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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 6:01 am    Post subject: sarah records - a sampler If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

all comments are from here:

http://www.stylusmagazine.com/articles/weekly_article/there-and-back-again-a-guided-tour-to-sarah-records-first-50-singles.htm/

get ready for some heavy duty twee...

[Sarah 010]
The Springfields – “Sunflower”
http://www.sendspace.com/file/yy168l

Let’s be honest: While still indeed enchanting, portions of the Sarah catalogue do sound a tad dated, from those teenage-centric, lovelorn narratives to that neophyte guitar puttering. The same can’t be said of the Springfields’ “Sunflower,” which features a sun-pecked melody that evokes modern acts like the Thrills, Cosmic Rough Riders, and the Sails. (Fittingly, the song was released in July of 1988.) One of the song's neat little nuances: the way lead singer Ric Menck blissfully declares, “The sun shines on me / All day,” yet sounds like he left the air conditioning on all night and now has a maddening summer cold.

Trivia that may only interest the Sarah diehards: The Springfields were the first American act featured on the label (hailing from Barrington, Ill.). “Sunflower” was also a joint-release with the Midwest’s Bus Stop, long regarded as the sister label to Sarah.


[Sarah 012]
The Field Mice – “Emma’s House”
http://www.sendspace.com/file/g284ox

The Field Mice and Sarah Records: inexorably linked for all of pop eternity. And not just because the Mitcham act were the label’s most diligent, releasing seven singles (the most by any artist) and three albums. It’s for the belief that the group produced detached, cuddlesome, lip-biting pop—and for a label that fobbed nothing but. Well, if this little endeavor teaches anything, it’s that neither assertion is particularly accurate. Throughout their tenure on Sarah, the Field Mice frequently clawed at twee’s restraining yellow ribbons, dabbling in jigsaw pop when they incorporated Madchester and shoegaze into later efforts.

“Emma’s House,” released in November of 1988, was achingly modest: Robert Wratten and Michael Hiscock dolefully playing guitar to the beat of a drum machine (a gift from Wratten’s sister, Lisa). The song’s cold, synthetic spine is warmed by the rush of human emotion: “Where you are / Where you now are,” Wratten wonders, “You have nothing to live up to / You have nothing to live down / Emma’s house is empty / So why do I call it Emma’s house?”

The single was Sarah’s first big hit, selling over 5,000 copies. The label had officially established itself as a player in the U.K.’s ever-competitive independent market.


[Sarah 019]
Brighter – “Around the World in 80 Days”
http://www.sendspace.com/file/lxbwjv

For many genuflecting indie pop fans, the California-based Matinée Recordings is a successor to Sarah. Matinée has not only released music with the same dawdling, pensive sensibilities, but has managed to snag some of the label’s former players as well: Fletcher (Tender Trap) and Keris Howard (Harper Lee).

Howard was previously employed with Worthing’s Brighter (Matinée has released two compilations by his former group), which cut four singles and one album with the label. The first single was “Around the World in 80 Days,” which perfectly encapsulates Brighter’s approach to pop: piece-of-cake melodies, chords one could strum in their sleep, scarce percussion, and vocals delivered with simple, neurotic precision. Lessons learned from those studying at the Stephen Pastel School of Music: when it comes to an artist conveying what’s percolating inside, heartfelt emotion is often more important than sheer musical ability.

The highlight of this release is the airy title track, which bobs away like helium-filled balloons over Bristol’s Floating Harbour.


[Sarah 024]
The Field Mice – “The Autumn Store Pt. 1”
“If You Need Someone”
http://www.sendspace.com/file/8niu5h

[Sarah 025]
The Field Mice – “The Autumn Store Pt. 2”
“Song Six”
http://www.sendspace.com/file/3nhjxr

In January of 1990, Field Mice fans were presented a treat: back-to-back singles by the ever-industrious Mitcham act, which had made a notable addition by this time, bringing label mate Williams on board to handle guitars and keyboards.

