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Belle And Sebastian - The Third Eye Centre (Gatefold Sleeve) (2 LP) Vinyl 744861103882

Belle And Sebastian - The Third Eye Centre (Gatefold Sleeve) (2 LP)

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SKU: ZJR4NP-Q3IK-00
UPC: 744861103882

2014 2 X vinyl LP pressing with download code reissue of their 2013 B-sides & rarities compilation. Repackaged in a resealable mylar bag with customized obi strip.

As one of the intermittent non-LP clearing houses Belle & Sebastian occasionally release, The Third Eye Centre performs a useful service for dedicated fans while offering a roundly enjoyable B&S record for those who don't keep tallies of individual singles. Unlike Push Barman to Open Old Wounds, which rounded up the tight, purposeful EPs of the late '90s and singles of the early days of the new millennium, The Third Eye Centre plays a bit like a warehouse of B-sides. Some of this is due to the handful of remixes scattered throughout the 18-track album -- it opens with the Avalanches remix of "I'm a Cuckoo," and mixes of "Your Cover's Blown" and "I Didn't See It Coming" arrive later -- as they're within the band's aesthetic yet sonically different. Some of this is also due to Belle & Sebastian cannily crafting their finished albums; everything on 2006's The Life Pursuit and 2010's Write About Love fit perfectly, so what didn't show up on the albums were bound to be strays. And strays they are, as The Third Eye Centre proves, but nearly every individual song offers something worthwhile, whether it's the headlong, swinging rush of "Suicide Girl," the brightly-colored, bespangled blues of "Last Trip," or Stevie Jackson's melancholy ballad "I Took a Long Hard Look." Part of the pleasure is hearing B&S stretch into reggae ("The Eight Station of the Cross Kebab House") or jazz ("Long Black Scarf") or funky country rock ("(I Believe In) Travelin' Light") or frenetic new wave ("Mr. Richard") or swaying doo wop ("Meat and Potatoes"), as each element belongs within their sound; but individually, none of these songs would've fit their respective albums. Taken together, they're still a bit of a mess but the joy in The Third Eye Centre is that it presents Belle & Sebastian at their most human and ungainly. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • Format: Vinyl
  • Genre: Pop

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Tracklist

A1 I'm A Cuckoo (By The Avalanches)
A2 Suicide Girl
A3 Love On The March
A4 Last Trip
A5 Your Secrets
B1 Your Cover's Blown (Miaoux Miaoux Mix)
B2 I Took A Long Hard Look
B3 Heaven In The Afternoon
B4 Long Black Scarf
B5 The Eighth Station Of The Cross Kebab House
C1 I Didn't See It Coming (Richard X Mix)
C2 (I Believe In) Travellin' Light
C3 Stop, Look And Listen
C4 Passion Fruit
C5 Desperation Made A Fool Of Me
D1 Blue Eyes Of A Millionaire
D2 Mr Richard
D3 Meat And Potatoes
D4 The Life Pursuit


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