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3.0 out of 5 stars Right Time Wrong Selection, 16 Mar 2007
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As a pre-pubescent Peel devotee, thanks to the inventor of the radio earpiece, and under the covers follower, I felt that this was a must have item. This man was misunderstood by many. Peers would cruelly mock the falsehood that we were being fed a diet we should like, as they happily slipped into Woolworths to purchase their latest chart favourite.

The whole point of Peel was his radar like ability to hear something different and offer it up for listener comment, approval or otherwise. Yes he had his favourites and championed them - but it was he who broke the news. From the sublime, to the obscure, to the plain ridiculous - he was not afraid to put his 'reputation' on the line.

And thats what leaves me a little cold at this compilation. A fine selection of songs. Not his favourites. Not our favourites. Commercial middle ground. Peel was around for a long time, which isnt really reflected, and we'll all have favourite tracks + bands we're surprised to see omitted. For my part, Swell Maps, Natural Ites, Television Personalities, Dodgems + possibly a recognition of the more absurd like Splodegenessabounds and Spizzenergi would have better balanced the comp. But this just emphasises my point - put 100 Peel devotees in a room and they wouldn't agree, because the wholething was about freedom to enjoy what you liked irrespective of what anyone else said.

Now one could argue that the BBC have been slow to recognise what they lost. There was nobody doing what he did then or now. I would happily see a fraction of our vast Tax dedicated to archiving shows, playlists and sessions - which I appreciate has been done in part. More volumes of this kind would be welcomed as we still come to terms with the massive void he has left in our lives
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Initial post: 28 Feb 2009 12:06:08 GMT
Mike Stokes says:
If they had chosen your perfect top 40 tracks someone would have criticised it for being not what they wanted - thats is the nature of a compilation.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2009 13:39:17 BDT
Anon says:
And precisely the point that both 3 star reviewers are trying to make - that John Peel was and still is greater than a money-spinning compilation that will, for the most part, appeal to the mainstream and not that real crown of Peelie fans who stayed up, very late at night, to listen to his hidden gems.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2009 13:55:23 GMT
MNA Jones says:
As one of the 3 star reviewers I agree with the above and had this been just a compilation songs then it would have deserved 5 stars, but as a compilation of songs from the John Peel show this compilation is so far wide of the mark. John Peel was so far ahead of his time and championed so many different forms of more and the artists I am listening to now (A Guy Called Gerald, Autechre, Boards of Canada) were being pioneered by him at a time when I was criticising him for playing dance music - he was right after all. No DJ will ever again contribute a quarter what Peely contributed to the music industry in his career and I miss him immensely and am sure there are so many of us who just want one more chance to listen to his show to hear someone like Melt Banana again for the first time.
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