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At The BBC [CD, 8mm, PAL, Box set]

Siouxsie & The Banshees Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: CD, 8mm, PAL, Box set
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B001UJGK7C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,546 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Love In A Void [John Peel 29/11/77]
2. Mirage [John Peel 29/11/77]
3. Metal Postcard [John Peel 29/11/77]
4. Suburban Relapse [John Peel 29/11/77]
5. Hong Kong Garden [John Peel 6/2/78]
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Coal Mind
2. Green Fingers
3. Painted Bird
4. Cascade
5. Candyman [John Peel 10/2/81]
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Night Shift
2. 92 Degrees
3. Pulled To Bits
4. Switch
5. Happy House
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Metal Postcard
2. Jigsaw Feeling
3. Playground Twist
4. Love In A Void
5. Regal Zone
See all 60 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Siouxsie and the Banshees at the BBC is a stunning 84-track, all digitally-remastered, 4 disc hard-back book set of exclusive BBC sessions, live concert tracks and TV performances recorded between 1977–2001 split across 3CDs and a DVD. All tracks were hand picked by the band, including alternative versions of 18 classic hit singles, key session tracks from 1977-1987 and a concert recording from the Apollo Theatre in Oxford in 1985. The set also includes the complete John Peel sessions alongside sessions recorded for Kid Jensen, Richard Skinner and Janice Long. Disc 3 contains highlights from their BBC concert recordings at the Apollo Theatre in Oxford and the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1988, where the band performed a storming set 3 nights in a row to a sold out crowd. Highlights include a breathtaking "Last Beat of My Heart", "Christine" and a rip roaring crowd pleasing end of show version of "Hong Kong Garden". Disc 4, however, is the real gem; a 29 track DVD of the band’s BBC TV performances, features the complete Old Grey Whistle Test broadcasts from 1978, 1982 and 1985, the Something Else performances from 1979 and 1980, the Rock Goes to College broadcast from 1981 and the band’s complete Top of the Pops performances. A fantastic 30 page booklet contains extensive sleeve notes by Paul Morley, interviews with all the band members and a unique and insightful introduction written by Siouxsie.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Banshees box is cascading sweet rarities 15 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Having seen The Banshees at the peak of their career two times in Finland during their 1982 Scandinavian tour, which at the same time was the band's live intermission between JuJu, which I still rank, alongside The Scream and A Kiss In The Dreamhouse, on the trilogy of the Banshees's most brightest and innovative musical moments. Especially the 1982 Dave Jensen session with very raw versions of the songs like Cascade or Green Fingers, before the band lost themselves into psychedelic depths with producer Mike Hedges on Dreamhouse, and painted the songs with more Klimtian colours using flowerish and very rich, keyboard- and loop-orientated production colouring the songs which the band composed during their 1982 spring break, to follow up the single Fireworks, which still had the unique 1980-1982 era Banshees's trademark with Steve Severin's pulsating bass, John McGeoch's flangered guitar parts and Budgie's tumultous drumming.

Beside this unique four songs session you will find the 3 CD + DVD box set including all the Banshees's Peel sessions, on which it is verty easy to see, how the band's musical evolution on the Chuck Berry or T Rex -orientated glam/rock riffs of the first ever recorded version of Love In A Void from 1977 to the final echoes of ecstatic Into The Light from spring 1981. The production quality on the 1981 Richard Skinner session is a bit poorer compared to the others, but the raw version both on Arabian Knights and Head Cut are just worth of checking, beside the other pearls. Even with the 1979 Peel session Banshees show their music rooting more on the early 1970's glam or psychedelia than punk rock, with the Edgar Allan Poeishly horror-echoing lyrical alienation no progressive rock band could had ever been able to create.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Licence Fee 10 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was invited by Amazon to write a review for these 3 CDs 1 DVD and have no problem recommending Siouxsie Sue and her gang's work in the studio, on stage and on TV for the BBC.
I had recently heard the re-issues on the original albums, containing many the original versions of tracks on this box set, and the versions here are excellent too. Peel (and others) sessions, Live and an entire Concert make up the CDs , but the real treat, is the DVD , all TOTP Old Grey Whistle test and other TV appearances and a concert filmed by the BBC. The only downside is a picture gallery on the DVD would have been a bonus as well as an interview or possibly the excellent Queens of British Pop series which ran on BBC around the same time as this release, which Siouxsie Sue , rightly , featured extensively.
Just a thought perhaps all the "already paid for" material held by the BBC should be made available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL 17 Sep 2009
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As a big fan of Siouxsie and The Banshees, this is really the
collection I was waiting for.
3 superb audio CD's and an EXCELLENT DVD !
VERY NICE...!!! Just buy it and taste it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made in Hong Kong 5 May 2011
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Raw unscrambled angular shattered electric noises ripped from the guitar in jagged rhythms with a young uber mannequin jerking her voice to the pulse as each volt chord forces her body to respond. This was the early Banshees creating a new found sound re arranged from the debris of the past. A total change from soft cooing sentimentality of female singers romantically alluring young men and women to buy their sensuality then drown them on the rock of their mass fantasy. All provided courtesy of the BBC licence fee.

