Cinerama John Peel Sessions (BBC)
Taken from two studio sessions recorded for the John Peel's Radio 1 show, this album is released just in time for the bands latest tour. Interestingly there is a blend of all facets of the band which extend from the more energetic refrains of 'Comedienne' that hark back to ex-Wedding Present Gedge's roots to the refreshingly retro feel that is Cinerama, such as 'Kerry Kerry'. Interesting because Cinerama are finally playing some WP tracks, for the first time, on this UK tour.
To celebrate Peel's prolific 60 years, most of which have been dedicated to picking up unsupported new bands, that years ago included The Wedding Present, Cinerama performed a set at his home, 'Peel Acres'. Listen closely and you can detect a Peel-Gedge banter on the back of the graceful version of 'Dance, Girl, Dance' which responds elegantly to its acoustic treatment.
Sally Murrell's voice has blossomed from a stylish harmony to an enigmatic vocal that shares its rightful place besides Gedge's. Placing 'Hard, Fast and Beautiful' is a stroke of genius; now pressing replay for the most infectious chorus of a song ever, doesn't make me feel so guilty.