May 012012

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As if I don’t think about music enough, THIS was brought to my attention.

Starting May 1, YOU can browse through John Peel‘s record collection. I took a quick glance at the A‘s (the rest of the alphabet will be posted one letter each week) and immediately had to look away. Like looking at a mirror reflected in another mirror, I could see the endless hours that I would be spending browsing, listening, sampling, obsessing and conducting other musical whathaveyou.

Take a look. At your own peril.


  11 Responses to “May Day Is an “A” Day”

  1. Holy crap, it’s May already?!?! Thanks for posting this, ladymiss. I saw something about it a week or two ago and then forgot about it, not to mention today’s date. This should be cool.

  2. hrrundivbakshi

    Here’s a direct link to the stuff online today:

    Note that you can’t actually *listen* to this stuff. But it’s still way cool.

  3. ladymisskirroyale

    When I tried the various links to the albums, some connected me to Spotify, some to iTunes and some to Soundcloud. I was able to listen to some of the records, depending on which they were linked to.

  4. 2000 Man

    Wow, I figured it wouldn’t take too long to have an album he had, with that many. We have different AC/DC albums, though. I didn’t have one of his until Ace – Five a Side. He’s got a lot more records than me, and I can’t believe they even took pictures of the inner bags, even if they’re just plain white! Thanks, that’s really cool!

  5. ladymisskirroyale

    I know, I was really geeking out about the album sides/sleeve stuff. That Ace album was one I checked out, too. Interesting that “How Long” sounds so different from the other tracks.

    I was happy to see Abba and ABC (all 4 albums!) in his collection.

  6. I was kind of jazzed to see the ABC and Adam Ant’s King of the Wild Fronteir.

  7. Should a musician in the Hall find one of his or her albums in Peel’s collection, please raise your hand – proudly.

  8. Happiness Stan

    I saw this earlier today and was going to post about it – thanks for getting there first LadyM! Given that I hardly ever missed his show for about ten years and based my record collection on his, I anticipate that it won’t be long before something unusual which I own crops up – at least I hope so! There’s nothing in the first hundred, although surprisingly enough Mrs H has the Achim Reichel album.

    There’s a rather nice interview with his widow, Sheila, in today’s Guardian

    My goodness I loved that man, I travelled over to Bury St Edmunds for his funeral, the grounds outside the cathedral were packed, and it was broadcast outside. I wasn’t far off actually getting in. It was a very fine send-off, the RAF sent a bomber over on a fly-past just moments before the Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks” started playing. I never really shared his enthusiasm for the song, but I joined in the universal wiping away of tears as the song he had for about a quarter of a century played about once a week or more and regularly said that he wanted played at his funeral actually was.

  9. tonyola

    Well, I can claim three ABC and two A.R. Kane albums in common with the collection so far.

  10. I liked seeing Philadelphia’s New Wave/blue-eyed soul entry The A’s in that intro!

  11. And a hell of a cool interface developed for that. I had to figure someone else in the Philly contingent would have the A’s first record.

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