PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 January, 2003, 12:00am

Various Artists

Fabriclive .07/John Peel

(Fabric Records)

This sexagenarian Liverpudlian has been delighting and disgusting listeners to his BBC Radio One show for more than 30 years. His notoriously catholic tastes unearthed such seminal acts as the Smiths and the Fall, but anyone who tunes in to his weekly slot will know he has also been guilty of some heinous crimes against communication. Show me a person who likes everything John Peel plays and I'll show you a seriously unhinged individual.

That schizophrenia is there for all to hear on this career-first compilation. The 22 songs are a medley of styles, eras and formats, plus two takes strictly for the consumption of Liverpool Football Club fans (including commentary from the Reds' 1981 European Cup final victory and a ridiculous rendition of the Kop Choir belting out You'll Never Walk Alone).

However, you will forgive these transgressions - unless you're an Everton fan - because Peel makes so many sound choices. The set closes with his favourite New Wave anthem, Teenage Kicks, by Irish rockers the Undertones (a track he plays religiously at every live gig).

Also included are the Fall with the gritty Mr Pharmacist, and Joy Division with the sublime Love Will Tear Us Apart, but that's as predictable as Peel gets.

In between, he skips from reggae (Derrick Morgan's Moon Hop) to hard rock (the Datsuns' In Love), drum'n'bass (Sinthetix's Liar) to 1960s soul (the Velvelettes' Needle In A Haystack).

And what would a Peel session be without a measure of weirdness? He delivers that with the banjo-picking stylings of the Bad Livers' reinvention of the Iggy Pop classic Lust For Life and the mock-folk of the Kingswoods' Purty Vacant.

Not exactly a party starter, but plenty of fun for all the family.