Sunday, May 28, 2023

Various: Kats Karavan (The History Of John Peel On The Radio) 2009 (4 CD Compilation) + Various: John Peel - Right Time, Wrong Speed 1977 - 1987


John Robert Parker Ravenscroft OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as

John Peel, was an English disc jockey (DJ) and radio presenter. He was the longest-serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004. Peel was one of the first broadcasters to play psychedelic rock and progressive rock records on British radio. He is widely acknowledged for promoting artists of multiple genres, including pop, dub reggae, punk rock and post-punk, electronic music and dance music, indie rock, extreme metal and British hip hop.

Fellow DJ Paul Gambaccini described Peel as "the most important single person in popular music from approximately 1967 through 1978. He broke more important artists than any individual." John Peel's first stint as DJ was in 1959, for a Dallas radio station's R&B show called Kats Karavan; thereafter, the

work sheet for every Peel show bore that same legend in the space reserved for the programme title. This four-CD set offers a varied selection of the sorts of oddball, often outré music that characterised his shows, organised in chronological order. It's by no means perfect, but then neither were his shows. He led a relatively ordinary life ”“ wife, kids, house etc; was intelligent and approachable, and looked like just another bloke walking around the supermarket. But he had done what many of us dream about: taken his obsession with music and made a hugely successful career of it ”“ and on his own terms.

I'm sure that the likes of Ballboy, Bong Ra and Bearsuit have their attractions, but only the most

stubborn advocate of Noughties indie would argue that there isn't a steady decline in quality from the first disc (1966-1979) – which opens with the Misunderstood's ethereal classic "I Can Take You to the Sun" and goes on to include Traffic, Tim Hardin, John Cale, Sandy Denny, the Damned, the Jam and the Slits – through each successive era.

Of course, that was hardly Peel's fault, simply a reflection of changing times. But a strong case could be

made for having separate, more thorough underground and punk discs – that shift representing the most significant change in his entire career – and squeezing the subsequent landfill indie on to the remaining two discs. Still, it's nice to hear his dulcet tones again.

Since John Peel’s death in October 2004, the much loved and lamented DJ has been feted as a

champion of punk and indie pop. The new bands stage at Glastonbury has been renamed in his honour, and swathes of the Radio 1 schedule have been given over to annual “Peel Days”. Five years on, it would be easy to forget that this was the man who began his career spinning R&B in Texas and pirate psychedelia somewhere off the coast of Britain, before going on to promulgate every genre from dance to death metal (often side by side) to a grateful and only occasionally aghast audience.

This new compilation is a timely reminder of that broader legacy, covering Peel’s radio career over five

decades and eschewing the obvious anthems such as Teenage Kicks or anything by Joy Division and The Smiths. It takes its title from the show hosted by a young John Ravenscroft on a local station in Dallas back in 1961 (he didn’t adopt “Peel” until ’67), and mixes rare and exclusive session tracks with occasional snippets of the man himself to create a reasonable replica of the Peel show through the ages. Needless to say, it’s great.

Set across four CDs (60s/70s, 80s, 90s and 00s), it has a pretty good stab at doing what John did best: mash up styles and reputations in any way he saw fit on the day, playing what he felt like when he felt

like it. From hip-hop, dance and reggae through to indie, punk and thrash metal, from established names to chancers sending him their first demo, it was anything goes.No one will ever be completely happy with the track list, but its pretty damn good ”“ the booklet is interesting too. But what really makes this collection shine are the exclusive tracks and in-between track snippets of classic links from the shows.

Disc One covers the 60s and 70s, boasting the most bona fide hitmakers of the set in the shape of session tracks from the Small Faces, Thin Lizzy and The Jam among others. Of course, it wouldn’t be

Peel without some obscurities, so we also get Deaf School and The Fabulous Poodles, while the compilation opens with The Misunderstood, the band Peel managed in the mid-60s and which he credited with performing one of his all-time favourite gigs. Among previously unreleased versions of tracks by John Cale, Medicine Head and The Boomtown Rats, Free’s Walk In My Shadow also gets an airing – its first since original broadcast in 1968!

In similarly exclusive vein, Disc Two takes on the 80s with rare takes from Elvis Costello, The Cure,

Linton Kwesi Johnson and Julian Cope, while Peel provides his one and only vocal performance on Altered Images’ cover of Song Sung Blue. Factory is represented by A Certain Ratio, and the inevitable appearance by The Fall sits just as uncomfortably as you would hope alongside The Passions’ German Film Star and Pass The Duchie by Musical Youth. You can’t help feeling that Peel would be proud.

