Tuesday, 19 November 2013

A Witness - Peel Sessions 1985-88

 
All four sessions A Witness recorded for Uncle John before their career was truncated by the tragic death of Rick Aitken. There's very little to be found on the net concerning the group, although some interesting live footage has surfaced recently on youtube. For the uninitiated, I'll direct you to Wikipedia. Accusations of laziness will be counteracted with the fact that there's nothing more I can add to the scant and semi-reliable information already available on t'net. So there!


 
The Loudhailer Song
Smelt Like A Pedestrian
O'Grady's Dream
Sharpened Sticks
 
Faglane Morris Wind
Nodding Dog Moustache
Raw Patch
Hard Day's Love
 
Take Me To The Earth
McManus Octaphone
Sunbed Sentimantal
Zip Up
 
I Love You Mr. Disposable Razors
Life - The Final Frontier
Helicopter Tealeaf
Prince Microwave Bollard
 
 
 


12 comments:

  1. Stupidly,or,lazily,I had no idea that they did any more than 2 sessions for Ravenscroft;but paradoxically I vividly recall the track McManus Octaphone. These sessions would make their best LP i should say.
    I think by 88, the grasp of the evil 'E' had made me think only of break beats,tambourines, maraccas,dancing and hoopy tops;like virtually every other decent band at that awful time,that finally killed off Ron Johnson records.Probably one of the top five record labels ever!(discuss)

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    1. The last two sessions from 1988 were released by Strange Fruit on both cd and lp in 1989. It would be nice if A Witness got the box set treatment to gather together all their works and sessions like Stump did a few years back. But then Stump were on a major label.

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  2. Has that 'Download' button on the left always been there on Box? I've been downloading all the tracks individually all this time when I could have just grabbed the zip (up!) file! A Witness, along with Big Flame. will always be awesome. Got the Peel Sessions CD, but missing the other 2 sessions. I also ordered two cassettes via The Big Issue small ads - very disappointing Vince Hunt soundscapes, but with hindsight they sound okay.

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    1. I only noticed the download a few weeks ago. Also the storage space on my account mysteriously doubled from 5gb to 10gb - just as I'd opened a second account!

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  3. THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH FOR THIS PEEL SESSION GOLD YOU SHARED HERE WITH US. and yes caps lock was intentional.

    U R A GOD, SIR!

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  4. Bless you, my son! A Witness are reforming for a few dates in 2014. Only one original member, Vince Hunt, though. But Alan Brown (Big Flame), who played drums in a later incarnation of the group, will be joining them as guitarist.

    More details here:

    https://www.facebook.com/awitnessofficial

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  5. I'd noticed that too. Am personally a little bit dubious about the lack of original members, but I'll give 'em the benefit of the doubt... for now. :)

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    1. Don't know why Keith Curtis isn't involved. The people must be informed!

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  6. thank you thank you thank you, what a wonderful thing to hear these Peel sessions again - I used to absolutely play the hell out my home taped,,,,er,,,,,,,,,tapes

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    1. A London show has just been announced for April. Details here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/256359

      Also confirmed for the CD86 launch @ 229 Great Portland Street: https://www.facebook.com/events/1398442300395727/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

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  7. thanks for this sterling had the first two so great to get the others too - ignored them for years as associated them in my small brain with a certain ratio for some reason - then again that kind of appalling thinking meant i did not drive to birmingham from mcr to see Bastro thinking they were Basti... and that was before age set in - although having just read about basti maybe i should have gone anyway!

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    1. I've always preferred the sessions to the records. They were not always easiest of bands on the ears, but by Disposable Razors they were becoming more palatable. Shame we'll never know what they could have evolved into.

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