Peel Collection released

German label Trikont have released a new CD that features a collection of 78rpm recordings chosen by the late great John Peel and his wife Sheila Ravenscroft. The album, which was in the planning stage before Peel’s death back in October 2004, is entitled ‘John Peel and Sheila: The Pig’s Big 78s’, named for the slot on Peel’s late night Radio 1 show in which Sheila, affectionately known as ‘The Pig’, would introduce 78rpm oddities from Peel’s collection. The 23 tracks on this compilation cover everything from brass bands and yodeling to early rock and roll and traditional Chinese music. The long player, which was released on Monday apparently, also includes an interview with Sheila explaining why each of the tracks were chosen for the album.

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