Friday, 8 November 2019

Bootlegs of the Year 2015-18



I compiled this document after receiving numerous emails enquiring as to where the original 100 bootlegs posted on site could be found #1 to #100 (many of the links were lost in 2016, see Downloads box on top right-hand side panel). This PDF booklet will point you in the right direction, the sites I used and importantly the web addresses that they can be located at. Although it concentrates on the best bootlegs I have downloaded in the last four years, the same sites and addresses are where most of the bootlegs included in the 100 greatest listing originated from.

The 200 best bootlegs available via download, 2015-18
4 years - 114 different artists


The selections for #1 to #100 of the greatest bootlegs site were mostly made from downloads prior to 2015. This document includes the best bootlegs I have downloaded in the following years, 2015 to 2018. Having discarded numerous titles in the last four years, these are the best downloaded in that time frame.

I had considered switching to an A to Z format but it would have lost the sense of continuity running through the document. For example the titles at the beginning of the book were those downloaded in early 2015, those on the latter pages date from the end of 2018 and these consequently will be much easier to find. As you will discover the net ebbs and flows, those titles not available currently will eventually make a re-appearance; it’s just a matter of patience.


Full details have been included for each, such as the venue and date of the performance, the type of recording – soundboard, FM, from the audience, etc. and information on the lineage and running times. Most importantly the website address is given for each download. A complete track listing is included, along with track timings and informative comments about each bootleg. The index will aid those that prefer an A to Z alphabetical listing and help you instantly find a particular artist that is of interest to you.

I have not provided a sound quality rating as virtually all are of sufficient high quality to rate around 5 out of 5, some are worthy of 5+ like the best official releases.

As you can imagine, it originally took some amount of time and effort to pull this all together. What to include and just as importantly what to leave out, has taken considerable thought and listening hours, enjoyable nonetheless. So if you are a fan of any of the one hundred and fourteen artists featured, then I can confidently state that you will definitely enjoy the bootlegs that have been chosen.



The PDF document comprises:
  • 108 pages A4
  • Word count 67,541
  • 200 bootleg images

Full details have been included for each bootleg such as:

  • Venue
  • Date of performance
  • Type of recording - soundboard, FM, from the audience, etc.
  • Lineage
  • Running time
  • Website address
  • Complete track listings
  • Track timings
  • Informative comments about each bootleg
  • Index
Included in the main body of the text are details of the 200 bootlegs and where to find them by the following artists:

RYAN ADAMS
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
ASWAD
THE BAND
BEATLES (2)
BECK
BELLE & SEBASTIAN
BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE (2)
BLONDIE
DAVID BOWIE (4)
BROADCAST (2)
CALEXICO (3)
CAN
JOHNNY CASH
CAT POWER (3)
THE CLASH (2)
COCTEAU TWINS (2)
LEONARD COHEN
RY COODER
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS (2)
CRAMPS (2)
CRANBERRIES
CREAM
THE CURE
DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
BOB DYLAN (3)
EAGLES
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES (3)
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN (2)
THE FALL
ALI FARKA TOURE & RY COODER
FELT
FLEET FOXES
FLEETWOOD MAC (3)
RORY GALLAGHER (4)
GANG OF FOUR
BETH GIBBONS & RUSTIN MAN
RHIANNON GIDDENS
DAVID GILMOUR (2)
GRATEFUL DEAD (2)
PJ HARVEY (2)
JIMI HENDRIX (2)
THE JAM
JAPAN
THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN (2)
RICKIE LEE JONES
THE KILLS
KRAFTWERK (2)
LAMBCHOP (3)
LED ZEPPELIN (3)
LONE JUSTICE
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
LAURA MARLING
MASSIVE ATTACK
CURTIS MAYFIELD
MAZZY STAR (2)
JOHN MELLENCAMP
MISTY IN ROOTS (2)
JONI MITCHELL
MOGWAI (2)
NEW ORDER (7)
NIRVANA (3)
OUTCASTS
PEARL JAM (3)
PENTANGLE
LEE PERRY & V/A
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS (5)
PIL (2)
PINK FLOYD
PIXIES (2)
ROBERT PLANT (3)
POGUES
IGGY POP
PRIMAL SCREAM
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (2)
RADIOHEAD (4)
BONNIE RAITT
REM (3)
DAVID RODIGAN'S REGGAE SHOW / PRINCE BUSTER SPECIAL
ROLLING STONES
SANTANA
THE STROKES
SIMPLE MINDS
SMASHING PUMPKINS
ELLIOTT SMITH
PATTI SMITH (2)
SONIC YOUTH (2)
SPARKLEHORSE
SCIENTIST MEETS DEVIL DUB
SPECIALS
SPIRITUALIZED (2)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
STEELY DAN
THE STRANGLERS
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS
SUICIDE
DAVID SYLVIAN & ROBERT FRIPP
TEARDROP EXPLODES (2)
TELEVISION (4)
THIN LIZZY
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS (2)
TINARIWEN      
TRIFFIDS
VARIOUS ARTISTS (3)
LAURA VEIRS
TOM VERLAINE (3)
THE VERVE (2)
WAH! HEAT
TOM WAITS
JACK WHITE
THE WHO
LUCINDA WILLIAMS
THE YARDBIRDS
NEIL YOUNG (10) 

