Hive Five: Outtakes From the Latest Belle & Sebastian ‘Late Night Tales’

This week, the Late Night Tales mix CD series — which has boasted compilations chosen by everybody from Sly & Robbie to MGMT over the last decade — released their second collection to be hand-picked by Belle and Sebastian. The second B&S mix certainly doesn’t lack for variety. Any album that makes U.K. space-poppers Broadcast, jazz guitar giant Joe Pass, and King Crimson’s psych-prog offshoot McDonald & Giles flow together has got to get marks for effort if nothing else. But for all the ground the band covered over the course of the mix’s 79 minutes, it was still impossible to fit everything they wanted. Belle and Sebastian keyboardist Chris Geddes is apparently the band’s mightiest music geek, as he has ended up choosing the majority of the tracks for both mixes, so we asked him to detail the tunes that didn’t make the cut for the latest LNT.

1. Keith Richards, “The Harder They Come”

This slightly shambolic cover version of the Jimmy Cliff classic was Bob’s [bassist Kildea] first choice to go on the mix. Unfortunately, despite much searching, LNT were unable to track down the owner of the recording.

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