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on 21 March 2007
A beautifully packaged box set with informative booklet. Given that Dandelion was essentially an albums label it might have been better to cherry pick from the whole catalogue thus highlighting the good stuff & quietly ignoring the bad. On the other hand a complete singles collection like this is an interesting time capsule - an "authentic" snapshot of the early 70s UK alternative scene. As with Peel's radio show, the purpose of the label was to give a chance to "deserving" acts of the time rather than promoting the best or already successful. The collection does, for better & for worse, reflect Peel's taste to an extent. Lots of rather amateurish introspective Brit-rock - the 70s equivalent to the limp & dull indie music that plagued Peel's later era. And there are quirky novelty tunes, mostly from Bedford & Coxhill, plus a Joe Cocker parody by Bill Oddie (!). Peel's lost causes get several tracks each, such as the excellent trad-rock Tractor, the not so excellent Principal Edwards (though they might appeal to current prog-folk types), the raucous Stackwaddy stick out like a sore thumb - an endearingly inept hard rock outfit who, according to the notes, wanted to be Black Sabbath - much to Peel's horror & he insisted they "dirty up" their sound in an attempt at punk long before punk. And there are many tracks from the three Dandelion mainstays: Kevin Coyne appears in several incarnations - a much loved figure but a bit uneven here; Bridget St John's singles are also erratic (though some are very good) - she is obviously popular again at the moment given the recent vogue for introspective Brit folkies of the Drake, Martyn, Vashti ilk. And, lastly, Medicine Head, who stand up surprisingly well, sounding stark & minimal & a bit Plastic Ono Band. Overall then an interesting box set, just as long as you don't expect the likes of better-known early 70s Peel favourites such as Bowie, Beefheart or Can.
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on 17 September 2015
Excellent set,great price...a few bizarre items (Bill Oddie in particular)
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on 13 June 2015
absolutely brilliant
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on 12 February 2015
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