Few bands are so ingrained into the notion of the BBC radio session as The Wedding Present. Long time favourites of the late, great John Peel, David Gedge and his band appeared regularly on that legendary presenter’s BBC Radio 1 show and have continued their association with “Auntie” by performing many sessions on the ‘Marc Riley Show’ on BBC Radio 6 Music.

Due to the popularity of these sessions, The Wedding Present, in conjunction with Hatch Records and the BBC, have joined forces to produce a trilogy of releases featuring every momentous track performed for Marc’s award-winning show over a ten-year period. Marc Riley Sessions Volume 2, released 6th October, includes songs taken from no less than eight of the band’s celebrated albums, including Seamonsters, the record-breaking Hit Parade releases and band’s most recent album, the critically acclaimed Going, Going…

An avid Wedding Present fan himself, Riley, with his team of producers, has formed a close bond with David and his band over the years. “The release of the Wedding Present sessions done for our 6 Music programme over the years is something of an honour,” Riley said. “In the great tradition of the Peel and Selwood releases on the Strange Fruit label, this record proves that, even without John, the BBC can still be a place where great bands can continue to grow and be creative… amongst friends.”

You can check out the tracklisting below. For now though, enjoy ‘It’s A Gas’:

Tracklisting:

Tracks 1-4             Recorded 19/11/12

Back A Bit… Stop (Valentina 2012)

Heather (Seamonsters 1991)

You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends (Tommy 1987)

The Girl From The DDR (Valentina 2012)

 

Tracks 5-8             Recorded 21/10/13

Flying Saucer (Hit Parade 2 1993)

Two Bridges (Going, Going… 2016)

Pleasant Valley Sunday (Hit Parade 1 1991)

Montreal (Saturnalia 1996)

 

Tracks 9-12           Recorded 3/11/14

It’s A Gas (Watusi 1994)

Spangle (Watusi 1994)

Birdsnest (Going, Going… 2016)

Little Silver (Going, Going… 2016)

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