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Lazy Line Painter Jane Single, EP, Maxi


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Jan. 20 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, EP, Maxi
  • Label: Jeepster
  • ASIN: B000007WNE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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Product Description

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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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. the second school finds if you're feeling sinister to be the best and everything else downhill. with one notable exception--i think both groups of fans love these three eps (or, at least most of the songs on the three eps). as for the third group of fans (of which i have yet to find a one) who likes "boy with the arab strap" or "fold your hands child"..to be better than the band's earlier output, well...i don't even know what to say.
anyway, these eps are varied and lovely and very emotionally engaging, with a few exceptions. i'll start with the highlights. 'a century of fakers' is truly a song for our (Now fading) generation, eclipsed by the boppy, snotty, younger britnee spearsophiles. "le pastie..." is a spaghetti western, but in the best way. "beautiful" is one of my favorite b & s songs ever. it is about recurring character lisa, who is bright yet perpetually bored, something that many b & s fans can relate to, i think: "she thought it would be fun to try photography, she thought it would be fun to try (...), she thought it would be fun to try most anything..." "put the book upon the shelf" is really great too, very self-reflexive in terms of its topic (success, status, etc. in the indie rock cafeteria).the hidden track is just lovely, too. "dog on wheels" is very nostalgic, it kind of creeps up on you. and then there's "you made me forget my dreams", another one of my favorite b&s songs of all time, in its woeful tale of disillusionment. the low points of this album with the exception of the aforementioned "dreams" largely appear on the 'painter jane' ep.
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