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Echo & The Bunnymen present an archival dig for all of the sessions they recorded for the legendary John Peel during their formative years from 1979 to 1983. Many of the 21 songs do not appear on their early albums, as the band actually used the sessions to experiment with new material.

From post-punk roots, Echo & The Bunnymen grew to become Liverpool’s second most famous foursome with music that was darkly mysterious, sweepingly romantic and increasingly ambitious. BBC DJ John Peel was one of British alternative rock’s leading tastemakers during the band’s initial incarnation; as can be heard on THE JOHN PEEL SESSIONS 1979-1983, their paths crossed several times.

The six radio dates with Peel take the group from its beginnings (when drum machine Echo was still supplying the beats) to its masterpiece “Ocean Rain”. Showcasing fiery performances and Ian McCullough’s talent for improvising lyrics, these 20 recordings include revelatory versions of such Bunnymen favorites as “The Killing Moon,” “Seven Seas” and “Heaven Up Here.”

Now available as a limited edition 2-LP set on 180-gram black vinyl, THE JOHN PEEL SESSIONS 1979-1983 is a collection no fan of the band should be without