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Led Zeppelin – White Summer

Posted: June 30, 2015 in Vinyl
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This is another Led Zeppelin bootleg, which is entitled White Summer. There are multiple boots with the identical track listing/songs/audio source, but under different titles and with different covers obviously. One of those other boots is entitled One Night Stand (which I also have and there is a post for it found here -), and the other boot has no title listed anywhere. The audio source is soundboard recording from the band’s show at the Playhouse Theater in London on June 27, 1969, which was for the BBC “In Concert” Broadcast.

As far as I know this was pressed on two colors, white and red, and was released on the label Swingin’ Pig. There are only six songs on it, here is the track listing

Side A:

  1. Communication Breakdown
  2. I Can’t Quit You Baby
  3. Dazed & Confused
  4. White Summer / Black Mountain Side

Side B:

  1. You Shook Me
  2. How Many More Times

Sound quality on this is superb. It’s up there with some of the best bootlegs I’ve heard. The performance is great, it’s a great set list (for the portion of the show on this bootleg) and there is little to no distortion, feedback or mixing issues to be found. I would strongly recommend picking this bootleg up if you’re a Zeppelin fan. White Summer is essentially the same boot as another boot I have, One Night Stand. If you have a choice pick up this one, White Summer, instead of One Night Stand. White Summer sounds much better.

Led Zeppelin - White Summer - Copy

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Led Zeppelin – One Night Stand

Posted: June 30, 2015 in Vinyl
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This is another Led Zeppelin bootleg, which is entitled One Night Stand. There are multiple boots with the identical track listing/songs/audio source, but under different titles and with different covers obviously. One of those other boots is entitled White Summer (which I also have and there is a post for it found here -), and the other boot has no title listed anywhere. The audio source is soundboard recording from the band’s show at the Playhouse Theater in London on June 27, 1969, which was for the BBC “In Concert” Broadcast.

As far as I know this was only pressed on green vinyl, and had no label identification, which is not unusual for boots. There are only six songs on it, here is the track listing

Side A:

  1. Communication Breakdown
  2. I Can’t Quit You Baby
  3. Dazed & Confused
  4. White Summer / Black Mountain Side

Side B:

  1. You Shook Me
  2. How Many More Times

The sound quality on this version featuring this track listing lacks compared to White Summer. Something about it is just off, whether it’s from the audio source used (could be a different source entirely or poorer recording quality than the other versions) or the pressing process of this boot (test pressing quality could have been ignored since it’s a bootleg). If you’re going to buy one of these bootlegs with this track listing, definitely don’t make it this one.

Now even with that said, this bootleg on its own does not sound all that bad. It’s just bad by comparison. If I had my choice I would choose White Summer all day long if it wanted to listen to this BBC Session. But One Night Stand is still an enjoyable listen.

Led Zeppelin - One Night Stand - Copy


This is a Led Zeppelin bootleg released in 2012 entitled Dazed And Confused. It was pressed on two confirmed colors; blue and red. There is also a cover variant for this, which has a white background with a black silhouette drawing of the band with red lettering. This main version has a black background with an actual photo of the band with white lettering. This version is has no label identification anywhere to be found, while the other version (white jacket) has markings trying to pass it off as an official Atlantic Records release. They even go as far as imitating the Atlantic center labels on the record, but use the wrong color scheme in doing so.

The track listing between the two versions is the same. The songs are taken from the band’s 1969 BBC Session, and is 10 tracks long. Tracks 1-3 on the A-side and the entire B-side are from the show Top Gear. Tracks 4-6 on the A-side are from the show Tasty Pop Sundae. Here is the track listing:

Side A:

  1. You Shook Me
  2. I Can’t Quit You Baby
  3. Dazed & Confused
  4. Communication Breakdown
  5. The Girl I Love
  6. Somethin’ Else

Side B:

  1. What Is And What Should Never Be
  2. Communication Breakdown
  3. Travelling Riverside Blues
  4. Whole Lotta Love

Tracks 1-3 on the A-side sound fantastic. It rivals legit pressings of studio albums, let alone legit releases of live albums. Those tracks are probably from the sound board, and they are all from the same BBC Session, which also helps. The rest of the A-side does not sound anywhere close as good as the first three songs. Out of all the songs on this boot, tracks 4-6 on the A-side are the worst sounding.

