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Bootleg Bonanza: David Gans & Vince Welnick - Dead to the World (03/12/99)

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David Gans & Vince Welnick
KPFA - 91.4 FM
Studios, Berkeley, CA

What’s Your Name? Interview
Emporor’s Suit
Smoke Gets in Your Eye
A Day In The Life
Love Me Two Times>
Crystal Ship
Cosmic Charlie

Kashmir is performed by Missing Man Formation. Crystal Ship is Vince only. All other songs are both Gans & Welnick.

This is the very first bootleg I ever received on CD. I had been collecting for a few years, but prior to this I was using cassette tape. Relatively prior to this everyone was using tape. The introduction of affordable, readily available CD burners was revolutionary to the bootleg world. It is difficult to overstate that fact.

If you can remember cassette tapes had a great capacity for losing fidelity when being dubbed to another tape. More than about 5 generations out from the master source and the music became unlistenable. Thus it was really important to get shows that high at high level generation. So, important, in fact, that there was a great deal of snobbery in the trading world. People with high generations would often not trade with others who only had low gen copies, or small lists, or not-top-of-the-line equipment, or anything really. It was really obnoxious.

But with CD burning technology the playing field was leveled. You could not get an exact copy of the originally recorded concert no matter how many generations out you were. It was awesome.

You have to also remember that CDs were not new technology, they had been out for years and most people had long dumped cassette players. The newness was the ability for average Joe to burn his own CDs. Suddenly bootleggers could start playing the concerts in the car, at the office and everywhere else they had CD players and had dumped the old cassette technology.

Again, it was awesome.

It was late 1999 and I had just purchased a computer with a CD burner. I was still trying to figure out the technology but was very interested in moving up from tape trader to CD trader. Having 0 bootlegs on CD I wasn’t sure where or how to start. I kept my eyes out for freebies or B+P offers and it just so happens that this one came up so I jumped on it.

I’m not a huge Welnick fan and this show isn’t particularly wonderful, but it holds a special place in my heart. It isn’t bad, mind you, the sound quality is good and if you are a fan of either Welnick or Gans its worth getting. There is some interesting interview material with the last Grateful Dead keyboard player, and some fun playing. For me though, it will always be the start of something wonderful.

Bootleg Bonanza: The Other Ones - Hartford, CT (11/22/02)

Download MP3@320kps: Part I, Part II, Part III

The Other Ones
Hartford Civic Center
Hartford, CT

Set I
Feel Like a Stranger*
Dire Wolf*
Only the Strange Remain*
Black-Throated Wind > Eyes of the World* >
New Speedway Boogie* >
Mason’s Children
Set II
Unbroken Chain >
Big Boss Man* >
Casey Jones >
Help on the Way >
Slipknot! >
Drums >
Space >
Knockin on Heaven’s Door* >
Jam >
Hard to Handle* >
Slipknot! >
Franklin’s Tower*
E: Truckin*

*-with Susan Tedeschi

Paul McCartney Performs “Scrambled Eggs” On Jimmy Fallon

Bootleg Bonanza: Sam Bush - Louisville, KY (09/21/02)

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Sam Bush Band
Slugger Field
Louisville, KY

Soundboard > Benchmark AD2K >Digigram VX-Pocket V2 > Sound Forge 5.0 >24bit/48k PCM.WAV > Sony Vaio PCG-C1VSX/K>MP3

01 Star Spangled Banner >
02 Watson Allman
03 Eight More Miles To Louisville
04 They’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone
05 Lively Up Yourself >
06 Is This Love
07 Band Introductions
08 It Ain’t No Trouble To me
09 Mahavishnu Mountain Boys
10 Howlin’ At The Moon
11 Lee Highway Blues

Bootleg Bonanza: Phil Lesh & Friends - Berkely, CA (09/24/94)

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Phil Lesh & Friends
Berkeley Community Theater
Berkeley, CA

SBD > DAT(s) > CDR>MP3

Walkin’ Blues
Lazy River Road
K.C. Moan
Dupree’s Diamond Blues
Childhood’s End
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Attics Of My Life
Cassidy >
Bird Song >
Throwing Stones*

Acoustic Show

* - First And Only Time Played Acoustic

Phil Lesh - Electric Bass, Vocals
Jerry Garcia - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Bob Weir - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Vince Welnick - Grand Piano, Vocals

I think this is the first Phil & Friends ever. Actually it is really the Grateful Dead minus the drummers and I think the just called it Phil and Friends as a joke. It was for some benefit or another. It is also a very fun, laid back show.

