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3.6.9 Seconds of Light Single, EP, Import


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Jan. 20 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, EP, Import
  • Label: Jeepster
  • ASIN: B000007WNC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

1. A Century Of Fakers
2. Le Pastie De La Bourgeoisie
3. Beautiful
4. Put The Book Back On The Shelf

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I just want to say, that anyone who likes Belle and Sebastian should certainly add this to their collection. Really, you should buy this in the Lazy Line Painter box set. Le Pastie De La Bourgeoisie is my all time fav B&S song (although my fiancé won't listen to it because he thinks the word "bourgeoisie" is pretentious). I consider it my personal theme song; you can take that for what it's worth. The rest of the songs are pretty good too.
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If you haven't listened to Belle & Sebastian before, well you should. A good idea would be to buy a used (or new, it's about the same price I suppose) copy of this EP. '3..6..9 Seconds of Light.' In under twenty minutes, it's easy to grasp how nice the band sounds together. It takes a lot longer to hear how every part, every instrument, fits in together, creating these four beautiful songs. For a quick listen, grab this cd. It's worth it.
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By "bujuzu" on Sept. 19 2000
Format: Audio CD
I never rate 5 stars. Never. This EP is perfection. It encompasses everything the band was, is and should be in just 4 tunes. Beautiful, melodic, emotional and slightly popish - You will never stop loving it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Shambling Perfection April 30 2009
By David W. Fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Belle and Sebastian have come a long ways from their early days as a group of shambling amateur musicians from Glasgow. It certainly is nice to go back to their earlier releases and remember how brilliant that shambling innocence really was though. For all the produced pop perfection of the Life Pursuit and DCW, those records will never hold a candle to the casual perfection of their early albums and EPs. Out of all the fantastic collections of songs the band released between 1995-98, 3..6..9 Seconds of Light stands a bit taller than the rest. Its five tracks (yes five, including the short hidden track)truly do stand the test of time. It starts off strong with "A Century of Fakers" and gets better from there with the surprisingly rocking "Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie." That masterpiece is followed by pure pop perfection in the trumpet laced "Beautiful", which really does live up to its title. The best, however, is saved for last with "Put the Book Back on the Shelf", which rivals the best work on If You're Feeling Sinister and Tigermilk. That songs fades into the brief "Songs for Children" which provides a nice ending for this mini-album. I would highly recommend it as a starting place for any newcomers out their, as for any fans that may not have already heard this, well, you know what you are missing!
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A regular in my car cd player... March 7 2003
By Renee Syrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just want to say, that anyone who likes Belle and Sebastian should certainly add this to their collection. Really, you should buy this in the Lazy Line Painter box set. Le Pastie De La Bourgeoisie is my all time fav B&S song (although my fiancé won't listen to it because he thinks the word "bourgeoisie" is pretentious). I consider it my personal theme song; you can take that for what it's worth. The rest of the songs are pretty good too.
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Perfect Sept. 19 2000
By "bujuzu" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I never rate 5 stars. Never. This EP is perfection. It encompasses everything the band was, is and should be in just 4 tunes. Beautiful, melodic, emotional and slightly popish - You will never stop loving it.
B&S's best work in the EP format, encapsulating everything that drew listeners to this twee pop band in the 1990s Oct. 23 2013
By Christopher Culver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Along with all the other Belle and Sebastian's EPs from the band's years signed to the Jeepster label, 3-6-9 SECONDS OF LIGHT was reissued on the two-CD collection Push Barman to Open Old Wounds. However, the 19 minutes of material on this 1997 release is so strong that 3-6-9 SECONDS OF LIFE merits an individual consideration. Like all of Belle and Sebastian's early work, the songs "A Century of Fakers", "La Pastie de la Bourgeosie", "Beautiful" and "Put the Book Back on the Shelf" are twee pop with relatively low-fi production.

In spite of the jangly instrumental goodness, "A Century of Fakers" contains some of Stuart Murdoch's most biting lyrics: "There are people going hungry far away / They've got nothing on their plates / And you're filling your fat face / With every kind of cake. / If you ever go lardy or go lame / I will drop you straightaway. / That's the chance you've got to take / For every stupid thing you say."

"La Pastie de la Bourgeosie", which takes its name from a Glasgow graffiti on the walls of a bakery, is one of Murdoch's songs on the difficulties of fitting in as a teenager: "Sunbeam shine, mousy girl in the end pew. You'd stay home, oh if only I'd let you ... You're too tall, much too tall for a boyfriend / They run and hide from your buck teeth and split ends" and ultimately morphs into a celebration of the sense of freedom that reading Kerouac can instill. This intricately scored, virtuosic song remains one of the band's live favourites over 15 years after they recorded it here.

"Beautiful" is the sparsest track on the EP, initially just Stuart Murdoch and his guitar. Again the lyrics are a psychological study of a girl in trouble (which also alludes to Murdoch's open-mic days under the name "Lisa Helps the Blind"). Isobel Cambell's cello and Mick Cooke's trumpet are prominent.

"Put the Book Back on the Shelf" is another sparse track, the closest in spirit (and production) to the If You're Feeling Sinister album of the same year. Isobel Campbell backs Murdoch on vocals with lovely effect. Mick Cooke again plays trumpet. At the end of this song, after a few seconds of silence, the rest of track 4 is filled out by Murdoch's home demo of a song about the Belle and Sebastian characters that gave the band its name.

Unlike many other Belle and Sebastian EPs (or any band's EPs in general), the B-side features no sub-par tracks, ambient noodling or the band goofing off. It's all top-drawer work, and just as strong as the band's strongest full-length albums.
More than worthy companions March 26 2009
By IRate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of few (especially indie) bands even non-fans can blindly invest into short-lengths as potential starting points, often yielding better results. These brief excursions tend to have all the energy, tight songwriting, and small-risk taking quite a few of there LP's cannot sustain throughout.

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