Signed to Jeepster Recordings in 1996, during their 18 year career Belle & Sebastian have released eleven albums. In advance of the release of their next record (due on Matador Records in 2015) Jeepster Recordings and Rough Trade Records will be collaborating on a vinyl reissue series of all eleven titles promoted under the banner 'It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career'. From the October 6th launch date of the series vinyl copies of the albums will, for the first time, include a download card with a code for a free digital copy of the entire album and all the LPs will be packaged in high quality pvc sleeves with an individual 'It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career' obi strip to highlight the campaign branding. The band's first album, 'Tigermilk' was originally released as a limited vinyl only edition of 1000 copies on Electric Honey Records (part of a Stow College project) in 1996. Jeepster gave the album a full commercial release and made it available on CD for the first time in 1999.
The 1996 debut album from belle and sebastian. the record was originally available as a vinyl only release limited to 1,000 copies. the album was released as part of a college music business course and became a rare collectors album. it was reissued in 1999 to combat a flood of expensive bootlegs, the album shows that the band's later acclaim was not unfounded. nine of the 10 tracks feature main songwriter stuart murdoch's winsome vocals, a mix of acoustic and electric instrumentation and a grab-bag of pianos, horns, flutes, and hand claps. the odd one out of the bunch is 'electronic renaissance', an electronic keyboard knockabout that recalls depeche mode's more insistent moments from the vince clarke era. standouts among the other tracks are 'expectations,' the tale of a square peg at school who is "known for being strange / making life-size models of the velvet underground in clay," the lyrically wistful but musically charged 'she's losing it,' and 'i don't love anyone,' which references felt, a band belle and sebastian cites among its influences.