Favorite Bootleg Recording(s)

The music category has been in need of bootleg thread for the longest time and it’s finally here. Please post some of your favorites. How better to get thing started then with some NRBQ.

This one is so bootleg that it doesn’t even have track names or cover art! Digitized from low generation cassette tape sourced from the soundboard master.

Some homemade cover art:

And a set list:
101. Organ Intro 5:04 (8.5MB)
102. Instrumental 4:44 (8.0MB)
103. Hush Oh Hush 3:55 (6.6MB)
104. Just Ain’t Fair 2:59 (5.0MB)
105. This Love Is True 2:51 (4.8MB)
106. Goin’ To A Party 3:26 (5.8MB)
107. Fraction Of Action 3:34 (6.0MB)
108. A Better Word For Love 2:56 (4.9MB)
109. 4 Million BC 2:32 (4.3MB)
110. I Want You Bad 2:24 (4.0MB)
111. 12 Bar Blues 4:50 (8.1MB)
112. Spampinato 5:11 (8.7MB)
113. Little Bit Of Bad 3:30 (5.9MB)
114. Jump Man Jump 4:12 (7.1MB)
115. You Can’t Change People 1:42 (2.9MB)
116. That’s Neat That’s Nice 2:54 (4.9MB)
117. Wild Weekend 5:01 (8.4MB)
201. Want You To Feel Good Too 5:26 (9.1MB)
202. Little Floater 3:30 (5.9MB)
203. Santa’s Birthday 1:39 (2.8MB)
204. And When She Smiles 2:17 (3.8MB)
205. Girls Scout Cookies 3:04 (5.2MB)
206. 300 Pounds Of Joy 4:04 (6.8MB)
207. If I Don’t Have You 2:25 (4.1MB)
208. Nothing’s Wrong With Me 4:04 (6.8MB)
209. Whistle While You Work 3:30 (5.9MB)
210. In Walked Bud 5:48 (9.7MB)
211. Rain At The Drive-in 2:59 (5.0MB)
212. Crazy Like A Fox 4:17 (7.2MB)
213. Ain’t It Alright 4:16 (7.2MB)
214. Definition Of Love 4:25 (7.4MB)
215. Ridin’ In My Car 3:05 (5.2MB)
216. Christmas Wish 2:34 (4.3MB)
217. Get Rhythm 3:57 (6.6MB)
218. God Bless Us All 2:15 (3.8MB)


Sonic Youth, Walls Have Ears


Originally contemplated by the band, they decided against releasing it, but Blast First (Sonic Youth’s label back then) released it anyway. When SY found out, it was withdrawn. 2000 numbered copies or so were sold, but there are unnumbered copies and so there seem to be more in existence (plus later bootlegs of the bootleg). Mine seems to be the original but, unfortunately, is unnumbered - though I’m glad to have it at all :slight_smile:

Despite the shady release and understandable annoyance of the band, it’s good that this document exists, probably their best very early (1985) live recordings at their most ferocious.


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Excellent! Exactly the kind of post I was hoping for. Thanks!


Fruit Child Large was a short-lived fun project by Howe Gelb and John Convertino of Giant Sand (and John later founding Calexico), Evan Dando of Lemonheads, Juliana Hatfield (at the time with Blake Babies). At this gig joined by Hans Platzgumer (a local hero in Vienna who nearly made it big with H.P. Zinker :wink: ). FCL mainly played Giant Sand and Blake Babies song.

Taped off the mixing desk at WUK, Vienna, on a truly memorably night.
Cover graphic stolen from a poster for a different FCL show that I found online.


So if Roon “identifies” the recording is it still a bootleg? :joy: :+1:

Really not a fair question since many of the Grateful Dead bootlegs (and a hand full of other bootlegs) can be identified by Roon, but only if Roon really likes you.

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The FCL? It’s “Unidentified”

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I currently have 2889 albums maintained by Roon.
It identifies 5 as bootlegs.

I can name 15 bands off the top of my head I have bootlegs of.

I have trust issues when it comes to what is identified.

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This is my favourite Prince bootleg. Recorded in Holland on the 1988 Lovesexy tour, this is one of Prince’s many infamous aftershow gigs. An amazing performance!


From my info.txt file (which Roon isn’t able to read or show):

Yo Miles!
Fillmore Auditorium
San Francisco, CA

SBD->48kDAT Master->48kDAT->ZA2/resample->CDR->EAC->SHN

This show was originally released by Henry Kaiser to www.philzone.com as a tree seed.
You couldn’t ask for a better sounding recording, aside from it also being one of the most amazing
and intense concerts I have ever seen…

Disc I

  1. Intro by Henry Kaiser
  2. Hollywood/Big Fun
  3. Moja-NNE
  4. Wadada and Karl duo →
  5. Right Off (Funk Line) →
  6. Right Off (J.J. Shuffle Rhythm) →
  7. Yesternow →
  8. Corrado

Disc II

  1. Drums/Percussion Jam →
  2. Bitches Brew
  3. Sax Quartet: Little Church/Sivad →
  4. Agharta Prelude
  5. Calypso Frelimo →
  6. Star People →
  7. Calypso Frelimo

