Peel Sessions 1979–1983

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Peel Sessions 1979–1983
Live album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Released 24 April 2000 (2000-04-24)[1]
Recorded 20 August 1979 (1979-08-20), 14 April 1980 (1980-04-14), 29 September 1980 (1980-09-29), and 29 January 1983 (1983-01-29) at Maida Vale 4 studio
Genre Electronica, synthpop
Length 50:10
Label Virgin
Producer Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Tony Wilson, Dale Griffin
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark chronology
The OMD Singles
(1998)
Peel Sessions 1979–1983
(2000)
Navigation: The OMD B-Sides
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Peel Sessions 1979–1983 is a compilation album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 2000. The songs were recorded between 1979 and 1983 for the BBC Radio 1 show presented by John Peel. "Electricity" is added as a bonus track and is the original version that was featured on their debut single on Factory Records (FAC6). "Bunker Soldiers" was recorded for the first and fourth sessions; the version from the fourth session was not released on this album.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bunker Soldiers"     2:49
2. "Julia's Song"   McCluskey, Humphreys, Julia Kneale 3:56
3. "Messages"     4:11
4. "Red Frame/White Light"     3:22
5. "Pretending to See the Future" (misspelled as "Pretending to See the Light" on the CD and inner booklet)   3:08
6. "Enola Gay"   McCluskey 3:03
7. "Dancing"     3:10
8. "Motion and Heart"     3:44
9. "Annex"     3:06
10. "The Misunderstanding"     2:37
11. "The More I See You"   Harry Warren, Mack Gordon 3:37
12. "Genetic Engineering"     3:47
13. "Of All the Things We've Made"     3:24
14. "ABC Auto Industry"     2:31
15. "Electricity" (Bonus track, Factory FAC6 version)   3:45

The Peel sessions[edit]

All the Peel sessions by OMD were recorded at Maida Vale 4 studio.[1]

First Peel Session[edit]

The first Peel session was recorded at 20 August 1979 and transmitted at 3 September 1979.[3]

Track list:[3]

  1. "Bunker Soldiers"
  2. "Julia's Song"
  3. "Messages"
  4. "Red Frame/White Light"

Producer: Tony Wilson, engineer: Dave Dade.[3]

Line up:[3]

  • Andy McCluskey (bass, vocals, drum machine)
  • Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals)

Second Peel Session[edit]

The second Peel session was recorded at 14 April 1980 and transmitted at 21 April 1980.[4]

Track list:[4]

  1. "Pretending to See the Future"
  2. "Enola Gay"
  3. "Dancing"
  4. "Motion and Heart"

Producer: Tony Wilson, engineer: Dave Dade.[4]

Line up:[4]

Third Peel Session[edit]

The third Peel session was recorded at 29 September 1980 and transmitted at 6 October 1980.[5]

Track list:[5]

  1. "Annex"
  2. "The Misunderstanding"
  3. "The More I See You"

Producer: Tony Wilson, engineer: Dave Dade.[5]

Line up:[5]

  • Andy McCluskey: bass, vocals, drum machine
  • Paul Humphreys: keyboards, vocals
  • Martin Cooper: synthesizer (on "The Misunderstanding" only)
  • Malcolm Holmes: drums

Fourth Peel Session[edit]

The fourth Peel session was recorded at 29 January 1983 and transmitted at 21 February 1983.[6]

Track list:[6]

  1. "Genetic Engineering"
  2. "Off All the Things We've Made"
  3. "ABC Auto Industry"
  4. "Bunker Soldiers"

Producer: Dale Griffin, engineers: Harry Parker and Martin Colley.[6]

Line up:[6]

  • Andy McCluskey: bass, vocals, drum machine
  • Paul Humphreys: keyboards, vocals
  • Martin Cooper: synthesizer
  • Malcolm Holmes: drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Discography – The Peel Sessions". Official OMD Website. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  2. ^ Bagdley, Aaron. "Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 September 2009 (2009-09-27). 
  3. ^ a b c d "BBC – Radio 1 – Keeping It Peel – 20 August 1979 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d "BBC – Radio 1 – Keeping It Peel – 14 April 1980 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d "BBC – Radio 1 – Keeping It Peel – 29 September 1980 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d "BBC – Radio 1 – Keeping It Peel – 29 January 1983 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". Retrieved 27 September 2009.