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John Peel's Records: 'Z' Now Online
Laurie Tuffrey , October 23rd, 2012 04:12

Mammoth trawl through DJ's record collection comes to its alphabetical conclusion

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The Space have come to the end of their cataloguing of John Peel's collection by artist name, taking 100 from under each letter of the alphabet - 'Z' is now online, and you can have a look here.

With pleasingly hirsute finality, Texas's most prolific purveyors of facial follicles, ZZ Top, stake a claim of five albums in the list. Alongside them, there are the usual suspects - Frank Zappa, The Zombies, Warren Zevon - as well as Congolese soukous band Zaiko Langa Langa, 90s US psych-rockers, the well-named Zen Guerilla, and dub ensemble Zion Train.

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Oct 23, 2012 10:38am

Sorry to bring the grump, but A ZZ Top record isn't of historical interest because John Peel owned it.

I really don't see the point in '100 from each letter'. 2600 records isn't that many, PLUS I'd say most of the interest in his hoard would have been the more obscure stuff...barely known punk or reggae singles anyone?

Don't think it's an awful idea, but just could have been executed with a bit more ambition.

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Oct 23, 2012 11:46am

I don't have a problem with ZZ Top making list. The fact that they are ZZ Top doesn't make them historically uninteresting either. What is disappointing is finding 4 or 5 albums by one an individual artist including their Best Of. That and the fact that band names aren't exactly evenly distributing alphabetically.

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Dec 13, 2012 1:37pm

excellent post. I have always wondered what are the pays of the top CEOs in investment banks!

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