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  • Audio CD (14 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: 3 Loop Music
  • ASIN: B00EYUIPHM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dynamite
  2. Skylark Iii
  3. Nothing For Something
  4. Who You Are
  5. Old Jean Blues
  6. Take Take Take
  7. Skylark Ii
  8. Trousercide
  9. Saying Goodbye
  10. 95 Tears
  11. The Belly
  12. Leave The Straight Life Behind

Disc: 2

  1. Trousercide (John Peel Session)
  2. Kirsty (John Peel Session)
  3. Esmeralda Brooklyn (John Peel Session)
  4. Brian Wilson's Bed (John Peelsession)
  5. Times Like These (Simon Mayo Session)
  6. Just Like You (Simon Mayo Session)
  7. Smelly Summer (Simon Mayo Session)
  8. It Was Kevin (Simon Mayo Session)
  9. Who You Are (John Peel Session)
  10. Scarecrow (John Peel Session)
  11. So Far So Good (John Peel Session)
  12. It Was Kevin (John Peel Session)
  13. Extension Bob, Please (John Peel Session)
  14. Throw Away The Key (John Peel Session)
  15. Bloodline (John Peel Session)
  16. Wild West 9 (John Peel Session)

Product Description

Legend has it that a chance meeting with John Peel in the Rough Trade record shop set Bob on the road to becoming a true indie favourite in the late 80s and early 90s, with Peel championing the band throughout their career. Starting life in 1986, the band released a series of acclaimed singles, and with each single release, they toured and promised an album. Eventually they got enough money together to release Leave The Straight Life Behind on their own House Of Teeth label in 1991. The album met with rave reviews but due to the collapse of Rough Trade Distribution it was frustratingly difficult to find. Now available again for the first time in many years, the album has been expanded to 2CDs, with a second disc including all four of their Radio 1 sessions, 3 for John Peel and 1 for Simon Mayo. Following the various pieces of bad luck that befell the band, they became disillusioned with the industry and finally split in 1995, leaving a legacy of eight singles, one compilation of early singles, the album and a legion of happy fans who had been lucky enough to see them live. The single Convenience graced the John Peel Festive Fifty in 1989.

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It seems an eternity since BOB were a staple on the John Peel Show. Their popularity there is illustrated by the inclusion here of 3 sessions for him, along with 2 others. One can only wonder now, listening to this mighty album, why they weren't bigger. Was this dismissed as twee? Cos it certainly doesn't sound twee. Energy, power, emotion, humour. BOB could've been, should've been....

So here we are nearly a quarter of a century later. And here they are again and boy does it sound fresh. They tease you with Dynamite, a slow ballad that doesn't so much blast you, as eases you in before the explosion of Skylark III that cranks the tempo up and doesn't let go, as the album storms through two more achingly brilliant pop tunes, Nothing for Something (I'll sing out of tune, you're ears will be bleeding.... so just for you a tuneless tune to get you through the afternoon") and Who You Are, with it's climbing chords, spinning the song relentlessly on. Not forgetting the pounding beat of 95 Tears, driving the storming guitars on.

They do slow down too on the bittersweet ballad The Belly ("scrape me up off your floor, stick me to your ceiling, get me to put you down, cos I know the feeling") and the beautiful Saying Goodbye with its chiming melody and harmonies.

They even out-dance their peers in the age of baggy on Take Take Take ("I don't care what tomorrow brings as long as it brings cash"), and then, in the resurgence of flares, have a song called Trousercide. "Favourite clothes are cheap ones..." they implore, on one of the outstandingly energetic tunes of the album. Genius.

They leave us with a reminder that they'd fired up their sound to wonderful effect on the title track at the end.
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What a fantastic new album from BOB. I loved this band back in the day, late 80's. What a lovely return! Some great new tunes, and fantastic production. Certainly sounding more mature, with a modern feel. Some great indie music at it's best. Can't wait for the tour. The bonus CD includes some John Peel sessions, and other favourites and treats. Can't recommend it enough...Superb!!!
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I have had the original CD since it's release and when I found out about this re-release I wasn't going to buy it but I am glad I did. The 2nd disc and bonus tracks are excellent. It's great to hear the sessions again as I remember listening to them on the radio back in the day and hearing them live many times.

All I need now is all the EPs to be released on CD, that would really top it off for me. Buy this, even if you have the original release, you won't regret it.
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A wonderful compilation which brought back happy memories of seeing them live and listening to the John Peel sessions (which are all on this CD). I still own my battered convenience vinyl 7" ~ 12" / LP's + Prune Your Tree Flexi.

Hopefully these additional tracks will be included in 2cd edition Swag Sack? as the informative booklet states 3 Loop exists to liberate quality music and artwork currently being neglected in favour of more mainstream music alternatives. www.3loopmusic.com
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"And I'm dropping strong leaf, sweetened tea in....Brian Wilsons bed"

Just one of ALL of their classic tunes. Saw BOB live too many times, (well, actually not enough times, but more than 15 anyway). Late 80's and early 90's, travelling all over the country with a coach load of fellow Brummie/Silihillians, once with The Penny Candles as support, with the legend that is Hugh Whitaker on drums. He turned up to the gig on a bicycle, (which he knew would otherwise be stolen by the scallies in Leeds, so he locked it to the drainpipe outside the Bar entrance), wearing a BRIGHT yellow fishermans seafolly. Funny a fcuk, what a fantastic night, just like all the others.

Here's to you BOB.
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