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"I heard Wishbone Ash for the first time, and haven't been so impressed with a relatively new band for a long time. Their music is original, exciting and beautifully played."
This may refer to the gig the night before Top Gear on 03 October 1970 during which he expresses enthusiasm for the, at the time, unreleased band and would like to get them in for a session.
As the DJ related in his sleevenotes for the 1977 Classic Ash compilation, he was first introduced to members of predecessor outfit Empty Vessels during a visit to Exeter in the late 1960s to see Principal Edwards Magic Theatre. He then compared an early Wishbone Ash gig at the Nag's Head pub in Wollaston, Northants, which was run by Peel's friend "Big Bob" Knight, before they were signed by MCA in October 1970.
Wishbone Ash were heavily promoted by Peel in the early 1970's, which led them to become a commercially successful "album band" and favourites of the Sounds of the Seventies audience. They did their first BBC Radio One session for Bob Harris' show and were featured by Harris and the other SOTS DJs as well as by Peel. On BFBS's Partners In Dispute in 1992 John mentioned that the band were one of his favourites from the 70's and the track "Time Was" was played. However, this contrasts with his statement from the previous year on the same station implying his musical values had changed:
"I have to apologise for being more than usually subdued in the course of this programme, as I keep emphasising I don't feel terrific and I think I should have phoned in ill or something, but if I had done that, you would have got something like a Wishbone Ash concert and I'd do anything to save you from that." 
- No known commercial releases.
- 1. Recorded: 1971-07-05. Broadcast: 10 July 1971. Repeated: 06 October 1971.
- Jailbait / The Pilgrim / Lady Whiskey / Lullaby
- 2. Recorded: 1972-04-18. Broadcast: 25 April 1972. Repeated: 01 August 1972.
- Blowing Free / Warrior / The King Will Come
Ken Garner's The Peel Sessions lists these as sessions, although Peel states it is the Band In Concert, exclusive to his show.
- Live Recording. Broadcast: 29 November 1970
- Vas Dis
- Where Were You Tomorrow
- King Will Come
- Mother Of Pearl
- Blowin' Free
Other Shows Played
- 08 May 1973: So Many Things To Say (LP – Wishbone Four) MCA
- 10 May 1973: Ballad Of The Beacon (LP – Wishbone Four) MCA
- 17 May 1973: Doctor (LP – Wishbone Four) MCA
- 04 November 1976: 3 from LP 'New England'
- 29 September 1977: Right Or Wrong (LP - Front Page News) MCA
- 29 September 1977: Surface To Air (LP - Front Page News) MCA
- 29 September 1977: Come In From The Rain (LP - Front Page News) MCA
- 29 September 1978: You See Red (LP – No Smoke Without Fire) MCA
- 12 October 1978: Baby, The Angels Were Here (LP – No Smoke Without Fire) MCA (JP: "Come on! Wake up, wake up!")
- Partners In Dispute: Time Was