July 16, 2013 – 5:03 am

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John Peel BBC Sessions 1973 [no label, 1CD]

Live in London, England. Very good FM broadcasts.

Marleyrkvives, at the midnightraverblog, provided some background to the tracks:

The first session, recorded on May 1, 1973 was actually broadcast for the first time on May 15, 1973. Repeat broadcasts aired July 24, 1973 and July 14, 1980.

The second session, recorded on November 26, 1973, was originally broadcast on December 25, 1973. Included with this session was a rare interview with Bob Marley.

Thanks to nibbles, these tracks have been shared on the net since 2004. However, there were some flaws: “Kinky Reggae has a couple of ticks, as does Can’t Blame The Youth at 25s, 32s, and 35s”. nibbles also noted: “This is the first in a line of DAT seeds, Jah willing, from a great friend of music named Joey Newlander, aka cosmofone. His collection is so blessed, as are we to share in his generosity.”

Thanks to flyingm (Flying M Productions), these tracks have been cleaned up and shared at HungerCity in July 2013.

The clean-up notes:

The flaws mentioned have been repaired as well as some more ticks, a couple of flat spots and a couple small dropouts. The overall amplitude was also increased by 2 dB. Re-aligned the sector boundaries.

Source: Pre-FM Reel > Cx > DAT > CD > EAC > CD Wav > FFE > FLAC
Additional lineage:
Torrent > Audacity (repair pops mentioned as flaws plus a few more surface noises) > TLH-Flac at Level 8 (aligned on sector boundaries) > Stamp ID3 tag editor

Front cover posted at bootlegtunzworld - Thanks!

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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John Peel Sessions, May 1, 1973
Track 01. Show Intro and Concrete Jungle (6.8MB)
Track 02. Rastaman Chant (6.4MB)
Track 03. Slave Driver and closing statement (5.7MB)

Producer – John Walters
Engineer – Bob Conduct
Engineer – Mike Robinson
Studio – Langham 1

The Wailers are:
Bob Marley - acoustic guitar, vocals
Bunny Livingstone - conga, bongo, vocals
Peter Mackintosh - guitar, vocals
Aston Barrett - bass
Carlton Barrett - drums
Earl Lindo - keyboards

November 26, 1973
Track 04. Show Intro (984k)
Track 05. Kinky Reggae (6.3MB)
Track 06. Can’t Blame The Youth (7.1MB)
Track 07. Get Up Stand Up and closing statement (7.1MB)

Producer – John Walters/Pete Dauncey
Engineer – Adrian Revill
Studio – Studio T1, Transcription Service, Kensington House, Shepherd’s Bush

The Wailers are:
Bob Marley - acoustic guitar, vocals
Peter Mackintosh - guitar, vocals
Aston Barrett - bass
Carlton Barrett - drums
Earl Lindo - keyboards

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  1. 13 Responses to “BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS - BBC SESSIONS 1973”

  2. Irie! Jah Bless!

    By eponymus on Jul 16, 2013

  3. Peter Mackintosh aka Peter Tosh

    By Philippe Cailloux on Jul 16, 2013

  4. no go diggy di !

    By the bald turk on Jul 16, 2013

  5. Any idea why Bunny wasn’t on the second session?

    By drkrick on Jul 17, 2013

  6. Thanks for sharing this here.
    Now I know the actual dates of recording and broadcast and have some very nice artwork to go with this.
    cheers to you Big O

    By -M- on Jul 18, 2013

  7. This is nice stuff, thank you very much, BigO :)

    By Makka Sliff on Jul 18, 2013

  8. Serendipidous! I found a copy of this at yesterday but Slave Driver was corrupted. Then this appears in my inbox. Big thanks again Big O. How did you know.

    By Alvis on Jul 18, 2013

  9. Thanks BigO ! Nice one….all Peel Session recordings gratefully received !!

    By grunt on Jul 20, 2013

  10. muchas gracias!!!!

    By Paul on Jul 21, 2013

  11. The Wailers were at their best with Tosh and Marley in the band.
    Thanks Big-O!

    By Bigdoins on Jul 28, 2013

  12. this is a gem. Many thanks!

    By Tony on Jul 29, 2013

  13. Session 2 audio tracks are now available from an excellent FM source from the 11th June 1981 John Walters repeat, as part of a longer continuous section of that show where he was filling in for John Peel. File 3 on the following webpage. Flac available if interested.

    By Stuart on Mar 1, 2021

  14. Hi stuart, I’m interesting in the flac of both the sessions, the one in May and the one in November if you have it.
    Are we sure that the pitch is correct and the speed is good?because lots of bad audios are circulating about those shows, I’m trying to adjust all the audios of bob’s concerts with the help of a guitar.
    It seeems to me that the audio of John Walters is good, but maybe a bit too slow (just really a bit). What do you think about?

    By Enrico on Apr 7, 2021

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