London accompanied by the London Contemporary Orchestra. Never before performed with a full orchestra, the show, on 22nd May 2019, will also feature deep cutshits and deep-cuts from their back catalogue. The other U.K. shows see the bandpared-backed by a pared back 6-piece string section.

The full list of shows is as follows:

22.05.19 – The Barbican, London – SOLD OUT

16.10.19 – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry Tix*
17.10.19 – Liverpool TBC
18.10.19 – Sage, Gateshead Tix*
19.10.19 – Queens Hall, Edinburgh Tix*
* On sale 10am BST on Monday 29th April

The album can be pre-ordered via:

Track listings for the albums:

Original album – Heavenly HVNLP8SE – Two-disc vinyl album cut at 45rpm

1.   Urban Clearway            

2.   Former Lover                       

3.   Hug My Soul                      

4.   Like A Motorway                      

5.   On The Shore                                        

6.   Marble Lions                      

7.   Pale Movie                       

8.   Cool Kids Of Death                             

9.   Western Wind

10. Tankerville        

11. The Boy Scouts Of America

Tiger Bay – Remains Of The Day – Heavenly HVNLP8RD – 33rpm Vinyl Album

1.   Urban Clearway (demo)

2.   Black Horse Latitude

3.   I Buy American Records

4.   Hate Your Drug

5.   You Know I’ll Miss You When You’re Gone

6.   Hug My Soul (demo)

7.   The Wedding of Stacey Dorning

8.   Sushi Rider

9.   Deborah’s French Feast

10. Pale Movie (demo)•

11. La Poupee Qui Fait Non (No No No)

12. Highgate Road Incident

Tiger Bay – Tapestry – Heavenly HVNLP8CDBD – CD

1.   Urban Clearway – Arrival Strings

2.   Like A Motorway – Bass

3.   Former Lover – Intro Chat

4.   Western Wind – Stephen Duffy Vocal

5.   Boy Scouts Of America – Lynch Frost Bed

6.   Cool Kids Of Death – Sven Verse

7.   Hug My Soul – Vibes & Strings

8.   Tankerville – Orchestra

9.   Like A Motorway – Fragments

10. Pale Movie – Guitar Solo

11. Boy Scouts Of America – Orchestra

12. Marble Lions – Sarah Plus Orchestra

13. Tiger Bay – Coda

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