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15 people found this helpful
Buy it and hug it
on 26 February 2005
Thank god this CD got made. It makes you worry now that we have lost dear old John, who is going to pick up the baton and keep pushing the different and the unusual to an increasingly spoon fed public? Nothing beat flicking through the radio, quickly switching away from banal trance and bland R&B, to find John Peel on Radio 1 ... kicking out some furious drum and bass. Who do we have now? Peel was an institution, the Radio moguls will never let anyone take risks with music like he did have a free reign now. *sigh*
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).