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  • Summary: This disc compiles tracks from all five sessions the band recorded for the BBC's John Peel and Steve Lemacq shows.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
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  1. This is ageless music, and utterly, one hundred per cent essential.
  2. Government Commissions is a must-have for any Mogwai fan, as the live version of “Like Herod” alone is worth the price of the full CD.
  3. The press release accompanying this record also states that Government Commissions is a greatest hits record of sorts, but this really is a love letter to Mogwai fans, some who feel the intensity of the band's live performances have bettered their studio output.
  4. An essential Mogwai purchase. [26 Feb 2005, p.66]
  5. This is, by no means, Mogwai’s finest hour, but Government Commissions deserves praise for its proof positive of the consistent quality of the band.
  6. If you have everything by the Scottish gang of five, this is good excuse to remind yourself of their genius in different circumstances. If you are new to them, then it is a fine introduction to a band whose importance and integrity over the years is unquestionable.
  7. Inevitably, though, there's an unevenness to the improvised soundscaping. [Mar 2005, p.101]

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