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Lazy Line Painter Jane [Single, EP, Import, Maxi]

Belle & Sebastian Audio CD
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1. Lazy Line Painter Jane
2. You Made Me Forget My Dreams
3. Photo Jenny
4. A Century Of Elvis

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The three four-song EPs that Belle and Sebastian released on their own Jeepster label in 1997 are regarded by many fans to be their most enjoyable artifacts, and it's hard to argue. Like a Peel session, there is a looser feel to these recordings; they're less perfectionist than the proper albums they bookend (Tigermilk and Sinister). And this is their charm: Stuart Murdoch and friends augment their preciously fey, orchestral pop with cross-genre elements and two great songs with spoken word on top that remind one of similar experiments conducted by the Mekons in the mid-'80s. The first EP includes an early, pre-Tigermilk demo of "Dog on Wheels," a delicious ditty that sounds like Nick Drake and Burt Bacharach working out a song in a practice space somewhere in Edinburgh. The choice to issue the music in facsimile editions--the only thing new is a piece of cardboard--rather than the single disc onto which they would easily fit seems a tad suspect. But these EPs do capture an unsteady group with great influences and good ideas in the act of transcending that to become one of the 1990s' smartest, most enjoyably decadent pop acts. --Mike McGonigal

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BELLE & SEBASTIAN Lazy Line Painter Jane (Deleted 1997 UK 4-track CD single includes You Made Me Forget My Dreams Photo Jenny and A Century Of Elvis complete with picture sleeve - arguably their greatest effort! JPRCDS002)

