Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Chameleons- John Peel Sessions (1990) MP3 & FLAC

"I think someone set my soul alight. Don't know what happened, but I don't think I got home tonight."

It is common to hear The Chameleons described as the greatest band of the eighties no one knows about. While it is true that they never found a level of success matching the quality of their work, such descriptions seem to attempt to mythologize them as something like the Big Star of the eighties, a band tragically ignored and thus sent down a path of self-destruction. What such revisionism overlooks is how consistently distinctive and uncompromising The Chameleons were. Unlike other purveyors of Post-Punk who took a decidedly commercial turn in the mid-eighties, The Chameleons traveled into even darker territory. Many consider their three studio albums over-produced, though truth be told, compared to other early to mid-eighties recordings, they don't sound dated at all. John Peel sessions, recorded live during several sessions for the BBC, presents the band in stripped down form (well, relatively speaking) and what the songs lose in aesthetic grandeur (compared to the studio versions), they gain in power, which makes this album easily their most direct and thus one of their best.

John Peel Sessions
 1. The Fan and the Bellows  (3:27)
 2. Here Today  (3:44)
 3. Looking Inwardly  (4:26)
 4. Things I Wish I'd Said  (5:06)
 5. Don't Fall  (3:53)
 6. Nostalgia  (3:29)
 7. Second Skin  (6:06)
 8. Perfumed Garden  (4:37)
 9. Dust to Dust/Return of the Roughnecks  (3:26)
10. One Flesh  (4:46)
11. Intrigue in Tangiers  (4:13)
12. P.S. Goodbye  (2:21)


  1. Brilliant! Thanks for the post.

  2. thanks for the comment. Let me know if there is anything you'd like to see posted on the blog

  3. Hi scurfie, thanks and let me know if there is something you would like to see posted on The Killing Moon

  4. Thanks for this - it brings back such bittersweet memories. RIP John Peel who was a fan.

  5. Thanks for the comment, yes, John Peel is greatly missed- he played such a huge role in the careers of just about every artist I can think of. RIP JP

  6. Looking forward to hearing this. Love the Peel Sessions you've been posting.

    Ever heard the Shellac Peel Sessions? I've poked about the interwebs but haven't come across it.

  7. Hi reindeer man, I'll keep an eye out for that one

  8. I've read several references now to their work being over-produced, but I can't say I agree with that assessment, except possibly for a few individual tracks. "Strange Times" is an absolute masterpiece, as far as I'm concerned, and sounds so great turned up LOUD. Having originally purchased it on LP (with the bonus disc included), I was thankful when it was finally released on CD, but disappointed they had lopped off one of the bonus disc tracks so that it would fit onto one CD. Luckily, I came across a torrent for the evidently double-disc, all inclusive European CD version in FLAC two months ago.

    You don't happen to have the 2009 2-disc collectors edition of "What Does Anything Mean? Basically"? Been trying for the past month and a half to nab that via a pathetically-seeded torrent. I'm at a whopping 2.5% downloaded after all that time.

  9. Sorry to say that,but the FLAC its fake...It's mp 320kbps converted into flac ^^ Doublecheked with Audichecker :)

    01 -===- F:\music\The Chameleons\Chameleons UK - Peel Sessions [FLAC]\01 The Fan & The Bellows.flac
    Extracted successfully
    Conclusion: this track is MPEG with probability 99%
    Tempfile successfully deleted.
    02 -===- F:\music\The Chameleons\Chameleons UK - Peel Sessions [FLAC]\02 Here Today.flac
    Extracted successfully
    Conclusion: this track is MPEG with probability 100%
    Tempfile successfully deleted.
    03 -===- F:\music\The Chameleons\Chameleons UK - Peel Sessions [FLAC]\03 Looking Inwardly.flac
    Extracted successfully
    Conclusion: this track is MPEG with probability 99%
    Tempfile successfully deleted.
    04 -===- F:\music\The Chameleons\Chameleons UK - Peel Sessions [FLAC]\04 Things I Wish I'd Said.flac
    Extracted successfully
    Conclusion: this track is MPEG with probability 100%
    Tempfile successfully deleted.

    etc etc etc.

  10. Anon., all fixed. The new links should reveal a legit FLAC copy

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