The Third Eye Centre

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As one of the intermittent non-LP clearing houses Belle & Sebastian occasionally release, The Third Eye Centre performs a useful service for dedicated fans while offering a roundly enjoyable B&S record for those who don't keep tallies of individual singles. Unlike Push Barman to Open Old Wounds, which rounded up the tight, purposeful EPs of the late '90s and singles of the early days of the new millennium, The Third Eye Centre plays a bit like a warehouse of B-sides. Some of this is due to the handful of remixes scattered throughout the 18-track album -- it opens with the Avalanches remix of "I'm a Cuckoo," and mixes of "Your Cover's Blown" and "I Didn't...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As one of the intermittent non-LP clearing houses Belle & Sebastian occasionally release, The Third Eye Centre performs a useful service for dedicated fans while offering a roundly enjoyable B&S record for those who don't keep tallies of individual singles. Unlike Push Barman to Open Old Wounds, which rounded up the tight, purposeful EPs of the late '90s and singles of the early days of the new millennium, The Third Eye Centre plays a bit like a warehouse of B-sides. Some of this is due to the handful of remixes scattered throughout the 18-track album -- it opens with the Avalanches remix of "I'm a Cuckoo," and mixes of "Your Cover's Blown" and "I Didn't See It Coming" arrive later -- as they're within the band's aesthetic yet sonically different. Some of this is also due to Belle & Sebastian cannily crafting their finished albums; everything on 2006's The Life Pursuit and 2010's Write About Love fit perfectly, so what didn't show up on the albums were bound to be strays. And strays they are, as The Third Eye Centre proves, but nearly every individual song offers something worthwhile, whether it's the headlong, swinging rush of "Suicide Girl," the brightly-colored, bespangled blues of "Last Trip," or Stevie Jackson's melancholy ballad "I Took a Long Hard Look." Part of the pleasure is hearing B&S stretch into reggae "The Eight Station of the Cross Kebab House" or jazz "Long Black Scarf" or funky country rock "I Believe In Travelin' Light" or frenetic new wave "Mr. Richard" or swaying doo wop "Meat and Potatoes", as each element belongs within their sound; but individually, none of these songs would've fit their respective albums. Taken together, they're still a bit of a mess but the joy in The Third Eye Centre is that it presents Belle & Sebastian at their most human and ungainly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2013
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861103820
  • Catalog Number: 11038
  • Sales rank: 28,087

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Belle and Sebastian Primary Artist
Richard Dodd Cello
Nick Ingman Conductor
Martin Loveday Cello
Anthony Pleeth Cello
Robert Smissen Viola
Gavyn Wright Violin
Peter Lale Viola
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Jackie Shave Violin
Bruce White Viola
David Daniels [cello] Cello
John Krovoza Cello
Julian Leaper Violin
Everton Nelson Violin
Eric Gorfain Violin
Daphne Chen Violin
Gustav Clarkson Viola
Andrea Kuypers Flute
Stephanie O'Keefe French Horn
Rozanne Suarez Vocals
Danielle Ondarza French Horn
Amy Wickman Violin
Lauren Chipman Viola
James Swinburne Saxophone
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
Wes Precourt Violin
Christopher Tombling Violin
David Woodcock Violin
Matt Cooker Cello
Benedict Cruft Violin
Stephen Grant Accordion
Kathy Shave Violin
Stephanie Stetson French Horn
Warren Zielinsky Violin
The Seltmans Organ
Sarah Swire Dancer
Melissa Rainer Cello
Laura Durrant Dancer
Joanne Pirrie Dancer
Freya Jeffs Dancer
Emily Jane Boyle Dancer
Chris Cowley Dancer
Technical Credits
Darren Allison Producer, Engineer
Trevor Horn Producer
Nick Ingman Orchestral Arrangements, Score
Julian Mendelsohn Engineer
Belle and Sebastian Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Todd Burke Engineer
Tony Doogan Producer, Engineer
The Avalanches Composer
Tony Hoffer Producer, Engineer
Richard X Remixing, Additional Production
Miaoux Miaoux Remixing
Bobbydazzler Remixing, Additional Production
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