More than half a century after this Top Gear hit the ether it has now returned to earth courtesy of Warwick Johns
John's favourite 1960s filling words "nice" and "you see" are well in evidence here, along with the odd "amazing"
He is in good spirits, claims it’s been a “magic week” and says he’s spent a lot of time travelling on trains.
He plays two tracks from Captain Beefheart’s Strictly Personal LP, which has just arrived in this country, and one from the upcoming Tyrannosaurus Rex LP. Marc Bolan is sitting quietly in the studio but Peel asks him what the album title is and he whispers a reply.
The Olympic Games are due to begin later that day; Peel doesn’t sound too enthusiastic.
Bonzo Dog Band #5, recorded 8th October 1968. No known commercial release.
Bakerloo Line #1 recorded 24th September 1968. No known commercial release.
4:30pm news - Group of people escape from East Germany to the West, but one shot down by border guards; Former Labour minister Ray Gunter criticises Anthony Wedgwood Benn’s statement on broadcasting (“too important to be left to the broadcasters”; Bud Flanagan of the Crazy Gang has died; engineering strike postponed for 2 weeks
Between two songs with lyrics about lonely people, JP mentions his recent International Times column on loneliness and poverty among old people [] and urges his listeners to talk to them and say hello
John refers to going to an upcoming event this Friday the 18th October at the Great Hall at Aston University to benefit the Birmingham Arts Lab, with Joe Cocker, Tim Hollier and the Foresters (Forest before they changed their name?),, but the date is wrong. He gives the correct date (25th October) in his outro to the next track
End of show and closing remarks: Says there’s no Night Ride on Wednesday because there can’t be a channel not covering the Olympics, and that next week’s Top Gear will be recorded – “I hope you’ll be somewhere to listen to that….”