John Peel already had US radio DJ experience before he joined Radio London, the UK's legendary pirate radio station in '67. Allocated the unpopular London After Midnight slot, he quickly changed the show's name to The Perfumed Garden and began doing what was then called his own thing. No-one else was in his tree at that time (nor later, when he embraced punk with the same fervor) and his choice of music was based on first-hand experience of what was happening in the US. The show started in May '67 - what you - Mister John Q Public of Anytown USA - have here is a blister-pack of shows July through August that year, when the station was forced to close. BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! The Man Can't Steal Our Music!
It's apparent from the first few seconds that Peel knew his subject - he knew it was Shawn Phillips playing sitar on the first track. Nobody had heard of Phillips back then (he's getting a piece at FMF©). The quality is pretty awful - exactly the fidelity I heard it at, listening to my transistor radio through a flesh-colored deaf-aid earpiece. Re-live those magical radio moments in the comfort of your own home (if you have one)! Thrill to the nascent musical revolution that heralded the Age of Aquarius! Weep with despair at what the fuck happened to everything since!