Monday, September 24, 2007

Peel Sessions

I had tried to find copies of the White Stripes' sessions with the late-great John Peel once before, but I never had any luck. That is, until today. Thanks a million, internet. These sessions were originally recorded on three seperate dates in 2001, right around the time that White Blood Cells was released . It appears that even then they were already pulling out Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn covers, because they're both included.

During John Peel's 37-year career on BBC Radio, 4000 sessions were recorded for him by over 2000 artists. Sessions were usually four tracks recorded and mixed in a single day, and they often had a rough and ready, demo-like feel, somewhere between a live performance and a finished recording. Many classic Peel Sessions have been released on record, particularly by the Strange Fruit label.
  1. Lets Shake Hands
  2. When I Hear My Name
  3. Jolene
  4. Death Letter
  5. Cannon
  6. Astro
  7. Hotel Yorba
  8. I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman
  9. Screwdriver
  10. We're Going To Be Friends
  11. You're Pretty Good Looking
  12. Bollweavil
  13. Hello Operator
  14. Baby Blue
  1. Lord Send Me An Angel
  2. Dead Leaves & The Dirty Ground
  3. I Think I Smell A Rat
  4. Goin' Back To Memphis
  5. Little Room
  6. The Union Forever
  7. The Same Boy You've Always Known
  8. Look Me Over Closely
  9. Looking At You
  10. St. James Infirmary Blues
  11. Apple Blossom
  12. Rated X
  13. Jumble Jumble
  14. Little Girl That Says
That picture up there is from a surprise acoustic show that the Stripes performed at London's Chelsea Hospital in June, 2007. It was their first UK gig in two years, and they played for an audience of former British soldiers in a stateroom that Mozart once played in. -NME


CubikArubik said...

Highly recommend this John Peel autobiograhpy, Margrave of the Marshes. Email me if you want to borrow it.


Mr. Curiosity said...

I'm sold, thanks for the offer man.