- BBC Radio One
- The first hour of a Saturday afternoon Top Gear
- Peel says that "On Monday and Tuesday I had to sit down and listen to 72 LPs - it was gruesome...". He expresses his scepticism regarding what had become known as "progressive rock", saying that successful "progressive" bands "don't progress at all" and follow a simple formula.
- His remarks reflect a general mood at the end of the 1960s, when musicians and listeners weary of "heavy" rock began to look to earlier, simpler forms of music for inspiration - 1950s rock'n'roll, blues, country, folk. All of these genres would be featured in Peel's shows in the first half of the 1970s. An early-70s reaction against the dominance of "progressive" rock is evident here in the easy-going, US-inspired country-rock of Cochise and session guests Brinsley Schwarz.
- Many thanks to Ken Garner for additional tracklisting information.
- Brinsley Schwarz #1 First broadcast. Recorded 1970-11-16.
- Mr Fox: #1 First broadcast. Recorded 1970-11-24.
- ’Mr Fox’ not played until repeat on 27 February 1971.
- Family: #7 Repeat. First broadcast 05 September 1970. Recorded 1970-11-24.
(Please add details of any commercial release of these sessions)
- Cochise: Love's Made A Fool Of You (single) Liberty LBF 15425 (JP; "I think Buddy (Holly) would've been quite proud of that")
- Carol Grimes & Delivery: We Were Satisfied (LP: Fool's Meeting) Charisma CAS 1023 (B&C?) (*JP: "I wonder what's happening up at Anfield?...") [*Liverpool 0-0 Leeds Utd. FL Div. 1. Final Score: 1-1. Paul Madeley scored first for Leeds and John Toshack equalised for Liverpool after 52 minutes. Att. 51,357!]
- Brinsley Schwarz: Seymour I Love You/Funk Angel (session)
- Keef Hartley Band: Roundabout (Part 1) (single) Deram DM 316
- Family: Holding the Compass (session)
- Frank Zappa: Transylvanian Boogie (LP: Chunga's Revenge) Bizarre/Reprise RSLP 2030
- 3.30 News (main story; unions strike against the Industrial Relations Act)
- Van Morrison: Domino (single) Warner Bros. WB 7034
- Mr. Fox: Mr. Trill's Song (session)
- The Reverend Ether, the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory: 1862 B.P. (single) Et-Cet'er-a 45-201 (US release) (Obscure, possibly unreleased import which, Peel tells us, he hunted down after it was "reviewed ecstatically in Rolling Stone")
- Family: Good News - Bad News (session)
- Bridget St. John: If You've Got Money (single) Warner Bros WB 8019
- Mr. Fox: The Gay Goshawk (session)
- Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Japan Is A Dishpan (LP – Lick My Decals Off, Baby) Straight/Reprise 1063
- Brinsley Schwarz: The Slow One (session)
- Badfinger: Blodwin (LP - No Dice) Apple SAPCOR 16
- Mr Fox: Susan’s Song (session)
- Robert Johnson: Love In Vain (LP - The King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol.2) CBS 64102
- Ron Geesin & Roger Waters: Sd 1 Bd 8, 9 , 10, 11, 12 (LP - Music Form The Body) Harvest SHSP 4008
- Wizz Jones: Slow Down To My Speed (LP - Legendary Me) Village Thing VTS 4
- Brinsley Schwarz: Rock And Roll Station (session)
- Edgar Broughton Band: Apache Drop Out (Apache Intro. Drop Out Boogie) (single) Harvest HAR 5032
- Mr Fox: Ballad Of Noddy Nick (session)
- Family: Lives And Ladies (session)
- Elton John: Burn Down The Mission (LP - Tumbleweed Connection) DJM DJLPS 410
- 1970-12-05 Sat - BBC R1 (247m) - John Peel - Top Gear (60 mins).mp3