Discs Three and Four grow even more eclectic, as Peel’s voice becomes ever more cosy and

classless. The acts that passed through the doors of Peel Acres in this era encompass everyone from Laura Cantrell and The Orb to Ivor Cutler and The Cuban Boys. Highlights here include unreleased session tracks by …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Hole. One of the final tracks is CLSM’s critique of dance music on Radio 1, John Peel Is Not Enough. After four discs of this quality, however, you can only disagree.



Various – Kats Karavan (The History Of John Peel On The Radio)
Label: Universal – 271 415-1
Format: 4 x CD, Compilation
Country: UK
Released: Oct 26, 2009
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Rock, Reggae, Non-Music, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Alternative Rock, Spoken Word, Indie Rock, Art Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Ambient



01. The Misunderstood
– I Can Take You To The Sun
Written-By – Rick Brown, Tony Hill
02. Traffic – Coloured Rain
Arranged By – Steve Winwood
Producer – Jimmy Miller
Written-By – Chris Wood, Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood
03. Tim Hardin – If I Were A Carpenter
Producer – Erik Jacobsen
Written-By – Tim Hardin
04. Small Faces – Lazy Sunday
Producer – Bernie Andrews
Written-By – Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott
05. Free – Walk In My Shadow
Producer – Bernie Andrews
Written-By – Andy Fraser, Paul Kossoff, Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke
06. Thin Lizzy – Whiskey In The Jar
Arranged By – Brian Downey, Eric Bell, Phil Lynott
Producer – Tony Wilson
07. Sandy Denny – Listen, Listen
Producer – Tony Wilson
Written-By – Sandy Denny
08. John Cale – Fear Is A Man's Best Friend
Producer – Tony Wilson
Written-By – John Cale
09. Joan Armatrading – Dry Land
Producer – Pete Gage
Written-By – Joan Armatrading, Pam Nestor
10. Aswad – Back To Africa
Producer – Tony Wilson
Written-By – Courtney Hemmings
11. Deaf School – What A Way To End It All
Written-By – Clive Langer, Steve Allen
12. The Damned – New Rose
Producer – Jeff Griffin
Written-By – Brian James
13. Rico – Africa
Producer – Karl Pitterson
Written-By – Enrico Rodriguez
14. Medicine Head – Slip And Slide
Producer – Jeff Griffin
Written-By – John Fiddler
15. The Jam – In The City
Producer – Malcolm Brown
Written-By – Paul Weller
16. The Fabulous Poodles – When The Summer's Thru
Producer – John Entwistle
Written-By – Tony De Meur
17. The Boomtown Rats – Looking After Number One
Producer – Jeff Griffin
Written-By – Bob Geldof
18. Slits – Love And Romance
Producer – Tony Wilson
Written-By – Arianne Foster, Paloma Romero, Tessa Pollitt, Viviane Albertine
19. Steel Pulse – Ku Klux Klan
Producer – Godwin Logie, Karl Pitterson, Steve Lillywhite
Written-By – David Hinds
20. Funboy Five – Life After Death
Written-By – Michael Anthony Sinclair

