From approximately 200 bootlegs downloaded and listened to throughout 2015, more than half were discarded. The remainder were considered worth keeping, either on a disc or the best on hard drives for safety and possible future uploads.
The titles covered in this booklet are in my opinion the 50 best of those available for download from the World Wide Web throughout 2015. Full details have been included for each bootleg, such as the venue and date of the performance, the type of recording - soundboard, FM, from the audience, etc. If available the taper’s name is given. Information on the lineage, running times, the date uploaded, website address and the name of the uploader follow. These details should enable you to quickly locate any particular title of interest.
I have not provided a sound quality rating as all are of sufficient high quality to rate around 5 out of 5, some are worthy of 5+ like the best official releases.
Complete track listings are included, along with track timings and informative comments about each bootleg. The index also includes a list including brief details of the best of the rest, a further 20 bootlegs that may be of interest.
The booklet comprises 32 pages A4, a word count of over 16,500 and 50 bootleg images. It is available as a PDF document and will be emailed direct to anyone who donates to the blog in 2016. Each donor can request a bootleg from it, that they would like to see appear on the blog. If their is sufficient interest - links for the most popular two or three will then be added for download.
Includes bootlegs by:
DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
MISTY IN ROOTS
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE
NEIL YOUNG + THE PROMISE OF THE REAL
An example of the information provided is as follows. This is for a bootleg that never made the final cut and was excluded:
Venue: Black Session (French radio show) France-inter, Studio 106, Maison de la Radio
Date: 26 October, 1993
Type: FM / Bootleg
Lineage: Sangatte cdr rip (bootleg)
Running Time: 72:08
Date: 13 December 2014
01. Mary of Silence (8:45) 02. Ghost Highway (3:41) 03. She Hangs Brightly (6:44) 04. Bells Ring (5:22) 05. Halah (3:24) 06. Blue Light (4:56) 07. Ride It On (2:58) 08. Into Dust (5:15) 09. Give You My Lovin' (3:53) 10. Blue Flower (3:50) 11. So Tonight That I Might See (9:40) 12. Hair And Skin (4:07) 13. Rock Section (9:01)
Comments: The source used for the Sangatte bootleg or ‘promotional release’ as it has been loosely termed was lossy. The other most recent circulating source has six lossless tracks taken from a re-broadcast of the show, but they have been compiled together with an original FM broadcast that has inferior sound and is also in mpeg. Surprisingly this Sangatte CDr rip has better sound quality than the more recent compilation. You need the six lossless tracks plus this CDr rip to have the best sounding version of the show. Although a good editing job is still required to sort the numerous cuts that interrupt the flow of this performance. The set-list is split between the debut album 'She Hangs Brightly' (1990) and 'So Tonight That I Might See' (1993). The two remaining tracks are covers of Green On Red's Hair And Skin and Skin Patrol's Rock Section. It seems a great loss that this live session, one of Mazzy Starr’s finest has never been officially released.
If you use the site link noted above there are numerous Mazzy Star, Opal, Hope Sandoval, David Roback and Rain Parade bootlegs available for download.