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  • Summary: The 16-track collection features four different sessions from 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2001 at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios where Green Day recorded songs for the Steve Lamacq Show on Radio 1.
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  • Record Label: Reprise
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk Revival, Pop Punk
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  1. Mojo
    Dec 14, 2021
    80
    A reminder that Green Day's songwriting is far more nuanced than they're often given credit for. [Feb 2022, p.96]
  2. Dec 14, 2021
    80
    The BBC Sessions is a collection of impossibly fluent songs delivered in momentary fashion by one of America’s great bands. To hear them doing their thing without the clutter and fuss to which they have increasingly fallen prey is a wonderful thing.
  3. Dec 14, 2021
    80
    The BBC Sessions emphasizes both the connective threads and creative evolution of Green Day during the first act of their career, which makes it a worthy historical document in addition to a first-rate live album.
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 14, 2021
    80
    Although there are 16 tracks here from four sessions at the BBC's Maida Vale studios between that date [June 8, 1994] and August 2001, there's something about the four tracks they recorded while riding high o Dookie's success that crackle with extra force. [Jan 2022, p.89]
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  1. Dec 17, 2021
    9
    Enjoyed it a lot, one of my favorite artists ever. I'll definitely be listening a lot
  2. Dec 15, 2021
    6
    This compilation of live performances spanning the late 1990s to the early 2000s is interesting to say the least. There is some flaws to itThis compilation of live performances spanning the late 1990s to the early 2000s is interesting to say the least. There is some flaws to it though, chiefly in one of the first five songs where the tempo is slower than it has to be. Also, vocal color is all over the place, but that's not surprising it's from three live performances from 1994, 1997 and 2001. Also, extra credit for the strategically placed sheep baa. Overall, the BBC sessions are okay, but there are better out there. It's a must-listen for all Green Day fans. Expand