Stiff Little Fingers

Peel Sessions

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SLF have slightly less to thank DJ John Peel for than their (often vicious) rivals the Undertones -- but still quite a lot, thank you. Indeed, they actually recorded one more session for the great man than the Derry popsters. Between April 1978 and February 1980 they cut four sessions for Peel, resulting in a total of 16 tracks (including two versions of "Johnny Was"). However, the first Peel session, from April 1978, seems to have been lost somewhere along the line. This collection, then, features 12 tracks, kicking off with the second version of "Johnny Was" from September 1978. Like all the best Peel session albums, it serves as a perfect complement (though by no means a replacement) to ownership of the given band's studio recordings. The version of "Nobody's Hero" from the 1979 session, with its amended lyrics, is worth the price of admission alone.

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