The BBC Sessions - Belle & Sebastian
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  • Summary: The two-disc set includes track recorded by the BBC between 1996 and 2001.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
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  1. There’s still a lot to love about B&S, but there was something magical, otherworldly even, about them during this period that this compilation captures perfectly.
  2. Serious fans will covet the four excellent unreleased songs from a 2001 recording.
  3. Compilations of this sort can rarely stand as both, and The BBC Sessions, through innovative and intelligent sequencing as well as a dedication to the band’s history, stands well above its peers.
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    The band rarely strays from the album versions of songs (sometimes to a frustrating degree; would it have killed B&S to record a version of 'Sleep The Clock Around' without the annoyingly long fade-in?), but such faithful rendering doesn’t make the material predictable; rather, it shows the band at the top of its delicate game.
  5. With or without the four unreleased songs, this was always going to be an essential collection for any Belle & Sebastian obsessive, and the credits are a reminder there’s plenty more to come.
  6. Songwriter Stuart Murdoch often makes good on Morrissey's promise to deliver songs that live up to their titles.
  7. Truth is, there’s nothing too striking on The BBC Sessions, save for the closing four tracks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  1. ColinH.
    Nov 21, 2008
    Fantastic - perfectly captures B&S at their peak (CD1) and also how much fun they were live (CD2). Worth getting even if you own all the albums, singles, Push Barman, or the DVD Fans Only...! Expand
  2. SadiaS
    Feb 7, 2009
    As always, Belle and Sebastian can light up my day with anything!
  3. Nov 2, 2011
    A good collection of B&S songs - obviously doesn't have the same feel, atmosphere or continuity of a studio album but does a great job of showcasing the band during this period with some nice covers on here also. Geared towards the avid fan with some rarities on it but would also do a nice job of introducing someone to B&S. Expand
  4. Jul 6, 2012
    Just for fans. There's nothing very special about theese peformances and the b-side tracks are just that; b-side tracks. Funny enough Belle & Sebastian are an amazing band on stage and maybe they should consider releasing an live album from one of those festivals with thousands of fans singing. Expand