"The Peel Sessions"|
UK CD [Strange Fruit SFPSCD055]
There are two different editions of this release on compact disc. The original 1988 edition features the same artwork as all other artists covered in the series at the time while the 1994 reissue was given more personalised artwork.
- original 1988 edition
The artwork of the original 1988 edition is the same as that of all other artists covered by the series at that point in time: a silver and black list of bands and singers having recorded a session for John Peel (view left). The band name in white at the top is the only thing different to other volumes in the series. The cd comes in a slimline jewel case so there is no back insert. The J-card inlay is folded in the front, its back is grey with track listing and credits printed in black, alongside a list of other artists covered in the series (view left). In this particular case, the list includes 17 releases, from volume 1 (New Order) to volume 60 (Echo & The Bunnymen). The cd surface is gold with text printed directly onto it in black.
- 1994 reissue
By 1994 many of the more popular volumes in the series were re-released in more appealing personalized artwork. The image selected for the Smiths' volume is a sepiatone one of Morrissey and Marr on stage, over a white background (view left). Track listing and credits appear on the back of the insert, and a live shot of Morrissey shaking fans' hands is found inside. The back of the cd tray inlay features another sepiatone image from the same concert, this one of Morrissey alone on stage, surrounded by a track listing, credits and logos (view left). The cd surface is plain silver with blue text and singing-Morrissey graphic printed directly onto it.
UK cassette [Strange Fruit SFPSC055]
The UK cassette features on its front a variation of the series' generic silver artwork (view left). The track listing is printed in a black box in the middle of the list of artists. The spine is grey with the catalogue number in black and "The Smiths" in white in the same font as on the front. The back is also grey, it features a barcode and credits in black. The insert unfolds once for a track listing, credits and a 10-item list of other artists featured in the series, from volume 1 (New Order) to volume 66 (Siouxsie & The Banshees). The cassette itself is black with grey text printed directly onto it.
An alternate edition featuring the same artwork minus the track listing on the front has been reported, but this appears to be the original Holland cassette described below.
UK EP [Strange Fruit SFPS055]§
The British vinyl edition of "The Peel Sessions" features on the front is own variation of the series' generic silver artwork (view left). The band name in white at the top is the only thing different to other installments. The back of the sleeve is grey with track listing and credits printed in black, alongside a list of other artists covered in the series at that point in time (view left). In this particular case, the list includes 60 releases, from volume 1 (New Order) to volume 60 (Echo & The Bunnymen). The record is slipped inside a white paper inner sleeve. Its labels are the standard beige and maroon Strange Fruit ones, just like other EPs released in the series.
UK EP test pressing [Strange Fruit SFPS055]
White label test pressings of the EP described above have made it into the hands of collectors. Most if not all copies come in a stock sleeve and have the number SFPS055 handwritten on the a-side label.
Canada CD and cassette [Dutch East India DE18302]
See USA below.
France CD [Off The Track JD-OTT-170106]
The original French cd edition features the silver variation of the artwork just like the original British edition, but the font used for the band name is a plainer one (view left). Just like the original British cd the case is a slimline jewel case which means there is no back artwork. Information on the back of the J-card inlay is needed. The cd surface is plain silver with text printed directly onto it in black, in its own unique layout.
France CD [1991 reissue on Strange Fruit WMD 642203]
The most common of the three French cd editions is this 1991 reissue. It features on the front a live shot of the band over green and orange background that is unique to this release (view front). The case is a slimline jewel case which means there is no back inlay. The back of the J-card inlay features a live shot of Morrissey over a similar green background, next to a track listing and credits. The cd surface is orange and green with release information in orange and credits in white.
France CD [1994 reissue on Virgin 892598 2]
This edition is based on the 1994 British reissue. It features the same artwork on the front and back, with minor differences in the credits. The barcode on the back is found between the title and the track listing in the top right corner instead of the bottom left corner. The words "Made in the UK" are still found above it, but the British catalogue number was removed from the white box next to it and a Virgin France credit was added underneath. Information about other differences with the UK packaging is needed.
France cassette [Off The Track JD-OTT-170106]
The French cassette features the cd artwork in the middle on the front, with the silver background stretched above and below to fill the remaining space (view left). The insert is single and the track listing and credits are printed inside in black over silver. The cassette is beige with black text printed directly onto it. The first two songs are found on side A and the other two on side B. This is different to the UK cassette which has the complete programme repeated on each side.
