The Complete BBC Sessions

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Squeeze's The Complete BBC Sessions runs from 1977 until 1994 -- from the release of their debut EP until just after their tenth album, 1993's Some Fantastic Place -- and that time span suggests that the double-disc, 29-track collection covers more ground than it does in actuality. As it happens, Squeeze didn't have too many BBC Sessions during their salad days of 1979-1982, when they were one of the biggest and best new wave bands: they only had one in March of 1982, a few months before Sweets from a Stranger, where they managed to not perform any of the album's singles but did find room for the B-side, "Elephant Girl." That's a pretty good indication of the ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Squeeze's The Complete BBC Sessions runs from 1977 until 1994 -- from the release of their debut EP until just after their tenth album, 1993's Some Fantastic Place -- and that time span suggests that the double-disc, 29-track collection covers more ground than it does in actuality. As it happens, Squeeze didn't have too many BBC Sessions during their salad days of 1979-1982, when they were one of the biggest and best new wave bands: they only had one in March of 1982, a few months before Sweets from a Stranger, where they managed to not perform any of the album's singles but did find room for the B-side, "Elephant Girl." That's a pretty good indication of the for-fans' nature of The Complete BBC Sessions -- not to mention a pretty good example of Squeeze's subtle commercial self-sabotage -- but even diehards might be surprised by how these radio performances play as a collective package, how the first eight tracks speed by in a cacophonic blur, and how Squeeze quickly settles into a mellow unplugged groove. Of course, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook were instrumental in pioneering that stripped-down acoustic sound as the '80s gave way to the '90s, appearing on the very first episode of MTV Unplugged just weeks after they performed on the Saturday Sequence BBC session that closes disc one here, so it's no great surprise that most of this collection does offer variations on that sound -- sometimes including full band support, sometimes just featuring a piano and acoustic -- including a nice 1992 set where they rework "Take Me I'm Yours," "Up the Junction," "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)" (made into a medley with "Labelled with Love") and "Tempted." There are two other versions of "Tempted" on the second disc, along with two versions of "Some Fantastic Place," so the set list isn't as varied as the setting, and even that difference is rather minute as the vibe is always simple, warm, and direct. Barring those first few chaotic sessions, the performances here are always close and intimate, and that atmosphere serves Difford and Tilbrook's songs well, offering a good showcase for Difford's wry storytelling and Tilbrook's finely honed melodies. None of Squeeze's other live recordings comes close to capturing this coziness and that's why this collection is valuable for more than just completists.
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  • Release Date: 10/7/2008
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • UPC: 600753077122
  • Catalog Number: 5307712

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cat on a Wall (3:26)
  2. 2 Model (5:14)
  3. 3 All Fed Up (3:53)
  4. 4 Sex Master (2:39)
  5. 5 Bang Bang (2:01)
  6. 6 Ain't It Sad (3:40)
  7. 7 I Must Go (2:03)
  8. 8 The Knack (3:44)
  9. 9 Onto the Dance Floor (3:41)
  10. 10 Elephant Girl (3:23)
  11. 11 I Can't Hold On (3:27)
  12. 12 The Apple Tree (4:59)
  13. 13 She Doesn't Have to Shave (3:11)
  14. 14 Footprints in the Frost (3:08)
  15. 15 Is That Love? (2:13)
  16. 16 Melody Motel (3:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Take Me I'm Yours (3:13)
  2. 2 Up the Junction (2:43)
  3. 3 Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)/Labelled with Love (7:23)
  4. 4 Tempted (3:50)
  5. 5 Third Rail (3:40)
  6. 6 Cold Shoulder (5:54)
  7. 7 Loving You Tonight (4:55)
  8. 8 Some Fantastic Place (4:37)
  9. 9 Third Rail (3:29)
  10. 10 Hourglass (4:00)
  11. 11 Tempted (4:16)
  12. 12 Some Fantastic Place (4:07)
  13. 13 Tempted (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Squeeze Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Malcolm Brown Producer
Chris Difford Composer
Jeff Griffin Producer
Martyn Parker Producer
Mike Robinson Engineer
Glenn Tilbrook Composer
Grahame White Engineer
Nick Gomm Engineer
Kevin Howlett Producer
Terry Staunton Liner Notes
John Sparrow Producer
Chris Whatmough Producer
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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Squeeze at their best!

    Squeeze is one of the greatest live bands around and this CD shows the raw talent of Glen and Chris. Sample some of the songs, it is fantastic and I having been listening to it for weeks now. There are two CDs and most people will tend to listen to the second CDs which has the hits of the 80s.

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