      If you would like a copy, it's only £5 GBP via the donate button, you do not require a paypal account. The next edition with 2019's best will also be sent out on completion, during January 2020.

      An audio sampler is available on a preceding post here: Bootleg Promo. The selected tracks are from bootlegs that never made the cut for the final document, but they will give you an idea of the sound quality I look for.

      page samples above

      Thursday, 7 November 2019

      #132 OASIS - Cabaret Metro, Chicago - 1994 (Flac)


      25 years ago Oasis released their debut album 'Definitely Maybe.' To be exact on the 29th of August, 1994. Prior to this they had released three singles, all in 1994, Supersonic, Shakermaker and Live Forever, which was the first to break into the top ten of the UK singles chart. 

      With the music press on board from the beginning, significantly the NME, who had interviewed them in April, just a week before the release of debut single, Supersonic. The band along with rivals Suede and Blur re-ignited a revival of interest in British guitar-based groups, after the dominance of US bands in the early 90's.

      This show highlights a blistering performance taken from their first US tour, just before Tony McCarroll left the band. As was usual for Oasis it was a tour that would not run smoothly, Noel stormed off the tour in California forcing the cancellation of dates in Austin, Kansas, Dallas and Missouri. He finally re-joined the band in Las Vegas and after the show in Los Angeles, Ringo Starr declared that he was "Well impressed".

      This is a perfect live complement of how the band sounded on their ascent to world-wide fame. The complete debut album track-list is performed live, less than two months after its release.  

      Some classic brotherly rivalry is evident as Liam says “This one’s called Up In The Sky!” and Noel retorts “No it’s not, it’s called Bring It On Down!”

      ‘Definitely Maybe' frequently appears in high placings, on the many listings of greatest ever debut releases, which music magazines and web sites are fond of publishing.

      The band:
      Noel Gallagher - Guitar, Vocals
      Liam Gallagher - Vocals, Tambourine
      Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs - Guitar
      Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan - Bass
      Tony McCarroll - Drums


       

      Original notes


      Oasis
      The Cabaret Metro
      Chicago, Illinois, USA
      October 15, 1994

      SBD / Audio courtesy of JBTV / ESK 6805
      Source:  Label Promo > EAC v0.95 beta04 > WAV > mkwACT v0.97b1 > shn > River Past Audio Converter Pro 7.7.1 > FLAC

