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Songs For The Fountain Coffee Room

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“Songs For The Fountain Coffee Room” is the latest in the highly popular “Saint Etienne Present” series, soundtracks for places both real and imaginary. This time, Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs have put together a selection to fit a bar in mid-70s Los Angeles, the kind of place where Warren Beatty and Julie Christie might meet in the afternoon for a secret rendezvous between shooting scenes for Shampoo.

There’s a high quotient of airy, top-down soul, FM yacht rock, and an even larger amount of blue-eyed soul, with the odd singer-songwriter from Laurel Canyon making an appearance.

Familiar summer sounds come from Todd Rundgren (‘Love Is The Answer’), Millie Jackson (‘A House For Sale’) and Seals & Crofts (‘Get Closer’). Among the discoveries are Hall and Oates’ deep cut ‘Lilly (Are You Happy)’; Bill Quateman’s irresistible acoustic guitar and string-powered ‘Only Love’; Marvin Gaye’s gorgeous ‘Where Are We Going?’, from the period between “What’s Going On” and “Let’s Get It On”; and the £100 crossover soul gem ‘One Way Or The Other’ by the Fifth Avenue Band. These gems are the kind of thing Netflix will be tripping over themselves to use next season.

Amid the potted palms, the pace is strictly mid-tempo; it’s too warm for anything faster. The windows are wide open, the sky is a clear blue, and this is the perfect summer soundtrack.
  1. ONLY LOVE - Bill Quateman
  2. WHERE ARE WE GOING? - Marvin Gaye
  3. GET CLOSER - Seals & Crofts
  4. TELL HER SHE’S LOVELY - Batteaux
  5. ONE WAY OR THE OTHER - The Fifth Avenue Band
  6. LILLY (ARE YOU HAPPY) - Daryl Hall & John Oates
  7. LOVE IS THE ANSWER - Utopia
  8. OH HONEY - Delegation
  9. EASY TO LOVE - Leo Sayer
  10. A HOUSE FOR SALE - Millie Jackson
  11. TIN MAN - John Edwards
  12. THUNDER IN THE AFTERNOON - Bobbie Gentry
  13. SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY - Stephen Bishop
  15. (THAN YOURS AND MINE) - Jeff Perry
  16. HOLLYWOOD - Boz Scaggs
  17. A LOVE OF YOUR OWN - Ned Doheny
  18. NATURAL HIGH - Bloodstone
  19. HICKORY - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  21. FOR YOUR LOVE) - Tamiko Jones
  22. SUNSHOWER - Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band