The Radio One Sessions

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given the shockingly anticlimactic second and third acts of Elastica's career, it's easy to forget why they were considered one of the greatest, most exciting acts of the mid-'90s -- not just one of the leading lights of Britpop, but one of the few to be acclaimed critically in the States who, after the first Suede album, pretty much ignored Britpop until 1996, after it had peaked. Their eponymous debut offers a reminder why they were so highly regarded, but to hear what they really sounded like in the thick of things, to bring the era back to life in vivid color, The Radio One Sessions is needed. This is crackling, kinetic rock & roll, created with sharp ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given the shockingly anticlimactic second and third acts of Elastica's career, it's easy to forget why they were considered one of the greatest, most exciting acts of the mid-'90s -- not just one of the leading lights of Britpop, but one of the few to be acclaimed critically in the States who, after the first Suede album, pretty much ignored Britpop until 1996, after it had peaked. Their eponymous debut offers a reminder why they were so highly regarded, but to hear what they really sounded like in the thick of things, to bring the era back to life in vivid color, The Radio One Sessions is needed. This is crackling, kinetic rock & roll, created with sharp angles, piercing hooks, thundering backbeats, slyly jaded debauchery, and overwhelming, unbearably hot sexuality. All this hangs stronger here, amid the songs that never made it past B-sides, or even those that didn't make it that far, not just because the band is looser, rocking harder, but because this plays to the group's strengths. There are no misguided "Indian Song"s, no soul-baring tunes like "Never Here," just tightly wound, thrilling alive art punk-pop, rarely longer than two minutes and 30 seconds. Listening to their first five sessions -- tracks one through 14 -- Elastica sound as good as a rock band could hope to be, even when they're performing carols for John Peel's Christmas broadcast. The Radio One Sessions dips off a bit with the sixth radio session -- a set from 1996, when they added electronica beats while flailing around, trying to find a way to follow their fluke success -- but it ends on a high note, with their final session, when they pulled it all together for a fine second effort that sounded a lot like the first. But all this doesn't hurt what is really one of the greatest, and most necessary, BBC sessions yet -- yeah, a lot of this has circulated on bootleg before after all, Elastica came of age during the great boot boom of the '90s, when every group had at least five boots easily available, but this is music so good, it not only deserves to be out officially, fans won't mind buying it again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923862420
  • Catalog Number: 8624

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Annie (1:15)
  2. 2 Spastica (2:34)
  3. 3 Line Up (3:12)
  4. 4 Vaseline (1:20)
  5. 5 Brighton Rock (1:56)
  6. 6 In the City (1:31)
  7. 7 Waking Up (3:17)
  8. 8 Four Wheeling (2:26)
  9. 9 Hold Me Now (2:26)
  10. 10 Ba Ba Ba (2:33)
  11. 11 All for Gloria (3:02)
  12. 12 I Wanna Be a King of Orient Aah (2:05)
  13. 13 Rock 'N' Roll (2:14)
  14. 14 2:1 (2:29)
  15. 15 I Want You (4:05)
  16. 16 Only Human (3:24)
  17. 17 A Love Like Ours (2:27)
  18. 18 KB (3:13)
  19. 19 Da Da (3:41)
  20. 20 Generator (1:47)
  21. 21 Your Arse My Place (1:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elastica Primary Artist
Justine Frischmann Guitar, Vocals
Annie Holland Bass
Justin Welch Drums, Voices
Donna Matthews Guitar, Background Vocals
Dave Bush Keyboards
Sheila Chipperfield Bass
Mew Keyboards, Background Vocals
Paul Jones Guitar
Technical Credits
Miti Adhikari Producer
Nick Gomm Producer
Andy Rogers Engineer
Tim Durham Producer
Lisa Softley Engineer
Fred Kay Engineer
James Birtwistle Producer
Nick Fountain Engineer
Lis Roberts Producer
Dave Bush Programming
George W. Thomas Engineer
Tony Worthington Engineer
Steve Lamacq Liner Notes
Steve Gullick Inlay Photography
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A lot packed in to one record

    To be expected, this Radio One Session is a bit weak on sound and mixing, but that is the point. Elastica comes accross as a relevant mix of what kept alternative music from becoming too lame following the departure of Wire, The Smiths, and Pixies. Short, fast tracks with a few snoozers inbetween. This may not be the one you blast from your dorm room or car stereo, but it is definitely the one that helps you decide on the next one that you will blast from your public loudsystem. Besides, it's the only Elastica that B&N offers right now.

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