[ Duophonic / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Friday 13 September 2019
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Along with the image of Cliff - the little chap with the gun who became Stereolab's semi-official mascot - Emperor Tomato Ketchup is probably the thing that defines the band in the popular consciousness. A critical success upon impact, the 1996 record ended up in many 'best of the decade' lists a few years later - not bad when you consider the competition. If you took a straw poll among fans of Stereolab as to what their best album was there's a good chance that Emperor Tomato Ketchup would come out on top.
Of course the main reason that Emperor Tomato Ketchup remains so beloved is that it's full of fantastic tracks. Stereolab were a singular band, the sort who made music only they could make. Any other group trying to blend influences from krautrock, grunge, bossa nova, mid-century French chansons and whatever else they fancied at the time would have fallen flat on their face, but Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier's gang make it sound like the most natural thing in the world. As such, Emperor Tomato Ketchup acts as a missing link between the pioneering work of Can and Neu! and the experimental gains groups like Animal Collective would make a few years down the line.
6 panel digipak with 8 page fold-out booklet with lyrics and sleevenotes from Laetitia Sadier and Tim Gane.
Bonus disk of unreleased demos, outtakes and alternate mixes.