Wednesday, 22 September 2010

My new interest: Bootleg recordings

So, lately I've been more and more interested in bootleg recordings particially from The Beatles. Now you might "well, bootleg recordings? what are those?" And that is exactly what this short post is going to explain.

A bootleg recording is an audio and or video recording of a performance that was not officially released by the artist, or under other legal authority. Meaning these things are there for the taking. 
I think it is very interesting to listen to some of the earlier takes and bits of popular songs, be it Beatles songs or just other well known songs, and apparently a lot of other people does as well, so there is a lot of bootlegging material around, which is great!
 

As for The Beatles, a LOT of bootleg material is available, let's take a look at some of the officially released bootleg material (as in, you can't pirate these!).
During the timespan of 1994-1996 the Anthology albums were released, a 6 disc set with early recordings and takes of many of the more popular songs. Another release was Live at the BBC, recordings from some performances at the radio.
 
Bootlegging has been taking place way before that, the decca audition tapes were around in the late 70's, a bootleg album containing songs from the Get Back sessions(The sessions, which provided the material for the Let It Be album) were circulating in 1969, before the actual Let It Be album was released (8th of May 1970).
 
A lot of bootleg material has surfaced the last couple of years, and have been spread all over the internet. So my next few posts will be about some of these bootleg albums and will possibly include means of getting hand on these recordings. 

Stay tuned for more.
Cheers!

18 comments:

  1. Interesting stuff, you learn something new everyday

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  2. Wouldn't mind hearing some of them.

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  3. Informative post bro. Look forward to more :D

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  5. Can't pirate these? I accept your challenge

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  6. Bootlegs are cool :) I have many from various other artists I listen to

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  7. Would also like to listen to some rare stuff.

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  8. i looove the beetles too. and i got a bunch of bootleg tool stuff for this girl i dated once

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  9. man I need more bootleg recordings of the beatles. I'm overlistening to the studio albums too much!

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  10. I will bow down to you if you find some good bootleg beatle albums..

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  11. I fucking love the Beatles i'm supporting hope you do the same ;D

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