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

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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: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,532 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Can Take You To The Sun - The Misunderstood
  2. Coloured Rain - Traffic
  3. If I Were A Carpenter - Tim Hardin
  4. Lazy Sunday - Small Faces
  5. Walk In My Shadow - Free
  6. Whiskey In The Jar - Thin Lizzy
  7. Listen, Listen - Sandy Denny
  8. Fear Is A Man's Best Friend - John Cale
  9. Dry Land - Joan Armatrading
  10. Back To Africa - Aswad
  11. What A Way To End It All - Deaf School
  12. New Rose - The Damned
  13. Africa - Rico
  14. Slip And Slide - Medicine Head
  15. In The City - The Jam
  16. When The Summer's Thru - The Fabulous Poodles
  17. Looking After Number One - The Boomtown Rats
  18. Love And Romance - The Slits
  19. Ku Klux Klan - Steel Pulse
  20. Life After Death - Funboy Five

Disc: 2

  1. There Goes Concorde Again - ...and the Native Hipsters
  2. High Fidelity - Elvis Costello
  3. Art Nouveau - The Bodies
  4. A Forest - The Cure
  5. I'm In Love With A German Film Star - The Passions
  6. C 'n' C Hassle Schmuk - The Fall
  7. Reggae Fi Peach - Linton Kwesi Johnson
  8. Turkey Mambo Momma - Pulp
  9. Pass The Dutchie - Musical Youth
  10. Song Sung Blue - Altered Images
  11. Sunspots - Julian Cope
  12. Blue Canary - The Frank Chickens
  13. Don't Be Late - Nick Haeffner
  14. Big Decision - That Petrol Emotion
  15. You Sexy Thing - Cud
  16. Convenience - Bob
  17. System Enslavement - Extreme Noise Terror
  18. The Big E - A Certain Ratio
  19. Everybody's Got Something To Hide (Except Me And My Monkey) - Soundgarden

Disc: 3

  1. Back Side Of The Moon - The Orb
  2. Sheela-Na-Gig - PJ Harvey
  3. Fascist Boom - Marxman
  4. Olympia - Hole
  5. Raindrops - Tindersticks
  6. Protective Custody - Dave Clarke
  7. Ping Pong - Stereolab
  8. Monica Webster - The Delgados
  9. Icicle - The Tiger
  10. Why? - The Sweeney
  11. Sun Moon And Stars - Thievery Corporation
  12. IPC Sub Editors Dictate Our Youth - Clinic
  13. Hawaiian Island Wranglers - Grandaddy
  14. Real Action - Justin Berkovi
  15. Jam - Ivor Cutler
  16. Oh My God! They Killed Kenny - Cuban Boys
  17. Freckles - Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
  18. Xeroxy Music - The Samurai Seven

Disc: 4

  1. Not The Tremblin' Kind - Laura Cantrell
  2. Little Rhymes - Mercury Rev
  3. Taking On The Sides - Spare Snare
  4. She'll Break Your Heart - The Loves
  5. All The Records On The Radio Are Shite - Ballboy
  6. Another Morning Stoner - ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
  7. Archie Bunker Disciples - Bong Ra
  8. Fink For The Man - The Datsuns
  9. Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  10. By The Grace Of God - The Hellacopters
  11. Cage That Tiger - Soledad Brothers
  12. Itsuko Got Married - Bearsuit
  13. John Peel Is Not Enough - CLSM
  14. I Am Connecting Flight - YOURCODENAMEIS:MILO
  15. Tulips - Bloc Party
  16. Bored - Steveless
  17. Does This Train Stop On Merseyside? - Amsterdam

Product description

Product Description

2009 four CD set. This lavishly packaged hard back book style set contains singles and Peel session recordings by some of John's favorite artists. Disc One highlights include the Misunderstood and the recently discovered Peel Session version of Free's 'Walk in My Shadow'. This is one of four unreleased versions on this disc; the others are by John Cale, Medicine Head and the Boomtown Rats. Alongside many long deleted rarities. Disc Two's highlight has to be John's only appearance on record, singing backing vocals to Altered Image's 'Song Sung Blue'. It sits alongside unreleased recordings by Elvis Costello, the Cure, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Julian Cope and Soundgarden. Disc Three features unreleased recordings by Hole, Thievery Corporation, Marxman, Tiger and Justin Berkovi. Disc Four Has nine unreleased recordings by Bloc Party, Mercury Rev, And You Will Know US By the Trail of Dead, Bong Ra, the Datsuns, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Hellacopters, Soledad Brothers and Your Code Name Is; Milo. Universal.

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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