Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Bootlegs of the Year 2015-18



I have received many emails enquiring as to where the original 100 bootlegs documented on site can be found (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 found at. Although it concentrates on the best bootlegs I have downloaded in the last four years, the same sites and addresses mentioned are where most of the bootlegs included in the 100 greatest bootlegs listing originated from.

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


The selections for the 100 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. It includes some that could easily stake a place for being included in that early list. In fact some will appear in the current Alternate 100. 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. 

      An audio sampler is available on a preceding post (see 29 December 2017). 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

      6 comments:

      1. A great document, well laid out, very informative--great work!

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        1. Many thanks KC.
          I'm sure you will find some absolute gems using the included info.

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      2. Thanks so much for this awesome work.

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        1. Hi IM,
          If you look at the bottom of the post, just after the list of artists included. Cheers

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