Session Notes: Pete Atkin
The Radio & TV Sessions

Acknowledgements to Ken Garner's "In Session Tonight", BBC Books 1993, and Pete Atkin
See also separate page detailing the LWT shows, "The Party's Moving On"
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BBC Radio audition - 6 Feb 1970 Studio: AO2 (Aeolian Hall) Producer John Walters: "Very clever stuff in the lyrics".
BBC Radio session - 4 Aug 1970 Studio: PH (BBC Playhouse Theatre) Producer Bernie Andrews; Engineer/Studio Manager Nick Gomm First broadcast David Symonds "Sounds of the Seventies" R1 1800, 24.8.70 PA (ac gtr, voc); 8 musicians under MD Nick Harrison GIRL ON THE TRAIN TOUCH HAS A MEMORY MASTER OF THE REVELS RIDER TO THE WORLD'S END LAUGHING BOY
BBC Radio session - 15 Feb 1972 Studio: T1 (Transcription Services, Kensington House) Producer John F Muir First broadcast John Peel "Friday Night is Boogie Night - Sounds of the Seventies" R1 2200, 3.3.72, (5)(6) 21.4.72 PA (pno (1)(2), ac gtr (3)(4)(5)(6)(7), voc); Ray Fenwick (lead gtr); Mick Grabham (el gtr (1)(3), ac gtr (2)); Alan Jones (bs gtr); Stan Gorman (dms) DRIVING THROUGH MYTHICAL AMERICA (1) BETWEEN US THERE IS NOTHING (2) APPARITION IN LAS VEGAS (3) ALL THE DEAD WERE STRANGERS (4) GIRL ON THE TRAIN (5) THIEF IN THE NIGHT (6) WRISTWATCH FOR A DRUMMER (7)
BBC Radio session - 6 Mar 1972 Studio: PH Producer John Walters; Engineer/SM Bob Conduct First Broadcast John Peel "Top Gear - Sounds of the Seventies" R1 2200, 14.3.72 PA (ac gtr (3), pno (1)(2)(4), voc) THIRTY YEAR MAN (1) A KING AT NIGHTFALL (2) UNCLE SEA-BIRD (3) THIEF IN THE NIGHT (4)
BBC Radio session - 31 Jul 1972 Studio: PH Producer Clive Burrows (Garner states John Walters); Engineer/SM Bob Conduct, Bill Aitken Broadcast John Peel "Top Gear - Sounds of the Seventies" R1 2200, 22.8.72, 19.12.72 PA (ac gtr (1)(2), pno (3)(4)) WRISTWATCH FOR A DRUMMER (1) ALL THE DEAD WERE STRANGERS (2) BETWEEN US THERE IS NOTHING (3) SCREEN-FREAK (4)
BBC Radio session - 28 Nov 1972 Studio: T1 Producer John F Muir; Engineer/SM Nick Gomm Broadcast Pete Drummond "The Sequence - Sounds of the Seventies" R1 2200, 5.1.73 PA (ac gtr (1)(2)(3)(5)(6)(7), pno (1)(2 o/d)(3)(4), voc (+ o/d v2 (1)(3))) THE MAN WHO WALKED TOWARD THE MUSIC (1) THE DOUBLE AGENT (2) CARNATIONS ON THE ROOF (3) THE HYPERTENSION KID (4) SHEER QUIVERING GENIUS (5) THIEF IN THE NIGHT (6) GIRL ON THE TRAIN (7)
BBC Radio Session - 16 Jan 1973 Studio: BH S2 (Broadcasting House Sub-basement) Producer Frances Line Broadcast Johnny Moran "Sounds on Sunday - Contemporary Folk" R1, 28.1.73 PA (ac gtr (3)(4)(5)(6), pno (1)(2)(7), voc); Daryl Runswick (bs gtr (1-5)); Harold Fisher (dms (1-5)) BETWEEN US THERE IS NOTHING (1) MASTER OF THE REVELS (2) ALL THE DEAD WERE STRANGERS (3) CARNATIONS ON THE ROOF (4) THE FLOWERS AND THE WINE (5) SCREEN-FREAK (6) THIRTY YEAR MAN (7)
BBC Radio Session - 13 Mar 1973 Studio: LH1 (The Langham) Producer John Walters; Engineer/SM Bob Conduct First broadcast John Peel "Top Gear - Sounds of the Seventies" R1 2200, 3.4.73 PA (ac gtr (1)(2)(3), pno (4), voc) THE BEAUTIFUL CHANGES PERFECT MOMENTS THE LAST HILL THAT SHOWS YOU ALL THE VALLEY THE HYPERTENSION KID
BBC Radio Session - 30 Jul 1973 Studio: LH1 Producer Bernie Andrews First broadcast John Peel "Sounds of the Seventies" R1 2200, 9.8.73 PA (ac gtr, voc, o/d gtr (1), o/d voc (1)(2)); Mike Moran (pno); Dave Wintour (bs gtr); Terry Cox (dms) READY FOR THE ROAD BE CAREFUL WHEN THEY OFFER YOU THE MOON BETWEEN US THERE IS NOTHING SENIOR CITIZENS
