Almost 1000 classic ‘John Peel Sessions‘ performances have been compiled into an alphabetised online catalogue which is now available for you to devour at your pleasure without cost.
The late broadcaster, who passed away in 2004, recorded over 4000 live sessions by more than 2,000 artists on his legendary BBC Radio 1 show during his time at the station. Champions of new music didn’t come any bigger than John Peel. In the age before social media, he was the chief tastemaker for alternative music and if there was a band who wasn’t being played by Peel then they were a band not worth knowing.
Some of the acts that he welcomed into Maida Vale to perform special sets on his show included the likes of David Bowie, Joy Division, Nirvana, The Cure, The Smiths and many more artists who went on to become legendary figures in the world of music who were given their first bit of airtime by Peel.
A lot of these iconic sessions were difficult to find or lost in the eurotha however, blogger David Strickson has thankfully done God’s work by compiling all of the avaibale sessions together in this easy to navigate alphebetical list.
A whole host of the original studio sessions from Peel’s radio show were released as Peel Session EPs by his label, Strange Fruit Records, but they were never uploaded online or on streaming services. However, Strickson has done some digging around the internet and re-uploaded all of the YouTube recordings into a clean, long, A-to-Z list on his website.
Enjoy a sample, below