I just finally finished compiling my favorite songs of April -> June 2005 and included a track from British Sea Power's last album, Open Season. It was with their first LP, though, The Decline of British Sea Power, that I first heard of these guys. Can't say that I found that record top-to-bottom astounding, but it had "promise" written all over it, and I suppose it can be said that Open Season does elevate them... a bit. Still, I have to believe that they have a "classic" opus up their collective sleeve somewhere down the line, but time will tell.
Here are two tracks from each of their albums, as well as one ("The Spirit of St. Louis") that I had to do a bit of research on. I still don't know where it showed up first - perhaps on an early EP. Then it seems to have appeared as a b-side on a Decline of British Sea Power track ("The Lonely"?). Well, whatever. It's here to provide some idea of the early sound of the band. A bit rougher around the edges, seems to me.
Cheers & etc.
"Please Stand Up"/British Sea Power [from the LP Open Season, 2005]
Please Stand Up-mp3 [left-click]
"The Land Beyond"/British Sea Power [from the LP Open Season, 2005]
The Land Beyond-mp3 [left-click]
"Carrion"/British Sea Power [from the LP The Decline of British Sea Power, 2003]
"Blackout"/British Sea Power [from the LP The Decline of British Sea Power, 2003]
"The Spirit of St. Louis"/British Sea Power [from: wherever-and-whenever-the-hell]
The Spirit of St. Louis-mp3 [left-click]