      01  Rock 'n' Roll Star
      02  Columbia
      03  Fade Away
      04  Digsy's Dinner
      05  Shakermaker
      06  Live Forever
      07  Bring it on Down
      08  Up in the Sky
      09  Slide Away
      10  Cigarettes & Alcohol
      11  Married with Children
      12  Supersonic
      13  I Am the Walrus

      Notes:
      This is from an 'Oasis Live' promo disc that we received here at the radio station in probably late '94 or '95, show is also on boots called 'Ode to the Walrus' , 'Supersonic' and 'Climbing The Sky'.  It's excellent sound from a promo sent from Sony.  Included are scans of the CD itself.  By all accounts it's a complete show





      alternative artwork





      LINK

      Thursday, 31 October 2019

      JOHNNY MARR - KCRW FM Session 2013 (Flac)

      #12 Special Post

      I posted a series of special posts in July (see here) and this should have been included. I finally discovered it on a hard drive and make it available now. It was recorded by the esteemed 'Nibbler' - a Dime regular and provider of many high quality KCRW sessions.

      Original Notes:
      Legendary guitarist for The Smiths, Johnny Marr recently performed several classics plus some of his new songs in the intimate setting of Apogee Studio. KCRW FM broadcast highlights from the evening on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

      JOHNNY MARR
      KCRW FM Radio Session
      Broadcast on Monday November 18, 2013  


      Session recorded at the Apogee Studio, Los Angeles Ca. 
      Monday November 4, 2013


      01. Intro
      02. Upstarts
      03. Sun And Moon
      04. New Town Velocity
      05. Lockdown
      06. Interview
      07. The Messenger
      08. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths)
      09. Bigmouth Strikes Again (The Smiths)
      10. How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths)

      Lineage: FM > Onkyo HT-R520 > Analog Out (RCA Plugs) > Phone Jacks In >
      Zoom H4n @ 16bit - 44.1 KHz > USB-2 > CD WAVE Tracking > TLH Checksums Flac.8)

       Notes:
      A pre-recorded and edited session, the band is in great form

      Johnny Marr - Vocals / Guitar 
      James Doviak - Guitar / Keys 
      Iwan Gronow - Bass
      Jack Mitchell - Drums

      LINK



      There are some brilliant photos from the show with an interview here:
      http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/2013/11/photos-johnny-marr-live-on-kcrw/

      #132 will follow soon, a live show from a band on their first tour of the US, playing tracks from a classic debut album that was released 25 years ago.

      Sunday, 8 September 2019

      #131 DAVID BOWIE - BBC 50th Birthday Broadcast 1997 (Flac)


      David Bowie celebrates his half century, an unlikely looking event after he had hit rock bottom in the mid 70's, barely coherent, stick thin and lost in a haze of drug addiction. Yet the spark of creativity would burn bright as he released a searing series of albums, Station to Station (1976), Low (1977), Heroes (1977), Lodger (1979), Scary Monsters (1980) and the massive selling Let's Dance (1983), hitting another commercial peak ten years after becoming one of the biggest UK rock stars on the planet. 

      BBC Radio 1 FM marked Bowie's 50th birthday with 'Changesnowbowie' an hour-long special that featured exclusive acoustic performances of classic tracks and the man himself answering questions from those he has influenced over the years. Broadcast at 9pm on Wednesday 8th January 1997.

      BBC DJ Mary Ann Hobbs, begins the interview discussing his age and he declares it as an "English thing, this pre-occupation with age." He admits a sense of satisfaction with his life and discusses the alternatives on how it could have turned out.  

      The interview also includes questions and contributions from:
      Robert Smith (The Cure), Ian McCulloch (Echo & the Bunnymen), Brett Anderson (Suede), Bono (U2), Scott Walker, Mick Hucknall (Simply Red), Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys), Damon Albarn (Blur), Sean Ryder (Happy Mondays / Black Grape) & Brian Molko (Placebo). Bowie is genuinely overcome by the tribute from Scott Walker (see track 7).

