Various - Kats Karavan: The History of John Peel on the Radio (4 stars)

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Various - Kats Karavan: The History of John Peel on the Radio

There has already been plenty released to celebrate John Peel’s legacy, and now this expansive four-disc set tries to replicate the magic of a quintessential John Peel show. By that we mean throwing the tough techno of Dave Clarke up against the delicate melancholy of Tindersticks or the righteous roots of Linton Kwesi Johnston against the twee jangle of early Pulp.

This 74-tracker covers from the late 60s through to his death in 2004 and is even inter-cut with some classic Peel patter. One-hit wonders, cult classics and soon-to-be superstars are all here. It’s low on the prog, grindcore, African and ragged electronica he delighted in, but is still the best representation of an evening with Peel outside those dusty cassettes recorded off the radio at the time.

(Universal)

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