Flac Size: 436 MB



01. ...And The Native Hipsters – There Goes Concorde Again
Written-By – Blatt, Robert Cubitt, Tom Fawcett, William Wilding
02. Elvis Costello – High Fidelity
Producer – Tony Wilson
Written-By – Elvis Costello
03. The Bodies – Art Nouveau
Written-By – Leon Thompson, Mark Adams
04. The Cure – A Forest
Producer – Tony Wilson
Written-By – Laurence Tolhurst, Matthieu Hartley, Robert Smith, Simon Gallup
05. The Passions – I'm In Love With A German Film Star
Producer – Dale Griffin
Written-By – Barbara Louise Gogan, Clive Wilfred Timperley, David Agar Wardill, Richard Paul Williams
06. The Fall – C 'n' C Hassle Schmuk
Producer – Dale Griffin
Written-By – Craig Scanlon, Marc Riley, Mark E. Smith, Stephen Hanley
07. Linton Kwesi Johnson – Reggae Fi Peach
Producer – Dale Griffin
Written-By – Linton Kwesi Johnson
08. Pulp – Turkey Mambo Momma
Producer – Dale Griffin
Written By – Jarvis Cocker
09. Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie
Producer – Peter Collins
Written-By – Ogilvie Fitzroy Simpson, George Bennett, Huford Brown, Jackie Mittoo, Leroy Sibbles, Anthony Ferguson, Robert Benard Lyn
10. Altered Images – Song Sung Blue
Producer – Martin Rushent
Written-By – Neil Diamond
11. Julian Cope – Sunspots
Producer – Mark Radcliffe
Written-By – Julian Cope
12. The Frank Chickens – Blue Canary
Producer – David Toop, Steve Beresford
Written-By – Vincent C. Fiorino
13. Nick Haeffner – Don't Be Late
Producer – Brian Marshall, Nick Haeffner
Written-By – Nick Haeffner
14. That Petrol Emotion – Big Decision
Producer – Roli Mosimann
Written-By – Sean O'Neill
15. Cud – You Sexy Thing
Producer – Dale Griffin
Written-By – Errol Brown
16. Bob – Convenience
Written-By – Richard Blackborow, Simon Armstrong
17. Extreme Noise Terror – System Enslavement
Producer – Dale Griffin
Written-By – Dean Jones, Peter Hurley
18. A Certain Ratio – he Big E
Producer – Julian Mendelsohn
Written-By – Donald Johnson, Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop, Anthony Quigley
19. Soundgarden – Everybody's Got Something To Hide (Except Me And My Monkey)
Producer – Dale Griffin
Written-By – Paul McCartney/John Lennon

Flac Size: 471 MB



01. The Orb – Back Side Of The Moon
Producer – Mike Robinson
Written-By – Alex Paterson, Miquette Giraudy, Steve Hillage
02. PJ Harvey – Sheela-Na-Gig
Producer – Mike Robinson
Written-By – PJ Harvey
03. Marxman – Fascist Boom
Producer – Mike Engels
Written-By – Hollis Byrne, Oisin Lunny, Stephen Daley
04. Hole – Olympia
Producer – Mike Engels
Written-By – Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson
05. Tindersticks – Raindrops
Producer – Mike Robinson
Written-By – Alistair McAuley, David Boulter, Dickon Hinchliffe, Mark Colwill, Neil Fraser, Stuart Staples
06. Dave Clarke – Protective Custody
Written-By – Dave Clarke
07. Stereolab – Ping Pong
Written-By – Laetitia Sadier, Timothy John Gane
08. The Delgados – Monica Webster
Written-By – Alun Woodward, Emma Pollock, Paul Savage, Stewart Henderson
09. Tiger – Icicle
Producer – Mike Engels
Written-By – Daniel Laidler, Josephine Dido Prouse Hallett, Julie Sims, Seamus Feeney, Tina Whitlow
10. The Sweeney – Why?
Written-By – Murray Torkildsen
11. Thievery Corporation – Sun Moon And Stars
Written-By – Eric Hilton, Rob Garza
12. Clinic – IPC Sub Editors Dictate Our Youth
Written-By – Ade Blackburn, Brian Campbell, Carl Turney, Jonathan Hartley
13. Grandaddy – Hawaiian Island Wranglers
Producer – Mike Engels
Written-By – Jason Lytle
14. Justin Berkovi – Real Action
Written-By – Justin Berkovi
15. Ivor Cutler – Jam
Written-By – Ivor Cutler
16. Cuban Boys – Oh My God! They Killed Kenny
Written-By – Brian L. Underwood, Bill Martin, Jenny McLaren, Philip Coulter, Ricardo Autobahn, Skreen B
17. Gorky's Zygotic Mynci – Freckles
Producer – Mike Engels
Written-By – Euros Owen Childs
18. The Samurai Seven – Xeroxy Music
Written-By – Simon Williams

