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The BBC Sessions (Deluxe Edition)

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These BBC Recordings of the beloved twee Scottish group feature the final recordings with founding member cellist-vocalist Isobel Campbell, alongside several earlier performances that capture the band in all its swaying glory. Formed as a class project and expanded into a favorite cult band, this Scottish ensemble, led by the melodic Stuart Murdoch, put together in the ‘90s and ‘00s a catalog of insidious pop that creeps under the skin. “The State I’m In,” “Like Dylan In the Movies,” “The Stars of Track and Field,” and “Sleep the Clock Around” are songs of seductive allure. The group’s live performances aren’t far removed from the studio recordings. The band is surprisingly tight, though there is an extra muscle to the guitars throughout. Hardcore fans, however, will mostly focus on the final four previously unreleased tracks from 2001, highlighted by “Nothing In the Silence,” a tune that now sounds like Campbell’s farewell to her compatriots, and “Shoot the Sexual Athlete” that links the band to its Australian brethren, the mostly underrated Go-Betweens.

Customer Reviews

Fix the Samples

It would be nice to be able to hear actual samples and not the crowd cheering for 30 seconds.

Worth The E-cash

All too often, BBC sessions are kind of "eh." With the possible exception of "Led Zeppelin," "The Smiths," and "The Who," these recordings tend to bring little extra to the catalogue. But this recording is an excellent complement to B&S's body of work. They manage to keep it fresh while staying true to the original tracks. Buy it. I mean, c'mon, the economy is strong, unemployment is down — why not?

i'm 31 , reminds me of being 3.

Belle & Sebastian are no new break through in music, live performance or entertaining; but what they do offer is nostalgia for me. One song in paticular brings back memories : "The Boy With the Arab Strap (live in Belfast, 2001)". I've heard the song many times and still don't know the words, but it takes me back to when I was three years old sneaking into my parents room when I wasn't supposed to be there, climbing a step ladder in the closet and finding an album of the animals and playing "don't let me be misunderstood" on my dads record player and speakers shipped home from vietnam. the room was messy and i didnt' care as i danced on the bed . looking back on this, my parents didn't seem to mind either b/c they had to have notice my 3year old partys upstairs. Congrats to Belle & Sebastian for making the BBC Sessions and cheers to my parents for letting a kid be a kid.


Formed: 1995 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A band that takes its name from a French children's television series about a boy and his dog would almost have to be precious, and to be sure, Belle & Sebastian are precious. But precious can be a damning word, and Belle & Sebastian don't have the negative qualities that the word connotes: they are private but not insular, pretty but not wimpy; they make gorgeous, delicate melodies sound full-bodied. Led by guitarist/vocalist Stuart Murdoch, the seven-piece band has an intimate, majestic sound that...
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