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Kats Karavan - The History of John Peel on the Radio [Box set, Explicit Lyrics]

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Kats Karavan - The History of John Peel on the Radio + Movement - The Peel Sessions 1977 - 1979 + Perfect Unpop - Peel Show Hits Vol. 1 1976-80
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  • Audio CD (26 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B002N1BNXC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Can Take You To The SunThe Misunderstood 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Coloured Rain (Album Version)Traffic 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. If I Were A CarpenterTim Hardin 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lazy Sunday (09/04/1968 John Peel Session)Small Faces 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Walk In My Shadow (15/07/1968 John Peel Session)Free 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Whiskey In The Jar (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session)Thin Lizzy 5:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Listen, ListenSandy Denny 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Fear Is A Man's Best Friend (01/05/1975 John Peel)John Cale 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dry LandJoan Armatrading 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Back To Africa (Peel Session Date: 10/08/1976 Programme Number: 99YJ7007)Aswad 5:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. What A Way To End It AllDeaf School 2:55Album Only
Listen12. New Rose (John Peel Session 30.11.1976)The Damned 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. AfricaRico 4:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Slip And Slide (27/04/1977 John Peel Session)Medicine Head 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. In The City (02/05/1977 John Peel Session)The Jam 2:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. When The Summer's ThruThe Fabulous Poodles 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Looking After Number One (03/08/1977 John Peel Session)The Boomtown Rats 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Love And Romance (John Peel BBC Radio 1 Session 1977)The Slits 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Ku Klux KlanSteel Pulse 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Life After DeathFunboy Five 3:320.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. There Goes Concorde Again...and the Native Hipsters 6:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. High Fidelity (25/02/1980 John Peel Session)Elvis Costello 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Art NouveauThe Bodies 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Forest (30/03/1980 John Peel Session)The Cure 6:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I'm In Love With A German Film Star (05/11/1980 John Peel Session)The Passions 4:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. C 'n' C Hassle Schmuk (Peel Session 31/3/81)The Fall 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Reggae Fi Peach (27/10/1981 John Peel Session)Linton Kwesi Johnson 2:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Turkey Mambo Momma (John Peel 07/11/81)Pulp 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Pass The Dutchie (Original 7" Version)Musical Youth 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Song Sung BlueAltered Images 4:12Album Only
Listen11. Sunspots (29/05/1984 John Peel)Julian Cope 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Blue CanaryThe Frank Chickens 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Don't Be LateNick Haeffner 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Big Decision (7" Version)That Petrol Emotion 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. You Sexy Thing (BBC session)Cud 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. ConvenienceBob 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. System Enslavement (01/05/1988 John Peel Session)Extreme Noise Terror0:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Big EA Certain Ratio 4:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Everybody's Got Something To Hide (Except Me And My Monkey) (John Peel Session/1989)Soundgarden 2:280.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Back Side Of The Moon (John Peel Session)The Orb11:07Album Only
Listen  2. Sheela-Na-Gig (Peel 29.10.91)Pj Harvey 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Fascist Boom (27/11/1992 John Peel)Marxman 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Olympia (25/03/1993 John Peel)Hole 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Raindrops (BBC In Session - John Peel 27/04/93)Tindersticks 5:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Protective CustodyDave Clarke 4:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ping PongStereolab 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Monica WebsterThe Delgados 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Icicle (03/11/1996 John Peel)THE TIGER 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Why?The Sweeney 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sun Moon And StarsThievery Corporation 4:19Album Only
Listen12. IPC Sub Editors Dictate Our YouthClinic 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Hawaiian Island Wranglers (17/05/1998 John Peel Session)Grandaddy 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Real ActionJustin Berkovi 6:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. JamIvor Cutler0:51Album Only
Listen16. Oh My God! They Killed KennyThe Cuban Boys 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Freckles (21/07/1998 John Peel)Gorky's Zygotic Mynci 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Xeroxy MusicThe Samurai Seven 3:200.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Not The Tremblin' KindLaura Cantrell 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Little Rhymes (11/10/2001 John Peel)Mercury Rev 5:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Taking On The SidesSpare Snare 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. She'll Break Your HeartThe Loves 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. All The Records On The Radio Are Shite [Explicit]Ballboy 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Another Morning Stoner (05/02/2002 John Peel)...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Archie Bunker DisciplesBong Ra 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Fink For The Man (01/05/2002 John Peel)The Datsuns 4:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Maps (10/07/2002 John Peel)Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. By The Grace Of God (09/04/2003 John Peel)The Hellacopters 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Cage That Tiger (25/05/2003 John Peel)Soledad Brothers 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Itsuko Got MarriedBearsuit 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. John Peel Is Not EnoughClsm 6:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I Am Connecting Flight (20/10/2004 John Peel)YOURCODENAMEIS:MILO 2:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Tulips (04/11/2004 John Peel Session)Bloc Party 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. BoredSteveless 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Does This Train Stop On Merseyside?Amsterdam 4:510.99  Buy MP3 


Product Description

BBC Review

It’s hard to believe that five years have passed since the death of John Peel. Hard because, in many ways, it’s as if he’s still with us, so inspiring was the DJ to legions of music lovers in the UK and far, far beyond. The records he played seeped into the minds of young men and women, who years later found that the roots laid by late-night radio sessions had sprouted into magical new musical shapes.

