The story behind the Top of the World recording

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After getting a little rapped for my use of the word “purportedly” in the last post, I can indeed clarify that the recording previously posted, and generously donated by Brian is DEFINITELY 1991. Here’s Brian’s story regarding the recording, which makes a great read!

As for Top of the World Peel Session – it’s not taken from a release – it was never released, and until yesterday it’s fairly likely I’m the only person in the world who had that recording, perhaps also including the band.

That session was actually the first I ever heard of Fluke – I always listened to John Peel’s radio show, and often just left a tape running in case anything would stand out. That was on a show in 1991, I’d never heard of Fluke, he introduced them and played the session they’d recorded for him, I liked it, so I just held onto it – then I started seeking out other Fluke material, and the rest is history.

I don’t know how familiar you are with John Peel’s show – bands used to record sessions exclusively for the show and he’d play them on air once and that would be it. Bands normally recorded four songs in a session. Fluke did two sessions, one in 1990 and one in 1991, therefore a total of eight songs. When BBC released the Peel Session CD in the late 1990s, I noticed that there were only 7 tracks instead of 8, and that Top of the World was missing. I’ve searched the internet several times since and found only one reference to it, on an American site, where someone said that it was alleged that there was an eighth session, but that this was probably not true (which of course it is!) I responded to the site saying that Top of the World was recorded, but did not share the recording with them 🙂

I can think of no reason BBC would have omitted Top of the World from the Peel Sessions CD, other than perhaps due to losing the master recording – because BBC do not ask the bands about such releases, they just put them out to make money. I’ve several Peel Session CDs of other artists, and never has one track from a session been omitted.

Therefore it is very likely that Top of the World was lost over the years, so unless anyone else happened to have the tape running on that night back in 1991, it would perhaps have been lost forever.

I’ve held onto that recording for the last 17 years without sharing it with anyone, because apart from absolutely loving it, there was something good about feeling that I had a Fluke recording that was probably unique – in the literal sense.

But now I think it’s finally found a good home 🙂

Thanks again for all this stuff, and for deeming us a worthy home!

The next post, in a couple of days should, with any luck, bring a smile to some Flukester’s faces; a new live set. Keep your eyes peeled. No pun intended.

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