Which is fine with me, 'cause I liked those days. Even when these BBC versions sound markedly similar to the album version--"Dylan in the Movies" or "I Could Be Dreaming," for example--it's fun to revisit the songs. The alternate versions here are also great fun: "Lazy Line Painter Jane" gets an upbeat, sparkling redux.
Undoubtedly, the best thing about this release is the previously unreleased songs recorded with John Peel in 2001, the best of which might be "The Magic of a Kind Word," a warm, Partridge Family-style rave-up. "Shoot the Sexual Athlete" is an oddity: B&S's version of post-rock. "(My Girl's Got) Miraculous Technique" has some lovely harmonizing over a hypnotic R&B cascade.
Listen: If it's already time for a saccharine burst of late '90s nostalgia, why resist it? The expanded two-disc edition of Pavement's Brighten the Corners is coming in early December.