- Audio CD (2 Dec. 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Fabric
- ASIN: B0000794FM
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Taking over from Grooverider, the man behind the decks for Fabriclive Vol.7 is everyone's favourite steam engine-loving sexagenarian, Mr John Peel. After his memorable set at the Fabric club in February, the veteran DJ obviously relished compiling his relentlessly eclectic first mix album.
Predictably, The Fall get a look in as do the Undertones with "Teenage Kicks" but as the cult vinyl manipulator flicks from techno to blues, then R&B to reggae via folk and funk, it proves to be a rocky ride well worth the fare. Quite how it all fits in to the dance compilation category is a mystery, but in contrast to the dirge of one-dimensional titles available, Fabric 07 shines bright with a free-form bristling energy that many DJs half Mr Peel's age can only dream of.
Where else would you find MC DET's feisty drum & bass fuelled "Hipsteppin" merging with the gorgeous soulful R&B harmonising of The Velvelettes "Needle in a Haystack" before the Bad Livers serve up a manic, banjo-driven, thigh-slappin' rendition of Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life"? With music culled from deep within the archives, Peel effortlessly transcends genres and decades with carefree abandon. Fabric 07 may well confound the feet but it's sure to rock the soul and warm the heart. --Christopher Barrett
As you might expect, John Peel's contribution to the excellent Fabriclive series is not like the others.It's not perfect. It's not even really that great when you pick it apart but it's got soul, imagination and style. And in these days when rumours persist that certain DJs are more likely to be in Ibiza having their eyebrows flossed while a personal assistant produces their mix CDs, Peel's weak spots here are forgivable.
This isn't strictly a mix CD. It's more a collection of curiosities and classics with some added football commentary. It's not really 100% Peel either.Someone has smartened it up with a computer so that all the tunes come in at the right speed. If it was the real Peel we would get three seconds of something we heard 5 minutes ago, followed by a long apology and then the thing he actually meant to play.
If the skills aren't John's, then the choices certainly are.Nobody else would have segued the lumpy jump up of MC Det's "Hipsteppin'" into the classic girl-band sound of the Velvelettes "Needle in a Haystack". Likewise running the mighty, ramshackle racket of The Fall's "Mr Pharmacist" into the twisted techno of Smith and Selway's "15.5 Remake" reminds you why he's been 40 years in the business.Because he's the goddam MAN!! Thats why!
The feel of this thing is more like a compilation tape your mate made you, and that includes a few tunes that only an owner could love. So alongside classics like Joy Division's"Love Will Tear Us Apart" and the inevitable closer, "Teenage Kicks", there comes the lame doo-wop of The Capris' "There's a Moon Out Tonight" and the equally forgettable R'n'B of Act 1's "Tom the Peeper". But somehow they just sort of add to the charm.
Charm. Now that's another thing mix CD's don't have. --Matt Fernand
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Top Customer Reviews
This CD encapsulates the essence of Peel. Classic moments from The Fall, The Undertones and New Order make appearences on the mix, this sits along side some bizarre country and western covers of classic punk tracks, crazy hardcore, proper ragga drum & bass and thunderous techno. Its a mix that puts all other 'eclectic' DJs to shame. Plus the veteran doesn't do a bad job of mixing it all together, certainly better than what the likes of Howie B mashed together on his Fabric mix!
The mix is full of personal touches, the little snippets of classic Liverpool european excursions, the Kop crowd and just the spirit of a man who loved music oozing throughout the track selections. It would expose any Ministry compilation as the soulless marketed guff that it truely is any day.
The packaging is nifty, the recordings timeless, this is one collection for you to own. Once owned, go pick up all those Peel Session CDs that you can find out there (I can thoroughly recommend the Autechre, Boards Of Canada, Plaid/Black Dog and Orb ones ... tasty, and a testament to a man who would push 'different' acts to a mainstream audience).
Listening to the album again (it fully repays repeat listens), its impossible not to smile at the obvious joy that Peel would have found in contriving such bizarre juxtapositions of musical styles on one album. Opening with a piece drenched in lush strings and intercut with commentary from a Liverpool Champion's League match, it then summersaults into a piece of grinding dirty blues, followed by a reggae blast, a pulsating drum and bass track and then a hopelessly infectious piece of 60's American girl group doo-wap, itself tumbling into a bluegrass cover of 'Lust For Life'. And this is just the first few tracks. The rest of the album continues in a similarly vivid and playful way.
It even has a 40-second snatch of a morris dance shanty, until that gives way under the weight of pounding trance beats. Indeed, so audacious is the sequencing that its difficult to know whether to be amused by Peel's mischievious enthusiasm, or gasp at the sheer range of sounds that he's assembled. Either way, its rather like the aural equivalent of finding yourself with a huge plate of cheeses in the biggest wine cellar you can imagine. There are some pretty sublime combinations to be had.Read more ›
As to the music, most of the album is very enjoyable, but a bit crazy - if you listen to John's radio shows you should have a fair idea of what to expect. I'll be honest and admit that I only knew a few of the songs before buying the album (I bought it because I like John Peel and I liked the metal CD case!) but it was great 'discovering' a few new things. A few of the tracks annoy me - the Smith and Selway one definitely drags on too long. But I particularly like 'Elementz of Noise' and 'Break 'Em On Down', and 'Teenage Kicks' is simply a classic.
This album has such a variety of types of music that it really doesn't fit into any category, and I can't really say 'if you like so-and-so you'll love this'. But if you have an open mind and want something a bit different, I definitely recommnend it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great variety of tracks, not really mixed but any John Peel fans will love it.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great and eclectic mix of music from Drum & Bass to Country & Western covers.
Sits well alongside my collection of unusual tunes from the 'Late Night Tales' & 'Back To... Read more
This is a great compilation put together by the great man himself. There is everything that was dear to him from Liverpool FC, You'll Never Walk Alone, Teenage Kicks, Reggae to a... Read morePublished on 22 July 2007 by Sir Stephen
As with the great man's shows, this is all about contrast. There are bound to be tracks you will like, but also probably ones which you won't. Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2006 by Mr. Peter Barrett
this cd is a really strange mixture of various music genres. if u re not used to john peel on the radio and his music taste, u may be dissapointed. Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2005 by kooliz
While this release sits a little at odds with some of the other titles in the Fabric collection, this is most definitely a gem for anyone who loved and admired the late John Peel. Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2004
This is a fantastic way to honour the late John Peel. It shows both his love for music and the underlying sense of humour he approached everything with. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2004 by Amazon Customer
John Peel died two days ago and I have been playing some of his favourite music as a personal tribute and to remember when I heard him play the tracks. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2004 by D. M. Binns
Lucky this collection came out when it did, little did we all know that John Peel wouldn't be with us for much longer. Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2004