Flac Size: 461 MB



01. Laura Cantrell – Not The Tremblin' Kind
Producer – Jay Sherman-Godfrey
Written-By – George James Usher
02. Mercury Rev – Little Rhymes
Producer – Simon Askew
Written-By – Grasshopper, Jeff Mercel, Jonathan Donahue
03. Spare Snare – Taking On The Sides
Written-By – Barry Gibson, Jan Burnett
04. The Loves – She'll Break Your Heart
Producer – Richard Jackson
Written-By – Simon Stone
05. Ballboy – All The Records On The Radio Are Shite
Written-By – Gary Morgan, Gordon McIntyre, Katherine Griffiths, Nicholas Reynolds
06. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Another Morning Stoner
Producer – Mike Walter
Written-By – Conrad Keely, Jason Reece, Kevin Allen, Neil Busch
07. Bong Ra – Archie Bunker Disciples
Written-By – Jason Köhnen
08. The Datsuns – Fink For The Man
Producer – Simon Askew
Written-By – The Datsuns
09. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
Producer – Miti Adhikari
Written-By – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
10. The Hellacopters – By The Grace Of God
Producer – Andy Rogers
Written-By – Anders Lindström, Håkansson, Andersson, Robert Dahlquist, Robert Eriksson
11. Soledad Brothers – Cage That Tiger
Producer – Kevin Rumble
Written-By – Swank, Walker, Henry
12. Bearsuit – Itsuko Got Married
Written-By – Bearsuit
13. CLSM – John Peel Is Not Enough
Vocals – Niki Mak
Vocals [Spoken Word] – Peter Hussey
Written-By – Colin Meon
14. Yourcodenameis:milo – I Am Connecting Flight
Producer – Nick Fountain
Written-By – Yourcodenameis:milo
15. Bloc Party – Tulips
Producer – Miti Adhikari
Written-By – Bloc Party
16. Steveless – Bored
Written-By – Daniel Newman
17. Amsterdam – Does This Train Stop On Merseyside?
Written-By – Ian Prowse

Flac Size: 469 MB



Various – John Peel - Right Time, Wrong Speed 1977-1987
Label: Warner Music TV – WMTV023
Format: 2 x CD, Compilation
Country: UK
Released: 2006
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, Indie Rock, Punk, New Wave, Art Rock

CD 1.


– What Do I Get?    2:53
02.Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster    2:42
03.The Cure – A Forest    5:54
04.Killing Joke – Pssyche    5:05
05.The Slits – Typical Girls    3:54
06.The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet    2:59
07.The Jesus And Mary Chain – Just Like Honey    3:00
08.Laurie Anderson – O Superman    8:22
09.Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers – Roadrunner    4:42
10.Misty In Roots – Man Kind (Live)    4:38
11.The Rezillos – I Can't Stand My Baby    2:23
12.Ruts – In A Rut    3:40
13.The Four Brothers – Pasi Pano Pane Zviedzo    5:42
14.The Damned – New Rose    2:42
15.The Jam – Down In The Tube Station At Midnight    4:43
16.Scritti Politti – The Sweetest Girl    6:14
17.Steel Pulse – Ku Klux Klan    3:31
18.The Mekons – Where Were You?    2:41
19.Ivor Cutler – Life In A Scotch Sittingroom    3:11

Flac Size: 523 MB

CD 2.


01. Joy Division – Atmosphere    4:08
02. Cocteau Twins – Musette And Drums    4:37
03. The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out    4:03
04. Echo And The Bunnymen – Over The Wall    5:58
05. Associates – Party Fears Two    5:11
06. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message    3:11
07. Pete Wylie And Wah! – Hope (I Wish You'd Believe Me)    4:56
08. The Sugarcubes – Birthday    3:57
09. Red Guitars – Good Technology    4:53
10. Poet And The Roots – All Wi Doin' Is Defendin    3:01
11. The Redskins – Keep On Keeping On    3:51
12. The Birthday Party – Release The Bats    2:29
13. The Wild Swans – The Revolutionary Spirit    4:24
14. Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods    3:26
15. The Wedding Present – Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft    4:06
16. Cabaret Voltaire – Just Fascination    4:07
17. The Undertones – You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It)    2:36
18. The Fall – Eat Y'self Fitter    6:34
19. Half Man Half Biscuit – The Trumpton Riots    3:19

Flac Size: 545 MB


  1. Thank you Kostas i'm seeing this comp. for the first time.

    1. Hello my friend. Ha Ha Ha! I was sure that you didn't know these compilations. Most of my friends don't know about them.

    2. I am currently negotiating with a guy here in Austria who offers this box, also Bikini Kill - singles and another box that i would be interested in Various - action time a story of intedependent uk punk 1976-79 4 cd.
      Do you know here ?

    3. Various: Action Time is already in Urban Aspirines.

    4. Strange ! I guess i didn't overlook it. I can explain it in such a way that i wasn't particularly interested at the time.

  2. Nice one Kostas. Only perhaps the most important DJ to affect British music ever. Nice history

  3. Kostas the guy asks for more interesting boxes. Do you know her ?
    Various, revolutionary spirit
    Various, dreams to fill the vacum
    Various, big gold dreams

    Thanks !

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