To properly cover the breadth and depth of material Peel played on his Radio 1 show over almost 40 years would probably require 400 discs, but this four-CD set at least manages to convey some sense of the man’s eclectic tastes. He wasn’t always right with his recommendations, but at least he gave the bands in question a chance – there aren’t any DJs active today with quite the same ear for both the blissfully sublime and the stupendously bonkers. 

Kats Karavan essentially presents four show-style mixes, with selections from the 60s and 70s, the 80s, 90s and 00s. Between certain songs up pops Peel with some words of wisdom, endearingly fumbling his lines occasionally, which does sometimes transport the listener back to those days of listening intently to every tiny detail about this limited-run seven-inch that was, apparently, so very amazing. There are well-known names and many which will be entirely new to many: Traffic and Free appear on the 60s/70s disc, rubbing shoulders with Deaf School and The Fabulous Poodles; on the latest, 00s mix, Bloc Party and Yeah Yeah Yeahs appear alongside Ball Boy and Bearsuit.

Though the material is largely of an indie/rock slant, there are tracks from The Orb and Stereolab on the 90s disc, and Aswad on the 60s/70s, showcasing the variety Peel offered. The most out-there arrangement though is Bong Ra’s frenetic Archie Bunker Disciples, which sounds like a broken Aphex Twin 33 played at 45, backwards, through an over-driven amplifier. Basically like a really angry Prodigy, then.

While it was never going to be comprehensive, Kats Karavan does paint a fairly accurate audio portrait of one of the nation’s best-loved radio DJs. One hopes that the surprises contained within its intriguing tracklisting inspire a new generation of investigative listeners to get searching for new, often singularly brilliant sounds. --Mike Diver

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Peel compilation yet 10 Dec 2009
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There are many compilations available which bear the legendary DJ's name but none that come anywhere close to matching this fabulous 4 disc box set. For a start, around half of the tracks are taken from Peel sessions (many of which have never been previously released) and, with the great man's voice popping up from time to time, it's about as close as you'll get to actually listening to one of his shows. The excellent booklet contains, amongst other things, several recollections from artists who appeared on his programme over the years and it's obvious that a lot of care and attention to detail has gone into the making of this collection.
And so to the music...disc 1 concentrates on the years 1966-1979, disc 2 1980-1989, disc 3 1990-1998 and disc 4 2000-2005. With only 74 tracks covering almost 4 decades, you get an indication of the scale of the problems faced when trying to select which material to include (and, indeed, omit!). Many of the bands he championed are missing e.g. Misty In Roots, Joy Division, Half Man Half Biscuit and Killing Joke to name but four and it would have been a nice touch if they could have included Grinderswitch's "Pickin' The Blues", the track which opened his show for many years, but these are all minor gripes.
As a 40 something, I felt that I might favour the first disc but was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed almost all of the tracks. I won't pretend that there weren't one or two which grated a bit but that's to be expected as his shows regularly featured stuff which made you want to switch off. However, more often than not, they also contained some absolute gems and there are a good few of those on offer here...one such track being the long-lost 1968 Peel session recording of "Walk In My Shadow" by Free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2009): 19 April 2011
By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Various Artists - Kats Karavan: The History Of John Peel On The Radio (Universal)
Every now and then a release comes along which is so intrinsically right, so perfectly conceived, one cant help but smile broadly, and wish everyone involved the best of luck. Kats Karavan is one of those releases. A four-disc box, which celebrates John Peel's music radio career, chronologically, over five decades. Disc one, the `60s and `70s, features Peel's much-loved Misunderstood (the only band he ever managed), a Free track thought lost until found on an old BBC reel-to-reel tape, together with many favourites of the period; The Damned, Aswad, Medicine Head, Traffic, etc. Compared to later selections, it sounds almost mainstream, but that's possibly because, especially in the early days of his career, he had knack for discovering and playing breakthrough artists. Whatever the reason, it's a solid start and a consistently enjoyable mix, without a teenage kick to be found.

Disc 2, the '80s, features Altered Images version of Neil Diamond's "Song Sung Blue" with Peel on backing vocals, The Cure's "A Forest", Musical Youth's number one hit "Pass The Duchie", Cud's "You Sexy Thing" and Costello's "Hi Fidelity". Not necessarily natural bedfellows, you may think, but it all hangs together perfectly, in much the same way the shows used to. Although the BBC omitted to keep any tapes of the show, old cassette tapes have been plundered and cleaned, and between some songs there are clips of the old boy, and I must say, it's a pleasure to hear him again, playing music, and enjoying himself.

Disc 3, the `90s, is where he lost me as a regular listener, though revisiting the decade's alternative landscape, it's well represented in my own record collection; PJ Harvey, Hole, The Orb, Tindersticks, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kats karavan 29 Jan 2012
By Mr45144
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John peel always selected an eclectic mix for his shows and this collection reflects that. I can almost guarantee that you won't like every track here but that is why it's a great collection. Enjoy it, discover new music and yopu'll love the sleeve notes too.
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