Revisit the 2000 Electronic / Jazz Classic 'Tourist' by St. Germain

by Sachyn Mital

24 September 2012

With a newly remastered version of this widely praised album coming out September 25th, PopMatters offers our readers a chance to win a copy of Tourist.

For me, St. Germain’s 2000 album Tourist was one of several memorable electronic albums that were released near the turn of the millennium. Each unique in their own right, I count Tosca’s Suzuki, a project from Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber, and, a couple of years later, Jazzanova’s In Between as albums that stand alongside Tourist. But that’s neither here nor there since the excitement now is for the rerelease of Tourist for 2012, remastered for compact disc, vinyl and also available digitally. PopMatters is excited to offer our readers a chance to win this widely praised Blue Note record. Or if you want to know its yours, you can purchase the remastered version of Tourist from Amazon here. Read on to find out how to enter this contest.
From the press release:
First released in 2000, the legendary electronic album Tourist by veteran French DJ and producer St Germain (Ludovic Navarre) has been digitally remastered (44kHz/24bit) for reissue on CD, 180-gram double gatefold vinyl (with download code), and digitally on September 25th by Blue Note/EMI. The album’s first-ever digital release will include a Mastered for iTunes version and an iTunes LP with a previously unreleased bonus track, “Touristes”, performed live by the legendary French singer, composer and author, Claude Nougaro.

St Germain’s second album, Tourist achieved the number one position on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, and the album and its creator won France’s most prestigious music award, the Victoires de la Musique, in jazz, live performance, and electronic categories (Jazz Discovery of the Year, Live Discovery, and Best Electronic Album). In his four-star Rolling Stone review of the album, David Fricke praised St Germain’s skilled electronic-meets-jazz approach:  “A sly dog with a disciple’s touch, Navarre shows respect for the spirit, if not the letter, of classic jazz. He gives his live soloists, including trumpeter Pascal Ohse and saxophonist-flutist Edouard Labor, room to breathe, if not blow wild.” Rolling Stone later touted Tourist as one of 2000’s best albums.

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