France EP [Off The Track JD-OTT-570106]
Information is needed.
Holland CD [Strange Fruit SFPS055]
The Dutch cd features its own variation of the classic silver artwork on the front. Instead of a silver background, the block of names of artists having recorded sessions for John Peel's programme takes the complete front space. Band name and title were added over this, in brown and red (view left). The back is very plain: track listing and credits are printed in black over white in more or less the same layout as on the back of the original UK cd. On the right is a 19-item list of other artists released in the series, from volume 1 (New Order), to volume 61 (Family). The insert is single and features on its back only a repeat of the above list of other artists featured in the series. The cd surface is plain silver with text printed directly onto it in black, in its own unique layout.
Holland cassette [Strange Fruit SFPSC055]
The original Holland cassette artwork is a slight variation on that of the original UK cassette. It features the same front artwork but there is no track listing over the block of names of artists (view left). Information about the rest of the insert and the cassette itself is needed.
Holland cassette [Strange Fruit SFPS0554]
This cassette reissue is more common than the original edition. It feature on the front a variation on the artwork used for the Dutch cd (view left). The back of the insert is black with white text, with copyright information at the top and bottom, along with logos for Radio 1 and Castle Communications. The back is actually full, with two narrow holes for the case's pegs to poke through. A barcode is printed sideways between the holes and the track listing is printed either side (a-side above, b-side below). Inside are found the track listing and copyright details, as well as a personnel credit, in black text on a white background. On the reverse side of the insert is a list of other recordings available in the Peel Sessions series. The cassette itself is made of black plastic with silver text printed directly on to it.
Japan CD [Strange Fruit/Jimco Records SFPSCD055]
A Japanese version of this title has been seen for sale here and there. For the time being this is considered a bootleg because of the fact that it is just the original UK cd with a yellow Jimco Records obi wrapped around its spine. The back of the obi is full and features the release information and credits in English and Japanese. There is no barcode anywhere on it.
USA CD [Dutch East India DEI8302-2 (printed Canada)]
There are five different editions of this release. All feature the same brown and green artwork unique to the USA on the front and back (view both in left menu). In all cases the insert is a single sheet. On its reverse appears the usual track listing and credits in the same layout used on the back of the original UK cd and other international editions. To the right appears a 17-item list of other artists released in the series, from Gang Of Four to Napalm Death. All the differences between the five variations are found on the compact disc. The text layout is always the same but the colour of the text and the colour of the music side of the compact disc vary:
- music side is yellow glow-in-the-dark
- text on surface is all black
- text on surface is mix of green and black
- music side is normal silver
- text on surface is mix of green and black
- text on surface is all green
- text on surface is black but "The Smiths" and "Strange Fruit" are white
USA cassette [Dutch East India DE18302-4 (printed Canada)]
The cassette edition features on the front the same image of the band used for the compact disc format, without any of the brown and green background (view left). The rest of the insert (spine, back, 2 panels) is all brown with black text. The back shows a barcode, logos and credits. The two panels feature the usual content found on the back of the original UK cd and other international editions. The first panel has the track listing and credits and the second one shows the 17-item list of other artists released in the series, from Gang Of Four to Napalm Death. The cassette itself is made of clear plastic with text printed directly onto it in light grey.
USA picture box
Until about 1992-1993, compact discs were sold in the USA in tall picture boxes. Many were destroyed after purchase, but some were salvaged and ended up in fans collections. These 'longboxes' featured their own variation on the album artwork. View front of the "Peel Sessions" longbox from the image gallery on the left of this page (back image needed). Collectors whose longbox is still found inside the original seal will have noticed that the sticker advertising the content varies between the different cd editions described above. On some copies it is green and round and states "Special limited edition cd on green vinyl polycarbonate". On others it is black and rectangular and states "Limited edition Glow in the dark (?) label (…)".
USA promo poster
A promo poster advertising the Peel Sessions series has made it into the hands of some collectors. The leftmost part of it is black with a list of artists featured in the series printed in white. The rightmost part is pink and shows images of some of these artists, such as the Smiths, the Buzzcocks, Adam & The Ants, Siouxsie And The Banshees, the Damned, Syd Barrett, etc. The dimensions of the poster are unknown.