Led Zeppelin - Dazed & Confused - Copy


One of the more confusing Led Zeppelin bootlegs has multiple different variations/versions spanning format, title, track listing, vinyl color and cover. The version I have is entitled Paris Theatre 1971, is a single LP with a red cover and is pressed on red vinyl. It has no label acknowledgments. Here is the track listing for the version I am writing about:

Side A:

  1. Immigrant Song
  2. Heartbreaker
  3. Since I’ve Been Loving You
  4. Black Dog

Side B:

  1. Stairway To Heaven
  2. Going To California
  3. That’s The Way
  4. Thank You

Now as stated earlier there are other versions of this bootleg that have different track listing, and some even have more songs on it. There are two double LP versions, which obviously have the most songs on it. One double LP is entitled Live In London 1971 and is pressed on yellow vinyl with a yellow cover. It was released by Matt Records out of the USA. The second double LP version is entitled Thank You (It’s Complete) and has a picture of Jimmy Page playing his single neck Gibson Les Paul on the cover, no info on color of vinyl though. This second double LP version is a Euro release done by Discurious. The track listing between these two double LP versions are different from each other, and the same songs are not included on both.

There are also an additional two single LP versions on top of the one I being written about here. The track listing for all three single LP versions are different between each respective version. Some of the songs included also differ; each version does not contain the same songs. The first one has no official title, but has a white photo copied cover and was released by Songs For Swinging Mothers out of the USA. The second one comes with a bonus 7” included, and is entitled Early Jitters. It has a white cover with a picture of a blurry face and red lettering along the sides of the picture. For the track listing on Early Jitters, the songs on the bonus 7” are from the same audio source.

The sound quality on the version of this boot I have is utterly amazing. It’s one of the best sounding bootlegs I have ever heard, at least from this era. It’s an amazing performance as well. There are intros found here and there however, where Robert Plant will say things like “thank you” and something along the lines of “this is song x.”

Led Zeppelin - Paris Theatre 1971 - Copy


This is one of the few Led Zeppelin bootlegs that has one source and is from a concert. As the title suggests it was recorded in Vancouver, Canada on March 21, 1970. By the name of the “label” releasing it, Ars Musica Industria, I’m assuming this is an Italian boot.

Variants for this are based on the cover. As far as I know all copies were pressed on black vinyl. There are subtle differences with the covers though, as there is what looks like a sticker on the cover, but it’s actually printed on the jacket and is designed to look like a sticker. This “sticker” comes in different colors. My copy has a yellow “sticker” but I have seen other copes with a pink “sticker.” As is typical with bootlegs, pressing info is not available.

The sound quality on this is terrible. It’s way too bassy and there is tons of feedback. By the sound I’m assuming this boot is not a soundboard recording and is a crowd recording, and I’m guessing the person who recorded it stood right in front of the speakers. There is barely any balance to the recording. Between the feedback and the recording being bass heavy, it was a good performance and set list (for the portion featured on this boot). Poor sound quality aside, this boot does give you the feeling of being there; being on the floor at a Zeppelin show.

Here is the track listing:

Side A:

  1. We’re Gonna Groove
  2. Heartbreaker
  3. Since I’ve Been Loving You

Side B:

  1. Thank You
  2. What Is And What Should Never Be
  3. Whole Lotta Love
  4. Communication Breakdown

Led Zeppelin - Vancouver - Copy


This Led Zeppelin bootleg is entitled Does Anyone Remember Hampton?. It was pressed on two confirmed colors; red and black. All known copies are hand numbered, with red copies being limited to 100 copies and black copies being limited to 200 copies. The hand numbering is done on a sticker that is affixed to the back of the jacket. The red copies have a red sticker and the black copies have a white sticker. This boot was done in Spain, so everything written on the stickers is in Spanish, however, everything on the jackets is written in English. Since it’s a boot, I’m not 100% sure if the red copies and black copies are each their own respective pressings.