The first single included “If You Need Someone,” a song that was the “in” for many Sarah disciples. The melody is sharp, tender, and instantly memorable. The drumming is infectious (no machines this time around), and there’s plenty of chivalrous, boyfriend posturing to go around: Wratten offering to chase away his love’s phobias and tears. Surely featured on countless mix tapes that spring (and accessible enough for even the Sarah loathers to appreciate), “If You Need Someone” is three and a half minutes of perfect pop. Meanwhile, the b-side, “The World to Me,” is a bit of a downer after such an incredible flip-side, but does excite on account of its rambunctious, reach-for-the-heavens synthesizers.

Listen to the month’s second release and it’s apparent Madchester has the Field Mice by the toes. “Song Six” employs dance-like rhythms and a bass-driven throb you can shake your apple to. While not nearly as memorable as any dance-pop hybrid churned out by, say . . . Happy Mondays that year, it’s further evidence the Field Mice were not proponents of a “live twee or die” philosophy.


[Sarah 029]
The Orchids – “Something For The Longing”
http://www.sendspace.com/file/n6nqf8

Oh, those shrewd jocks from Penilee. What sounds like whirling helicopter blades gives way to a militaristic, marching beat and it's not until you hear that glorious, soaring chorus that one realizes the Orchids have crafted one of Sarah’s most memorable releases. As usual, what prevents the entire number from collapsing into a heap of pure bombast is Hackett, who handles simple lines like “We can walk for hours and hours” with his usual amateur aplomb. Four singles into their career with Sarah and the Orchids have emerged as arguably the label’s most potent act.


[Sarah 030]
Heavenly – “I Fell In Love Last Night”
http://www.sendspace.com/file/qvl1hv

The stellar releases are coming fast and furious now. “I Fell In Love Last Night’ is the Sarah debut for Heavenly, featuring one of indie pop’s most recognizable voices: Amelia Fletcher. Heavenly featured members of her previous act, Talulah Gosh, and in many ways, was a continuation of that group’s pop approach: girl group grousing fleshed out with punk flair, then softened by the lilt of Fletcher’s angelic voice.

Amid a clutter of twangy guitar, “I Fell In Love Last Night” has Fletcher falling ass over teacups for a boy, though she never lets on that he’s the one in control: “Took me out for a walk in the park / Said you wanted to show me romance / Now’s your chance, say you can.” Fletcher—once described as “so perfect, her socks fall down”—injects the cheery-cheeked innocence of bands like Marine Girls with her own breathless enthusiasm for devotion and doting. Poison arrows were fired on account of Fletcher’s supposed leadership of “the cutie movement,” but such missives (and missiles) were unfair, as lurking beneath those hairbrush-and-dresser-mirror confessions was a severe sense of self-awareness. Truly one of Sarah’s best releases.


[Sarah 035]
Another Sunny Day – “Rio”
http://www.sendspace.com/file/h38cod

Who better to rescue the label from a bit of a scoring drought than Williams, the man who’s become Sarah’s most dependable striker. “Rio” exemplifies the reason many adore his work: Williams’ John Denver-like appearance and sonic touches leave one thinking he’d be better served belting out tunes by the campfire, s’mores goo stuck to the side of his mouth. However, dig a little deeper and one will see there were few songwriters on Sarah as human. “Rio” soars with its lofty strings and atmospheric guitar lines—the rhythm section is minimal, too, so as not to weigh this endeavor down. But it’s Williams’ lyrics that give the song its power, coaxing feelings of alarm and self-doubt as he constantly repeats the question, “Where does this leave me?”


[Sarah 038]
The Field Mice – “So Said Kay”
http://www.sendspace.com/file/uvc7ah

The Field Mice – “Landmark”
http://www.sendspace.com/file/0c24gg

The release showcases the Field Mice’s most poignant work to date. “Landmark” skitters along the edge of autumnal sadness with its doleful blend of piano and acoustic guitar, then turns downright glum thanks to the overcast synths. “If someone were to ask me / I’d say it’s remarkable / That she has stayed this long,” sings Wratten, wringing every last emotion out of the words, as if he can’t believe the girl’s persistence himself. The title track “So Said Kay” features breeze-in-the-hair strings and lifts dialogue from the lesbian-themed drama Desert Hearts, opening with the now famous lines, “Where’d you learn to kiss that way? / I don’t know from where that came.”


