On October 7, Belle and Sebastian will put their entire vinyl catalogue back into print as the It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career series, which spans from 1996’s stunning Tigermilk debut to 2013’s contemporary B-sides and rarities set The Third Eye Centre and includes 10 slabs of wax total. Prices for individual pieces range from $14 to $24 (the three-LP Push Barman to Open Old Wounds). Order the whole set for $182, and you’ll get a free tote.
The series is “an opportunity to revisit the band’s treasured output and unique, consistent aesthetic, as well as an opportunity for fans to complete their collections and enjoy the music via the warmth of vinyl,” said the duo’s label, Matador Records, in a statement. The previously out-of-print vinyl (which is to say, all of it) will be availabel for a limited time. It’s all there minus the Storytelling soundtrack, which never hit wax in the U.S.
The band announced that it would be digging into its back catalogue back in May at the same time they announced plans to record a follow-up to 2010’s Write About Love, which is currently still in progress. A fresh teaser for that 2015 album can be found below, followed by a list of the releases included in It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career. Also, Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl musical arrives in September.
It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career:
If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996)
The Boy With the Arab Strap (1998)
Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant (2000)
Push Barman to Open Old Wounds (2005)
Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003)
The Life Pursuit (2006)
The BBC Sessions (2008)
Write About Love (2010)
The Third Eye Centre (2013)