on 20 November 2009
Many people coming across this will only be familiar with 'All is dream' and later, softer, noughties Mercury rev. The first CD on this compilation consists of the choice tracks from their first three albums, and was recorded in '91-'95. With the 'peel sessions' magic production twist they sound absolutely awesome. Anyone with any indie sensibilities will be blown away. The second cd of the later stuff is a lot more mellow and, but still sounds better as they are peel sessions. I can't recommend this highly enough to fans and people who want to hear something really amazing. IMO one of the best releases of the year. Well worth it just for the first cd.
on 10 February 2011
Typical Peel sessions. A good band make a great album of their usual material.
Disc 1 is a bit much, their early albums are good for private consumption, noisy and entertaining.
Disc is a classic. It takes their dark sounding melodic songs and tortures them elegantly, also starts with a great cover of I dont Want to Be A Soldier by John Lennon.
Highly reccomended, makes me wonder what they would be like live.
on 3 January 2013
I've been a huge fan for ages & have all albums, so it's every bit as good as expected; as a previous reviewer said, cd2 is great 'cus is has a couple of new tracks. Seen them live twice, & this just makes me long to se them live again, & hopefully hear a new album soon.
on 30 November 2009
John Peel (RIP) Sessions have always been a grab bag of surprises. Mercury Rev's BBC appearances are no exception. The different mixes of some tracks are great, but the real stand out for me was their covering "Planet Caravan." It was completely unexpected and totally exceptional. Even if you can't appreciate Black Sabbath, you shouldn't miss that track.
Yes, I still enjoy the rest of the tracks, too.