14 Iced Bears association with Sarah Records may have spanned the arc of one 1988 single, but the band's catalog (particularly the early portion) suggests their involvement with that coveted British imprint should have been a lot more enduring. With a sonic aptitude that bridged the not-so-gaping divide between nascent Primal Scream and the Wedding Present, the band (Sarah Records or not) manged to pump out more than half a dozen singles and two albums between 1986-91. The currently out of print In the Beginning compilation reprises the first three of the Bears 45s, which many longtime fans regard as their halcyon recordings. As if those ten ditties weren't sufficient, ...Beginning is fleshed out with two stellar Peel Sessions, a pair of not-so-hot live cuts, and just as many demos originating from 1985. Not as consistently saccharine as their C86 brethren, 14 Iced Bears weren't shy about upping the dissonance ante, especially on their premier single, "Inside." As mentioned, in addition to short form vinyl releases, the group is survived by a couple of albums, a 1988 self-titled effort, and 1991's Wonder, both of which are available for purchase on iTunes and Emusic.
01. Inside 02. Blue Suit 03. Cut 04. Balloon Song 05. Train Song 06. Like a Dolphin 07. Lie to Choose 08. Come Get Me 09. Sure to See 10. Unhappy Day 11. Balloon Song 12. Shy (-) Like You 13. Train Song 14. Cut 15. Miles Away 16. Spangle 17. Hay Fever 18. If I Said 19. Jumped in a Puddle 20. Gave You My Overcoat 21. Ring the Far Bell 22. I Don't Know Why
01-10: singles 1986-88 11-14: Peel Session 11/26/86 15-18: Peel Session 7/27/87 19-20: live at The Enterprise, London 1986 21-22: demos 1985