Published Aug 14, 2014While details are slim on Belle and Sebastian's next LP, the Glaswegian pop greats have gone ahead and detailed an expansive new reissue series under the fitting, self-referential title It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career.
Taking its name from the opener of the group's third LP, The Boy with the Arab Strap, the project was previously hinted at this spring. It's been revealed that come October 7, Matador Records, Jeepster and Rough Trade will have new pressings of 10 albums from the Belle and Sebastian catalogue.
Matador and Jeepster will team up to repress 1995's debut set Tigermilk, 1996 breakthrough If You're Feeling Sinister, 1998's The Boy with the Arab Strap, 2000's Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant and 2006's The Life Pursuit, as well as live recordings package The BBC Sessions and their early singles set Push Barman to Open Old Wounds.
While photos behind the project reveal that each offering will be packaged in a mylar bag and feature a "customized obi strip," Matador and Rough Trade's upcoming pressing of 2003's Dear Catastrophe Waitress also features alternate artwork. The labels will also serve up new editions of 2010's Write About Love and Belle and Sebastian's second singles compendium, Third Eye Centre.
While most of the records have been kept in press over the years, the press sheet notes that Push Barman to Open Old Wounds, The Life Pursuit and Dear Catastrophe Waitress have long been out of print. All of the reissues will come with a download card.
Pre-orders for North American editions are being taken now over at the Matador Store, with records being available on their own, as a full set and in a deluxe package that includes a tote bag.
Down below, you'll find some upcoming dates the band have coming up this fall.
09/29 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
10/01 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
10/03 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/06 Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/07 Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/08 Phoenix, AZ – Civic Space Park
10/10 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/12 Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Music Festival
10/31 Paris France – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris