It has been nearly 8 years since the legendary DJ John Peel passed away, but a new project is undertaking the worthy task of digitalising his renowned collection of over 25,000 vinyl LPs, 40,000 vinyl singles and thousands of CDs. The Space is an “ “interactive online museum” that today revealed the first 100 albums from Peel’s collection, starting with the first As and including the likes of Acid Mothers Temple, Adam & The Ants, Abdel Gadir Salim and Abba. The project aims to upload the details of the first 100 albums, listed alphabetically, from each letter of the alphabet each week.
It is a really well-made, interactive site that lets you explore Peel’s collection and is fleshed out with audio clips, photos, video and info on the brilliant collection of “Peel sessions”. Though the music isn’t currently streamable, which would be an added bonus, most of the albums have Spotify links (if you can still stand to use the service!) The collection gives you a look into Peel’s boundless passion for all genres of music. Once complete, it will be a great place to fill the gaps in your collection, discover a forgotten classic or just take a chance on something you’ve never heard of, happy in the knowledge that it was good enough to make it into John Peel’s archive.
It is good to see this wonderful resource get the treatment it deserves and a testament to one of the most important figures in the recent history of UK music, John Peel.