The Peel Sessions 1979-1981

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
A dream release for the Killing Joke faithful, this 2008 compilation collects the first four sessions the band did for the legendary BBC Radio DJ John Peel plus a bonus session recorded for Richard Skinner's program. The years covered are 1979 to 1981, so this isn't the usual career-spanning Peel comp, but it does follow the band as they evolve from a tribal post-punk unit that could have been signed to the esoteric Factory to an apocalyptic metal group that often landed in the pages of metal mag Kerrang!. Raw versions of the big, important numbers from the time -- "Wardance," "Complication," "The Fall of Because," and "Tension" -- are all here to illustrate the change. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
A dream release for the Killing Joke faithful, this 2008 compilation collects the first four sessions the band did for the legendary BBC Radio DJ John Peel plus a bonus session recorded for Richard Skinner's program. The years covered are 1979 to 1981, so this isn't the usual career-spanning Peel comp, but it does follow the band as they evolve from a tribal post-punk unit that could have been signed to the esoteric Factory to an apocalyptic metal group that often landed in the pages of metal mag Kerrang!. Raw versions of the big, important numbers from the time -- "Wardance," "Complication," "The Fall of Because," and "Tension" -- are all here to illustrate the change. These under-produced alternatives either equal or better their official album counterparts but what's revelatory are the rare numbers like "Malicious Boogie" where the band play cowbell-driven, no wave funk as if they were Medium Medium or Liquid Liquid. Liner notes from Alex Paterson, who was a Killing Joke roadie before he was the Orb, speak to these experimental years with stories of guitarist Geordie's Wall of Sound and bassist Youth playing the "Rapper's Delight" 12" repeatedly. While it's a sliver of the longstanding band's history, anyone with a taste for their early years will be thrilled by this thorough, well-presented set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Caroline
  • EAN: 5099923474925
  • Catalog Number: 34749
  • Sales rank: 55,364

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pssyche (4:58)
  2. 2 Wardance (3:44)
  3. 3 Nuclear Boy (3:06)
  4. 4 Malicious Boogie (2:02)
  5. 5 Change (4:20)
  6. 6 Tomorrow's World (4:54)
  7. 7 Complication (3:22)
  8. 8 The Fall of Because (4:16)
  9. 9 Tension (3:33)
  10. 10 Butcher (4:36)
  11. 11 The Hum (4:44)
  12. 12 Empire Song (3:24)
  13. 13 We Have Joy (2:51)
  14. 14 Chop Chop (4:46)
  15. 15 Tension - Richard Skinner (4:13)
  16. 16 Unspeakable - Richard Skinner (4:45)
  17. 17 Exit - Richard Skinner (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Killing Joke Primary Artist
Youth Bass, Group Member
Jaz Coleman Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Paul Ferguson Drums, Group Member
Geordie Walker Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Killing Joke Composer
Bob Sargeant Producer
John Etchells Producer
Dale Buffin Griffin Producer
Dr. Alex Paterson Liner Notes
Mark Robinson Engineer
Ted de Bono Engineer
Nick Gomm Engineer
Steve Rooke Mastering
Mike Coles Artwork
Mark Farrar Engineer
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