• 1969-04-27
  • (Duff Paddy) This first show in the bunch features sessions from, as stated above, Principal Edwards Magic Theatre, Eclection and (The) Family. There's only a slight glitch in Mr. Apollo, as indicated below, but otherwise this is a full two-hour show in very reasonable nick for its age. Manna for Peeliacs.
  • The first Top Gear to be produced by John Walters, after Bernie Andrews had been taken off the show, much to Peel's annoyance. Radio Times billed it as "John Peel in Top Gear with groups and records we would like you to hear"[1]
  • The show was pre-recorded, since John was attending a Pink Floyd gig at the time it was due to go out (the new time of 7-9 p.m. on Sunday evening).
  • While recording the show on Friday, Peel doesn't know the result of the following day's FA Cup final - he has promised to play the Family album in full if Leicester beat Manchester City. As revealed in the news, Man City won 1-0.
  • Eclection, with a much-changed line-up after what turned out to be their only LP, include a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" in their session. Family's session includes a version of J.B. Lenoir's "I Sing 'Um The Way I Feel", but Peel isn't impressed by it. He's more taken with Chicken Shack's version of Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind", which took them into the UK singles charts.



(Courtesy Duff Paddy) File b begins

  • (handover from Alan Freeman)
  • Top Gear Theme
  • Byrds - Old Blue (LP - Dr. Byrds And Mr. Hyde) CBS 63545
  • Canned Heat - Time Was (single) Liberty LBF 15200

File b ends

  • Eclection - Both Sides Now (Peel Session)
  • Chicken Shack - I'd Rather Go Blind (single) Blue Horizon 57-3153
  • Family - A Song For Me (Peel Session)
  • Bonzo Dog Band - Mr. Apollo [skips back to end of the Family track, then continues and jumps a bit further into Mr. Apollo] (single) Liberty LBF 15201

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  • a) (torrent) JOHN PEEL'S TOP GEAR - 8 SHOWS FROM 1969 & 1970
  • b) Radio 1 1969.04.27 John Peel - Top Gear
  • a) 01:59:18
  • b) 00:06:56
  • (Duff Paddy) This torrent is a re-upload of the 8 classic Top Gear shows that appeared on my Peel blog Kat's Karavan and have now expired. Most of them are full (or nearly full) shows, encoded as 320K MP3s from 7-inch reel-to-reel tapes.
  • Many thanks to hills1902 for supplying the tapes, to John for ripping and encoding them and to Phil for originally hosting the MP3s on his server.
  • b) (gooner02uk) I just found a 6 minute Top Gear clip from the 27th of April 1969,it was on the end of a Pick of the Pops show that i recently got in a trade.Might be of interest !
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