Bootleg Bonanza: The Grateful Dead - San Francisco (11/19/66)

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Grateful Dead
Fillmore Auditorium
San Francisco, CA

Set I
Hi-Heel Sneakers
Pain In My Heart
Cold Rain & Snow
Beat It On Down The Line
Cream Puff War
The Same Thing
He Was A Friend Of Mine
Set II
Smokestack Lightning->
I’m A King Bee
Midnight Hour

A Milestone, Sort-Of

In order to keep my bootlegs semi-organize I store (most of) them in those big CD books with the plastic sleeves that you can buy at Wal-Mart or whatever. When I first started uploading the shows (I just looked it up and my first upload was October 6, 2008 so I’ve been doing this just over two years!) I did so randomly. I flipped through my iTunes and found something interesting and uploaded it. At first the uploading was slow (I did three during that first month in October, three more in November, and zero in December.) As I picked up the pace I still did so randomly.

For a long time I simply went through my iTunes looking for shows I hadn’t uploaded, or that I had recently downloaded, periodically supplementing with disks I had recently listened to and enjoyed. The randomness stayed random until just a few weeks ago when I finally started going through the bootlegs systematically. I started with the first book I had bought for organizational purposes and started on page one. Ripping and uploading every show that I had not already uploaded before.

Well, this evening I will be uploading the last disk in that first book.

Fear not, dear bootleg lover, I have three more books to go through (one of which is really the size of two regular ones) plus a couple of unsorted spindles and a briefcase full of Grateful Dead. I also regularly torrent new shows and receive vines in the mail.

In reality this bit of a milestone has no effect on you guys at all. I’ll still be uploading shows like always. I find it interesting, that’s all. To date I’ve uploaded over 800 shows which I think is pretty cool. While there are still plenty more to go having gone through an entire book gives me a little bit of pause. When I started uploading shows it was out of fun. I liked bootlegs, had been collecting for years, and had even started writing about them on this blog so I thought I would share. I never intended it to become the all encompassing adventure that it now is. These days it is pretty much the only thing I do on this blog anymore.

It is still tons of fun and it is amazing how many people come here and download shows, and comment, and complain. I appreciate every bit of it. However, having gone through one book I know that eventually I’ll make it through the others, and the spindles, and even all the Grateful Dead. At that time I’ll still be adding in shows that I’ve newly received, but I suspect things will have to eventually slow down.

What does any of this mean? Nothing, really. It just knocked me off guard to actually get through a book and made me look at all the shows I’ve uploaded and see how the sites changed.

Some day I’ll get back to actually writing things instead of just uploading music, but until then this sure is a fun way to keep me busy.

Daily Bootleg Links: Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard - Austin Texas 1997, Elton John (11/26/72), Portishead - Live Current TV 2008

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
Austin Texas 1997
Download MP3@Beehive Candy

Elton John
St. Petersburg, FL
Download MP3@Nathan’s Rock Moat

Live Current TV 2008
Download@D&Ps Bootleg Tunz World

Bootleg Bonanza: Jerry Garcia & David Grisman - Mill Valley, CA (12/17/90)

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Garcia & Grisman
The Sweetwater
Mill Valley, CA

The Thrill Is Gone
When First Unto This Country
Grateful Dawg
Spring In California
Off To Sea Once More
So What?
Two Soldiers
Dawg’s Waltz
Russian Lullaby

Garcia & Grisman. This is a complete show and was the first Garcia/Grisman show

Bootleg Bonanza: James Taylor - Harvard University (04/25/70)

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James Taylor
Sanders Theatre
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Fire and Rain
Carolina in My Mind
Riding on a Railroad
Isn’t It Nice to be Home Again
With a Little Help From My Friends
Anywhere Like Heaven
I’m a Man
Carolina on My Mind
Brighten Your Night With My Day
Sunny Skies
Hallelujah, I Love Her So
Oh, Susanna
Sweet Baby James
Fire and Rain
Sunshine Sunshine
Diamond in the Rough

This show is screwy, and I don’t know why. I’ve had the CD for too long to remember the ins and outs of why it is screwy. The track listing almost matches what it say on Etree but they are out of order. After the intro (which is track 5) it mostly goes like the show is supposed to go, although the final song is obviously a different recording. What I’m really saying is that I have no idea whether or not these songs are actually from the show I’m saying their from. Either way its still a good collection of songs.

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