bootleg Archive

The Beatles, Bootlegs, Artificial Intelligence and ‘Rockin’ Roxburgh’

I’m a lifelong Beatles fan. I discovered Meet the Beatles in my parents’ otherwise kinda-square record collection and was knocked out. That would have been in the late ‘60s, right […]

A Look Back at ‘Redd Blood Cells’

This is the third of three non-overlapping Redd Kross features. Enjoy. — bk Way back in 2001, the White Stripes were riding high with the release of their third album, […]

Album Review: Flamin’ Groovies — Live 1971 San Francisco

One could be forgiven for thinking that the Flamin’ Groovies visited our planet from another time and or/dimension. Their music has been resolutely out of step with prevailing trends. Which […]

Album Review: The Move — Live at the Fillmore 1969

Here’s another case of a long-circulating bootleg finding official release (see also: yesterday’s review of an Iron Butterfly live set). The Move were big in the UK, but went largely […]

Album Review: Iron Butterfly — Live at the Galaxy 1967

There’s been a spate of previously-unreleased live albums released of late; this week I’m focusing on five of them. The first, a 1975 set by Magma, offered way-out music and […]

Album Review: Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band — Live From Harpo’s 1980

The late Captain Beefheart is one of those rare creatures. The casual music fan is unfamiliar with his name; a subset of those who know of him have actually heard […]

DVD Review: Happening ’68 Vols. 1-3 (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… The aforementioned Aretha Franklin segment is of particular interest, as it shows the off-the-cuff nature of the program. As Lindsay is discussing the soul singer’s career […]

DVD Review: Happening ’68 Vols. 1-3 (Part One)

Though it’s often forgotten today, in the mid 1960s, Paul Revere and the Raiders were just about the most prominent rock’n’roll band in popular culture. Sure, The Beatles had their […]

Album Review: Alex Chilton – Electricity by Candlelight

Bootlegs or ROIOs* or fan recordings: however one wishes to label them, they play an often important and unappreciated part in documenting musical history. As Clinton Heylin explains in his […]

Bootleg Bin: Guided by Voices – 09-03-02 Case Western Reserve University

Here’s a thick slab of irony. These kings of the lo-fi aesthetic have released a myriad collection of studio and live discs, and their general approach to recording betrays an […]