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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Join the club! That appears to be the message behind this anthology of Belle & Sebastian's early singles. As their anorak-clad fans have long known, some of the Scottish indie-pop group's best songs appeared on the seven EPs compiled here -- from early highlights such as "Lazy Line Painter Jane" and "Dog on Wheels" to later, farther-reaching tunes like the effervescent shimmy "Legal Man" and the Zombies-esque "Jonathan David." Plus, it's all non-album material, and the two-disc format makes for convenient listening, even for fans who have all the individual discs the booklet also contains lyrics and original cover art, so really, all you're missing is a lot of ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Join the club! That appears to be the message behind this anthology of Belle & Sebastian's early singles. As their anorak-clad fans have long known, some of the Scottish indie-pop group's best songs appeared on the seven EPs compiled here -- from early highlights such as "Lazy Line Painter Jane" and "Dog on Wheels" to later, farther-reaching tunes like the effervescent shimmy "Legal Man" and the Zombies-esque "Jonathan David." Plus, it's all non-album material, and the two-disc format makes for convenient listening, even for fans who have all the individual discs the booklet also contains lyrics and original cover art, so really, all you're missing is a lot of extra plastic. While every track on the first disc is essential indie listening, the second disc, in particular, shows the band pushing themselves in new directions, from the garage-pop instrumental "Judy Is a Dick Slap," suggestive of B&S's soundtrack work for Storytelling, to the twangy, strings-laden "Take Your Carriage Clock and Shove It." Moreover, some of Stuart Murdoch's best couplets are contained within these laser-driven grooves, e.g., "So I gave myself to God / There was a pregnant pause before he said, Okay" "The State I Am In" and "We're four boys in our corduroys / We're not terrific but we're competent" "This Is Just a Modern Rock Song". Not since Morrissey's golden days has a pop band captured the anxiety of outcast youth with such well-versed aplomb.
All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Belle & Sebastian never felt tied down to the album as the ultimate expression of a band's worth. Put simply, they didn't feel the need to hold back their best songs for albums; the fourth song on a four-song EP was just as likely to be among their finest as any other. For proof check out Push Barman to Open New Wounds, a handy compilation of the group's EPs recorded between 1997 and 2001 for Jeepster and Matador. Beginning with "Dog on Wheels" all the way through, the band used its EPs as means of exploring new sounds and angles check the groovy '60s spy song "Legal Man," the epic in length and scope "This Is Just a Modern Love Song," the bubbly sunshine pop of "I Love My Car," or the silly instrumental "Judy Is a Dick Slap" as well as an outlet for great songs that wouldn't fit on albums, like "Slow Graffiti," "A Century of Fakers," and "Lazy Line Painter Jane." Some of the tracks here would be pillars on a B&S greatest-hits compilation too; fantastic songs like "Dog on Wheels," "The State I Am In," "I'm Waking Up to Us," and "Put the Book Back on the Shelf." Push Barman to Open New Wounds is essential listening, the third disc you should get by the band behind If You're Feeling Sinister and Dear Catastrophe Waitress. Even if you already have all the EPs, you'll want to get this disc. It is reasonable priced, housed in the usual attractive package, and hearing all the songs back to back reinforces what an amazing group Belle & Sebastian were and are. [The disc also comes in a deluxe package, though all that means is that instead of a jewel case it comes in a hardcover book-style jacket.]
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
Two discs of steady brilliance.

Two discs of steady brilliance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861064923
  • Catalog Number: 10649
  • Sales rank: 58,008

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Belle and Sebastian Primary Artist
Francis MacDonald Guitar
David Wilson Banjo
Fiona Stephen Violin
John Hogarty Guitar
Monica Queen Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jonny Quinn Conga, Guest Appearance
George Cuthbertson Viola
Jacqui Penfold Viola
Andrea Kuypers Flute
Lex Allan Sousaphone
Dervilagh Cooper Violin
Cheryl Crockett Violin
Rozanne Suarez Vocals, Guest Appearance
Stan Reilly Clarinet
Mary Ward Viola
Louise Bennie Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Ronan Breslin Trombone, Guest Appearance
Murray Fergusson Violin
Alison Green Bassoon
Gary Grochla Double Bass
Carole Howat Violin
Clare McKeown Violin
Judy Mitchell Oboe, Guest Appearance
Laura Molloy Percussion, Guest Appearance
Gill Reecey Violin
Isla Robertson Violin
Technical Credits
Mike Hurst Producer
Belle and Sebastian Composer, Producer
Frank Arkwright Mastering, Remastering
Jackson Cover Star
Tim Dennen Mastering
Tony Doogan Producer, Engineer
Geoff Allan Engineer
Nick Haddow Cover Photo
Mick Cooke Contribution
Steve MacKenzie Engineer
Mark McWhirter Contribution
Neil Cameron Engineer
Rozanne Suarez Cover Star
Adrienne Payne Cover Star
David Campbell Contribution
Rebecca Ashton Cover Model
Gerry Campbell Contribution
Gill Cooke Cover Model
Jack McConchie Cover Model
Gerry McLean Cover Model
Brian Nugent Contribution
Andrew Symington Cover Design
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