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Peel Sessions
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#1 HALL OF FAMEon 19 December 2003
Strange Fruit began to release a series of 12"s, cassingles, cd singles and full-length albums in the late 1980s of fabled Peel Sessions. Many classic bands got the Peel Treatment, which was usually something between the live take and the studio original. Great Peel-releases included Joy Division, Undertones, Associates, Jimi Hendrix, The Cure, New Order, Syd Barrett etc. There have been full-length albums of Peel sessions, famously Peel-faves The Fall, while Marc Almond's early 1980s work with the Mambas have recently been released. Recall that a lot of people were slightly disappointed with The Smiths eponymous debut & were much more cheered by Hatful of Hollow, which included various radio sessions from Peel, Jensen et al.
The Only Ones' Peel Sessions stem from several sessions from September 1977 to May 1980- sad to think they've become a bit of a lost band, as along with Buzzcocks & The Undertones, they were amongst the most melodic of the post-punk bands. I was only familiar with the gorgeous Another Girl, Another Planet when I picked up this compilation at a not unreasonable £3; so for me this remains a great 'best of' also (the source albums were deleted at the time). Of course, since then has come budget-price compilation 'The Immortal Story' which contains pretty much all these tracks and other such joys as Curtains for You.
The tracklisting speaks for itself- Oh Lucinda, Lovers of Today, No Peace for the Wicked, From Here to Eternity, Miles from Nowhere, In Betweens, Language Problem, Oh Lucinda & the dubby Telescopic Love. Even better is when Peter Perrett & co went dark, which was often- a sort of blend of Johnny Thunders & Joy Division- such songs as nihilistic classic Why Don't You Kill Yourself, epic The Beast & the closing The Big Sleep (as Joy Division/New Order, they nicked the odd film title for a song: see In a Lonely Place, Cries & Whispers...) & , of course, there is Another Girl, Another Planet- at just under three-minutes it is undoubtedly one of the great pop singles of all time...
The Peel Sessions is well worth getting, though if you're just looking for an introduction to The Only Ones, I'd plump for The Immortal Story until this gets reissued properly. A reminder of how wonderful Radio 1 sessions were- have you listened to that station lately?...
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