[Sarah 040]
The Springfields – “Wonder”
http://www.sendspace.com/file/1448iq

Remember the Springfields? It’s been two and a half years since their previous release, “Sunflower.” “Wonder” finds the band channeling the same Golden State vibes: effulgent melodies with enough Vitamin C to make one forget these guys were from Prairieland, USA (Illinois). Highlights include the lovely “I wonder why” harmonies on the chorus and how the vocalist confesses, “She will destroy me if I give her time to try,” with such thinly veiled glee—almost like he wants to give the bird the opportunity.


[Sarah 041]
Heavenly – “Our Love Is Heavenly”
http://www.sendspace.com/file/l1c4gr

The thrilling “Our Love Is Heavenly” showcases all the bounce and kick of a band having the time of its life: from the manic guitars (filled with plenty of space and sweet lethargy before zipping into warp speed, and then back again) to the girlish verve in Fletcher’s voice—two components of the band that interwove so perfectly when everything was clicking. The highlight: A guitar jam that uncoils like a spring, before Fletcher fails to stifle an amused giggle on the lines, “Yes it’s true / Got a new boy who loves me / I love him too / And our love is heavenly.” Released in January of 1991, “Our Love Is Heavenly” ranks as one of the label’s best-ever singles.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:43 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Nice one - this has reminded me to dust off my sarah comp. These tunes sound great... sarah was a great label.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:13 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this, totally unknown to me Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 2:01 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

one of the biggest influences on my band hope chest in our formative years of the early 90s was the mighty sarah records. just a year or so ago we recorded a cover of brighter's "killjoy", a tune paul and i used to get drunk to at practises way back when. god damn i love this label.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 2:27 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Me too. I've....got all of the singles...if anyone is interested in those?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:18 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Very interested! Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:39 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Nick wrote:
Me too. I've....got all of the singles...if anyone is interested in those?


sarah 1-100 written up by nick would be freakin' fantastic.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:13 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

here ya go, a thing of beauty, a lovely comp of Sarah Records bands from 1993, "Engine Common"

http://www.sendspace.com/file/uj60y9

here's the review from allmusicguide:

Though named like of all Sarah's singles compilations, after a Bristol bus route, Engine Common is nevertheless a cut above similar entries in the beloved label's catalog — simply put, the 16 songs collected here cull together highlights from the most consistent and creatively fertile period in Sarah's evolution, neatly encapsulating the full scope of its catalog. While new signings like the Sugargliders ("Letter From a Lifeboat") and Blueboy ("Popkiss"), proudly crafted wispy guitar pop cut from the classic Sarah cloth, flagship acts like the Field Mice were now exploring electronic beats and textures (the magnificent "Missing the Moon"); the result was a series of releases with the rare distinction of pleasing both hard-line indie pop fans and more restless listeners, effectively cementing Sarah's standing among the most beloved and genre-defining labels of its era. Out of print as of this writing, Engine Common is well worth the probable eBay investment — for anyone curious about what the Sarah aesthetic was truly about, this is as good a place to start as any.


Tracklisting
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01 (3:07) The Hit Parade - In Gunnersbury Park
02 (4:23) The Sugargliders - Letter From a Life Boat
03 (4:06) The Orchids - Thaumaturgy
04 (4:07) The Harvest Ministers - You Do My World the World of Good
05 (3:52) Blueboy - Clearer
06 (2:43) Brighter - Half-hearted
07 (1:59) The Sugargliders - What We Had Hoped
08 (4:03) The Rosaries - Leaving
09 (7:02) The Field Mice - Missing the Moon
10 (3:29) The Orchids - I Was Just Dreaming
11 (1:41) The Sugargliders - Fruitloopin'
12 (4:18 ) Blueboy - Popkiss
13 (4:03) Secret Shine - Honey Sweet
14 (4:00) The Harvest Ministers - Six o'Clock Is Rosary
15 (2:31) Brighter - End
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:27 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

here's some rare LIVE recordings from 1991:

The Orchids - Bemused, Confused & Bedraggled
http://www.sendspace.com/file/1n04hi

The Orchids - Peaches
http://www.sendspace.com/file/th68su

Heavenly - Wrap My Arms Around Him
http://www.sendspace.com/file/j92ovm
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:33 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

PEACHES!!! fucking PEACHES!!!! next to killjoy, my fave sarah tune ever.

i love you man.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:11 pm    Post subject: Lirael If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

TS, if you're OK with it I'll up the ones around the ones you've so kindly put up already.

