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Essential Logic

John Peel Session 21.02.79

    Shortly after parting company with X-Ray Spex, post-punk icon Lora Logic went into the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios with the first incarnation of her own band, Essential Logic.

    Now officially released for the first time by Precious Recordings of London to coincide with its 45th anniversary, this is that legendary four-song session for John Peel – pre-dating the group’s debut LP, ‘Beat Rhythm News’, for which these tracks would be re-recorded, and a famous 30-date Rough Trade UK tour with Stiff Little Fingers and The Normal.

    TRACK LISTING

    Wake Up
    Shabby Abbott
    Alkaline Loaf In The Area
    Quality Crayon Wax OK

    The Flaming Stars

    John Peel Session 17​.​10​.​96

      A rarity among Peel sessions in the mid-1990s as this one went out entirely live when the legendary DJ was sitting in for Mark Radcliffe and invited garage-punk stalwarts The Flaming Stars in to do the honours.

      Never before released in any format, this outing at the BBC’s Oxford Road studios in Manchester finds the band in blistering form with a four-song blast featuring stunning versions of early singles ‘Ten Feet Tall’ and ‘Bury My Heart at Pier 13’.

      TRACK LISTING

      Ten Feet Tall
      Spaghetti Junction
      Bury My Heart At Pier 13
      Down To You

      The Flaming Stars

      John Peel Session 19​.​02​.​02

        Hailing from the rather more literate side of Camden’s garage-punk scene in the mid-90s, The Flaming Stars were Peel favourites over the years, recording no fewer than EIGHT sessions for the legendary DJ.

        Six of them were collected on a Vinyl Japan CD at the turn of the century – but this fantastic final session is one of two never released before (the other one is PRE 042!). And what a session it is, featuring the brilliant ‘Cash 22’ (should’ve been a single!) and the noir vision of ‘Killer In The Rain’.

        TRACK LISTING

        Cash 22
        Over And Done
        Action Crime & Vision
        Killer In The Rain

        Cuban Boys

        John Peel Session 13.01.99

          Chart-topping, million-selling, hamster-bothering Peel favourites of the 90s … we are delighted to welcome Cuban Boys to the Precious roster with their debut session for the legendary Radio 1 DJ, released to coincide with their 25th anniversary. Four tracks are headed by the unforgettable Oh My God! They Killed Kenny, which reached number six in Peel’s Festive 50; they were number one the following year with Cognoscenti vs Intelligentsia (the one with the hamster, destined to become a proper chart smash, pop pickers). This session also features three more Cuban classics, among them a cover of Blondie’s Hanging On The Telephone that longserving BBC producer Mike Engles listed among his personal favourites from his decades at the Maida Vale studios. Release features free download codes, a set of postcards and sleeve notes from the one and only Ricardo Autobahn.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Oh My God! They Killed Kenny
          2. (Let’s Get) Raunchier
          3. Stardust (Part 3 Ariana In Space)
          4. Hanging On The Telephone

          Standard Fare

          Huw Stephens Session 01.07.10

            Let’s be clear on this: we loved Standard Fare, the Sheffield-based three-piece who set the indie world alight for a few years before amicably going their separate ways (with Emma Kupa confirming her status as one of the scene's biggest talents in Mammoth Penguins, the Hayman Kupa Band, plus solo outings). Session features versions of debut single ‘Dancing’ plus three more of their best-loved songs including the indie classic 'Philadelphia'. Precious release includes a set of five postcards, free download codes and sleeve notes from the group.

            TRACK LISTING

            Philadelphia
            Dancing
            Love Doesn't Just Stop
            Nuit Avec Une Amie

            Even As We Speak

            John Peel Session 20.02.93

              Recorded 12 months after their Peel debut, this is the second BBC session from the Sarah Records legends, released to coincide with their first UK appearance for five years at Glas-Goes Pop!

              A version of much loved single ‘Blue Eyes Deceiving Me’ is backed by three tracks never before released on vinyl, including the lovely ‘(All You Find Is) Air’, which features wonderful sax from Louise Elliott of fellow Aussies, The Moodists. As for ‘The Revenge of Ella Mae Cooley’ … well, you gotta hear it.

              Package includes sleeve essay by Julian Knowles and a set of five postcards with rare pics from a Melody Maker session – plus free download codes. Limited to 350 copies.

              TRACK LISTING

              Blue Eyes Deceiving Me
              The Revenge Of Ella Mae Cooley
              (All You Find Is) Air
              Coz I Like It

              Even As We Speak

              John Peels Session 16.02.92

                John Peel was an early champion of Sydney-based popsters Even As We Speak, best known for a series of fantastic singles on Sarah Records – plus the much loved album Feral Pop Frenzy.

