Green Day - BBC Sessions (2xLP Vinyl)

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Between 1994 to 2001, Green Day would visit the BBC's Maida Vale Studios in London four times and record live sessions for Radio 1's 'Evening Show' and its DJ Steve Lamacq. This compilation includes many of the band's hits including 'When I Come Around', 'Basket Case', 'Brain Stew/Jaded' and 'Minority'.

Post-American Idiot, with album after album, I’m not sure what this band really wants anymore. Or maybe they know exactly what they want and it’s to simply not appeal to me. It’s not my thing and that’s okay. But hey, they’re not locked in on that contract they signed almost 30 years ago anymore, so that’s pretty rad. Wouldn’t a surprise experimental curveball from green day throw you for a loop?

Alas, this is only a back-catalogue enthusiasts release. I don’t need to do a whole rundown on their history and biography to explain a sessions album. It’s Green Day. They’re quite controversial for a myriad of reasons and it is what it is.

But listening to this has me thinking:
We will never truly understand the legacy of this band until they’re gone for good. Shill, sellout, whatever terminology you subscribe to about this band, I’ll say: You cannot ignore the technical and performative finesse these guys have live. Energy is tight, performances stellar, and the production (aside from the Nimrod stretch of songs) is solid. Some might take issue with the 3-chord songwriting and simplicity, and I get it! What these tracks lack in versatility, they more than make up in passion and drive. A wonderfully nostalgic release for this year. Credit where Credit is due.

By: darriendane


June 8, 1994
A1 She
A2 When I Come Around
A3 Basket Case
A4 2000 Light Years Away
November 3, 1996
B1 Geek Stink Breath
B2 Brain Stew/Jaded
B3 Walking Contradiction
B4 Stuck With Me
February 2, 1998
C1 Hitchin' A Ride
C2 Nice Guys Finish Last
C3 Prosthetic Head
C4 Redundant
August 28, 2001
D1 Castaway
D2 Church On Sunday
D3 Minority
D4 Waiting

Gatefold sleeve.

Pink hype sticker. Misspells Lamacq as “Lemacq”

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