Episode Six

The Radio One Club Sessions: Live 1968/69

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Twenty-two previously unissued live tracks, originally broadcast on British radio; the sound quality is imperfect, but not at all hard to listen to. It's the kind of material that usually surfaces on bootlegs, the difference being that Episode Six is not the kind of group that excites much demand among bootleg collectors. The packaging, it must be noted, is stellar -- with extensive liner notes about the material and each session -- but even for fans of this minor British '60s group, not much of a revelation. Episode Six was a walking jukebox of sorts, versatile enough to handle (or at least try) anything, and they tackle material by the Doors, Love, the 5th Dimension, Gene Pitney, Ike & Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel over the course of this set, throwing in a sh*t-kickin' C&W arrangement of "Jesse James" and some infrequent originals (notably their bizarre classical rock instrumental "Mozart vs. the Rest"). It's like hearing a considerably above-average cover band, albeit one with greater taste and skills than the norm, and for that reason it's pleasant, but not interesting.

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