Spiritualized

Radio Sessions, Vol. 1

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Compiling three BBC appearances spanning from April 1992 to April 1995, the bootleg Radio Sessions, Vol. 1 is recommended primarily to Spiritualized completists -- between Fucked Up Inside and the two-disc Royal Albert Hall set, there's more than enough official live material on the market to satiate casual fans, but for the rabid, this is worth hunting down. The sound quality is far from stellar -- the masters were likely recorded directly from the original radio broadcast, resulting in a generally murky mix complete with considerable tape hiss -- but as a historical document, it fills in some critical gaps by spotlighting songs like "If I Were With Her Now" and "Step Into the Breeze" that have never appeared on an official Spiritualized live release. The centerpiece is a three-song November 1993 Mark Radcliffe Radio 1 appearance (in conjunction with the just-released Electric Mainline EP) that introduces an embryonic "Let It Flow" warmer and more intoxicating than the over-produced Pure Phase version, as well as a pulsating rendition of Lazer Guided Melodies' epic "Sway."