That stylus article looks better than anything I could come up with so I'll just up the songs then. And I couldn't comment on them all because I haven't even heard them all yet anyway! I will say that Sarah is not all twee as they say.

[Sarah 001] - Sea Urchins - Pristine Christine
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ylxq77


[Sarah 002] - The Orchids - I've Got a Habit
http://www.sendspace.com/file/8fhcs1


[Sarah 003] - Another Sunny Day – Anorak City
http://www.sendspace.com/file/c12o30


[Sarah 004] - fanzine: Fanzine


[Sarah 005] - 14 Iced Bears - Come Get Me
http://www.sendspace.com/file/jv69fz


[Sarah 006] - The Poppyheads - Cremation Town
http://www.sendspace.com/file/wlzvmd


[Sarah 007] - Another Sunny Day - I'm In Love with a Girl Who Doesn't Know I Exist
http://www.sendspace.com/file/4gkoie


[Sarah 008] - Sea Urchins - Solace
http://www.sendspace.com/file/xn5i68


[Sarah 009] - The Golden Dawn – My Secret World
http://www.sendspace.com/file/zrqj02

[Sarah 010] - Springfields - Sunflower
http://www.sendspace.com/file/qrblru


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:53 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

[Sarah 011] - The Orchids - Underneath the Window, Underneath the Sink
http://www.sendspace.com/file/pkliug


[Sarah 012] - The Field Mice - Emma's House
http://www.sendspace.com/file/wxgpnx


[Sarah 013] - Christine's Cat - Your Love Is
http://www.sendspace.com/file/syeks4


[Sarah 014] - fanzines: Cold & Lemonade


[Sarah 015] - St. Christopher - You Deserve More Than a Maybe
http://www.sendspace.com/file/uh1x07


[Sarah 016] - Another Sunny Day - What's Happened
http://www.sendspace.com/file/byni8y


[Sarah 017] - Golden Dawn - George Hamilton's Dead
http://www.sendspace.com/file/lrc51n


[Sarah 018] - The Field Mice - Sensitive
http://www.sendspace.com/file/blhtwj


[Sarah 019] - Brighter - Around the World in Eighty Days
http://www.sendspace.com/file/b0euob


[Sarah 020] - St. Christopher - All of a Tremble
http://www.sendspace.com/file/uwysmt


[Sarah 021] - Wake - Crush the Flowers
http://www.sendspace.com/file/8d9okc


[Sarah 022] - Another Sunny Day - You Should All Be Murdered
http://www.sendspace.com/file/pooufn


[Sarah 023] - The Orchids - What Will We Do Next
http://www.sendspace.com/file/c5qe11

Please grab #18 Sensitive. Lots of guitar noise, repetition & drone; catchy.
TS--I forgot to ask: did you include the bsides for the ones you posted or are they just the songs in quotes?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:03 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Nick wrote:
TS--I forgot to ask: did you include the bsides for the ones you posted or are they just the songs in quotes?


just the songs in quotes...b sides would be awesome!

Thanks for taking the time to share this music Nick! This stuff is mostly impossibe to find!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:04 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

I know, I was pretty stoked when I got them about a year ago so I figured anyone else who had an interest in Sarah would be glad to get them too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 3:22 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

st. christopher - all of a tremble - July 6th 2007
http://youtube.com/watch?v=zidwZFkO9ic

Harvey Williams - You Should All Be Murdered - May 26 2007
http://youtube.com/watch?v=5KePLFi__qU

The C86 All-Stars, live at Club NME @ Spaceland, December 27th 2006, perfoming The Field Mice's "Sensitive"
http://youtube.com/watch?v=d_wbspWd-e0
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