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  • 1969-11-15
  • Tracklisting below is from Volume 1 of the Decktician Logs. Many thanks to Decktician, Ken Garner for copying and additional information, and Rocker for acting as central HQ.
  • Show opens with a cover of the Kinks' "Tired Of Waiting For You" by US jazz-rock band Flock.
  • Tracks include Peel hero Gene Vincent's remake of his greatest hit, "Be-Bop-A Lula", for the DJ's Dandelion label. Peel mentions that Vincent is "in the country the moment and appearing at such unlikely places as the Speakeasy"
  • As this week's Disinterred Thirty-Three and a Third, JP plays an early collaboration between Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Steve Winwood (then with the Spencer Davis Group), on a cover version of Robert Johnson's "Crossroads". This was one of a handful of tracks recorded by Joe Boyd in 1966 for an Elektra compilation album of electric blues, also featuring contributions from the Lovin' Spoonful and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. (It was reissued a few years later by UK Elektra with a psychedelic sleeve.) But as Boyd recalled in his book White Bicycles (London 2005, p.112), he wasn't able to persuade Clapton's manager Robert Stigwood to sign the artist to Elektra.
  • The Disinterred Thirty-Three and a Third link is missing, but it is likely that the track by Eddie Hardin and Peter York was programmed to precede the above track, as Hardin and York were also former members of the Spencer Davis Group.
  • There also tracks by popular West Coast bands Jefferson Airplane, the Steve Miller Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival, as well as a Peel favourite of the time by the Humblebums, and the first solo single by Syd Barrett. Humble Pie cover Buddy Holly's "Heartbeat".
  • On the session credited to Mike Cooper, which also features Jo-Ann Kelly and Bob Hall on piano, Jo-Ann Kelly does a cover version of Charley Patton's "Moon Going Down", complete with an imitation of Patton's vocal style. They also cover the Rolling Stones' "The Spider And The Fly".
  • Mentions he'll be on BBC2 TV's Line-Up at 11.20 that evening, reviewing the week's TV - and "the appalling Peel will be in colour".


  • Forest #2 recorded 16th September 1969. No known commercial release.
  • Mike Cooper #3 (with Jo-Ann Kelly & Bob Ball), recorded 20th October 1969. No known commercial release.
  • High Tide #2 recorded 12th August 1969, repeat, first broadcast 17 August 1969. No known commercial release.


  • File 2 begins at start of show - “this is another Top Gear with a flurry, of course, of four-letter words…"
  • Flock: Tired Of Waiting (LP – The Flock) CBS 63733
  • Liverpool Scene: The Day We Danced At The Dole (LP – Bread On The Night) RCA SF 8057 (Playedwith special love to Grass Eye and George’s in Manchester”. He fades the track early – maybe John Walters wasn’t amused -  and then talks about Eccles cakes)
  • High Tide: Walking Down Their Outlook (session)
  • Mike Cooper: Spider And The Fly (session) @ introduced as “Mike Cooper and Jo-Ann Kelly” together
  • BBC2’s Line-Up will feature Peel reviewing the week’s TV at 11.20 tonight
  • JJ Light: Heya (single) Liberty LBF 15228
  • Forest: Gypsy Girl (session) introduced as “Gypsy Girl and Ramble Away
  • File 2 pauses
  • Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Pachuco Cadaver (LP – Trout Mask Replica) Straight STS 1053
  • Gene Vincent: Be-Bop-A-Lula (single) Dandelion S 4596
  • File 2 resumes near end of above track
  • John Mayall: Saw Mill Gulch Road (LP – The Turning Point) Polydor 583 571
  • Humblebums: Please Sing A Song For Us (LP – The New Humblebums) Transatlantic TRA 201 (“one of my favourite songs in the whole world at the moment”.)
  • Forest: Autumn Childhood (session) §  (“this, they tell me, is on their next LP – if there is a next LP”)
  • Mike Cooper: I Think She Knows Me Now (session)
  • Eddie Hardin & Peter York Candlelight (LP – Tomorrow, Today) Bell SBLL 125
  • File 2 pauses during above track
  • Eric Clapton & The Powerhouse: Crossroads (LP –Good Time Music) Elektra EUKS 7260 (“quite an intriguing little Disinterred Thirty Three and a Third")
  • File 2 resumes near end of above track
  • High Tide: Dilemma (session)
  • Jefferson Airplane: Good Shepherd (LP – Volunteers) RCA LSP 4238 (US release) also File 3 (JP says LP “will probably be released over here, after about six months have elapsed”, as this seems to be the rule)
  • Forest: Love’s Memory Gone (session)
  • Members of Principal Edwards Magic Theatre currently staying at Peel Acres asked JP to mention they are doing a benefit at the Roundhouse, so he gives date and details
  • File 2 pauses
  • Free: Trouble On Double Time (LP – Free) Island ILPS 9104 (track edited out)
  • File 2 resumes
  • Jo-Ann Kelly: The Moon Is Going Down (session)
  • Next week’s Top Gear will be coming live from Liverpool
  • Battered Ornaments: Take Me Now (LP – Mantle-piece) Harvest SHVL 758
  • Steve Miller Band: Little Girl (7”) Capitol CL 15618
  • Humble Pie: Heartbeat (LP – Town And Country) Immediate IMSP 027
  • Forest: Mirror Of Life (session)
  • Syd Barrett: Octopus (single) Harvest HAR 5009
  • Mike Cooper & Jo-Ann Kelly: Tell Me Papa (session)
  • Mentions that a Creedence Clearwater Revival clip from the Andy Williams TV show will be shown on Line-Up this evening
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival: Sinister Purpose (LP – Green River) Liberty LBS 83273
  • tape flip File 2
  • Charlie Starr: Solitary Woman (LP - Just Plain Charlie) Mercury SR 61209 (US release)
  • High Tide: Nowhere (session)
  • File 2 ends at end of show
  • Track marked @ also available on File 1


  • 1a) Mike Cooper with Jo Ann Kelly - Peel session - Top Gear
  • 1b) 1969-11-15 TG 15.11.69 Mike Cooper 'Spider and the Fly'
  • 2) J P Top Gear 15 Nov 1969 almost complete.mp3
  • 3) 1969-11-15 TG mid 69 Jefferson Airplane Oh Good Shepherd
  • 1) 3:23
  • 2) 1:39:56
  • 3) 4:27
  • 1,3) Many thanks to Colin Harper. File 1a has centred audio.
  • 2) Many thanks to Tim for acquisition and digitisation.