Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Magazine ‎– "The Complete John Peel Sessions 1978-1980"



Post-prog leviathans Magazine became a little too slick for these pages around the turn of the eighties. Mainly due to the horrendous over-production of Martin Hannett, who ironed out every crease in Devoto's wish to be a post-punk 'Genesis'......which was futile because Genesis actually became a post-punk Genesis around this time.
Luckily, some of these later tunes were saved by the BBC production team at Maida Vale studio's for their Peel Sessions.A high achievement despite the heavy impediments of Adamson's Fretless chorused Bass, and Dave Formula's insistence on playing several keyboards all the way through certain tracks(no-one likes a show-off).  So here's an album that's nearly as good as "Secondhand daylight"

DOWNLOAD from under the floorboards HERE!

6 comments:

Judas Vigilante said...

Loving the uploads this past few weeks Jonny. Just been extremely busy and new love. Headfuck!

Hope you're good, when's the next radio show?

I look for ward to it very much so.

Cheers.

Jonny Zchivago said...

A New Love eh?...hope you've learned your lessons from the old loves?
Next Radio show starts in september, once a month thereafter.
cheers.

Paulo X said...

The version of "Because You're Frightened" is effing brilliant!

Thank you very much!

Jonny Zchivago said...

Indeed Paulo.
Far more organic and spontaneous than Hannett's production on the 'Correct Use Of Soap'

Anonymous said...

Magazine are a prog band that should have been recorded like a punk band. Just set up the microphones and let it rip, no fancy Hannett style filters or delays. Should have done more funk too.

Jonny Zchivago said...

I concur Mr Anon,Hannett's rep as a producer rests solely on the admitedly interesting deconstruction and reconstruction of Joy Division......i, like the members of JD, prefer the live version of JD;a far more intense experience than the ballardian soundscapes that emerged.
Magazine could have been Van Der Graaf Generator if they had been left alone.

I think i may do a Joy Division live bootleg month while i'm on holiday.