      The session was recorded on Tuesday 7th January 1997 at Studio Instrumental Rentals Studios, 520 West 25th Street, New York, during rehearsals for the 50th Birthday show that took place at Madison Square Gardens on Thursday 9th January.


      BBC Radio>wav>GoldeWave Edit>CDR>EAC>FLAC

      01. Interview
      02. The Man Who Sold The World (1970)
      03. The Supermen (1970)
      04. Interview
      05. Andy Warhol (1971)
      06. Repetition (1979)
      07. Interview
      08. Lady Stardust (1972)
      09. White Light White Heat (1968, VU cover)
      10. Interview
      11. Shopping For Girls (1991)
      12. Interview
      13. Quicksand (1971)
      14. Aladdin Sane (1973)
      15. Interview
      16. BBC Promo Clip


      'I Can't Read' was performed but omitted from the broadcast. It was aired later on the Mark Goodier show.

      Band:
      David Bowie: Vocals
      Reeves Gabrels: Guitar
      Gail Ann Dorsey: Bass, Vocals
      Mike Garson: Piano
      Zachary Alford: Drums





      LINK 

      Monday, 26 August 2019

      #130 ARCADE FIRE - Capitol Studios, LA. 2013 (flac)

      Capitol Studios
      Los Angeles, CA
      October 28, 2013



      The surrounding area of Capitol Records was coned off and managed by traffic officers all while lines built up, leading into the iconic building’s parking lot. At first glance, it was just a swarm of anxious-looking 20-40 year olds waiting for…something, but only one thing could justify closing the streets of Hollywood during rush hour on a Tuesday evening: Arcade Fire. 

      One of the most talked about bands of the year, on the day their new album was released, performing live in the Capitol Records building. The crowd wore glitter, sequins, and tin foil; true fans didn’t take the album name Reflektor lightly, and the LP being released that day only reinforced enthusiasm to dress up. 

      A few minutes after 6:30pm, a spotlight beamed to the top of the Capitol Records building, well above the stage area, and as people noticed waving hands moving towards the ledge, the members of Arcade Fire each appeared under giant paper mache heads. This got the growing audience excited for the full performance.

      Moving down a few dozen storeys, Arcade Fire took their positions and their instruments and drove straight into “Reflektor.” With a setlist rife with tracks from the new album, the band didn’t hold back on expressing their appreciation for the opportunity to play this special show. Whether it was dancing to the music or getting out of a camera man’s way, everyone was moving or at least nodding to the beat, of this captivating band. Towards the end of the set, confetti shot into the sky, glitter scraps filled the air, creating a temporary curtain that veiled the band before they completed their set after thanking the audience once again.

      An encore was an unexpected surprise for this unique show in such an unprecedented location. The band returned to the stage, even playing “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” from The Suburbs. The confetti, the lights, and the slightly dangerous mirrors taped onto t-shirts and tuxedos all sparkled in the stage lights, but nothing could outshine Arcade Fire’s explosive performance. (Review by Angelica Coron, October 31st, 2013)


      01. Intro
      02. Reflektor
      03. Flashbulb Eyes
      04. Afterlife
      05. Supersymmetry (with Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day' intro & 'Satellite Of Love' outro)
      06. It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
      07. We Exist
      08. You Already Know
      09. Normal Person >
      10. Here Comes The Night Time
      Encore:
      11. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)


      Lineage:
      Source: FM > Sony XDR-F1HD > Sony M10 (16/44)
      Transfer: microSD > Sound Studio > xACT > flac

      Run Time: 63 minutes


      LINK

      Thursday, 25 July 2019

      IGGY POP - KCRW FM Session 2016 (Flac)


      #11 Special Post
      This is the final post in this sequence, #12 Johnny Marr will appear at a later date.


      Iggy Pop is back! 'Post Pop Depression' finds the iconic rocker returning to his Berlin-era swagger,
      with the help of Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age and an all-star group of musicians.
      If you are a fan of QotSA & 'Humbug' era Arctic Monkeys, you will enjoy this.

