On September 7, 1998.

On September 7, 1998, “Jeepster” label released “The Boy with the Arab Strap” the third Belle & Sebastian studio album. It was recorded in 1998, at “CaVa Studios” in Glasgow, and was produced by Tony Doogan.


  • Stuart Murdoch– lead vocals, guitar, keyboard
  • Stuart David– bass, spoken word
  • Isobel Campbell– lead and co-lead vocals, cello, guitar, percussion, recorder
  • Chris Geddes– keyboards, piano
  • Richard Colburn– drums
  • Stevie Jackson– lead vocals, guitar
  • Sarah Martin– violin, keyboard, percussion
  • Mick Cooke– trumpet
  • Ian MacKay – bagpipes
  • Neil Robertson – bass
  • Gail Anderson, Claire Campbell, Eilidh Campbell, Euan Forrester, David D MacKay, Sarah Wilson – the string section

Track listing:

  1. It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career
  2. Sleep the Clock Around
  3. Is It Wicked Not to Care?
  4. Ease Your Feet in the Sea
  5. A Summer Wasting
  6. Seymour Stein
  7. A Space Boy Dream
  8. Dirty Dream Number Two
  9. The Boy with the Arab Strap
  10. Chickfactor
  11. Simple Things
  12. The Rollercoaster Ride



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