Saturday, 23 January 2016

BEST BOOTLEGS 2015

The PDF document 'Best Bootlegs 2015' is now available.

From approximately 200 bootlegs downloaded and listened to throughout 2015, more than half were discarded. The remainder were considered worth keeping, either on disc or the best on hard drives for safe keeping and possible future uploads.

The titles covered in this booklet are in my opinion:

The 50 best bootlegs available for download from the web in 2015.
(of those not already in my collection)


Full details have been included for each bootleg such as:
  • Venue 
  • Date of performance
  • Type of recording - soundboard, FM, from the audience, etc. 
  • Taper’s name if available
  • Lineage
  • Running time
  • Name of uploader
  • Date uploaded
  • Website address
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. Details also include:
  • Complete track listing
  • Track timings
  • Informative comment on each bootleg. 
  • Index 
  • Brief details of the best of the rest including a further 20 bootlegs
The PDF document comprises:
  • 32 pages in A4
  • Word count 16,500 +
  • 50 bootleg images. 



Includes bootlegs by:


  • RYAN ADAMS
  • DAVID BOWIE
  • CALEXICO
  • COCTEAU TWINS
  • LEONARD COHEN
  • THE CRAMPS
  • THE CURE
  • DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
  • BOB DYLAN
  • STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES
  • ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
  • THE FALL
  • FLEET FOXES
  • FLEETWOOD MAC
  • RORY GALLAGHER
  • GRATEFUL DEAD
  • KRAFTWERK
  • LAURA MARLING
  • CURTIS MAYFIELD
  • MAZZY STAR
  • MISTY IN ROOTS
  • MOGWAI
  • NIRVANA
  • PEARL JAM
  • TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
  • PIXIES
  • QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
  • RADIOHEAD
  • BONNIE RAITT
  • ROLLING STONES
  • SANTANA
  • PATTI SMITH
  • SONIC YOUTH
  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
  • TELEVISION
  • THIN LIZZY
  • TOM WAITS
  • LUCINDA WILLIAMS
  • 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: 

MAZZY STAR

Venue: Black Session (French radio show) France-inter, Studio 106, Maison de la Radio
Date: 26 October, 1993

Type: FM / Bootleg
Taper: n/a
Lineage: Sangatte cdr rip (bootleg)
Running Time: 72:08
Uploader: hermesacat
Date: 13 December 2014
Site: http://mazzystar.free.fr/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=13

Setlist:
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 Star’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.

9 comments:

  1. Buried in snow. Ready for something to listen to. Looks good!

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  2. I'm probably just blind, but where is the link for this? I love the idea of this.

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    1. D'oh. I read everything except the last line which is exactly the line I was looking for.

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    1. In the book or the blog? If it's the book I never downloaded anything by Prince last year, except for the 'Creep' cover. If it's the blog, you will find the link in the comments section

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  4. They are listed above between Mogwai and Pearl Jam!

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