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Carcass - The Peel Sessions
Review: During the 1980s and 1990s, when it was more difficult to distribute music, having a band come and play live in the studio for a radio show was popular because listeners could hear it, and many would tape it and spread around the new sound.
UK Radio One DJ John Peel, who "discovered" (for the indie world) Napalm Death and Carcass, invited the band into his studio in 1989 to record four songs live on the air. Later made available, this CD is exactly what you would expect: four-track production and live dynamics, with songs being slightly faster and oddly, less sloppy than on Symphonies of Sickness, with all of the urgency and tape hiss required for a successful radio debut.
While this recording will appeal to collectors, its more rigid playing makes these songs seem sparse, and so for casual listening perhaps it is better to hear them in the blur of noise and more relaxed nerves that the albums offer.