                Released to coincide with their 2023 UK tour – their first visit for five years – this is the band’s first session for Peel, featuring a version of the indie hit ‘Falling Down The Stairs’ and two other songs from the LP plus ‘Stay With Me’, never before released on vinyl.

                Precious package includes sleeve essay by Matt Love and a set of five postcards with rare pics from the session – plus free download codes. Limited to 350 copies.

                TRACK LISTING

                Stay With Me
                Falling Down The Stairs
                Straight As An Arrow
                Sailors’ Graves

                Bis

                John Peel 16.06.96

                  With support slots alongside the likes of Ash and Bikini Kill, Scottish punk popsters bis were already old hands at this pop music game by the time of this, their second session for John Peel. With versions of the singles ‘Sweet Shop Avengerz’ and ‘Keroleen’, this EP showcases their rockier side, with Riot Grrrl influences shouted proudly from the rooftops … and you get a one-off tribute to John Peel as an unexpected fifth track.

                  Package includes sleeve notes from Manda Rin and a set of five postcards with rare pics – plus free download codes.

                  Limited to 500 copies.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Sweet Shop Avengerz
                  Antiseptic Poetry
                  Rebel Soul
                  Keroleen
                  We Love John Peel

                  Bis

                  John Peel Session 14.10.95

                    Still going strong in 2023, Glasgow punk popsters bis take us nearly back 28 years with their debut BBC session for the legendary John Peel. Released here for the first time, this four-song EP features incendiary versions of fan favourites ‘Icky-Poo Air Raid’ and ‘Teen-C Power’, as well as future hit single ‘Kandy Pop’ – which saw the band become the first unsigned band ever to appear on Top of the Pops! This is an unmissable document of a teenage band full of wide-eyed enthusiasm for life, the universe and everything. Plus necessary sarcasm, of course.

                    Package includes sleeve notes from Sci-Fi Steven and a set of five postcards with rare pics – plus free download codes.

                    Limited to 500 copies.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Icky-Poo Air Raid
                    Kandy Pop
                    Teen-C Power
                    Super James

                    One Thousand Violins

                    John Peel Session 02.12.86

                      Never before released, this is the second Peel session from Sheffield-based One Thousand Violins, one of the great lost artists of the 1980s. Treading a lovelorn path somewhere between the 60s and The Smiths, this classic set features four stonking Violins originals led by fan favourite ‘I Was Depending On You To Be My Jesus’ and ‘If I Were A Bullet’, destined to become an indie hit when later re-recorded as a single.

                      Ten-inch vinyl release includes a set of postcards with previously unseen pics, sleeve notes by Violins crooner John Wood and free download codes.

                      Limited to 350 copies.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      I Was Depending On You To Be My Jesus
                      Almost Dead And Nigh On Forty Years To Go
                      If I Were A Bullet (Then For Sure I’d Find A Way To Your Heart)
                      No-One Was Saving The World

                      One Thousand Violins

                      John Peel Session 25.09.85

                        If you love 60s pop, if you love The Smiths and if you love C86, then you’ll adore the melodic pop of One Thousand Violins. As well as being responsible for a series of highly regarded releases on Dan Treacy’s Whaam! and Dreamworld labels, the Sheffield-based outfit were regulars in John Peel’s Festive Fifty – and this is their first session for the legendary DJ’s show featuring three originals plus a never-before-released Walker Brothers cover.

                        Ten-inch vinyl release includes a set of postcards with previously unseen pics, sleeve notes by main man Colin Gregory and free download codes.

                        Limited to 350 copies.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Why Is It Always December?
                        The Candle Man
                        Though It Poured The Next Day, I Never Noticed The Rain
                        The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

                        Helen Love

                        Steve Lamacq Session 16.09.98

                          Thirty years after they started kicking out the jams, indie legends Helen Love make their debut on Precious with a session that has legendary status with fans – and with listeners of Steve Lamacq’s much-loved Evening Session.

                          Yes indeedy, pop pickers, to coincide with the 25th anniversary of its initial broadcast, this is the session featuring none other than Joey Ramone on the phone and a never-to-be-forgotten (and never-before-released) cover of The Clash’s ‘Tommy Gun’ that morphs into a jingle for Lammo.

                          Then we get three Helen Love classics, great photos from Alison Wonderland and a set of postcards (and Joey shows up here as well – more than once) Free downloads with the vinyl – and get a move on, because there are only 300 copies.