BBC Radio Session - 20 Nov 1973 Studio: LH1 Producer John Walters; Engineer/SM Bob Conduct First broadcast John Peel "Top Gear - Sounds of the Seventies" R1 2200, 1.1.74 PA (ac gtr, voc, (o/d harmony voc (3))); Steve Cook (bs gtr (1)(2)(3)); Martin Drew (dms (1)(2)(3)) AN ARRAY OF PASSIONATE LOVERS (1) PAYDAY EVENING (2) THE MAN WHO WALKED TOWARD THE MUSIC (3) NATIONAL STEEL
Capital Radio Broadcast - 23 Apr 1974 "Sarah Ward and Friends" PA (ac gtr, pno, voc); Les Davidson (el gtr); Maurice Adamson (bs gtr); Andy Munro (dms) PAYDAY EVENING MASTER OF THE REVELS THE ROAD OF SILK AN ARRAY OF PASSIONATE LOVERS MY EGOIST GIRL ON THE TRAIN (PA solo) THIEF IN THE NIGHT (PA solo) SUNLIGHT GATE BETWEEN US THERE IS NOTHING LONESOME LEVIS LANE
BBC Radio Session - 14 May 1974 Studio: LH1 Producer Tony Wilson First broadcast John Peel "Sounds of the Seventies" R1 2200, 28.5.74 PA (el pno (1)(2)(3), pno (4), voc); Les Davidson (gtr); Maurice Adamson (bs gtr); Andy Munro (dms) PERFECT MOMENTS PAYDAY EVENING THE WALL OF DEATH THE ROAD OF SILK
BBC TV Session - 25 Jun 1974 Studio: TC Presentation B (BBC Television Centre) Producer Michael Appleton; Director Colin Strong Broadcast Bob Harris "The Old Grey Whistle Test" PA (pno (1), ac gtr (2), voc); Steve Cook (bs gtr); Paul Keogh (el gtr) AN ARRAY OF PASSIONATE LOVERS CARE-CHARMER SLEEP
Capital Radio Session - 12 Aug 1974 PA (pno); Paul Keogh (el gtr); Steve Cook (bs gtr); Roger O'Dell (dms) AN ARRAY OF PASSIONATE LOVERS PAYDAY EVENING SESSIONMAN'S BLUES I SEE THE JOKER TIME AND TIME AGAIN RAIN-WHEELS
BBC Radio Session - 12 Nov 1974 Studio: MV4 (Maida Vale) Producer Tony Wilson First broadcast John Peel "Sounds of the Seventies" R1 2200, 26.11.74 PA (pno (1)(2), el pno (3), ac gtr (4)(5), voc); Neil Campbell (el gtr); Dick Levens (bs gtr); Jeff Seopardie (dms) RAIN-WHEELS (1) SESSIONMAN'S BLUES (2) I SEE THE JOKER (3) NOTHING LEFT TO SAY (4) BLACK FUNK REX (5)
BBC Radio Session - 18 Sep 1975 Studio: MV4 Producer Malcolm Brown First broadcast John Peel R1 2300, 9.10.75 PA (ac gtr (1)(2), pno (3)(4), voc); Neil Campbell (el gtr (1)(3), Sp gtr (2)(4)); Dick Levens (bs gtr); Roger O'Dell (dms) LONESOME LEVIS LANE (1) ERRANT KNIGHT (2) UNCLE SEA-BIRD (3) STRANGER IN TOWN (4)
Granada TV Session - 29 Oct 1975 Studio: Granada TV, Manchester "On The Road" Pete and Clive PA (ac gtr (1)(2)(3)(5), pno (4), voc); Clive James (voc (5)) BLACK FUNK REX (1) READY FOR THE ROAD (2) DOOM FROM A ROOM (3) CRAZY OVER YOU (4) TOGETHER AT LAST (5)
BBC Radio Session - 23 Feb 1977 Studio: Ken Ho. (Transcription Svcs) Producer Andy Finney PA; Andy Fernbach (el gtr (2), ac gtr (3)); Tony Coe (clt (1), ten sax (2)); Mike Beale (tuba (1)); Herbie Flowers (d bs (2)(3)); Andy Munro (dms) MASTER OF THE REVELS (1) PERFECT MOMENTS (2) GIRL ON THE TRAIN (3)
Note re "Sounds of the Seventies": Most sessions were given two airings, six weeks or more apart. Selected tracks were also aired on occasions by different presenters (Alan Black and Bob Harris, among others) in the "Sounds of the Seventies" slot. In the 1970s the BBC's Radio 1 didn't have its own FM channel. The earliest programmes in the series were broadcast only on medium wave, except where carried by the more enlightened of the BBC local radio stations. In the autumn of 1971 the network began to be switched at 2200 each weekday evening to give R1's serious rock slot access to the FM outlet normally occupied by R2. This later became a full stereo service.
BBC Sessions double CD we compiled in 2000 for the now-defunct members' library.

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