BBC SESSIONS COMPILATIONS RELEASED
On 15 February 2019, Hatch Records released the third in their series of compilations of BBC radio sessions by The Wedding Present.
‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 3’ consists of two studio sessions from 2015 & 2016 and follows, rather unsurprisingly, ‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 1’ and ‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 2’.
Few bands are so ingrained into the notion of the BBC session as The Wedding Present. Long time favourites of John Peel, David Gedge and his band appeared regularly on that legendary presenter’s Radio 1 show and have continued their association with the BBC by performing many sessions for Marc Riley on 6 Music.
Due to the popularity of these recordings, The Wedding Present, in conjunction with Hatch Records and the BBC, are releasing a series of compilations featuring every track performed for Marc’s show.
Following critical acclaim for the first two releases, ‘Marc Riley Sessions Volume 3’ features nine tracks recorded for the award-winning BBC Radio 6 Music show in 2015 and 2016. “The two sessions on this compilation feature many songs that appear on ‘Going, Going...’ the studio album that we released in 2016. ‘Going, Going...’ itself was an extensive audio-visual project recorded over the space of eighteen months in Provence, Liverpool and Seattle. By the time of the 2016 session, however, the album had been completed and had actually been released the previous week. Consequently, The Wedding Present were touring the UK (playing ‘Going, Going...’ in its entirety) and so, in-between our Cardiff and Gateshead concerts, we stopped off in Salford to record some tracks for Marc. As a result, you can hear the ‘live’ feel in these performances. This was a band that was literally on the road!” says David.
The album also features two glorious cover versions, including a heartfelt cover of the theme music from the fifth James Bond film, ‘You Only Live Twice’. “I’ve always been fond of recording cover versions and there are a couple of great ones on this LP. In 2015 we had a go at John Barry’s ‘You Only Live Twice’ - and enjoyed it so much that I’m now planning a compilation of Bond covers to be released on my label!” David adds.
The second cover is the off-kilter ‘Jumper Clown’, an actual Marc Riley composition! “Marc’s band The Creepers released this song – which poked fun at his previous band’s singer [Mark E. Smith from The Fall] – in 1983 and The Wedding Present covered it eleven years later for the B-side of our ‘It’s A Gas’ single. We decided that an unannounced rendering for a live session while Marc himself was sat in the room watching would be a great surprise to spring on our DJ pal. We managed to keep the whole thing secret with the help of the show’s producer, Michelle. This involved hastily rehearsing and sound-checking the song whenever we got the nod from the recording engineer that Marc was out of earshot!” says David.
The award-winning Marc Riley Show is one of the most popular programmes on BBC Radio 6 Music, championing the cutting edge sounds of today alongside iconic recordings from the past 40 years. An avid Wedding Present fan himself, Marc has formed a close bond with David and his band over the years. “The release of the Wedding Present sessions recorded for our 6 Music programme is something of an honour. In the great tradition of the Peel releases on the Strange Fruit label, this record proves that, even without John, the BBC can still be a place where great bands can continue to grow and be creative among friends.”
Hatch Records is an independent label that was formed in Leeds in 2013.
‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 3’ Track listing:
Ten Sleep / Broken Bow / You Only Live Twice / 1000 Fahrenheit / Rachel / Bear / Jumper Clown / Kill Devil Hills / Santa Monica
You can purchase ‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 3’ on vinyl by clicking here.
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‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 2’ Track listing:
Back A Bit… Stop! / Heather / You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends / The Girl From The DDR / Flying Saucer / Two Bridges / Pleasant Valley Sunday / Montreal / It’s A Gas / Spangle / Birdsnest / Little Silver
You can purchase ‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 2’ by clicking here.
‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 1’ Track listing:
Don’t Take Me Home Until I'm Drunk / Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft / Something And Nothing / Palisades / The Thing I Like Best About Him Is His Girlfriend / Gone / You Jane / Mystery Date / Brassneck / The Theme From Cheers / Heather
You can purchase ‘Marc Riley Sessions : Volume 1’ by clicking here.
“The Wedding Present are tailor-made for the no-thrills demands of the venerable radio session; the urgency of live performance brings out the best in their scratchy angst.” - Uncut
“These are terrific tunes that show the strength of David Gedge’s writing; plaintive and heartfelt, ruminating on doomed relationships and unfulfilled yearnings.” - Record Collector
“Great compilation of the radio sessions of Leeds’ finest” - Louder Than War
"Album of the Day’"- BBC Radio 6 Music