458 episodes of John Peel's radio show are now online: Stream them here

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Got an extra 900 hours on your hand? The internet has just become 458 John Peel show episodes richer, which means your next month or so just got booked.

Some enterprising Soundcloud citizen (and likely power-pop fan) known only as +dB has taken it upon him or herself to upload a whopping chunk of the late British radio god’s programs, which gained fame for the “Peel sessions” — live in-studio performances with some of rock’s most interesting players.

The treasure trove features broadcasts ranging from Peel’s pirate radio days back in 1968 all the way up to his BBC reign, which ended only upon the prolific DJ’s death in 2004.

The collection isn’t 100% complete, of course, but it’s certainly exhaustive: you can hear anything from Bob Marley’s two appearances on the show (on May 1 and Nov. 26, 1973) to Pulp’s 1995 session to a live Daft Punk concert (June 30, 1996). Even Peel’s elusive joint interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono is up for grabs.

So until that archive of John Peel’s record collection is complete, check out almost a thousand hours of his radio shows in the Soundcloud player below.

(Tip: this Wikipedia page is helpful guide to locating Peel sessions by date.)

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