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. FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail Related Posted September 10, 2012 – 28 comments John The tracklists are available here for anyone looking: http://peel.wikia.com/wiki/13_October_2004 http://www.countryfried.co.uk Charley This is such a massive treat, I don’t know where to start! Pingback: beatworm.co.uk » Blog Archive » 458 More from him later() Pingback: A massive amount of John Peel shows « The Hope and the Glory() Pingback: 458 full John Peel Shows hit Soundcloud – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.() Pearl I have the show of 14 Jan. 1994 on a cassette. Pearl Well just part of it. Skinned Teen was the band. Pingback: [HEAR] An amazing 458 Full John Peel Shows now online via Soundcloud « EAR>PROTECTION>REQUIRED>() Pingback: Hundreds of John Peel shows now available for streaming | Woblia() http://www.dharmarascal.com Candradasa They seem to have disappeared… 🙁 Not surprising, I guess… ‘Cease and desist’. Bah humbug. Marcus Barton Noooooooo! Mischa Barton 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. Ono http://soundcloud.com/das-boy/1968-12-12-john-peel-show-nightride-john-lennon-yoko-ono is working BeeFlat use the search function on soundcloud – http://soundcloud.com/search?q%5Bfulltext%5D=John+Peel+Show DJ2MN 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. Paul Vincent 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. Pingback: News: John Peel’s Sendungen ins Netz gestellt? | BACKSPIN Online() Rob So sad they’re gone! tant 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 Jpf 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! Cory Way to kill it, Fact Magazine and Entertainment Weekly picked this up. Now it is gone. Bravo. Pingback: WEB CURIOSITY #100+1 - Nerds Attack!() http://www.sevenstreets.com/ SevenStreets 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. Jerome Wagner http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/sessions/ – it’s all here and many more!!!!! Jacob Isn’t that just sessions and not shows? Pingback: Sharing is not caring: How social networks ruin amazing secrets | Digital Trends() Pingback: Sharing is not caring: How social networks ruin amazing secrets : HotSocialBookmarks.info – Social Bookmarking tips! | Twitter tips | Facebook tips |() http://www.facebook.com/cormac.figgis Cormac Figgis They’re just listings.