Belle and Sebastian - The BBC Sessions (4 stars)

Belle and Sebastian - The BBC Sessions

(Jeepster Records)


From Tigermilk to their most recent set, The Life Pursuit (2006), Belle and Sebastian have spent a decade establishing themselves as the purveyors of sublime post-Nick Drake indie tweeness. These delightful, if not overwhelming BBC sessions collected from Mark Radcliffe, Steve Lamacq and John Peel’s shows between 1996-2001 showcase the essence of the B&S live experience: efficacious, charming and never faultless.

Stand-out tracks include an effervescent ‘Like Dylan in the Movies’ and an excellent take on ‘Stars of Track and Field’, while trainspotting superfans (and they have many) should note that the versions of ‘The Magic of a Kind Word’ and ‘Nothing in the Silence’ were among the band’s last recordings with Isobel Campbell.

The deluxe double-CD edition also includes a ‘Live In Belfast’ recording from Christmas 2001, featuring eclectic cover versions, live favourites and special guests.

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