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BBC Sessions

BBC Sessions

  • October 1999
  • Bella Union
  • Bella CD 14

Track listing

  1. Disc 1
    • John Peel Radio Session,” 15 July 1982
      • Wax and Wane
      • Garlands
      • Alas Dies Laughing
      • Feathers-Oar-Blades
    • From “John Peel Radio Session,” 31 January 1983
      • Hearsay Please
      • Dear Heart
      • Blind Dumb Deaf
      • Hazel
    • From “John Peel Radio Session,” 4 October 1983
      • The Tinderbox (of a heart)
      • Strange Fruit
      • Hitherto
      • From the Flagstones
    • From “John Peel Radio Session,” 10 October 1983
      • Sugar Hiccup
      • In Our Angelhood
      • My Hue and Cry
      • Musette and Drums
  2. Disc 2
    • From “Saturday Night Live,” 3 December 1983
      • Hitherto
      • From the Flagstones
      • Musette and Drums
    • From “John Peel Radio Session,” 5 September 1984
      • Pepper-Tree
      • Beatrix
      • Ivo
      • Otterley
    • From “Mark Radcliffe Radio Show,” 12 March 1996
      • Serpentskirt
      • Golden-vein
      • Half-Gifts
      • Seekers Who Are Lovers
    • From “Robert Elms GLR,” 10 April 1996
      • Calfskin-Smack
      • Fifty-Fifty Clown
      • Violaine

Available formats

  • CD
  • Digital

Performers

Release notes

  • Disc 1
    • Tracks 1-4 BBC producer John Owen Williams. Engineered by Dave Dade and Mike Engles.
    • Tracks 5-8 BBC producer Dale Griffin. Engineered by Harry Parker.
    • Tracks 9-12 BBC producer John Walters.
    • Tracks 13-16 BBC producer Dale Griffin. Engineered by Mike Engles.
  • Disc 2
    • Tracks 1-3 BBC producer Mark Radcliffe.
    • Tracks 4-7 BBC producer Barry Andrews. Engineered by Nick Gomm.
    • Tracks 8-11 BBC producer Lis Roberts. Engineered by Lincoln Fong.
    • Tracks 12-14 BBC producers Jim Lahat and Suzanne Gilfilian. Engineered by Paul Strudwick.
  • Art and design by Russell Mills.
  • Design and image melts by Michael Webster.

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  • Peaked at #87 on the UK album chart.
  • “Strange Fruit” is a cover of the song made famous by Billie Holliday—a singer to whom Elizabeth Fraser is occasionally compared—in 1939. It was written by Abel Meeropol as a poem and published in 1937 as a protest against racism and racial violence (particularly lynching) in the United States.
  • The instrumental “My Hue and Cry” shares a title with a song performed during Cocteau Twins’ 1986 tour, though the live version differs significantly.

Video

Live performance of “My Hue and Cry,” 1986.

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