• Top Gear
  • BBC Radio One
  • 1968-06-16
  • Seventeen minutes of a two-hour show, recently discovered on a reel-to-reel tape by Peel Mailing List user andysmith10. The Donovan session is also available, which includes a very small snippet of John at the end of the final track.
  • Information on gaps in the track listing courtesy of Ken Garner of Peel Mailing List. Tracks marked § appear on the PasB but have been edited out of this recording.
  • Peel dedicates Tim Rose's "Hello Sunshine" to some "very tired" students he had met, who had been occupying university premises to obtain "some say in the way they were educated", an aim with which he sympathises. Because his link is incomplete, no specific higher education institution is mentioned, but Hornsey College of Art and the London School of Economics were regarded as centres of student militancy at the time.


  • Nice, #3. Recorded 1968-06-10. No known commercial release.
  • Donovan, #2. Recorded 1968-06-11. No known commercial release. "Skip-A-Long Sam" was only broadcast on the repeat airing on 21 July 1968.
  • Chicken Shack, #2 (repeat). Recorded 1968-04-17. No known commercial release.
  • Gilbert, one and only session (repeat). Recorded 1968-05-14. No known commercial release. This is actually Gilbert O' Sullivan: background on p. 55 of The Peel Sessions.


  • File 1
  • Tim Rose: Hello Sunshine (single - b-side of I Guess It's Over) CBS 3478
  • Gilbert: 'Disappear' (Peel Session) §
  • Gilbert: 'Better Than Valentino' (Peel Session) §
  • Crazy World Of Arthur Brown: Rest Cure (single - b-side of Fire!) Track 604022
  • Nice: 'Little Arabella' (Peel Session)
  • Glass Menagerie: 'You Didn't Have To Be So Nice' (Peel Session) §
  • Chicken Shack: 'You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now' (Peel Session)
  • Ars Nova: Fields Of People (single) Elektra EKSN 45034
  • Donovan: 'Hast Thou Seen The Unicorn?' (Peel Session) - tiny snippet of Peel introduction
  • File 2
  • Donovan: Mad John's Escape (session)
  • Donovan: Hi, It's Been A Long Time (session)
  • Donovan: The Entertaining Of The Shy Little Girl (session)
  • Donovan: Lalena (session)
  • Donovan: Hast Thou Seen The Unicorn? (session)
  • tiny snippet of Peel outro


  • 1) Radio 1 1968.00.00 John Peel - Top Gear - Clip 1.mp3
  • 2) Donovan1968GuyBrownTapes
  • 1) 00:17:00
  • 2) 1:04:46 (41:32-52:57)
  • Shared via Peel Mailing List
  • 1) Many thanks to Andy, to Eddie for the tracklisting, and to RPC for the re-up.
  • 2) Full details at SugarMegs