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  • Audio CD (14 Jan. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B0010M6GUK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Torn On The Platform (XFM Live Session)Jack Penate 3:53Album Only
Listen  2. Foundations (XFM Live Sessions Version)Kate Nash 3:32Album Only
Listen  3. I'm Not Sorry (XFM Live Sessions Version)The Pigeon Detectives 3:23Album Only
Listen  4. Sheila (XFM Live Sessions Versiosn)Jamie T 4:04Album Only
Listen  5. Morden (XFM Live Sessions Version)Good Shoes 2:38Album Only
Listen  6. First Love (XFM Live Sessions Version)The Maccabees 2:58Album Only
Listen  7. Girls And Boys In Love (XFM Live Sessions Version)The Rumble Strips 2:23Album Only
Listen  8. Sometimes Its Better Not To Stick Bits Of Each Other Into Each Other (XFM Live Sessions Version)Hot Club De Paris 3:11Album Only
Listen  9. Too Late, Too Late (XFM Live Sessions Version)Mr Hudson & The Library 3:08Album Only
Listen10. What's A Girl To Do (XFM Live Sessions Version)Bat For Lashes 2:45Album Only
Listen11. Acceptable In The 80's (XFM Live session Version)Calvin Harris 4:05Album Only
Listen12. Count In Fives (XFM Live Session Version)The Horrors 3:15Album Only
Listen13. Either Way (XFM Live Sessions Version)The Twang 4:13Album Only
Listen14. Sister Rosetta (Capture The Spirit) (XFM Live Sessions Version)Noisettes 3:05Album Only
Listen15. Jonny Sniper (XFM Live Sessions Version)Enter Shikari 3:55Album Only
Listen16. Away From Here (XFM Live Sessions Version)Enemy 3:13Album Only
Listen17. Backfired At The Disco (XFM Live Sessions Version)The Wombats 3:11Album Only
Listen18. Same Jeans (XFM Live Sessions Version)The View 3:35Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Chelsea Dagger (XFM Live Sessions Version)The Fratellis 3:34Album Only
Listen  2. Monster (XFM Live Sessions Version)The Automatic 3:31Album Only
Listen  3. Banquet (XFM Live Sessions Version)Bloc Party 3:18Album Only
Listen  4. Oh My God (XFM Live Sessions Version)Kaiser Chiefs 3:27Album Only
Listen  5. Hard To Beat (XFM Live Sessions Version)Hard-FI 4:10Album Only
Listen  6. Killamangiro (XFM Live Sessions Version)Babyshambles 3:42Album Only
Listen  7. Munich (XFM Live Sessions Version)Editors 4:50Album Only
Listen  8. Unsatisfied (XFM Live Sessions Version)Nine Black Alps 3:00Album Only
Listen  9. Forever Lost (XFM Live Sessions Version)The Magic Numbers 4:12Album Only
Listen10. Everybody's Changing (XFM Live Sessions Version)Keane 3:40Album Only
Listen11. Vice (XFM Live Sessions Version)Razorlight 3:18Album Only
Listen12. Processed Beats (XFM Live Sessions Version)Kasabian 3:18Album Only
Listen13. What A Waster (XFM Live Sessions Version)The Libertines 2:59Album Only
Listen14. Newborn (XFM Live Sessions Version)Elbow 6:01Album Only
Listen15. Alcoholic (XFM Live Sessions Version)Starsailor 3:53Album Only
Listen16. A House (XFM Live Sessions Version)The Doves 3:22Album Only
Listen17. All You Good Good People (XFM Live Sessions Versions)Embrace 6:30Album Only
Listen18. Local Boy In The Photograph (XFM Live Sessions Versions)Stereophonics 4:14Album Only

Product Description

Product Description

A 2CD collection direct from XFM's archives of session recordings and live performances.

Focusing on debut albums, this album features some of the hottest UK acts to release their first longplayers in 2007, alongside classic British artists of the last 10 years. Each of the 36 tracks will be a version of a cut from the artist's debut album recorded exclusively for XFM. These recordings have never been available before and is a must have album for fans of cutting edge new artists and of some of the biggest acts to come out of the UK in the last decade.

BBC Review

Billed as a best of the hottest UK acts of 2007 and the last 10 years, XFM Debut Sessions is very much a hit-and-miss affair. Granted there are one or two classic early performances spread across this compilation but really some of the acts don't even warrant a half-arsed b-sides album.

Take CD 1. Considering this is supposed to be dubbed 'The Class Of 2007', there are more than a fair share of howlers on here. How anyone could throw in Enter Shikari's techno hardcore dumper Jonny Sniper or anything by the brace snapping Dexys pretenders, The Rumble Strips, seems ludicrous. Surely a Klaxons' classic or a moody number from The Good, The Bad And The Queen would have been sufficient?

