It’s over a month until the annual John Peel Day, which celebrates the late DJ and local lad’s achievements not only in radio, but also in British pop culture as a whole. We were going to wait until next month to post this, but it’s so good we just couldn’t sit on it any longer. Forwarded by an eagle-eyed reader last week, it’s a set on music streaming service Soundcloud consisting of 458 of the Heswall-born DJ’s shows, dating back to 1967 when Peel was at pirate station Radio London, all the way up to his very final BBC episodes in 2004. We’re not sure who’s behind this – mysterious user ‘+dB’ may be a radio insider or just a Peel completist – but whatever, the fact someone’s taken the time to digitise and upload these is incredible. The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts have been busy uploading Peel’s record collection online, but up til now there’s been no archive of his actual shows. Hearing John’s voice again is still a little eerie, but it’s also incredibly comforting to know that there’s fans out there set on keeping these shows alive (they’re also all downloadable, so we hope they get shared around). The scope of music on these shows is still gobsmacking. From fuzzy psychedelic rock to turn-of-the-century gospel music, clanging industrial to pastoral folk, Peel was the most wonderfully eclectic host to ever take to the airwaves. We love hearing how his typically dry, borderline shambolic presenting style was in effect right back in his earliest episodes, too. So take some time out over the next few months to explore these: open your ears, soak up some brilliantly broad sounds, and pay your respects to the greatest DJ who ever lived. EDIT: Sadly it looks like the web police have struck as the channel is currently down. But you can still access them via Google Cache, luckily. Stream while you can. Posted September 10, 2012 – 29 comments 29 Responses to “Stream online: 458 full John Peel shows” John September 10, 2012 The tracklists are available here for anyone looking: http://peel.wikia.com/wiki/13_October_2004 September 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm Charley September 10, 2012 This is such a massive treat, I don’t know where to start! September 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm beatworm.co.uk » Blog Archive » 458 More from him later September 11, 2012 […] 458 more from him: 458 archive recordings of The John Peel Show turn up on Soundcloud […] September 11, 2012 at 9:16 am A massive amount of John Peel shows « The Hope and the Glory September 11, 2012 […] This is amazing. Someone's uploaded over 450 John Peel shows to SoundCloud. More details at Seven Streets here. […] September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm 458 full John Peel Shows hit Soundcloud – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. September 11, 2012 […] Thankfully, a Yorkshire Soundcloud user known only as +dB painstakingly digitized and uploaded all 458 episodes, totaling over 900 hours of music. If you’ve got a month to spare, stream the shows below. [via Seven Streets] […] September 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm Pearl September 11, 2012 I have the show of 14 Jan. 1994 on a cassette. September 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm Pearl September 11, 2012 Well just part of it. Skinned Teen was the band. September 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm [HEAR] An amazing 458 Full John Peel Shows now online via Soundcloud « EAR>PROTECTION>REQUIRED> September 11, 2012 […] totaling over 900 hours of music. If you’ve got a month to spare, stream the shows below. [via Seven Streets] Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestTumblrLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. « […] September 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm Hundreds of John Peel shows now available for streaming | Woblia September 12, 2012 […] and now, hundreds of his live BBC 1 shows have been, as well. SoundCloud user +dB has uploaded 458 radio episodes from the late DJ, comprising more than 900 hours of music. The episodes date from 1967, when Peel […] September 12, 2012 at 7:13 am Candradasa September 12, 2012 They seem to have disappeared… 🙁 Not surprising, I guess… ‘Cease and desist’. Bah humbug. September 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm Marcus Barton September 12, 2012 Noooooooo! September 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm Mischa Barton September 12, 2012 Seems a bit disingenuous that the Radio London shows were taken down, too. Boooooo! to the John Peel Estate and/or BBC if involved with the takedown. September 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm Ono September 12, 2012 http://soundcloud.com/das-boy/1968-12-12-john-peel-show-nightride-john-lennon-yoko-ono is working September 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm BeeFlat September 12, 2012 use the search function on soundcloud – http://soundcloud.com/search?q%5Bfulltext%5D=John+Peel+Show September 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm DJ2MN September 12, 2012 It bothers me that: A. I can’t find the Peel shows on +dB’s page, and B. what is there is a metric crapload of copyright work. It’s funny that I have no problem with the idea of getting the music in Peel’s shows – at least there’s some context and historical interest and wotnot – but that account should rightfully be shut down for everything else. IMHO. September 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm Paul Vincent September 13, 2012 Looks like the shows themselves have now been removed. Searching in SoundCloud for “john peel show” now only returns 55 matches – last night it was still returning over 500 matches. Let’s hope the shows pop up somewhere else soon. September 13, 2012 at 9:37 am News: John Peel’s Sendungen ins Netz gestellt? | BACKSPIN Online September 13, 2012 […] vor dem gestrigen Feierabend leuchteten unsere Augen, als wir etwas davon gelesen haben, dass jemand 458 Sendungen vom legendären Radio-DJ John Peel bei Soundcloud hochgeladen hat. Der […] September 13, 2012 at 9:57 am Rob September 13, 2012 So sad they’re gone! September 13, 2012 at 10:16 am tant September 13, 2012 You can still access via google cache here! http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:wRJ-VfSdtl0J:soundcloud.com/das-boy/sets/john-peel-show/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us September 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm Jpf September 13, 2012 I wouldn’t mind, but where else can we get these? I’ll pay, who do we write the check too?!?!? Take it down, that’s fine, but provide access “legally” or leave them alone! September 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm Cory September 14, 2012 Way to kill it, Fact Magazine and Entertainment Weekly picked this up. Now it is gone. Bravo. September 14, 2012 at 12:51 am WEB CURIOSITY #100+1 - Nerds Attack! September 14, 2012 […] Tutto ma proprio tutto John Peel (mettiti comodo). […] September 14, 2012 at 5:07 am SevenStreets September 14, 2012 It’s baffling that the Beeb haven’t put up a huge archive of his shows already. The popularity of that Soundcloud set shows there’s more than enough demand for it. I don’t know why they haven’t done it already. September 14, 2012 at 8:41 am Jerome Wagner September 18, 2012 http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/sessions/ – it’s all here and many more!!!!! September 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm Jacob September 21, 2012 Isn’t that just sessions and not shows? September 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm Sharing is not caring: How social networks ruin amazing secrets | Digital Trends September 23, 2012 […] Seven Streets wrote that an archive of 458 radio shows hosted by legendary DJ John Peel had “turned up on Soundcloud.” On September 12, The Verge picked up the story. By the time I […] September 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm Sharing is not caring: How social networks ruin amazing secrets : HotSocialBookmarks.info – Social Bookmarking tips! | Twitter tips | Facebook tips | September 24, 2012 […] blog Seven Streets wrote that an archive of 458 radio shows hosted by legendary DJ John Peel had “turned up on Soundcloud.” On September 12, The Verge picked up the story. By the time I attempted […] September 24, 2012 at 2:07 am Cormac Figgis September 25, 2012 They’re just listings. September 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm tom dissonance November 20, 2016 Soundcloud is shit, that’s the problem here. they were obviously going to be taken down as that site issues copyright strikes. should’ve uploaded them to a site like Mixcloud that is actually designed for radio show hosting. November 20, 2016 at 5:31 pm Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. You must be logged in to post a comment.