ONE-OFFS AND COMPILATIONS
Peace on Earth (1989)
A Christmas "wallpaper music" compilation, which was accompanied
by a feature-length video. Louis's contribution was a Glenn Miller-ish
instrumental entitled Northern Star featuring woodwinds virtuoso
A Japan-only compilation which marked the beginning of Louis's relationship
with Polystar Records. Louis acted as executive producer for this project
and drafted in artists such as Martyn Bates, Momus and Edwyn Collins,
contributing (with Dean Brodrick) a 9-minute extravaganza called Sleep,
complete with oud, bouzouki, clarinet and TWO drummers.
The first of the marvellous series of football-related records devised
by Mike Alway and Jim Phelan from Jim's office in South London. Louis
procured many of the tracks on this album through his research in the
BBC sound archives, as well as an anthem to his boyhood soccer hero, Portuguese
striker Eusebio...Title of the song, Eusebio, of course. This track
PLUS Carioca (which surfaced on the Bend It! 93 collection
as well as on Sunshine) was re-released
in America on Harp Records' Bend it! World Cup 1994 (harp 13) three
As its title indicates a bit too clearly, this compilation was intended
to serve as the last rites to a label that had already been defunct for
3 years. Perversely, Michael Alway asked Louis to record a cover of My
Cherie Amour (yes, the Stevie Wonder hit), which he did. Add to that
the original demo to You Mary You and a short spoken piece, Talking
Truffles, and that's it.
This Humbug sampler rescued one of the very best tracks from the Sunshine
sessions, Bali Lied, which Louis and Bertrand Burgalat still regret
not having included on the album itself. Humbuggery was licensed
to Midi records in Japan (MDCP-4039).
A cosmopolitan collection, featuring Eggstone and La Buena Vida as well
as Louis, who chipped in with yet another Sunshine
out-take, Xmas Sun, also released as a 7" single by Nessie
French promo CD single, featuring a different mix of the Sunshine track (more prominent vocals) as well as a stunning vocal/piano arrangement of Ainsi Va Sa Vie by former Marlene Dietrich musical director William Blezard, unavailable anywhere else.
How could Louis fail to write a song about French maverick football star
Eric Cantona? The result (written, recorded and mixed in one day) was
the psychedelic and politically-incorrect Be Like Eric, Do The Frog.
Eric's own reaction to the song is not known. Also available on cassette
"An él retrospective/Introduction to If"...or so
it was to be. Michael Alway intended to present his new acts (and new
label, If) in the unforgiving light of some of the best stuff released
on él. The result is 1995's answer to the classic "London
Pavilion" compilation. A must. Louis is represented by the rather
lovely demo to Martine (the Sunshine
track), which Mike still prefers to the recorded version.
La Pluie Fait Des Claquettes/Sorry/You Mary You/Delta Kiss/Lolita's Back In Town/Like Nobody Do/A Paris/When The Party's Over/With All Our Loving/Lazy English Sun/Mad Mad World/I Just Wasn't Made For These Times/This Picture's Nailed In My Heart/Farewell Maria/Little Pad/Nowhere Square/When Will You Be Back/Guess I'm Dumb/From Season To Season/Every Word Meant Goodbye
A "Best Of" covering all of Louis's career, from the original
Border Boys' Tribute EP to (but not including) Jackie Girl.
The tracks were chosen by Japanese pop star Cornelius, a lifelong fan.
The Border Boys' tracks have never been released on CD before.
17-track compilation initiated by Joachim Rheinbold (29439 Luchow -Jabel
6, Germany), to which Louis contributed a jazzed-up version of Think
For Yourself (the George Harrison tune) under the moniker of "The
Out-of-Towners". This collection also features a surrealistically
accurate cover of I'm The Walrus by Colin's Hermits - actually
Dave Gregory of XTC...
Totally insane hyper-luxurious commemorative quadruple album (1 vinyl
LP, 3 CD's) put together by Trattoria to celebrate its 100th release -
which it is! Contains full set of playing cards/portraits of the Trattoria
artists, a torrent of sleeve notes and many previously unreleased tracks.
In Louis's case, this means a 'live' version of Domenica (from Ivory
Tower), recorded in Tokyo during his 1991 Japanese tour.
The latest of Exotica's homages to great footballers, this collage of
actualities and songs old and new features Louis at his most nostalgic
on a wistful ballad in 6/8 entitled When Georgie Died, which he
recorded at Ken Brake's Fag Studios. By far the best of all of Exotica's
releases, this album received universal critical acclaim - even the NME
could not resist give it a 9/10, and THAT is saying something.
A Spain-only compilation, kind of "Best Of The Indie Labels",
which, naturally, features Siesta - and Louis, who is represented by Venus,
one of the tracks from Jackie Girl.
Comme Un Seul Homme (1997)
A charity record with a twist: all the artists taking part in this project
were required to form musical couples...which meant that Louis teamed
up with ex-Young Marble Giant Stuart Moxham for a cover of his Love
At First Sight - but in the French version popularised by Etienne
Daho!!! Other performers of note on this compilation: Katerine, Pascal
Comelade, Dominique A., Pierre Barouh, etc. This album was conceived by
Fabrice Ponthier with the aim of raising cash for ADOT, an organisation
devoted to the promotion of organ transplants.
Another Louis Philippe duet - this time with High Llama Sean O'Hagan
- which is unavailable anywhere else. Louis and Sean play all instruments
and sing all parts in a thoroughly enjoyable version of So Danco Samba,
complete with 5-part vocal harmonies and Moog squeals and bubbles. The
said album also features a ravishing version of If You Never Come To
Me by Bertrand Burgalat, and tracks by the likes of Pizzicato 5 and
Another Siesta collection, which also features Free Design, La Buena Vida, Arabesque, etc...and Laila's Amezian's Singapore (written & produced by Louis) and another extract from Jackie Girl, Le Voyageur. But collectors should try and get the pink vinyl 10" (si senor!) to which Louis contributed a previously unreleased version of Azure, one of the star tracks from his 1998 album. This version is unavailable anywhere else - a complete solo effort, recorded at Ken Brake's Fag Studios.
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