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Name
Station
YYYY-MM-DD
  • 1968-03-27
Comments
  • Peel has Rev. Dom Robert Petitpierre, an Anglican monk in the studio. They talk about Gregorian chant, which Peel says is coming into pop music. He plays an example by the Yardbirds.
  • After Dom Robert leaves the studio, Peel interviews his friends and Perfumed Garden favourites Adrian Henri and Andy Roberts, in a more informal style. They talk about their various activities and their group the Liverpool Scene, which wasn't yet well-known.
  • Before the J.S. Bach piece, Peel mentions that he’s been playing “a lot of baroque music” on the show, although he’s not sure how to pronounce the word “baroque".
  • He says he attended “an amazing concert at the Festival Hall last week in which a gentleman played a surbahar” before playing a BBC archive track featuring that instrument. This may well have been the concert on 23 March featuring Vilayat Khan on sitar and Imrat Khan on surbahar [1].
  • The final Adrian Henri and Andy Roberts session track also shows the then fashionable Indian raga influence in its form, and in Andy’s very fluent guitar playing. Henri calls it “the most complex” of their collaborations and it was included on the first Liverpool Scene LP, produced by Peel.
  • Before the opening track Peel mentions that Donovan sang it “in concert at the Albert Hall the other day"

Sessions

Tracklisting

  • Donovan: Lay Of The Last Tinker (LP - For Little Ones) Epic (or UK release as half of double LP A Gift From A Flower To A Garden) Pye
  • Peel interviews Rev. Dom Robert Petitpierre - he explains about the life of Anglican monks
  • Gregorian chant from Brittany, France
  • Peel continues interviewing Rev. Dom Robert Petitpierre who describes the track just played
  • Rev. Dom Robert Petitpierre sings a brief Gregorian chant
  • Peel continues interviewing Rev. Dom Robert Petitpierre who talks about more complex plainchant and gives a short example
  • Rev. Dom Robert Petitpierre sings a brief Gregorian chant
  • Peel continues interviewing Rev. Dom Robert Petitpierre
  • Yardbirds: Turn Into Earth (LP - Yardbirds) Columbia
  • Peel continues interviewing Rev. Dom Robert Petitpierre - he finds the previous track “very interesting indeed”. Peel asks him about “the Maharishi thing” and he says he finds meditation “very important” but says it also exists in the Christian tradition. Peel thanks him for coming in and the interview ends.
  • Andy Roberts: 64 Canning Street (session)
  • Peel interviews Andy Roberts & Adrian Henri
  • Country Joe And The Fish: Eastern Jam (LP - I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die) Vanguard (JP says he tried to play this last week but put on the wrong side of the record)
  • Peel continues interviewing Andy Roberts & Adrian Henri - they talk about playing at the Roundhouse on the same bill as CJ&TF, using the Rolling Stones’ gear (“Totally inaudible”) From his comments it seems as if Peel was present at this gig (in late 1967?)
  • Unknown Vietnamese Artist: Instrumental (from the BBC Archives)
  • Peel continues interviewing Andy Roberts & Adrian Henri
  • Andy Roberts & Adrian Henri: Tonight At Noon (session) (“title of forthcoming book- plug” says AH)
  • Peel continues interviewing Andy Roberts & Adrian Henri (they explain who the Liverpool Scene are and what they do – “we’re the only group at the same age level as the Fugs”, says Henri. He also has an exhibition of paintings in Nottingham due to open and invites JP to attend.)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto No. 5 In F Minor For Harpsichord & String Orchestra, BWV 1056 (Allegro)
  • Peel continues interviewing Andy Roberts & Adrian Henri (Andy explains that the next track, an instrumental, is named after “a hamster who resides in Liverpool” and is based on Mimi and Richard Farina’s “Dandelion River Run”.)
  • Andy Roberts: Burdock River Run (session)
  • Peel continues interviewing Andy Roberts & Adrian Henri - they discuss a hamster farm in Surrey (“We must go down there sometime”) – maybe the one celebrated in “Percy Parslow’s Hamster Farm” on the first Liverpool Scene LP - and Adrian Henri comes up with a terrible pun. Peel then praises the next track and the "ridiculous" (for JP a term of praise at the time) album it comes from
  • Fred McDowell: Gravel Road Blues (LP - Long Way From Home) Milestone
  • Shirley Collins: Lovely Joan (LP - The Power Of The True Love Knot) Polydor (JP mentions that Ralph Vaughan Williams used this folk tune in his Greensleeves suite)
  • North Indian Classical Music: Raag Kirwani - Surbahar Solo (from the BBC Archives) (faded early “because of time considerations")
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: A Elbereth Gilthoniel (LP - Poems And Songs Of Middle Earth) Caedmon
  • Peel continues interviewing Andy Roberts & Adrian Henri, who talks about the next track
  • Andy Roberts & Adrian Henri: Love Story (session) (JP – "it’s really a beautiful thing..")
  • End of show & news

File

Name
  • NR 27-03-68.mp3
Length
  • 55:03
Other
  • Many thanks to Warwick Johns
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