The Beautiful South - Live At The BBC
Spanning much of the lifespan of the band, and no less than three female vocalists, Live At The BBC documents the rise and fall of The Beautiful South. A four disc setting comprising respectively BBC sessions, a full live show from Blackburn in 1992, a disc of live cuts from the late nineties, and a DVD culled mainly from Jools Holland appearances. That’s not to say there’s nothing of merit. The Beautiful South were always a decent live act and their concerts were lively affairs, with the band bolstered by a brass section, and the songwriting team of Heaton and Rotheray provide their somewhat barbed look at domestic life. Viewed as deluxe version of their greatest hits, it’s of passing interest. It’s inevitably a curate’s egg of a release only really holding an appeal for completists, especially at nearly £30 with lots of repeated tracks, no radical reinterpretations (with the exception of a handful of acoustic versions) or unreleased tracks. Unfortunately, this collection also repeats material originally found on 2007's BBC Sessions collection – and at three times the cost. If you’ve already got that, this represents poor value.