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By R. Dale
Format:Audio CD
write a prententious nonsensical review about how smart and intellectual i am because i'm from manhattan. oh my god it's like totally cool to be from manhattan and like go to record stores and talk with people about music because you can like only do that in like manhattan lol omg mdr wtf? anyway, the fact is belle and sebastian are a lovely band and people should check out this cd, not cuz some douche from manhattan said to, but becuz some douche from chicago said to, and i am that douche. pick it up, you won't be disappointed. so enjoy, even tho listening to belle and sebastian might make you think you are more indie rock than the next guy and super cool like the cool people in manhattan...i think they even have starbucks there..it's totally coooooool. thanks people. keep it real and have a lovely day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This box set made me a fan Oct. 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have always heard B+S spoken well of, but pretty much only in indie rock circles which can be kinda stuffy and closed-minded, so I didn't know to put much stock in it. I figured I'd give them a shot when the opportunity presented itself instead of going out of my way. That day came when I saw this box set at a retail store "going out of business sale" and I snapped it up for 4 bucks.
OK- a few things here: best 4 bucks I've spent in a LONG time. I would have gladly paid more than full price for this sucker had I know how great it was. Also, I'm SO angry at myself for waiting so long to get to know this great music! The EP set is only the tip of the iceberg, as they have four or five full-lengths, but I so admire their dedication to the EP format. Each of these (and Jonathan David, which I also got and strongly recommend!) have their own character and flavor.
Major highlight is "Lazy Line Painter Jane" which is the kind of song that could have ruled the airwaves back when Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" was a miserable failure. It reaches such orgasmic heights of Phil Specto-rama, with layer upon layer of sound building and building (AND BUILDING AND BUILDING) around the duet between Stewart and the soulful white girl Monica White. The lyrics are vague in a Stewart kind of way, with enough evocative references to "boys" and "girls" who's lives are potentially altered by the "last bus out of town" to make you buy into this grandiose drama of human feeling without knowing exactly what the hell is going on (Dylan-esque? Yes!) It's a total geek-out! And I just LOVE how that bass line recenters the focus after the first verse, breaks it all down and then builds it back up! You da man, Stewart!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Belle And Sebastian! April 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
This box set contains three cds all three of which are sure to mystify even non-BAS fans with tracks like Lazy Line Painter Jane, You Made Me Forget My Dreams, String Bean Jean and the very strange but funny Century of Elvis which has this bloke talking about his encounter with Elvis. This box set I think is mainly for the fans of BAS. I am not a fan entirely though I have nearly all of their cds. I highly recommend this box set however get the cd IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER first if you are unfamilar with Belle and Sebastian's unique sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Belle and Sebastian's best Aug. 23 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is Belle and Sebastian's best: and that's saying a lot. Few bands have such a concise album to their credit as Belle and Sebastian does with If You're Feeling Sinister. Unified but never monotonous, so consistent in theme yet offering so many different shades of emotion, and packed with 9 top-notch songs (I exclude the pleasant but bland Mayfly), Sinister is the first thing that would come to my mind if I were trying to define 'rock-solid.' But the Lazy Line set has something more: absolute brilliance.
Belle and Sebastian is one of only two groups I know that can have such a dense sound without crowding out the main theme, that can have so many instruments, and still have every one of them contributing something interesting: the other band is the Talking Heads. Most bands that try to achieve such thickly layered music just fall on their face: though they win fans and critical praise, to be sure, the result is nothing but over-produced rubbish.
And what's more, Belle and Sebastian don't just pull off these composing feats: they use the rich sound to enhance their songs. The well-paced, perfectly-orchestrated build-ups of Beautiful, Put the Book Back on the Shelf, and Lazy Line Painter Jane make these songs absolutely gripping: the melodic interplay becomes so engrossing by the end of the songs that every fiber of the listener's being is in tune with their dizzying, uplifting chamber-pop swagger. You Made me Forget my Dreams, on the other hand, has a heart-breaking delicacy, the broken phrases of its effects-heavy string instrumental both aching and soothing at once. And the stately melodic wash of Century of Fakers and The State I Am In achieves something in-between the intensity and the delicacy of the aforementioned tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 6 out of 5 stars! July 18 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm sorry, but there is NO better band than Belle & Sebastian. They rule!! I have a 10 disc changer in my car and all 10 are filled with B&S cds, including the three from this box set. I am a 5th grade teacher and I've made my students learn and sing 10 Belle & Sebastian songs, including "belle and sebastian", "chickfactor", "string bean jean" and "le pastie..." I cannot recommend Belle & Sebastian enough! BUY THIS CD SET!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't they put them all on one CD?
Best Song: The State I'm In
Worst Song: Century of Elvis
Get this First: If You're Feeling Sinister
Also Check out: Forever Changes by Love
Published on May 21 2002 by Will Ethridge
5.0 out of 5 stars all that i want is a photograph of photo jenny
photo jenny alone is good enough to blow twenty bucks on. try the bowlie version if you can find it.
Published on April 28 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars singin' songs for children...
Make it 4 1/2 stars. Even though the songs on here are not all instant ear-grabbers, lacking, say, the lush orchestrations of _If You're Feeling Sinister_, or the flat-out... Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2001 by robert bing
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, only slightly mental...
There are two schools of hardcore belle and sebastian fans, in my opinion. The first school finds tigermilk to be tops and everything downhill after that. Read more
Published on June 28 2001 by "slowcore"
5.0 out of 5 stars lazy line painter jane
i must have heard all the tunes over the years, from radio or friends, but only one really sticks in my mind, the title track of this "album" is one of the finest songs i... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work froma great group
I've been a fan of B&S since a friend recommended "If you're feeling sinister" several years ago, and I must say that this is the work of theirs which I consistently... Read more
Published on Dec 18 2000 by Dr. Fierce
3.0 out of 5 stars GIVEN TIME...
I have never been a mad fan of Belle and Sebastian. I love the albums, and I purchased this later when it was released as a set. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2000 by EriKa
5.0 out of 5 stars To my Dog on Wheels (phase two)
Tis I. The one, the only, the music fan from Ponca City, Oklahoma. If there's one review I regret, it is my anonymous review of the 'Lazy Line Painter Jane' box, and so I shall... Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2000 by Green Arrow
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