Disc III

  1. Jam →
  2. Miles Dewey Davis III-Great Ancestor
  3. Improv Jam →
  4. Black Satin
  5. Manring Solo/Nefertiti →
  6. Ife →
  7. Great Expectations →
  8. Maiysha →
  9. Ife
  10. Wili (For Dave)

Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet
Henry Kaiser - guitar
Michael Manring - bass
Chris Muir - guitar
Steve Kimock - guitar
Bruce Ackley - sax**
Steve Adams - sax**
Jon Raskin - sax**
Larry Ochs - sax**
Tom Coster - keyboard
Steve Smith - drums
Karl Perazzo - percussion

**-Rova Sax Quartet

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Convert it to pdf and it will. A little annoying that it can’t display a simple txt, but at least you can get around it that way

Didn’t think I’d ever meet someone who knows of Henry Kaiser :slight_smile: :+1:

I have well over 20,000 info.txt files os I think it would be easier to get Roon to read and show simple text files than for me to convert all my info.txt files to PDFs. :grin:

Hey just because I’m not from San Francisco doesn’t mean I don’t know about HK

A few bootlegs in that Kaiser collection:
This is a fine sounding audience recording:

A few soundboards:

Henry Kaiser Live at Fukuoka Dome (August 27, 1994)

Greatest Story Ever Told
Queen Jane Approximately
Little Red Rooster
Playing In the Band >
Baba O’Riley >
Tomorrow Never Knows >
All Along the Watchtower >
Turn On Your Lovelight
Encore: One More Saturday Night

Special K and the Cereal Killers

Henry Kaiser - guitar
Bob Weir - guitar & lead vocals
Bobby Vega - fender bass
Prairie Prince - drums
Vince Welnick - keyboards, vocals
Ray Woodbury - backup vocals on Queen Jane Approximately
Bill Murray - backup vocals on One More Saturday Night

Henry Kaiser-Glenn Phillips Band
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Source: Soundboard DAT tape from Henry Kaiser

Lineage: Master SBD>Apogee DAT 125 tape>Sony 670>Optical cable>Sound Forge Pro 10.0
(record (24/96)/edits/resample)>CDWave>TLH>FLAC Level 8

Obtained from: Henry Kaiser
Transferred By: Calculus
Edited By: Calculus

Line Up:
Henry Kaiser - guitar
Glenn Phillips - guitar
Gary Lambert - bass, vocals
Mark McQuade Crawford - drums

Special guests:
Steve Kimock - guitar
Greg Gumble - guitar, vocals
The Sundials - vocals

d1t01. Blue Moose
d1t02. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
d1t03. I’m Not Crying
d1t04. Dark Star >
d1t05. If 6 Were 9 >
d1t06. Jam
d1t07. If You’re Gone #
d1t08. Pacific Ocean Blues #
d1t09. Instrumental
d1t10. Cobra
d1t11. Sally Go’Round The Roses %
d1t12. Lenore
d2t01. Jam > *#
d2t02. Cortez The Killer *#
d2t03. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
d2t04. The Other Side Of This Life *#

This is the 16/44.1 version

Credits: Thanks Henry for sharing your work.

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This is rather easy to script - traverse the directory tree and for every txt that is found convert it to pdf. There are free tools to do this (http://www.eprg.org/pdfcorner/text2pdf/) and plenty instructions online for how to use Windows or Mac scripts to traverse a directory tree an run a program for files meeting specific criteria (e.g., named “info.txt”). (Have a backup before you run anything)

But yes Roon should be able to find txt files, it’s not hard to at least display a link and open them with the default txt reader, just like it does for pdfs

It was a compliment, you are the first person I met to know about him :slight_smile:

One would think that being able to view simple text files shouldn’t be all that difficult. For some reason or other Team Roon doesn’t go after all the low hanging fruit but instead aims much higher.

No offense taken. As you can see I’ve been a Kaiser fan for many years. The French, Frith, Kaiser, Thompson recordings from the late 1980s were some my are still among the highlights from that dismal time in rock music history. Here’s a soundboard bootleg of French, Frith, Kaiser, Thompson:


There are some excellent data sources for live concert recording metadata on the internet. I have long wished that Roon would incorporate them OR give us an API for feeding the data into Roon central. For example. deadlists.com or GDSets.com for the Grateful Dead. A lot of popular bands have similar sites. archive.org has tons of live concert recording (I hesitate to call them bootlegs since they are authorized). setlist.fm etree.org, etc, etc, etc.

Two of my favorite bootlegs are Van Morrison: Pacific High Studios 1971 and Tom Waits: FolkScene KPFK. Both sound really good and are unique performances.

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With Yusef Lateef

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Speaking of Tom Waits here is one of my favorite Tom Waits bootlegs:

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I have seen Godspeed many times, but this performance of Dead Metheny in particular is so dialed in, even compared to the movement on Provedence on f#a#oo, that I personally find it breathtaking

Edit: didn’t realize the link would embed. The whole thing is at archive.org /details/gybe2003-05-14.shnf/gybe2003-05-14d1t03.shn

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Crystal clear soundboard recording from a Lovesexy after show in the Netherlands…



Coincidentally I posted this bootleg earlier in the thread. Great album.

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