The boot is taken from the band’s September 9, 1971 performance in Hampton Beach, Virginia, USA and features six songs. Here is the track listing:

Side A:

  1. Immigrant Song
  2. Heartbreaker
  3. Since I’ve Been Loving You

Side B:

  1. Black Dog
  2. Stairway To Heaven
  3. Celebration Day

This is the worst sounding bootleg, and worst sounding record in my collection. I would not recommend spending money on this if you want an enjoyable listening experience. If you want it to add to your Led Zeppelin collection, go ahead, as it’s one of the rarer and more expensive Zeppelin boots out there. They can fetch upwards of $100 on ebay. To keep the negativity away in the comment section, I bought this for $20 at my local record store.

Nirvana – Illiteracy Will Prevail

Posted: June 26, 2015 in Vinyl
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Illiteracy Will Prevail is a notorious compilation of demos and home recordings by Kurt Cobain from the mid 80’s before forming Nirvana. Illiteracy Will Prevail also doubles as an unreleased album from Cobain and Dale Crover (The Melvins) early band that went by the name of Fecal Matter. The Illiteracy Will Prevail/Fecal Matter material has never officially been released, although a handful of copies of the cassette exist and are in the hands of a select few individuals. Songs have leaked from it, but nothing has been concretely confirmed as being legit, or at least some skeptics out there refuse to believe it. The infamous recording was finally released on vinyl, albeit a bootleg, in 2013. It was released by Club 188 Records, based out of Paris, France.

This is a rare bootleg that actually has pressing info, though it may not be 100% accurate seeing as it’s a bootleg. So far there have been two pressings, with the first pressing being done on multiple colors. For the first pressing there are 330 copies on black, “25” copies on blue/black swirl, “250” copies on white, 330 copies on blue,

All the info is noted on a blue sticker found on the front cover, which has hand numbering on it. The numbering is done out of the entire pressing, which is “500” copies. All the stickers say /500, but it’s obvious by the pressing info released by the label that there are far more than 500 copies for the first pressing. So either the total amount of copies pressed or the number(s) of copies per each variant are complete lies. The sticker also reads “The long lost first ever demo recordings of Kurt Cobain. Features tracks from the elusive Fecal Matter ’85 demo cassette heard for the first time in excellent audio quality along with 5 unheard lost demos from ’88.” That statement on the sticker is also a lie, as the Fecal Matter demo has been released on vinyl before, and the statement of “excellent audio quality” is arguable.

The sticker doesn’t lie about the source of the audio though. Tracks A1-A6 & B1 are from the Fecal Matter demo recorded in 1985. Tracks B2-B4: 4 track home demo recorded in 1988, track B5 is from the 4 track experiment recorded in 1988, track B6 is taken from a band rehearsal in 1986 and track B7 is from a 4 track tape collage recorded in 1988.

Here is the track listing:

Side A

  1. Sound Of Dentage
  2. Bambi Slaughter
  3. Laminated Effect
  4. Insurance
  5. Class of ’86
  6. Bather’s Log

Side B

  1. Downer
  2. Sapy
  3. Creation
  4. Black & White Blues
  5. Escalator To Hell
  6. Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves
  7. Montage Of Heck

I think I have a second pressing of this because there is no sticker on the cover. To my knowledge only the first pressing has a sticker on the cover and is hand numbered. My local record store had copies with the sticker on the cover, and when I finally went back a few months later to buy it the only copy they had didn’t have a sticker. Had I known about the multiple pressings I would have bought the copy they had from the first pressing when I first saw it. But it’s not the end of the world seeing as this is a bootleg, and it’s very obvious the pressing info released by the label is anything but true. Pressing info for the second pressing has not been released, but not like it would be accurate anyway.

Nirvana - Illiteracy Will Prevail - Copy