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Push Barman To Open Old Wounds

    A chronological  collection of all 25 songs from Belle and Sebastian’s seven Jeepster EP and single releases compiled on an album for the first time. The inner sleeve features the original artwork from the individual EP releases. The sleeve image will aim to explain the origins of the album’s title.

    The songs included here date back to the early days of the band’s career in 1997 when they released 3 four track EPs ("Dog On Wheels", "Lazy Line Painter Jane" and "3..6..9 Seconds of Light") to bridge the time between the release of their albums If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996) and The Boy With The Arab Strap (1998). Also included is their most successful single "Legal Man". The set concludes with the band’s last Jeepster single release "I’m Waking up To Us".

    None of these songs, which are virtually all remastered for this collection, have ever featured on Belle & Sebastian’s albums and, as individual catalogue singles become increasingly difficult to track down.

    Belle And Sebastian

    Tigermilk

      Originally released in an edition of 1,000 vinyl LPs as part of a college music business course, Belle & Sebastian's 1996 debut "Tigermilk" rapidly became a highly sought-after collector's item. Reissued in 1999 to combat a flood of expensive bootlegs, the album shows that the band's later acclaim was not unfounded.

      Nine of the 10 tracks feature main songwriter Stuart Murdoch's winsome vocals, a mix of acoustic andelectric instrumentation and a grab-bag of pianos, horns, flutes, and hand claps. The odd one out of the bunch is "Electronic Renaissance", an electronic keyboard knockabout that recalls Depeche Mode's more insistent moments from the Vince Clarke era. Standouts among the other tracks are "Expectations", the tale of a square peg at school who is 'known for being strange/Making life-size models of the Velvet Underground in clay', the lyrically wistful but musically charged "She's Losing It", and "I Don't Love Anyone", which references Felt, a band Belle & Sebastian cites among its influences.



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      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Belle And Sebastian

      The Boy With The Arab Strap

        After 1997's "If You're Feeling Sinister" made them critics' darlings, Scottish octet Belle And Sebastian ran straight into a series of label woes, and into the inevitable feeding frenzy that surrounds a free agent with their prodigious talents. Their experience with one label exec is detailed in "Seymour Stein" on "The Boy With The Arab Strap", which finds theband building on the pastoral pop charms of "Sinister...", adding a palpable layer of anger and an increasingly rich sonic palette to their painfully shy tales of despair.

        Near-overnight success taught the band a lot. This album moves from their trademark confessional diary sketches (still in abundance, as on the disarmingly naive "Is It Wicked Not To Care", and the tender "Rollercoaster Ride") to genuine social criticism, as on the title track, a narrative meditation on Britain's pretensions and societal ills. "Chickfactor" pulls apart the banality the band encountered on arrival in New York, an experience which only served to deepen the bashful anger that makes Belle and Sebastian so endearing.

        Belle And Sebastian

        If You're Feeling Sinister

          Their first 'official' release, after the limited edition "Tiger Milk" album. Includes "The Stars Of Track And Field" and "If You're Feeling Sinister". Clever, witty songs - a true indie classic.

          Belle And Sebastian

          Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant

            For their fourth and most cleverly titled album, Glasgow's fey folk-popsters Belle & Sebastian have constructed another11 songs that at times reach into new musical and lyrical areas. Following secondary composer Stuart David's departure, de facto leader Stuart Murdoch divides the songwriting chores among the other members; yet what's apparent is the single-mindedness of Belle & Sebastian's song focus.

            The overall mood is even softer and more precious (if that can be believed) than their previous efforts. Murdoch and Chris Geddes' "Don't Leave The Light On Baby" is the band's attempt at a '70s soul ballad, a Wurlitzer adding a Music-of-My-Mind vibe to a lovers' dissertation. Isobel Campbell's "Beyond The Sunrise" is biblical Celtic-prog-folk, all flutes and acoustic guitar, while Jackson's own "The Wrong Girl" is an upbeat, country-ish lament with typically soulful Belle & Sebastian strings and trumpet giving the song an understated melodic kick. Of course, Murdoch contributes a classic or two - "I Fought a War" is a gentle away-at-the-battlefield tale imbued with the greatest sense of dread Murdoch's ever given a song. And "Woman's Realm" is the kind of pop stomper "Arab Strap" was packed to the gills with, highlighted here by its increasingly quiet surroundings.

            Belle And Sebastian

            Fans Only

              A great DVD compilation, including all their videos, along with live performances, interviews, out-takes, TV appearances, early documentary footage, exclusive material and behind the scenes insights into the evolution of the band.

              Belle And Sebastian

              Storytelling

                Almost two years since "Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant", Belle & Sebastian return with "Storytelling". The album is compiled of songs that were written throughout 2001 for Todd Solondz's film of the same name. Some of the tracks feature in the film and others were written about the film after its completion. The album also features excerpts of dialogue from the film.


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