Thankfully the likes of Jamie T, The Enemy, The View, Bat For Lashes and even Calvin Harris go some way to fulfilling 'The Class of 2007' tag. Jamie T's live rendition of Sheila, in particular, sounds far grittier live than it ever did on record as does The View's acoustic rendition of Same Jeans.

And then there's CD2, appallingly titled 'The Best Of A Decade'. Unbelievably most of the tracks here are lifted from performances over the last four years with a meagre five songs making up the rest of the remaining six.

Yet again early performances from Arctic Monkeys and the likes of Muse would have gone some way to ensuring this was a CD worthy of its title. Seriously though when has anything by Nine Black Alps been worthy enough to match up to anything by the likes of Bloc Party, Editors, Kasabian or Kaiser Chiefs?

To make matters worse some of the recordings are shambolic here particularly The Libertines' barely audible What A Waster which sounds more like The Pogues' Shane MacGowan after ten pints of lager. Only Bloc Party's blistering rendition of Banquet, Editors' bombastic take on Munich and a tear jerking punch drunk New Born by Elbow come close to anything like 'Best Of The Decade'.

The sad thing is with a little more thought, XFM Debut Sessions could have been the classic compilation it threatens to be. As it stands it leaves you feeling bitterly short changed. --Damian Jones

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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. F. Fernandez on 11 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This 2CD set has been put together with session and live versions taken from XFM's archives.

CD1 has some of last year's best tracks on it from some of the bands that broke through in 2007. All the tracks on this disc are versions of tracks from debut albums released in 2007, but some of recordings are older than that, showing that XFM are always on the money when it comes to championing new artists.

There's a brilliant acoustic versions of 'I'm Not Sorry' by the Pigeon Detectives from May 07 and Jamie T's 'Sheila' from July 06. Then there's quite a raucous version of The Twang's 'Either Way' recorded live June 07 at 229, a small London venue. Then there's a very stripped down, acoustic version of Same Jeans by The View recorded for XFM Scotland. Session recordings by Kate Nash, Jack Penate, Calvin Harris and Good Shoes all come from 2007 but the sessions by The Automatic, The Horrors, The Maccabees and Bat For Lashes all come from 2006.

Disc 2 is a step back further into musical history and shows off further how committed XFM have been to new artists and collects some of the best sessions from artists over the last ten years. In keeping with the theme on CD1, all the tracks on this album are versions of songs from each artists debut albums. The album runs in reverse chronological order (ish) se it ends with the oldest track, an acoustic, live version of `Local Boy' by the Stereophonics - and if you're a fan of them, this is a great, raw version of the track. Other stand out tracks on CD2 include the Doves `A House' which for me is worth entrance money alone - a brilliant, stripped down paino version of the track, a rough live version of The Libertines `What A Waster' and Kasabian's `Processed Beats'.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Sublime, important 26 Jun. 2009
By jcd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's just impossible to exaggerate the importance and pleasure of this set of jazz recordings. They form, in fact, an alternative history of jazz between 1952 and 1957--typically, "the (late) bop years," but here shown to be full of both rich, various experiment and a loving regard for the whole of jazz's past. If (like me) you sometimes get the weary impression that the only officially approved good stuff of the period came from the horns of Parker, Gillespie and their hard-bopping associates, you need the tonic, the oasis, the bright bubbling spring, of The Debut Records Story.

Debut Records was, basically, Charles Mingus' vehicle for nurturing and promoting the jazz he cared about. It also (not incidentally) gave the young Mingus a handy, dependable recording platform--first as bassist, then increasingly as bandleader and composer. His wife Celia and the brilliant drummer/bandleader Max Roach were partners, but Debut was--surprise!--mostly Mingus's show.

Both the variety and quality of the players and material here give these four (!) discs real star quality. If you want classic bop, oh, it's here: "Perdido," "Salt Peanuts" and "Night in Tunisia" in history-making performances from the band fronted by Parker and Gillespie and rounded out by Bud Powell, Mingus and Max Roach. (That's not a band, it's a catechism.) But there are also wonderfully un-doctrinaire sessions from the likes of a Kai Winding-led four-trombone septet (John Lewis on piano, Mingus on bass), early Roach configurations featuring Hank Mobley on tenor sax, and excellent, idiosyncratic cuts from Thad Jones, John LaPorta and (of course) Mingus-led outfits--and, yes, some of the earliest recordings we have featuring the Mingus-Dannie Richmond rhythm section. And more! And more!

In short, the Debut Records Story is a deeply enjoyable, really crucial piece of The Jazz Story itself--one that reminds us that jazz has always been among the freshest, most diverse, most challenging of the arts.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Debut Records Story 25 Oct. 2008
By David - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you like Jazz and especially the old stuff.. Debut Records Story is a good sound History for you. On four CDs, you will hear some original recordings of Parker, Miles, Red Rodney, Charles Mingus, Lee Konitz, John Mehegen, Hank Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Max Roach, the Heath Brothers, John LaPorta, Thad Jones and many others... I was only able to find this package second hand...
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