In Session Tonight: The Complete Radio 1 Recordings
by Ken Garner (London: BBC Books 1993) ISBN: 0563364521 Pages: 320

The Radio 1 archives hold a wealth of largely unreleased recordings by many of the biggest names in rock and pop. This is the story of these sessions and how they have helped to set musical trends since 1967. The book includes a detailed reference guide to the recordings, with band line-ups, session transmission dates, recording dates, track listings and other relevant data.

The cover CD (Strange Fruit Records BOOKCD1) is a strictly limited edition compilation of 15 tracks taken from these sessions recorded for the John Peel shows on Radio 1.

1.   Chicken Shack - I'd Rather Go Blind (1969)
2.   Syd Barrett - Gigolo Aunt (1970)
3.   The Damned - Neat Neat Neat (1976)
4.   Buzzcocks - What Do I Get? (1977)
5.   The Only Ones - The Beast (1978)
6.   The Cure - 10.15 Saturday Night (1978)
7.   Madness - The Prince (1979)
8.   The Birthday Party - Big Jesus Trash Can (1981)
9.   The Undertones - Love Parade (1982)
10. Billy Bragg - A13 Trunk Road to the Sea (1983)
11. Happy Mondays - Mad Cyril (1989)
12. Inspiral Carpets - The Beast Inside (1990)
13. Babes In Toyland - Catatonic (1990)
14. PJ Harvey - Water (1991)
15. The Fall - Kimble (1992)
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Ken Garner's new book The Peel Sessions updates the sessionography and tells the story of the full 37 years of the Peel sessions.
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