Ten Years of Tears

Ten Years of Tears

by Arab Strap
     
 

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A practical best-of would be one way to cap a decade-long run of six studio albums, but Arab Strap instead chose to issue this hodgepodge, largely made of alternate versions, B-sides, live cuts, outtakes, and other strays. Originally released to coincide with their late-2006 farewell tour, Ten Years of…  See more details below

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A practical best-of would be one way to cap a decade-long run of six studio albums, but Arab Strap instead chose to issue this hodgepodge, largely made of alternate versions, B-sides, live cuts, outtakes, and other strays. Originally released to coincide with their late-2006 farewell tour, Ten Years of Tears is unmistakably aimed at fans. Over a third of its contents were previously unreleased, including the first song from their first live performance (which was recorded for John Peel's BBC program: no pressure there), a blasting 1995 demo of "Islands," a gorgeously bleak live version of "Blood," and the very first song they recorded. A very small percentage of the songs are pulled directly from the albums, and the material is unsurprisingly varied in quality, so this really isn't the disc to use as an introduction. The disc's opener -- the 2006 B-side "Preface: Set the Scene," with its uncomplicated contentment -- tells you all you need to know about Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton's amicable split. They might have been on the brink of making a thoroughly happy Arab Strap album, which wouldn't have computed. Or, even worse, they would have felt the need to go through the overly familiar motions, just for the sake of it. (And yes, it is a straight-faced cover of Bonnie Tyler's "It's a Heartache" that comes up after the last listed track.)

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2007
Label:
Chemikal Underground
UPC:
0020286101024
catalogNumber:
1010
Rank:
181097

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arab Strap   Primary Artist
Gary Miller   Bass Guitar
Aidan Moffat   Group Member
Alan Barr   Cello
Chris Geddes   Piano
David Gow   Drums
Malcolm Middleton   Group Member
Isobel Campbell   Cello
Stuart Murdoch   Organ
Gary Miller   Bass
Stacey Seivewright   Cello
David Jeans   Drums
Jenny Reeve   Violin
Scott Simpson   Drums
Chris Bathgate   Bass,Bass Guitar
Michael Scanlin   Bass,Bass Guitar
Stevie Jones   Organ,Guitar
David Jeans   Drums
Allan Wylie   Trumpet
Stacey Sievewright   Cello

Technical Credits

Steve Wolfe   Composer
Mike Robinson   Producer,Audio Production
Andy Rogers   Producer,Audio Production
Arab Strap   Composer,Audio Production
bis   Audio Production
Aidan Moffat   Engineer
Geoff Allan   Engineer
Kenny MacLeod   Mastering

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