Siouxsie displayed other forms of feminimity, a Wanda to the Severin, haughty severe, ice frozen whilst displaying a towering sexual charisma. The obverse to Farrrah Fawcett airbrush blonde cutsies dominating TV. From Carry in Films, Off the Buses, Death us do Die and Panned People British comedies/films were replete with stereotypical little girls, none of the roles worth inhabiting. All lead to coquetish bed time manner allure or the depression in failing to uphold a basic stereotype. All signposts for women led to bed and children. The real world was made by men. Only 11 years previously the summing up judge in the "Last Exit To Brooklyn" trial stated the jury should only be composed of men. The book would corrupt the female jurors.

11 years later Siouxsie emerged in 1977 tearing up the rule book.

Siouxise as Morley fails to mention in the interminable airburshed sleeve note twaddle was a gale force tornado of fresh air, even for hetero men beset by giggling slightly malicious blonde stereotypes. Suddenly after Siouxsie (AS) there were women who read Kafka, Selby, Burroughs, Algren, Bukowski, Nin and watched films that weren't rom coms, listened to rock music, knew how to hold a joint, drink and tell stories not in a manly way but a new way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Banshee 1 Dec 2011
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I was a bit sceptical about this before I ordered it mainly as it seemed expensive for what I incorrectly assumed was a BBC sessions cd. In fact there are 3 music discs, plus a dvd and an excellent essay by Paul Morley. Siouxsie makes a small contribution too. What makes this special? Well the packaging is fantastic - a sturdy hardback book cover; really, really comprehensive sessions spanning the Banshees entire career which is after all, a long one but the favourite for me, is the dvd. Not the usual promo videos nor just the obvious OGWT sessions, but some great hidden gems which I've never seen before, or only remember vaguely from my youth :) (a LONG time ago!!!). I can't recommend this highly enough. It's incredibly comprehensive in all ways and an absolute bargain!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Good
Extremely good sound quality, this contains three CDs and a DVD of all the Siouxsie And The Banshees recordings for the BBC. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mr. Scott Carrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Siouxsie Sioux the Ice Queen Cometh
The ice queen Siouxsie Sioux still the only true talented individual that the short lived punk phenomena produced. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John William Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Banshees
Spotted this ages ago and hung on to get it at a resonable price, which I did. Other stockists were charging up to £30+ then wanting postage.
Published 18 months ago by Peter Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is indeed a happy house!
I remember listening to those early John Peel sessions before the band signed to Polydor and bought the 1st 3 albums (Metal Postcard was an... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Stevie B
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional compilation!
I was really looking forward to getting this set and I was far from dissapointed. The first CD contains already released material, although I hadn't heard them before and it was... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2012 by JJKelsall
5.0 out of 5 stars Archive Siouxsie At Her Best!!!T
The artwork of this BBC release echoes Siouxsies'Finale dvd, which was also released in 2009.

The real gem of this boxset is the dvd. With its' rarely shown early t. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2011 by L. D. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars At the BBC - Siouxsie And The Banshees
If you hate your brother eternally for going to see Siouxsie And The Banshees supported by The Cure in 1978 but not taking you ( cos you were too young to get in !! Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2010 by Matthew McMillan
5.0 out of 5 stars bargain
great value,i use amazon more than itunes now,drm free most songs are cheaper and more free songs are on offer.
Published on 30 May 2010 by Mr. K. Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Siouxsie is the best..!
I love it, I really love this box... If you are a Siouxsie fan... buy it!!
Published on 3 April 2010 by Ulises Cosio Villegas
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs from the edge of the world
So many gems here, where do you start? The radio sessions are particularly welcome as they showcase the Banshees being raw, exciting and experimental. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2010 by Hazel J. Bradley
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