Monday, 22 October 2018

Best Bootlegs 2015-17



Since the loss of the links in 2016 (see Downloads box on top right-hand side panel). I have received many emails inquiring as to where the original 100 bootlegs documented on site can be found. 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 three years, the sites and addresses mentioned are where I obtained most of the bootlegs included in the original 100 greatest bootlegs blog listing.

The 150 best bootlegs available via internet download 2015-17
3 years - 91 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 2017. 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 three 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 2017 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 help you find instantly 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 ninety-one artists featured, then I can confidently state that you will definitely enjoy the bootlegs that have been chosen.



The PDF document comprises:
  • 88 pages A4
  • Word count 50,454
  • 150 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

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. Further details include:

  • Complete track listings
  • Track timings
  • Informative comments about each bootleg.
  • Index

Included in the main body of the text are details of the 150 bootlegs and where to find them by the following artists:
  •     RYAN ADAMS
  •     ASWAD
  •     THE BAND
  •     BEATLES (2)
  •     BECK
  •     BELLE & SEBASTIAN
  •     BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE
  •     BLONDIE
  •     DAVID BOWIE (4)
  •     BROADCAST (2)
  •     CALEXICO (2)
  •     JOHNNY CASH
  •     COCTEAU TWINS (2)
  •     LEONARD COHEN
  •     ELVIS COSTELLO
  •     CRAMPS (2)
  •     CRANBERRIES
  •     CREAM
  •     THE CURE
  •     DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
  •     BOB DYLAN (2)
  •     STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES (3)
  •     ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
  •     THE FALL
  •     FELT
  •     FLEET FOXES
  •     FLEETWOOD MAC (3)
  •     RORY GALLAGHER (3)
  •     GANG OF FOUR
  •     RHIANNON GIDDENS
  •     DAVID GILMOUR (2)
  •     GRATEFUL DEAD (2)
  •     PJ HARVEY (2)
  •     JIMI HENDRIX (2)
  •     THE JAM
  •     JAPAN
  •     THE KILLS
  •     KRAFTWERK (2)
  •     LAMBCHOP (3)
  •     LED ZEPPELIN
  •     LONE JUSTICE
  •     LAURA MARLING
  •     CURTIS MAYFIELD
  •     MAZZY STAR (2)
  •     JOHN MELLENCAMP
  •     MISTY IN ROOTS (2)
  •     MOGWAI (2)
  •     NEW ORDER (6)
  •     NIRVANA (2)
  •     OUTCASTS
  •     PEARL JAM (3)
  •     PENTANGLE
  •    TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS (4)
  •     PIL (2)
  •     PINK FLOYD
  •     PIXIES (2)
  •     POGUES
  •     IGGY POP
  •     PRIMAL SCREAM
  •     QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (2)
  •     RADIOHEAD (3)
  •     BONNIE RAITT
  •     REM (3)
  •     ROLLING STONES
  •     SANTANA
  •     SIMPLE MINDS
  •     PATTI SMITH (2)
  •     SMASHING PUMPKINS
  •     SONIC YOUTH
  •     SPARKLEHORSE
  •     SPECIALS
  •     SPIRITUALIZED
  •     BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
  •     STEELY DAN
  •     THE STRANGLERS
  •     JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS
  •     SUICIDE
  •     DAVID SYLVIAN
  •     TELEVISION (3)
  •     THIN LIZZY
  •     GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS (2)
  •     TINARIWEN
  •     TRIFFIDS
  •     TOM VERLAINE (3)
  •     TOM WAITS
  •     LUCINDA WILLIAMS
  •     THE WHO
  •     VARIOUS ARTISTS (2)
  •     THE VERVE (2)
  •     THE YARDBIRDS
  •     NEIL YOUNG (8)
    If you would like a copy, it's only £5 GBP via the donate button, you do not require a paypal account. I'm currently working on a updated and revised edition to be titled 'Bootlegs of the Year' (2015-18). It will also be sent out on completion. 
    An audio sampler is available on a preceding post (see 29 December). Those tracks are from bootlegs that never made the final list, but they will give you an idea of the sound quality I look for.

    page samples above

    4 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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