Although the Glaswegian indie pop juggernaut based around Stuart Murdoch sadly appears to have lost the plot - there are no present plans to record a follow-up to 2006's The Life Pursuit - this BBC Sessions two-disc set brings us back to the happier times of their Jeepster years, 1996-2001. This is Belle and Sebastian near their creative peak, with Isobel Campbell still present, long before the terrible idea of bringing Trevor Horn into the studio with them as a producer had crossed their minds and they still had no good reason to use the word "catastrophe" in an album title.
Performing live in the BBC studios affords the group the ability to stretch out and test the new song ideas that made these one-off recordings so sought after by the group's most ardent sweater-clad fans. Regrettably, it's not a comprehensive collection of their entire BBC recorded output - where's We Rule The School from the Mark Radcliffe show? But the bonus disc of the Live In Belfast recordings from 2001 kinda makes up for the oversight thanks largely to the entertaining covers of Here Comes The Sun and I'm Waiting For The Man and The Boys Are Back In Town.
Top track: Shoot the Sexual Athlete