2LP released: Aug 28, 2020
(Item no longer available)

Disc 1
1. Walking So Free - Spike Janson
2. Sugar Shuffle - Lynsey De Paul
3. Miracles (Single Version) - Jefferson Starship
4. Get Out Of Town - Smokey Robinson
5. I'm Mandy Fly Me (Album Version) - 10cc
Disc 2
1. Stoned Out - Simon Park
2. Nothing To Remind Me - Cliff Richard
3. Discover Me - David Ruffin
4. Inspiration Information - Shuggie Otis * (Bonus Track)
5. You're The Song (That I Can't Stop Singing) - Hollywood Freeway
6. You Are My Love - Liverpool Express
Disc 3
1. Liquid Sunshine - John Cameron
2. Not On The Outside - Sylvia
3. Stay With Me - Blue Mink
4. Wild Mountain Honey - Steve Miller Band
5. Fallin' In Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
Disc 4
1. Flowers - The Emotions
2. Montreal City - Azimuth
3. Rock'n'roll Star - Barclay James Harvest
4. Miss My Love Today - Gilbert O'sullivan
5. Music - Carmen Mcrae
Label: ACE
Cat No: XXQLP2073
Barcode: 029667011914
Packaging: 2LP

2LP 180g pressing, with deluxe heavy-duty gatefold sleeve, that features a bonus track!
The months without rain and airless days and nights might not have been something out of the ordinary in the Algarve or the south of France, but it was without precedent in Britain. The Summer of 1976 has remained a benchmark for long, hot summers - there may have been scorchers since, but none have seemed quite as relentless or enervating. The country melted into a collective puddle. "76 In The Shade" probably wasn't anyone's real life soundtrack of the year - that could have included Bowie's "Station To Station" and Abba's "Greatest Hits". Instead, Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley has put a compilation together that sonically evokes the summer of 1976 itself, its sweet heat and almost narcotic lethargy.

Getting out of the sun, you might have sat inside with the radio on, and heard the dreamy wooziness of Liverpool Express's 'You Are My Love', 10cc's 'I'm Mandy Fly Me', or the Emotions' 'Flowers'. Or maybe you flopped out in front of the telly, where you heard an alternative summer soundtrack - the music libraries that provided the bulk of the testcard's music gave us Simon Park's minimal " 'Stoned Out' and John Cameron's deeply immersive 'Liquid Sunshine'; the Californian jazzer Spike Janson provided the wordless vocal harmonies of 'Walking So Free'.

"76 In The Shade" follows in the footsteps of Bob Stanley's hugely successful comps for Ace, including "English Weather" and "The Tears Of Technology". It suggests bright yellow sunshine, hot plastic car seats, cats lolloping on the lawn. A few tracks (Smokey Robinson, Cliff Richard, David Ruffin, Carmen McRae) act as necessary splashes of cooling water; most of them sound like it's just too hot to move. Luckily, you don't need to.

(Also available on CD.)