      IGGY POP
      KCRW Radio Session
      FM Broadcast
      Santa Monica, California.

      Delayed Recording (date unknown)
      Session Recorded at The Village Studio - West Los Angeles CA.
      Aired: March 30, 2016

      Lineage: FM > Onkyo HT-R520 > Analog Out (RCA Plugs) > Phone Jacks In >
      Zoom H4n @ 16bit - 44.1 KHz > USB-2 > CD WAVE Tracking > TLH Checksums Flac.8)

      01. Intro
      02. Break Into Your Heart
      03. Gardenia
      04. American Valhalla
      05. Sunday
      06. German Days
      07. Fall In Love With Me
      08. Repo Man

      The Band:
      Iggy Pop: Lead Vocals
      Josh Homme: Guitar, Vocals
      Dean Fertita: Keys
      Matt Helders: Drums
      Matt Sweeney: Guitar/Bass
      Troy Van Leeuwen: Multi-Instrumentalist



      Notes:
      The DJ announces they pre-recorded the session at The Village Studio, but some sources have said it was Apogee Studios. Clarification welcomed! (Uploaded to Dime by Nibbler 2016)

      LINK

      Fate has a way of putting things into an interesting context. When it was announced that Iggy Pop would be collaborating with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the music press buzzed with anticipation about the project. What would the proto-punk icon and the snarky hard rock smart guy come up with? The surprise answer is, in many respects, 2016's Post Pop Depression, an unwitting but loving tribute to Pop's friend and collaborator David Bowie. Post Pop Depression arrived two months after Bowie's death, and was completed before his health problems became common knowledge. More than anything, though, this music evokes the sound and feel of Pop's first two solo albums. 1977's The Idiot and Lust for Life were cut with Bowie in Germany as Pop struggled to make sense of his life and career after the Stooges collapsed. With the reunited Stooges gone following the deaths of Ron and Scott Asheton.

      Post Pop Depression finds Iggy returning to the work he made in 1977, in ways that count the most. It is smart and thoughtful, intelligent without being pretentious, and full of bold but introspective thinking. While Josh Homme is certainly no David Bowie, he's a skilled musician who challenges Pop in a way many of his previous producers have not.

      The sound of Post Pop Depression occasionally gestures to Bowie's work, with and without Pop, but Homme has given this music a personality of its own. Dark and richly textured, Post Pop Depression puts Pop's craggy but authoritative voice and intelligent tirades front and center. Homme and his rhythm section of Dean Fertita (QotSA & The Dead Weather) and Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) have created strong, muscular backdrops for Pop's lyrics that add to their power. They counter his thoughtful anger with sounds that are rich, cleanly designed, and a successful compliment for the star's work.

      Pop has suggested that this may be his last album, and if that's true, it wraps up his career with a strong and atypical work. It tips its hat to Bowie, but also to the freedom and creative possibilities Pop discovered in their collaborative work. It confirms that Pop has never lost the ability to surprise and upend expectations. In the bitter rant that closes "Paraguay," Pop declares he wants to run away and live as "your basic clod." It's an ironic thought, closing an album that once again proves Pop never was and never will be an ordinary guy.

      Tuesday, 23 July 2019

      AFGHAN WHIGS - Pinkpop Festival 1994 (Flac)

      #10 Special Post

      THE AFGHAN WHIGS
      25th Pinkpop festival
      Draf- en Renbaan Limburg, Landgraaf, The Netherlands
      May 23, 1994

      As mentioned in Bootlegs of the Year, pre-reformation recordings are limited, this short 28-minute portion of the Pinkpop set in 1994 is a rarity and despite its brevity is essential listening. The radio mix is stunning and these tracks could easily be used as extras for a re-issued deluxe set.
      .

