Back in 1976 John Peel did a ‘Soft Machine Special’ show on Radio 1. This hour long show featured tunes by Soft Machine, Kevin Ayers, Robert Wyatt, Gong, Isotope, Euterpe and many other bands. It really was quite brilliant and here you can download it in mp3 format.
I have now got an mp3 audio file from a cassette that I made on the 17th August 1976. The recording isn’t brilliant quality as my radio was an old Ekco Nautilus PT310 and my cassette recorder was a mono Phillips N2225 and I made the recording 37 years ago! I still have the EMITape C120 cassette. On the other side I recorded ‘Livestock’ by Brand X – oh what strange music I was into when I was 14!
I seem to remember there was always a problem with ‘mains hum’ if I ran my radio off mains, it was OK on batteries but I guess I couldn’t afford any at the time. There was also a problem when the motor used to kick in on my parents fridge, so there are a few odd noises in there too. When these momentary blips of interference occurred the automatic gain control on the cassette recorder would temporarily turn the recording volume down. I thought I had the edge over all my friends efforts at recording off the radio in those days as I had an FM radio, so be thankful for that. As I say, the recording of it isn’t brilliant, but I believe it is the only intact copy of the radio show available online today.
This is the most important radio show that I have ever heard in my life, and it changed my life. I really haven’t been the same since, I think that is a good thing. This was definitely my first introduction to the music of Kevin Ayers and the radio show includes; Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes, Joy of a Toy continued, Everyone Knows The Song and lots of other tracks where Kevin was involved.
I’ve stored the mp3 safely in my Amazon Cloud Storage, if you want a copy just enter your email in any of the ‘get updates’ fields on this site and I will send you the download link. Please comment below, I’d love to hear what you think.