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The Loft

Riley & Coe Session 09.10.23

    The Loft notched up an impressive list of firsts for Creation Records artists back in the mid-1980s. First Creation band on TV, first to hit the top of the indie chart, first to be invited on to a major UK tour and, not least, first Creation band to record a coveted BBC radio session – for Janice Long’s Radio One show in 1984. Then they split up.

    In October 2023, the band was invited by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Riley & Coe show to record its fourth BBC session at Maida Vale’s famous Studio 4, following their heralded appearance at the Glas-Goes Pop festival.

    Featuring four classic Loft tracks and played by the original members – Pete Astor, Dave Morgan, Bill Prince and Andy Strickland – the session confirmed the band’s standing as pioneering indie originals. On hearing the very first track broadcast, Nick Godfrey of Precious Recordings of London was messaging the band to bag the session for a full vinyl release.

    The 10-inch vinyl EP features three band originals, ‘Beware’, ‘Worm In My Brain’ and ‘Ride’, plus their celebrated version of Richard Hell’s ‘Time’.

    The band have all contributed to the sleeve notes, describing what the session, and still playing together, means to them, with exclusive photos from inside Maida Vale taken by Ken Copsey.

    “…straight to ‘tape’, no overdubs, four songs in four hours, finelined by a mix that enshrines the ‘play it as it lays’ ethos” – Bill Prince

    “Time has been kind to us I think; where once the world felt impossible and threatening, we seem to have learned to be more careful of each other and focus on playing together” – Pete Astor

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Beware (BBC Session Version)
    2. Ride (BBC Session Version)
    3. Worm In My Brain (BBC Session Version)
    4. Time (BBC Session Version)

    Blueboy

    One

      Sarah Records legends Blueboy return as a four-piece with a blistering new single ‘One’ – their first new song for 25 years, featuring founder member Paul Stewart plus Gemma Townley, Mark Cousens and Martin Rose from the band’s halcyon days in the 1990s.

      With Gemma taking over lead vocals from the much-missed Keith Girdler, who died in 2007, ‘One’ is a stunning slice of indie pop with echoes of Lush, Stereolab, Dinosaur Jr (and maybe even Kylie) to rank alongside anything they’ve done before.

      Backed with a magical acoustic version of ‘Air France’ featuring Paul and Gemma, the single is released in May 2024 to coincide with a full-band show in London to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic Blueboy album Unisex.

      ‘One’ is being released on the Precious Recordings of London as the label’s first-ever non-BBC session release.

      The Aislers Set

      John Peel Session 10.04.01

        “Recording at Maida Vale for the Peel Session was literally the highlight of our career as a band.”

        So says Alicia from San Francisco indie legends The Aislers Set, and who are we to argue? Precious Recordings of London is excited to release this 2001 session for the one and only John Peel by the Slumberland dream-poppers, who recorded four songs for the BBC – among them a celebrated cover of Joy Division’s ‘Walked In Line’ and the band’s own classic ‘Mission Bells’.

        The latter was written specifically for the session by Linton, who also supplies a sleeve essay with memories of the day of recording – and then hunkering down in a Glasgow pub with members of Belle and Sebastian to listen to the first broadcast on a tinny transistor.

        10" vinyl limited edition of 500 copies featuring previously unseen photos on the inner plus download codes.


        TRACK LISTING

        1. Mission Bells
        2. Walked In Line
        3. Long Division
        4. The Walk

        Close Lobsters

        Janice Long Session 15.07.86

          Even before the release of the debut single from off-kilter Scottish indie-pop legends Close Lobsters, the late, lamented Janice Long got them in for their first outing at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios. They recorded a session featuring four staples from their blistering live set at the time – which was peak-hour C86.

          Two of the songs included here in early versions ended up re-recorded as A-sides of singles, paving the way to a close shave with stardom via their incredible debut album ‘Foxheads Stalk This Land’, released a year later.

          TRACK LISTING

          Never Seen Before
          Pathetic Trivia
          Heaven … Rains [Going To Heaven To See If It Rains]
          Nothing Really Matters

          Close Lobsters

          John Peel Session 04.01.88

            A year and a half after their first BBC session, Close Lobsters returned to Maida Vale at the behest of John Peel. What emerged was a stunning session including three songs destined for their next single ‘What Is There To Smile About?’ – among them the Lobsters classic, ‘Loopholes’ – plus a cover with near-legendary status among fans: their version of ‘Mirror Breaks’ by anarcho-punk outfit The Mob.

            TRACK LISTING

            Loopholes
            What Is There To Smile About?
            From This Day On
            Mirror Breaks

            Close Lobsters

            Session EPs

              This limited edition 3x10" collection features the two Precious Recordings Sessions EPs along with a Radio Clyde Session EP which is exclusive to this bundle.

              TRACK LISTING

              John Peel Session
              1. Loopholes 02:44
              2. From This Day On 04:42
              3. What Is There To Smile About? 02:47
              4. Mirror Breaks 03:46

              Janice Long Session

              1. Never Seen Before 02:55
              2. Pathetic Trivia 02:38
              3. Heaven … Rains [Going To Heaven To See If It Rains] 03:06
              4. Nothing Really Matters 03:04

              Radio Clyde Session
              5. Lovely Little Swan 03:48
              6. Le Grande Ennui [Knee Trembler] 04:37
              7. Nature Thing 03:59
              8. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye 04:25

              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

                          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

                            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 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 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

                                    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

                                        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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