                          TRACK LISTING

                          Tommy Gun
                          Does Your Heart Go Boom
                          Shifty Disco Girl
                          MC5

                          The Dentists

                          Janice Long Session 02.04.87

                            The Medway Sound comes to Precious with Kent’s finest, The Dentists. Released here for the first time ever, this is the band's one and only Radio 1 session, recorded in the spring of 1987 for Janice Long. It features their legendary cover of ‘Both Sides Now’, and two tracks that ended up on their Writhing On The Shagpile EP released in the summer. The final song, ‘Heaven’, was unreleased until it was re-recorded for 1993's Powdered Lobster Fiasco. Package includes sleeve notes from Bob Collins and a set of five postcards with rare pics – plus free download codes. Strictly limited to 300 copies.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Both Sides Now
                            (We Thought We'd Got To) Heaven
                            Just Like Olver Reed
                            A Strange Way To Go About Things

                            The Bodines

                            Janice Long Session 18.11.85

                              An early signing to Alan McGee’s Creation label, The Bodines were the missing link between Orange Juice and Echo and the Bunnymen. Never before released on vinyl, this is their first BBC session, featuring a fantastic version of C86 classic ‘Therese’ plus three more of their early setlist staples.

                              All four of these tracks featured on their wonderful Ian Broudie produced debut album which as released a couple of years later.

                              Package also features a set of postcards with unseen Bleddyn Butcher pics, sleeve notes by Mick Ryan and Paul Brotherton plus free download codes.
                              Limited to 350 copies.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Laura says: One of my favourite bands from the mid / late 80's. Originally signed to Creation Records they were then snapped up by Magnet, releasing their debut album and a handful of singles before gravitating back to Manchester based Play Hard Records run by Dave Haslam and Nathan McGough.

                              "Therese" which features on this session is a slice of pop genius!

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Scar Tissue
                              Therese
                              William Shatner
                              The Back Door

                              The Bodines

                              Janice Long Session 09.07.86

                                Never before released in any form, this is the second BBC session from The Bodines.

                                Features What You Want and Slip Slide which later featured on their debut album. Slip Slide was also released as a single with Naming Names and Long Time Dead on the B-side.

                                Package also features a set of postcards with unseen pics by Kevin Cummins, sleeve notes by Mick Ryan and John Rowland plus free download codes.

                                Limited to 350 copies.

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Laura says: Glossop four piece The Bodines were one of the most underrated bands of the mid / late 80s. They released some classic jangle-pop singles and a wonderful Ian Broudie produced LP.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                What You Want
                                Slip Slide
                                Naming Names
                                Long Time Dead

                                The Orchids

                                John Peel Session 08.05.90

                                  Never before released on vinyl, this is the Sarah Records’ legends at their finest on their debut session for John Peel in 1990. The four songs here include a cracking version of live favourite ‘Caveman’ (better than the Lyceum mini-LP version, how the band wanted it!) and two others destined to end up on their Unholy Soul album – plus one song never properly released at all. Precious package also features a set of six postcards with unseen pics from studio and tour and download codes.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Caveman
                                  Frank De Salvo
                                  Dirty Clothing
                                  And When I Wake Up

                                  The Orchids

                                  John Peel Session 09.04.94

                                    Now you’re gonna want this – more unreleased Orchids material! This is the enigmatic Scottish five-piece’s second session for John Peel, four years after the first, by which time they’d started phoning in football reports to the legendary DJ. Two of these songs were never released at the time, though one came out as a demo about 25 years later (the shoulda-been-single ‘Patience Is Mine’) – and the other two were very different on Striving For The Lazy Perfection. Package also features a set of six postcards with unseen pics from their famous session at Toad Hall Studios in Glasgow.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Patience Is Mine
                                    Waiting Seems Vain
                                    A Living Ken And Barbie (Back To Basics Mix)
                                    The Searching

                                    The Soup Dragons

                                    John Peel Session 24.02.86

                                      Never before released on vinyl, this is the Soup Dragons’ very first session for the iconic John Peel show, back in the legendary Scottish popsters’ formative days when they were indie kids finding their way, long before their pioneering efforts in indie-dance crossover. Features an early version of blistering single Whole Wide World, plus never-released early-setlist staples such as Too Shy To Say and Learning To Fall. Sleeve notes by Sean Dickson, who also did the masters. Includes download codes and a set of postcards.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Too Shy To Say
                                      Whole Wide World
                                      Learning To Fall
                                      Just Mind Your Step Girl

