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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

      John Peel Session 06.01.87

        So what do you do when you’ve had a run of BBC sessions and fancy trying something different? How about a session of cover versions, with each member of the band choosing a song? The Soup Dragons were changing before our ears – one listen to their version of Purple Haze tells you that. Of course, their fondness for a cover was to re-emerge years later with Top 5 hit I’m Free (a Rolling Stones song); they didn’t do that song for the BBC – but we do have a six-second arthouse prank that reportedly did not entirely amuse John Peel. Sleeve notes by Sushil K Dade; mastered by Sean Dickson. Includes download codes and a set of postcards.

        TRACK LISTING

        Our Lips Are Sealed
        The Kids Are Alright
        Purple Haze
        Listen To This

        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

          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

                  John Peel Session 13​.​10​.​98

                    Hefner’s unique brand of lo-fi indie folk made them a staple of John Peel’s show in the late 1990s, when they often took high rank in the annual Festive 50 chart voted for by the legendary broadcaster’s devoted listeners. Released on vinyl for the first time, this is the group’s first Peel session, featuring a Beach Boys cover plus three early Hefner songs - and free downloads of the original BBC files and a set of postcards featuring early gig flyers designed by Darren.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. The Science Fiction (Peel Session) 04:30
                    2. I Stole A Bride (Peel Session) 05:23
                    3. You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone (Peel Session) 02:40
                    4. Lisa And Me (Peel Session) 02:38

                    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

                          Heavenly

                          John Peel 14.04.91

                            Released on vinyl for the first time, this is Heavenly’s first three-song session for John Peel, dating from early in the group’s life when they were still a four-piece – vinyl also features a couple of gems from elsewhere, one of them a rare Beatles cover. Includes free download of original BBC files and sleeve notes from Amelia and Rob – plus a set of postcards.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            And The Birds Aren’t Singing
                            So Little Deserve
                            Escort Crash On Marston Street 

                            Plus Extras (She Says - Borobudur Version, It Won’t Be Long - Revolution No.9 Version)

                            Heavenly

                            John Peel 07.05.94

                              Legendary Sarah band’s second session for John Peel, released on vinyl for the first time and featuring versions of some of their favourite songs – among them Dumpster, set to become Three Star Compartment on the Decline And Fall of Heavenly LP later in 1994. Includes free download of original BBC session recordings plus sleeve notes from Cathy and Peter and a set of postcards.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Itchy Chin
                              Sacramento
                              Sperm Meets Egg
                              So What?
                              Dumpster

                              The Weather Prophets

                              Janice Long 10.10.85

                                Recorded before the group had recorded even a single, this is the 1985 debut session by Creation stalwart Pete Astor’s post-Loft project, released in full for the first time. Features a totally unreleased track in live favourite Love Song No.1, plus early versions of other songs and the nearly-hit single Almost Prayed. Also included are sleeve notes from Pete Astor, free downloads of original BBC files and a set of postcards.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Love Song No. 1
                                24 Years (Head Over Heels)
                                Lighthouse Room (Wide Open Arms)
                                I Almost Prayed

                                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

                                    The Jasmine Minks

                                    Janice Long 24.11.86

                                      “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.

                                      Adam Sanderson had left the band by the time of their second BBC session, this time for Janice Long, with Wattie Duncan joining (and actually getting them the session!) This second outing features early versions of some of Shepherd’s best-known songs, including future favourite ‘Cut Me Deep’ and the soulful ‘Ballad’ (later released as ‘Soul Station’) – plus a rampant version of old single ‘Where The Traffic Goes’. 

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Follow Me Away
                                      Cut Me Deep
                                      Where The Traffic Goes
                                      Ballad

                                      BMX Bandits

                                      Janice Long 23.06.86

                                        "If I could be in any other band, it would be BMX Bandits." Kurt Cobain

                                        Much loved in ultra-hip circles across the globe for 35 years, BMX Bandits are the extended musical family of Duglas T. Stewart. Many notable Glasgow-based musicians have passed through the group, among them Stewart’s childhood friends Norman Blake, who later founded Teenage Fanclub, and Sean Dickson and Jim McCulloch of the Soup Dragons, who also came out of Bellshill in Scotland. Both appear on this recording for long-term supporter Janice Long for the BBC. Recorded before the band had released their classic debut single ‘E102’, this session features some of their very earliest songs (among them a madcap version of live favourite ‘Strawberry Sunday’).

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Strawberry Sunday
                                        The Day Before Tomorrow
                                        Groovy Good Luck Friend
                                        Girl In The Pink T-Shirt

                                        BMX Bandits

                                        Janice Long 09.04.87

                                          "If I could be in any other band, it would be BMX Bandits." Kurt Cobain

                                          Much loved in ultra-hip circles across the globe for 35 years, BMX Bandits are the extended musical family of Duglas T. Stewart. Many notable Glasgow-based musicians have passed through the group, among them Stewart’s childhood friends Norman Blake, who later founded Teenage Fanclub, and Sean Dickson and Jim McCulloch of the Soup Dragons, who also came out of Bellshill in Scotland.Both appear on this session from 1987 recorded for long-term supporter Janice Long for the BBC.

                                          Jowe Head, of Swell Maps and Television Personalities, is among those to appear on this second session, which includes a version of the jazz standard ‘Take Five’ – with words.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Flipper
                                          Rosemary Ledingham
                                          Figure 4
                                          Take Five


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