|Catalogue No(s)||WAP114 |
|Release date(s)||18 Jan 1999|
Boards of Canada's Peel Session is a recording of their 21 July 1998 broadcast on BBC Radio 1 for John Peel's radio program. It features significantly different takes of both Aquarius and Olson. The version of Happy Cycling that we see on this release is not the same as what was actually broadcast, here we find the polished version that also appears as an extra track on Music Has The Right To Children and the broadcast version formerly known as Bad Day being dropped. 
There is a great deal of misunderstanding about the nature and timing of this recording, in part because of the surfacing of an unreleased track on peer-to-peer networks entitled "XYZ". This track appears to have been a part of the Peel Session but was omitted from the track listing of the official release due to sample licensing issues. "XYZ" in its full 9:38 cut (shortened versions still circulate) includes an exchange both before and after the track between John Peel and Boards of Canada. See a video below of "XYZ".
As explained by Deadfly on the Twoism forum:
"Peel Sessions normally consisted of four tracks which were recorded in advance in the BBC recording studio and broadcast at a later date when the band were not present. Sometimes bands played live on the programme, but they were not referred to as Peel Sessions. The BoC session was unusual because they were in the BBC recording studio recording their session at the same time as the Peel programme was on air. This meant that they could have a live link-up with BoC in the recording studio, and that's when the interview took place. They played XYZ live on the programme at that time (16-6-98), but that was the only track they played and the mp3 of XYZ with the interview really is the whole thing. The complete Peel Session was broadcast on 21-7-98 with all 4 tracks, but the band were not present and there was no interview" .
Broadcast 07 December 2013 on BBC Radio 6. (First broadcast 21 July 1998 on BBC Radio 1.)
|Rare/Early releases||Catalog 3 • Acid Memories • Closes Vol. 1 • Play by Numbers • Hooper Bay • BoC Maxima • Old Tunes Vol. 1 • Old Tunes Vol. 2 • Random 35 Tracks Tape • Geogaddi (test pressing)|
|General releases (albums)||Music Has the Right to Children • Geogaddi • The Campfire Headphase • Tomorrow's Harvest|
|General releases (eps/12"s)||Twoism • Hi Scores • Aquarius • Peel Session • In a Beautiful Place out in the Country • Trans Canada Highway|
|Promotional Releases||Telephasic Workshop • MHTRTC (promo cassette) • Orange Romeda • Geogaddi (promo lp) • Geogaddi (promo cassette) • ------ / ------ / ------ / XXXXXX / ------ / ------|
|Produced by BoC for Others||Here Come the Rubber Cops|
|Bootleg Releases||Unreleased Tracks|
|Live Sets||Warp10 • The Lighthouse • All Tomorrow's Parties • Other live sets|
|Other||Kaleidoscope • Promotional Items • T-Shirts|