Transistor Blast: The Best of the BBC Sessions

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Transistor Blast: The Best of the BBC Sessions
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Box set by XTC
Released 24 November 1998
Recorded 1977-1989
Genre Pop rock
Length 194:19 (4 CD Total)
Label Cooking Vinyl
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Transistor Blast: The Best of the BBC Sessions is a boxed set by XTC released in 1998, just two months prior to Apple Venus Volume 1.

Tracks on the first two discs are culled from various BBC radio sessions the group performed on over the years, notably for John Peel and David Jensen. Discs three and four are live recordings, the latter of which was previously released as BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert.

"Opening Speech" from the first disc is Andy Partridge imitating John Peel.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD: COOKCD152[edit]

All songs written by Andy Partridge, except where noted.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Opening Speech" – 0:49 [John Peel Show: Recorded 8 October 1979; Aired 15 October 1979]
  2. "Life Begins at the Hop" (Colin Moulding) – 4:19 [David "Kid" Jensen Show: Recorded 21 May 1979; Aired 31 May 1979]
  3. "Scarecrow People" – 4:13 [Richard Skinner Show: Recorded 16 March 1989; Aired 5 April 1989]
  4. "Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss Her" – 4:21 [Bruno Brookes Show: Recorded 11 October 1984; Aired 20 November 1984]
  5. "Ten Feet Tall" (Moulding) – 2:53 [John Peel Show: Recorded 8 October 1979; Aired 15 October 1979]
  6. "Garden of Earthly Delights" – 5:33 [Andy Kershaw Show: Recorded 16 March 1989; Aired 11 June 1989]
  7. "Runaways" (Moulding) – 4:41 [David "Kid" Jensen Show: Recorded 14 January 1982; Aired 25 January 1982]
  8. "When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty" – 3:07 [David "Kid" Jensen Show: Recorded 21 May 1979; Aired 31 May 1979]
  9. "I'm Bugged" – 3:34 [John Peel Show: Recorded 21 September 1977; Aired 26 September 1977]
  10. "Another Satellite" – 4:21 [Sunday Live Show: Recorded and aired 22 February 1987]
  11. "You're the Wish (You Are) I Had" – 3:24 [Bruno Brookes Show: Recorded 11 October 1984; Aired 20 November 1984]
  12. "Crosswires" (Moulding) – 2:10 [John Peel Show: Recorded 21 September 1977; Aired 26 September 1977]
  13. "Roads Girdle the Globe" – 5:03 [John Peel Show: Recorded 8 October 1979; Aired 15 October 1979]

Disc two[edit]

  1. "No Thugs in Our House" – 5:23 [David "Kid" Jensen Show: Recorded 14 January 1982; Aired 25 January 1982]
  2. "One of the Millions" (Moulding) – 4:26 [Andy Kershaw Show: Recorded 16 March 1989; Aired 11 June 1989]
  3. "Real by Reel" – 3:48 [John Peel Show: Recorded 8 October 1979; Aired 15 October 1979]
  4. "The Meeting Place" (Moulding) – 3:08 [Sunday Live Show: Recorded and aired 22 February 1987]
  5. "Meccanic Dancing (Oh We Go!)" – 2:36 [John Peel Show: Recorded 13 November 1978; Aired 23 November 1978]
  6. "Poor Skeleton Steps Out" – 3:27 [Richard Skinner Show: Recorded 16 March 1989; Aired 5 April 1989]
  7. "Into the Atom Age" – 2:27 [John Peel Show: Recorded 21 September 1977; Aired 26 September 1977]
  8. "The Rhythm" (Moulding) – 2:55 [John Peel Show: Recorded 13 November 1978; Aired 23 November 1978]
  9. "This World Over" – 4:33 [Bruno Brookes Show: Recorded 11 October 1984; Aired 20 November 1984 - actually the 7" version misfiled]
  10. "Snowman" – 4:42 [David "Kid" Jensen Show: Recorded 14 January 1982; Aired 25 January 1982]
  11. "Danceband" (Moulding) – 2:40 [John Peel Show: Recorded 21 September 1977; Aired 26 September 1977]
  12. "Making Plans for Nigel" (Moulding) – 4:06 [David "Kid" Jensen Show: Recorded 21 May 1979; Aired 31 May 1979]
  13. "Jason and the Argonauts" – 5:42 [David "Kid" Jensen Show: Recorded 14 January 1982; Aired 25 January 1982]

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Radios in Motion" – 3:21
  2. "Crosswires" (Moulding) – 2:06
  3. "Science Friction" – 3:34
  4. "Statue of Liberty" – 2:58
  5. "The Rhythm" (Moulding) – 2:55
  6. "I'll Set Myself on Fire" (Moulding) – 3:27
  7. "New Town Animal in a Furnished Cage" – 1:55
  8. "All Along the Watchtower" (Bob Dylan) – 5:58
  9. "Beatown" – 3:24
  10. "This Is Pop?" – 2:37
  11. "Dance Band" (Moulding) – 2:49
  12. "Neon Shuffle" – 4:32
  • All tracks recorded for Sight & Sound In Concert at The Hippodrome, Golders Green, London, 9 March 1978 except tracks 3, 5 & 9 recorded In Concert at Paris Theatre, London, 17 January 1979.

Disc four[edit]

Live in Concert, Hammersmith Palais, 22 December 1980

  1. "Life Begins at the Hop" (Moulding) – 3:55
  2. "Burning with Optimism's Flames" – 4:29
  3. "Love at First Sight" (Moulding) – 3:03
  4. "Respectable Street" – 3:52
  5. "No Language in Our Lungs" – 4:58
  6. "This is Pop" – 2:49
  7. "Scissor Man" – 4:58
  8. "Towers of London" – 5:13
  9. "Battery Brides" – 7:20
  10. "Living Through Another Cuba" – 3:29
  11. "Generals and Majors" (Moulding) – 4:37
  12. "Making Plans for Nigel" (Moulding) – 4:21
  13. "Are You Receiving Me?" – 3:16