Mogwai ‎– Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003

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PIASX051CD, 940.0051.020 Mogwai Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003(CD, Comp) [PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings, Rock Action Records, Rock Action Records, BBC, BBC PIASX051CD, 940.0051.020 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
OLE 646-2 Mogwai Government Commissions (BBC Sessions 1996-2003)(CD, Comp) Matador OLE 646-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
OLE 646-1 Mogwai Government Commissions - BBC Sessions 1996-2003(2xLP, Comp) Matador OLE 646-1 US 2005 Sell This Version
PIASX051DLP, 940.0051.012 Mogwai Government Commissions - BBC Sessions 1996-2003(2xLP, Comp) [PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings, Rock Action Records, BBC PIASX051DLP, 940.0051.012 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
PIASX051CD, 940.0051.020 Mogwai Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003(CD, Comp) [PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings, Rock Action Records, BBC PIASX051CD, 940.0051.020 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
URA 144 Mogwai Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003(CD, Comp) Spunk URA 144 Australia 2005 Sell This Version
TFCK-87375 Mogwai Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003(CD, Comp) Toy's Factory TFCK-87375 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
PIASX 051CDP, 940.0051.220 Mogwai Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003(CD, Comp, Promo) [PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings PIASX 051CDP, 940.0051.220 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
OLE 646-2V Mogwai Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003(CD, Comp, Promo) Matador OLE 646-2V US 2005 Sell This Version
ROCKACT70CD Mogwai Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003(CD, Comp, RE) Rock Action Records ROCKACT70CD Europe 2011 Sell This Version
ROCKACT70CD Mogwai Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003(CD, Comp, M/Print, RE) Rock Action Records ROCKACT70CD UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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wonderbrat

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July 24, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Government Commissions - BBC Sessions 1996-2003, 2xLP, Comp, PIASX051DLP, 940.0051.012

In my opinion this is Mogwai at their best. And as is often the case: Peel Sessions show wonderful bands at their peak. (Since these efforts were recorded over a wide span of of years, it goes to show where the best could be achieved: at the Maida Vale Studios, where all material was recorded save for the briefest track.)
Everything else they published pales by comparison with these organic washes and surges and implosions. This is majestic music to provide you with an idea of what it could sound like if matter was re-organising in new forms and preparing for earthly life to come in a few hundred million years. These colossal shards and blasts and moving accretions and impressive disintegrations sound organic, but that very metaphor is inapproriate, because on the other hand you would never envisage the colour green which appears essential to what we consider to constitute processes of life. Do these sublime as-it-were symphonies depict them in real time, or is it some grand fast motion, making audible what actually took place over centuries?
A grand oxymoron of a soundscape! And a monument to the quality of collaboration Peel could achieve with the BBC.