John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004.
Peel’s Radio 1 shows were notable for the regular “Peel Sessions”, which usually consisted of four songs recorded by an artist live in the BBC’s studios, and which often provided the first major national coverage to bands that later would achieve great fame.
By all accounts, The Wailers made 2 visits to Peel’s show: 1 May 1973 and 26 November 1973. They played live in studio both times and were interviewed as well.
Aside from having one of the largest record collections in the world, Peel also owned thousands of studio interviews and performances spanning his 40 years in the business.
This seems quite representative of the early Misty In Roots – slow, ponderous, and rich in Biblical terminology. The first MIR 12″ – See Them Ah Come / How Long Jah is even slower and heavier, but this matches the second 12″ (Rich Man / Salvation – both songs included here) and the classic live album. It is a perfect companion to these early MIR records, especially for those who may only have heard Live At The Counter Eurovision. And for those who haven’t yet heard Misty, this is an excellent starting point – but you should hunt around for the Jah Sees, Jah Knows double CD, which comprises one CD of “Best Of” with the complete Live At The Counter. An especially worthwhile purchase given the only CD release of the Rich Man / Salvation 12″.
Here is a magical tape. Gregory Isaacs performs a short set of his heaviest tunes backed by the Roots Radics. Its 1981 (first 3 tracks) and 1982 (last 4 tracks). Because it was taped for broadcast on the BBC, the audio quality is stellar. Better yet, Dave Dade’s and Martin Colley’s mix is as perfect a mix as you will find for a live reggae recording.
The real standout here is the musicianship of the Roots Radics. They are as tight as ever and they sound incredible. The mix makes them sound almost supernatural.
Enough from me. Hear it for yourself:
Gregory Isaacs BBC Session (John Peel show) Maida Vale Studio 4 London U.K.
Gregory Isaacs : Vocals with Roots Radics: Dwight Pinkney : Lead Guitar Style Scott : Drums Erroll Carter : Bass Eric Lamont : Rhythm Guitar Anthony Johnson : Keyboards
Producer : Tony Wilson Engineers : Dave Dade & Martin Colley
1. Confirm Reservation 3:06 2. Permanent Lover 3:12 3. Front Door > 4. Substitute 7:33 5. That’s Not The Way 4:04 6. Cool Down The Pace 3:40 7. Night Nurse 3:55 8. Sad To Know You’re Leaving 4:33
The legendary Augustus Pablo is interviewed by the great Joey Jay for his Sunday night Word, Sound, and Power show on London’s KISS FM.
For those who don’t know, Joey has been championing roots sounds for a very long time now – back in the late 70s he started the Great Tribulation sound system (so named due to it needing constant maintenance) with his brother Norman. The sound’s GT decorated boxes would help the brothers to name the rebirth of the set as Good Times, which has been a cornerstone at Notting Hill Carnival for over 30 years now. While Norman embraced the sounds of urban America, Joey stuck with his love of Jamaican music, his shows on Kiss FM, both as a pirate and as a legal station, were essential listening for London-based heads.
Also included here are two demo recordings from the King Selassie I sessions (1994-1995). These rare demo recordings are a testament to Augustus Pablo’s genius. 25 years after recording his very first songs, he continued to compose divinely inspired music right up until his passing in 1999. “Ark of the Covenant” and “Fountain of Life” are included on 1995′s ‘King Selassie I Calling.’