      00. Turn On The Water (end only) (0:20)
      01. Be Sweet (4:03)
      02. My World Is Empty Without You [Supremes cover] (5:54)
      03. Debonair (4:47)
      04. What Jail Is Like (3:46)
      05. Who Do You Love? (0:44)
      06. Fountain And Fairfax (3:37)
      07. Rebirth Of The Cool (a.k.a. Miles Iz Ded) (5:37)

      from the Dutch VARA/VPRO/NPS FM radio broadcast, May 23, 1994.

      This recording was aired in two parts (tracks 1-3 live on the air, tracks 4-7 later the same day). The two parts have been mixed together as nice as possible.

      Source and lineage (taped and transferred by Magnix): FM > Tape > WAV > FLAC level 8

      Please note that this is a real FM capture, no cable, but straight from the airwaves. Also, this comes from a tape that was almost 15 years old at the time of transferring. This means that some FM and/or tape anomalies or degeneration may be present. Most has been fixed to the best of my abilities and most of this stuff is of very good quality. In this case, most of this is of excellent quality I think. (Magnix, March 2009)

      Re-uploaded to DIME on April 19, 2017. Another tape from the Magnix Live Archive.

      LINK







      Monday, 15 July 2019

      SONIC YOUTH - Berkeley 1995 (Flac)

      #9 Special Post

      This was part of a compilation that I had put together titled 'Analog Soul' (1985-1995) basically an alternate to 'Walls Have Ears'. It gathered together three of the best short broadcasts by the band in circulation and included the following tracks:

      01. Brave Men Run (4:04) 02. Brother James (3:28) 03. Flower (3:15) from the VPRO Frontline, Radio Hilversum FM b/cast, Holland on April 1, 1985

      04. Come And Smash Me Said The Boy With The Magic Penis* (3:12)  05. Magic Wand* (2:58)
      06. Hallowed Be Thy Name (2:28)  07. Expressway To Yr Skull (4:53)
      from the first John Peel session at BBC Maida Vale Studio, London, England on May 19, 1986.
                             
      08. Washing Machine (10:00) 09. The Diamond Sea (14:03)       
      from Live 105 Green X-Mas: Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA. on December 15, 1995 (KITS Radio FM b/cast)
                     
      To complete it I needed a live or studio session from around 1992 or 1993. I later discovered that tracks 4 & 5 of the Peel session* had been released on the Various Artists compilation 'Nothing Short Of Total War (Part One)' LP & CD (1989). Those were the reasons for it not being finished.

      Nevertheless the stunning performance from Berkeley, the penultimate show on the North American 'Washing Machine' tour, deserves to be heard and is now made available on this special post.

      Information on the previously mentioned bootleg 'Walls Have Ears' is here and further details on locating it are available in Bootlegs of the Year



      Sonic Youth - Live 105 Green X-Mas
      Berkeley Community Theatre, 
      Berkeley, CA.
      15 December, 1995



       
      01. Washing Machine (10:00)
      02. The Diamond Sea (14:03)
      03. KITS radio interview (6:34)

      No EQ, normalization or processing.  Tracks/labels created in Audacity. 
      The interview took place prior to their set, with Thurston.

       Source:  FM  > Sony STR-D711 > Sony DTC-690 (LP Mode) > DAT Master (LP)
      Transfer: DAT Master (LP) > Tascam DA-20 > Pioneer PDR-509 > CDR > Audacity > FLAC8

      LINK

      Sonic Youth began releasing recordings of old shows as part of an ongoing live archival program in  the closing months of 2018. Drummer Steven Shelley said

      “Through the years and as the times changed we recorded our live shows as often as we could, on cassettes, DATs, CD-Rs and later on multi-track recorders. We now maintain an archive of hundreds of hours of Sonic Youth oncerts and we’d like to share some of our favorites.”

      These are available on the Sonic Youth official site via the Concert Archive tab. 12 shows are currently available dating from 1987 to 2011.


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