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Singles Reviews was a feature in Sounds music newspaper, where music journalists would review new singles releases. It is not known when this started, but may have began when the newspaper started back in 1970. One of the many journalists who reviewed the singles was Penny Valentine, who previously worked for Disc & Music Echo and made her name as that paper's singles reviewer.

In 1975 Peel introduced an asterisk system (more commonly called a "star system") to rate the records he reviewed. He explains why in the Single File page of Let It Rock of April 1975; "Basically this is a cop-out device but with the torrent of singles there are to be considered each week, some sort of labour-saving tactic is necessary...."[1] The system didn't seem to last long, as by the end of the year, it seemed to have been abandoned. This may have happened when Peel's stint on the page ended; he mentions in the "Single File" page of the October 1975 issue of Let It Rock that he was no longer doing singles reviews for Sounds. The list below includes Peel's explanation of the ratings:

  • No stars = pass by on the other side
  • * = Very ho-hum
  • ** = Ho-hum
  • *** = Good, try to hear it
  • **** = Well worth having if you got the money
  • ***** = An essential buy

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Peel contributed to Sounds' singles reviews between 1973 and 1975. From available evidence, he wrote at greater length on individual records than in most of his journalism for other papers and magazines - even when the singles he had to review weren't to his taste.

In the 1st September 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles:

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In the 27th October 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles:
26th January 1974

In the 26th January 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles:

23rd February 1974

In the 23rd February 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles:

9th March 1974

In the 9th March 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles:

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On 2nd November 1974, Sounds published Peel's reviews of singles by the following artists:

26 April 1975

Peel reviewing the following singles with asterisks included, published on 26th April 1975:

Singles Review 07 June 1975

Peel reviewing the following singles with asterisks, published on 7th June 1975:

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Peel reviewing the following singles with asterisks, published on 12th July 1975. He also invited his wife, the Pig to review the Bay City Rollers' track:

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