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The Lost Album: '78-'79 / Bellavista Terrace: Best Of The Go-Betweens
The sleeve to a hitherto-missing first chapter in the ongoing (hi)story of one of recent times' most cherishable rock'n'roll enigmas features three blokes standing next to pictures of [a]Bob Dylan[/a]
By definition, lost albums are romantic, and for their decade-spanning existence The Go-Betweens embraced and embodied romance like no other group of the era. Grant McLennan's development into an equable songwriting foil for the more wilful Forster sparked a string of great, increasingly ornate albums, from which 'Bellavista Terrace...' is an honourable 14-track selection by the principals themselves. Inevitably, its concision is both a blessing and a curse - a Go-Betweens 'Best Of' without 'Apology Accepted' or 'The Clarke Sisters' represents a contradiction in terms - yet as a primer for anyone unacquainted with the sweetest-ever exponents of baroque'n'roll, it's a love unlimited treat. Those who regard Belle & Sebastian as the pinnacle of sensitivity in pop might learn a thing or two, as well.
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