Shriekback: Peel Sessions + Singularities UK CD 
PEEL SESSIONS [1-9] + Rarities [10-17]
- My Spine (Is The Bassline)
- All The Greek Boys (Do The Handwalk)
- Under the Lights
- Fish Below the Ice
- Faded Flowers
- Everything that Rises (Must Converge)
- Sexthinkone (Exotic Mix)
- Accretions (Original Mix)
- Mothloop II
- Lined Up (InstruMENTAL Mix)
- Accretions (Monstrous Dance Mix)
- Despite Dense Weed
Last Wednesday, whilst in the middle of a completely different thread, I received a missive from the Shriekback mailing list indicating yet another self-released archival CD was heading our way. This time, the band have rounded up all of their Peel Sessions, which [correct me if I’m wrong] have never seen release before. Reason enough for the faithful to rejoice, yes? I had planned on eventually mentioning that this was coming out but a second email jolted me yesterday afternoon with the news that the recipients of the mailing list were sucking these beauties up like there was no tomorrow.
As you may be aware, Shriekback have been hitting the archives to exploit the many assets that have been tucked away in dark corners of the universe for many, many years now. The long years of Shriek-drought have been cast aside by a steady stream of reissue CDs the band have been cooking up in limited numbers. They are probably pressing 500/1000 of the several titles per year that they are curating. As of yesterday, the band reported that stocks were dwindling rapidly, so all and sundry interested in hearing the alternate versions of beloved material from “Tench,” “Jam Science” and “Oil + Gold” recorded under spartan conditions for Auntie Beeb would be advised to click here and purchase. It will cost £11.00 [$13.72] plus shipping and will be yet another “S” release on my overburdened Record Cell racks.
The first session [tracks 1-3] was recorded on July 26, 1982 by Tony Wilson and featured the “Tench” material. The second session [tracks 4-6] was made on March 15, 1984 by Mark Radcliffe. The final session [tracks 7-9] were laid down on June 2, 1985 with Dale Griffin presiding. They all feature the classic Shriek lineup of Barry Andrews, Dave Allen, Martyn Barker, and Carl Marsh with the exceptions of “Spine” and “Feelers” from session 1 [with Associate John Murphy on drums] and session 2, which features Pedro Ortiz on percussion instead of Martyn Barker.
The disc is fully fleshed out with a selection of single remixes and B-sides which were heretofore missing in action from the band’s recent spate of archival discs, so if you were wondering where the Monstrous Dance Mix of “Accretions” had gotten to, it’s hiding here. Me? I’m happy to see that “Closework” from the “Working on The Ground” UK 7″ B-side and “Nightwork” from the 12″ version B-side are present and accounted for.
The one thing that stymies me is the continued appearance of “Despite Dense Weed” in the track listing. This makes the eighth release that it appears on! Shriekbackians may have a copy on the following titles:
- Birth Of The Y LP
- The Best of Shriekback Volume 2: Evolution CD
- Natural History 2xCD
- The Y Records Years 2xCD
- Aberrations 81-84 CD
- Care DLX RM CD
- Tench DLX RM CD
- Peel Sessions + Singularities CD
I myself have three of those titles, with a fourth on the way as I ordered my copy of “Peel Sessions + Singularities” yesterday. Purchase in haste or regret at your leisure. Disc by disc, the band are making their own boxed set of god, one disc at a time.
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