The Peel Sessions 1979-1981

The Peel Sessions 1979-1981

by Killing JokeKilling Joke


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Caroline
UPC: 5099923474925
catalogNumber: 34749
Rank: 8902

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,Audio Production
John Etchells   Producer,Audio Production
Dale "Buffin" Griffin   Producer,Audio Production
Alex Paterson   Liner Notes
Mark Robinson   Engineer
Ted de Bono   Engineer
Nick Gomm   Engineer
Mike Coles   Artwork
Mark Farrar   Engineer
John Owen Williams   Audio Production

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