                                      The Soup Dragons

                                      Janice Long Session 01.09.86

                                        The Soup Dragons’ second BBC session (this time for the band’s longstanding friend Janice Long) reveals a group on the verge of change – as witnessed by the fact that most of these songs were never released in any shape or form. Make My Day is a prototype of the single Head Gone Astray, while Lindy’s Realised was named in tribute to the Go-Betweens’ drummer Lindy Morrison. It has never before been released. Sleeve notes by Jim McCulloch; mastered by Sean Dickson. Includes download codes and a set of postcards.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Slow Things Down
                                        Make My Day
                                        Lindy’s Realised
                                        The Same Old Story

                                        The Soup Dragons

                                        Janice Long Session 30.06.87

                                          The Soup Dragons’ status as indie-dance pioneers is often overlooked; first, though, came a more rocky sound, as evidenced on their fourth session for the BBC (and the second for longtime supporter, the much missed Janice Long). Can’t Take No More, however, was actually one of their earliest songs; a re-recorded version went to No.1 on the indie charts and just missed the Top 50 in the UK. Session includes another future single in Kingdom Chairs and the instrumental Cow Nest, never before released. Sleeve notes by Ross Sinclair; mastered by Sean Dickson. Includes download codes and a set of postcards.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Can’t Take No More
                                          Kingdom Chairs
                                          Cow Nest
                                          Turning Stone

                                          Boyracer

                                          John Peel Session 02.09.94

                                            “Boyracer were on Sarah for three EPs, but there wasn't a scene we easily fit into – we were often too twee for the punks, and a little too ramshackle for much of the Sarah supports we blagged our way onto.” Stewart Anderson

                                            Find out for yourself with Boyracer’s only session for the legendary John Peel featuring the band in typically feisty form with three of their own songs (under pointed alternate titles, one of them a version of ‘He Gets Me So Hard’) plus a cover of a single by beloved Sarah stablemates Even As We Speak. Package includes sleeve notes and a set of six postcards with vintage flyers and other stuff – and we’ve stuck a Peel interview with Nicola Hodgkinson as a bonus hidden track on the download (thanks Stew!)

                                            This Poison!

                                            John Peel Session 30​.​11​.​87

                                              “I love this session. Four great songs full of hooks. All of them under the three-minute mark. La-la-la singalongs. Shiny guitars. What more do you want?” Gideon Coe

                                              From Perth in Scotland, This Poison! released two classic late 80s singles on the Wedding Present’s Reception Records and that was it. Apart from this stunning Peel session, featuring four songs that never saw the light of day on vinyl during the band’s lifetime. “Rip-roaring stuff!” said John Peel, and he wasn’t wrong. Package also includes download codes, sleeve notes from Derek Moir and a set of postcards – among them one from the great man himself sent to the band, a must for any Peel devotees.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Question Mark (Peel Session) 02:13
                                              2. St Johnstoun (Peel Session) 02:45
                                              3. Driving Skills (Peel Session) 02:15
                                              4. It'll All Work Out (Peel Session) 02:07

                                              Hurrah!

                                              David Jensen Session 08​.​12​.​82

                                                On vinyl for the first time, this is the only BBC session ever recorded by legendary 1980s indie pioneers Hurrah!, featuring an early version of their fabled second single ‘Hip Hip’ alongside three more bursts of immaculate guitar pop. Comes with a set of postcards – first 250 copies signed by Paul Handyside and Taffy Hughes, who have also provided sleeve notes. Postcards also feature excerpts from the Kitchenware fanzine, the first-ever group photo shoot and a Bleddyn Butcher photo; Bleddyn also did the cover. And download codes, of course.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Hip Hip (Jensen Session) 02:40
                                                2. Saturday’s Train (Jensen Session) 03:10
                                                3. This Boy (Jensen Session) 02:59
                                                4. Lonely Room (Jensen Session) 04:36

                                                Marine Research

                                                John Peel Session 18​.​05​.​99

                                                  This is the only BBC session ever recorded by the wonderful Marine Research, the group formed by members of Sarah legends Heavenly following the death of Mathew Fletcher. Gatefold double 7” vinyl has four songs, among them the gorgeous ‘Angel In The Snow’ and previously unreleased ‘Bad Dreams’, featuring David Gedge of the Wedding Present) plus ‘Capital L', which would probably have been a single if the band hadn’t split up. Package includes a set of postcards with previously unseen pics, download codes and informative sleeve notes from Amelia Fletcher. As an added extra freebie on the download, you also get a live show from BBC Sound City in Liverpool in October 1999 - introduced by Peel himself.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. I Confess (Peel Session) 03:25
                                                  2. Angel In The Snow (Peel Session) 04:18
                                                  3. Bad Dreams (Peel Session) 04:16
                                                  4. Capital L (Peel Session) 04:55

