Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Various Artists- Sarah Records: Glass Arcade (1991) MP3 & FLAC -For Ranxerox-

"It's not the way I want to be, but don't give in 'cause that's just me."

Sarah Records was one of the most distinctive and homogeneous labels to emerge out of the ashes of the original Post-Punk movement. Dealing primarily in a wispy brand of Jangle-Pop later referred to as Twee-Pop, on a cursory listen, the Sarah stable of artists can sound a bit samey, but for those with ears fine-tuned for subtleties, the label offers a diverse array of what might be best described as shoegazer-folk. While Sarah bands such as The Field Mice and Heavenly issued some fine LPs, many feel the true legacy of this now-defunct label are the compilations due to the fact that many of the bands associated with Sarah were primarily, if not exclusively, singles bands. One of the best of these compilations is Glass Arcade, which features a number of tracks from some short-lived, but no less aesthetically pleasing, bands. For example, "Sleep" and "Breathe" by Eternal, a band whose lifespan appears to have lasted the duration of a lone single, offer a darker, grittier take on the Sarah sound, which begs the question, why no more? Of course, Glass Arcade is also stocked with standout tracks from more prolific bands such as The Field Mice, but the album's finest moment is Another Sunny Day's "Rio," a shimmering jewel of a song that likely taught Belle and Sebastian a thing or two.

Glass Arcade (Sarah Records Compilation)
 1. The Field Mice- Holland Street  (2:53)
 2. Another Sunny Day- Rio  (2:53)
 3. Eternal- Sleep  (3:52)
 4. The Sweetest Ache- Tell Me How It Feels  (4:54)
 5. The Orchids- Farewell, Dear Bonnie  (3:35)
 6. The Sea Urchins- A Morning Odyssey  (4:44)
 7. The Springfields- Wonder  (3:49)
 8. The Field Mice- So Said Kay  (5:04)
 9. Heavenly- I Fell in Love Last Night  (5:19)
10. The Orchids- Something for the Longing  (5:24)
11. Even as We Speak- Goes So Slow  (2:27)
12. The Field Mice- Quicksilver  (5:01)
13. Eternal- Breathe  (3:19)
14. St. Christopher- Salvation  (2:34)
15. Even as We Speak- Nothing Ever Happens  (1:26)
16. The Sweetest Ache- If I Could Shine  (4:48)


  1. Thank you!

    I wouldn't be upset or nothin' if you were to post more Sarah stuff in the future—you know, if you just happen to have some lying around. :)

    BTW, you're now a poster at most of my favorite blogs, not by coincidence. Thanks for all the great music.

  2. Excellent, it brings back a lot of memories!

  3. Thanks voix, one of my fav labels ever.
    I was always wondering why I like it. To be honest nothing special or new to offer (at its time) but always so charming. More sarah if you have please but later, now Paisley is the matter and I can see people that cannot hold their pants due to impatience

  4. elliott, welcome aboard and thanks for the comment. Actually, I hadn't listened to the Sarah stuff for quite some time, but it was requested and it is sounding pretty fresh to my ears, so I do plan to post more. I have more comps, Field Mice and Heavenly LPs. I can also track down other stuff such as Trembling Blue Stars, although that's not technically Sarah. I do moonlight at other blogs quite a bit, but (La) luna is my main focus, so I'm glad you found the blog

  5. ranxerox, maybe I should delay all this paisley stuff and do a Sarah series. Just kidding;) Seriously, as I've done with previous series, I will mix in a lot of other stuff between paisley and Talk Talk posts, so I will drop in Sarah stuff from time to time.

  6. thanks for posting this voix. this is perfect as i have been listening to a lot of 90s bands lately. i think i see a sarah series coming up soon. cheers!

  7. Hi marioscafe, yes, there isn't much Sarah stuff around in lossless, so I will post more from time to time. Don't think there will be a formal series though, as I have Church, Sylvian series to do first

  8. Thank You so much! This stuff is really hard to find in lossless. As others I hope for more!

  9. Anon. I have more, especially Field Mice. I'll try to post some in August

  10. Great! Thank You.

  11. It would be absolutely great if you could upload Air Balloon Road in lossless if you have it, it's such a rare CD.

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