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Janice Long Session 15.07.86

    Even before the release of the debut single from off-kilter Scottish indie-pop legends Close Lobsters, the late, lamented Janice Long got them in for their first outing at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios. They recorded a session featuring four staples from their blistering live set at the time – which was peak-hour C86.

    Two of the songs included here in early versions ended up re-recorded as A-sides of singles, paving the way to a close shave with stardom via their incredible debut album ‘Foxheads Stalk This Land’, released a year later.


    Never Seen Before
    Pathetic Trivia
    Heaven … Rains [Going To Heaven To See If It Rains]
    Nothing Really Matters

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    John Peel Session 04.01.88

      A year and a half after their first BBC session, Close Lobsters returned to Maida Vale at the behest of John Peel. What emerged was a stunning session including three songs destined for their next single ‘What Is There To Smile About?’ – among them the Lobsters classic, ‘Loopholes’ – plus a cover with near-legendary status among fans: their version of ‘Mirror Breaks’ by anarcho-punk outfit The Mob.


      What Is There To Smile About?
      From This Day On
      Mirror Breaks

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      Session EPs

        This limited edition 3x10" collection features the two Precious Recordings Sessions EPs along with a Radio Clyde Session EP which is exclusive to this bundle.


        John Peel Session
        1. Loopholes 02:44
        2. From This Day On 04:42
        3. What Is There To Smile About? 02:47
        4. Mirror Breaks 03:46

        Janice Long Session

        1. Never Seen Before 02:55
        2. Pathetic Trivia 02:38
        3. Heaven … Rains [Going To Heaven To See If It Rains] 03:06
        4. Nothing Really Matters 03:04

        Radio Clyde Session
        5. Lovely Little Swan 03:48
        6. Le Grande Ennui [Knee Trembler] 04:37
        7. Nature Thing 03:59
        8. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye 04:25

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