The Saints - Scarce Saints - Hymns Of Oblivion 1977-1981

The Saints - Scarce Saints

Original Release Date

1989

Release Information

Australia LP 1989 (Raven - RVLP-40)

Studio
A1 River Deep, Mountain High 3:42
A2 Lipstick On Your Collar 2:29
A3 L-I-E-S 2:01
A4 Do The Robot 2:37
A5 (Don't Send Me) Roses 3:50
A6 On The Waterfront 3:20
A7 Call It Mine 4:50
A8 Gypsy Woman 2:55
Live
B1 Know Your Product 3:25
B2 On The Waterfront (Extended Version) 5:43
B3 No Time 3:15
B4 Kissin' Cousins 2:24
B5 Gypsy Woman/Hit The Road Jack 4:10
B6 Simple Love 4:11
B7 Nights In Venice 6:07

A Studio tracks
B1- B6 Live at Dingwalls, London, 1981
B7 Live at Paddington Hall, Sydney, 1977

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Australia CD 1989 (Raven - RVCD-04). Re-titled: Scarce Saints - Hymns Of Oblivion 1977-1984

Studio Tracks
1 River Deep, Mountain High 3:42
2 Lipstick On Your Collar 2:29
3 L-I-E-S 2:01
4 Do The Robot 2:37
5 (Don't Send Me) Roses I 3:50
6 On The Waterfront 3:20
7 Call It Mine 4:50
8 Gypsy Woman 2:55
9 Heavy Metal 2:58
10 (Don't Send Me) Roses II 6:33
Concert Tracks
Live at Paddington Hall, Sydney, 1977
11 Nights In Venice 6:07
Live at Dingwalls, London, 1981
12 Know Your Product 3:25
13 On The Waterfront (Extended Version) 5:43
14 No Time 3:15
15 Kissin' Cousins 2:24
16 Gypsy Woman/Hit The Road Jack 4:10
17 Simple Love 4:11
Live at te Gibus Club, Paris, 1981
18 Security 2:47
19 (I'm) Stranded 3:53
Live in Scandinavia, 1984
20 The Prisoner 3:31

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Reviews & Opinions

KATHLEEN C. FENNESSY: A cornucopia of choice rarities (B-sides, bonus singles, etc.), Scarce Saints covers several years (1977-1984), several lineups (including the seminal combo of Chris Bailey/Ed Kuepper/Ivor Hay/Kym Bradshaw), and two countries (Australia and the U.K.). Half the tracks are live (11-20), and for those keeping score at home, Kuepper, who would exit the band (acrimoniously) around the time of the final amazing EMI recording (Prehistoric Sounds), plays on tracks one through four and 11. Punked-up femme-fronted classics 'Lipstick on Your Collar' (Connie Francis) and 'River Deep-Mountain High' (Ike and Tina Turner), originally featured on the One-Two-Three-Four EP, actually became less scarce once included as bonus tracks with 1977's (I'm) Stranded. Same with the goofy -- in a good way -- 'Do the Robot,' added to the following year's Eternally Yours. (It's worth noting that Aussie legends the Easybeats preceded the Saints in covering 'River Deep' back in the late '60s, which isn't to take anything away from the excellent version here.) The collection, as a whole, is a must for the Saintsaholic. Surely there are far worse addictions than the sound of Chris Bailey's bluesy voice or Ed Kuepper's virtuosic guitar playing.

SAINTS.COM: The Scarce Saints album includes almost a full side of material from a live show at Dingwall's in London around this time. It includes versions of 'Know Your Product', 'No Time' and 'Kissin' Cousins', songs from the days of the EMI-era band that are played in a very different style from the originals. They still rock, but it's a rock-and-roll sort of rock as opposed to a buzzsaw punk kind of rock. The track 'On The Waterfront' (from the Paralytic ep) almost out-kicks 'Know Your Product' in this set. There's also a nice version of 'Gypsy Woman', which had been the flip of 'Let's Pretend'. All these tracks are stripped of horns and have pretty strong guitar playing throughout; it's a very odd counterpoint to the early band.

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