                                                  Hefner

                                                  Steve Lamacq Session 24​.​03​.​99

                                                    Third and final Hefner contribution to the Precious singles series … and what a contribution it is, a session from Steve Lamacq’s ‘Live Lounge’ with a Jonathan Richman cover in the mix. The download will also include ‘The Hymn For The Cigarettes’, which the band played live into the show from Maida Vale. Plus the package includes a set of four 'Hefner does DiY' postcards by Darren Hayman, which any self-respecting fan will surely want. And he's done his usual top job on the sleeve notes.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. The Weight Of The Stars (Lamacq Session) 02:57
                                                    2. The Hymn For The Things We Didn't Do (Lamacq Session) 03:38
                                                    3. Every Little Gesture (Lamacq Session) 04:04
                                                    4. To Hide A Little Thought (Lamacq Session) 03:04

                                                    Hefner

                                                    Steve Lamacq Session 15​.​07​.​98

                                                      Indie favourites Hefner were to become regulars at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios with both Steve Lamacq and John Peel vying for their services. This is the group’s first-ever BBC session, recorded for Lamacq soon after the release of their debut LP; among the four songs is live favourite Twisting Mary’s Arm, which was usually the closing song of their live set. According to Darren Hayman, they intended never to record it but eventually relented. Gatefold package also includes free downloads of original BBC files and a set of postcards.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. The Librarian (Lamacq Session) 04:17
                                                      2. Tactile (Lamacq Session) 04:53
                                                      3. May God Protect Your Home (Lamacq Session) 04:11
                                                      4. Twisting Mary's Arm (Lamacq Session) 05:04

                                                      Prolapse

                                                      John Peel Session 08​.​04​.​97

                                                        Here's the explosive second Peel session from the masters of discord (or should that be dischord?). You'll want this for 'Deanshanger' alone but the rest's pretty good too – including two previously tracks – made up on the spot according to the group. Features a set of postcards, download codes and sleeve notes from Linda telling us how relieved she was to miss out on TOTP.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Slash/Oblique (Peel Session) 04:19
                                                        2. Deanshanger (Peel Session) 04:59
                                                        3. Outside Of It (Peel Session) 06:34
                                                        4. Place Called Clock (Peel Session) 03:56

                                                        Prolapse

                                                        John Peel Session 20​.​08​.​94

                                                          On vinyl for the fist time, this is Prolapse's spectacular debut session for John Peel, featuring divergent versions of a couple of classics and the previously unreleased 'Broken Cormorant', the subject of much debate among devotees down the years. As usual, comes with a set of postcards – among them a Joe Dilworth contact sheet – plus download codes for the BBC WAVs. And sleeve notes from Scottish Mick.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Serpico (Peel Session) 05:40
                                                          2. Doorstop Rhythmic Bloc (Peel Session) 04:49
                                                          3. When Space Invaders Were Big (Peel Session) 04:25
                                                          4. Broken Cormorant (Peel Session) 05:21

                                                          The Weather Prophets

                                                          John Peel 01.12.86

                                                            One of Creation boss Alan McGee’s favourite bands, the Weather Prophets were regulars at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios, where they recorded this never-before-released four-song session for John Peel late in 1986 featuring early versions of singles Hollow Heart and She Comes From The Rain. Also included are sleeve notes from Pete Astor, free downloads of original BBC files and a set of postcards.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Swimming Pool Blue
                                                            Hollow Heart
                                                            She Comes From The Rain
                                                            Faithful

                                                            The Jasmine Minks

                                                            John Peel 17.02.86

                                                              “The Jasmine Minks were the first real Creation band – their single ‘Think!’ was the fourth single we put out. An amazing unknown gem of a band. Working-class heroes – to me, anyway.” Alan McGee

                                                              Formed in Aberdeen in 1983, the Jasmine Minks were one of the original artists on Alan McGee’s fledgling Creation label and regulars at the storied Living Room. They recorded several classic singles for the label – among them ‘Think!’, ‘What’s Happening?!’ and ‘Cold Heart’ – plus a number of LPs. These recordings are their only two sessions for the BBC.

                                                              This session for the legendary John Peel show, features the band’s original line-up with powerhouse songwriting duo Jim Shepherd and Adam Sanderson; among tracks included are ‘The Ballad of Johnny Eye’ and ‘Cry For A Man’, both favourites with their fans. 

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              The Ballad Of Johnny Eye
                                                              Cry For A Man
                                                              You Take My Freedom
                                                              I Don't Know


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