A direct line to our glory days...

A direct line to our glory days...
Authored By John Nicholson
I want to talk about those radio broadcasts that seem to be appearing a lot now and killing the market for bootlegs. What’s the deal with them? I’m guessing the recording is out of copyright or some such. They’re bought up and often pressed onto coloured vinyl

Naturally I have a few and they’re excellent, some are quite delicious double 10”. I bet they don’t sell many. Some say they’re restricted to 500 and have been on sale for 10 years. I suppose there aren’t many people who want an old Rush show from the Hemispheres tour.

Niche interest they may be, but for old geezers like us, they’re a direct line to our glory days and to tours we may have seen. Thank God someone releases them because most bands don’t bother. There will be little or no money in doing so, which is probably why they don’t bother. But a label which releases a lot, has a chance to sell enough across them all to turn a profit.

I have the Rush one on sky blue vinyl - 252 of 2000, the whole of La Villa Strangiato occupies side 3 and a Grateful Dead one from 1989 which is very like Without A Net, a mid-70s Bruce Springsteen, an early 70s Steve Miller Band and The New Riders Of The Purple Sage with Jerry Garcia from 1973 and a recording of Michael Schenker Group from 1980. Soundwise they’re a throwback to all those live shows I recorded off the radio, in that they’re like an FM broadcast. Lovely.

I would love an early 70s Mountain recording, but I’ve not seen one yet. It seems likely that you can get a majority of your favourite artist live shows. Back when I was a teenager, this was what I wanted. Which is why I bought bootlegs. I never understood bands opposition as it was only fans like me who wanted live show recordings. I’d love a copy, if one is available, of Led Zeppelin at Kezar Stadium in 1973. The boot is wild.

These are being pressed for us, for our generation, the least we can do is add them to our library.

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