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Push Barman to Open Old Wounds

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2005
Label: Matador Records
UPC: 0744861064923
catalogNumber: 10649
Rank: 101324

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
Jackson   Cover Star
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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