Movietone - Peel Sessions


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Peel Sessions 1994-1997 collects the complete sessions recorded by Movietone for John Peel's BBC Radio One show, which has all remained unreleased since their original broadcasts.
Movietone were part of the close-knit, innovative and influential Bristol scene of the 1990s that also included Flying Saucer Attack, Third Eye Foundation and Crescent, members of whom also played in Movietone. 
Having all met in school, Movietone were formed in 1993 by Kate Wright and Rachel Coe (Flying Saucer Attack), and were soon joined by Matt Jones (Crescent) on drums, Matt Elliott (Third Eye Foundation) on guitar, and Ros Walford on clarinet, with Kate Wright being the main songwriter for the band. 
In the spring of 1994, the band played their first gig, signed to Planet Records and recorded their first John Peel Session a few weeks after the release if their debut single 'She Smiled Mandarine Like.' News of this first session came at last minute, and the band were unable to contact Matt Elliott as he was on a road protest with no form of communication. Luckily he came back to Bristol the day before the session and everything was okay, and the recording engineers at Maida Vale Studios even let them record the sound of smashing glass in Matt Jone's Bass drum case for 'Mono Valley'. Songs on this session are early versions of songs that would be appear on their debut self-titled album, recorded later that year and released in 1995. This first session also includes 'Stone', a song by Lynda's Strange Vacation, the pre-Movietone band that consisted of Kate, Rachel and Matt Elliott. 
The second Movietone Peel Session, recorded in January 1996, included early versions of songs from their second album, Day and Night, which was released in 1997 on Domino/Drag City. Two songs from this session had different titles to their album counterparts - 'The Voice Came Out Of The Box And Dropped Into The Ocean' became 'Useless Landscape' and 'Chocolate Grinder' became 'Night Of The Acacias'. 'Chocolate grinder' is fairly different to the album version, with Matt Elliott scratching the B-side of the 'Mono Valley' 7", 'Under the 3000ft Red Ceiling,' and also playing the Hammond Organ which was available in the studio (along with two pianos and a wurlitzer). This and the next session also feature frequent collaborator Florence Lovegrove on viola. 
The third Peel Session was recorded on the 31st August 1997, the day that the BBC announced Princess Diana's death. It was pouring with rain, and the day had a strange atmosphere to it; the BBC were not sure whether the Peel Session recording would go ahead, but after many phone calls they said it was on, though Movietone only managed to do three songs, rather than their usual four, as they arrived late! 
The songs recorded on this final session were really early versions of songs from their third album, The Blossom Filled Streets, which would be released in 2000. 'Facing West from California's shores' (which would become 'In a Marine Light') and 'Hydra' are very different to the album versions, and the session is particularly unique as it includes Matt Elliott, who left the band by the time the album was recorded and released three years later, as well as Sam Jones (Crescent, The Balky Mule), who, at this time, was not yet a permanent member. 
None of these sessions exist online, and prior to this album have never been heard by anyone other than those who listened to the original broadcasts! As Movietone are no longer making music, having been succeeded by Kate Wright's new project, 1000 dawns, these archive recordings are truly special, and a rare treat for both long-time fans and anyone that has recently been hunting for the band's sought-after records. 


  1. Mono Valley 
  2. Darkness Blue Glow 
  3. Chocolate Grinder 
  4. Summer 
  5. The Voice Came Out Of The Box and Dropped Into The Ocean 
  6. Blank Like Snow 
  7. Hydra 
  8. The Blossom Filled Streets 
  9. Facing West From California's Shores 
  1. Mono Valley 
  2. Heatwave Pavement 
  3. Darkness Blue Glow 
  4. Stone 
  5. The Voice Came Out Of The Box and Dropped Into The Ocean 
  6. Blank Like Snow 
  7. Chocolate Grinder 
  8. Summer 
  9. Hydra 
  10. The Blossom Filled Streets 
  11. Facing West From California's Shores 


  • Limited-edition 'day version' of the LP features signed and hand-finished sleeve art by Kate Wright 
  • LP housed in reverse-board jacket and includes a CD copy of the full album in a card wallet 
  • CD housed in full 4-panel reverse-board gatefold jacket with 4mm spine 



also available: 
Movietone - The Blossom Filled Streets   LP | CD 
Movietone - The Sand And The Stars   LP 
Movietone - Live At The Cube Cinema   7" 

see also: 
Crescent - Now   LP 
Crescent - Resin Pockets   LP | CD 
Flying Saucer Attack - Flying Saucer Attack   LP | CD 
Flying Saucer Attack - Further   LP | CD 
Flying Saucer Attack - Distance   LP | CD 
Flying Saucer Attack - Chorus   LP | CD 
The Balky Mule - The Length Of The Rail   CD 
Headfall - Stars Don't Shine To Noise   LP 
My Two Toms - Who We Were And What We Meant By It


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