Showing posts with label Bootlegs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bootlegs. Show all posts

Monday, July 2, 2018

New TMOQ video features Paul McCartney collaborations

Collectors Music Reviews posted details about a new video compilation from the HMC TMOQ label featuring 40 Paul McCartney performances alongside other artists, including U2, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Ringo and more.

Here's the cover art:


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Impure McCartney

Someone someplace (trust me, you can find it if you try) has put together a nice alternative version of the Pure McCartney box set that includes a track lineup that many fans may prefer to the official release. Check it out.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New complete BBC bootleg circulating

WogBlog has the scoop on a new, nicely packaged 24-CD collection of the Beatles' complete BBC Radio recordings.

The set is a significant update from previous collections in that it's more complete and sounds better.

Available via download, the set includes print-yourself artwork modeled on tape box design of Ken Howlett's recent book, "The Beatles: The BBC Archives 1962-1970." In fact, you can even place the CDs in the box accompanying the book if you wish.

Compilers of the set are urging fans to share the material freely and not charge for it. Inevitably, some folks will likely do so. Though the fan intent is goodhearted, this is a bootleg, in that the Beatles have not officially released most of the contents.

I've seen the files for the set pop up in a few different places, I'm sure you can find them, too.

Friday, January 2, 2015

No "copyright protection" release of Beatles' 1964 recordings

Last year in December, the Beatles very quietly released nearly 60 previously unreleased recording via iTunes as the "Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963," as part of a copyright protection scheme.

In Europe, recordings become popular domain 50 years after their creation unless officially released by copyright owners. By "publishing" the 1963 recordings, the Beatles were establishing their continued ownership of the copyrights. Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys and Motown also issued "copyright dump" recordings in 1963. They also followed suit last month, with Dylan issuing songs on a vinyl collection limited to 1,000 copies in Europe, and Motown and the Beach Boys releasing recordings online.

The Beach Boys actually released two such items: A collection of various live and studio outtakes called Keep an Eye on Summer, complete with downloadable liner notes, and a live concert recording from Sacramento.

But the Beatles? Nada. Fan keeping a steady eye on iTunes through New Year's Eve for a surprise release were disappointed.

I've seen no official comment from Apple regarding its reasoning for not putting out a collection this year. It may be that the Beatles' lawyers have a different legal strategy for protecting these recordings. But, unless there is a change, the European copyright law seems fairly clear: If copyrights aren't protected by artists, anyone can release them.

This happened last year when the Rock Melon label issued a compilation called Works in Progress, featuring songs the Beatles neglected to include in their "official" release of 1963 works.

In the absence of a 1964 collection issued by the Beatles themselves, we're sure to see many such labels compile their own albums of studio outtakes and live concerts from 1964. There are dozens of performances to choose from that have already surfaced on bootlegs throughout the years.

The only question is, will the Beatles fight to stop any of theses releases and, if so, on what grounds?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

End of year Beatles "copyright dump" planned?

Last year around this time, nearly 60 previously unreleased Beatles recordings from 1963 - mostly radio performances and studio outtakes - were quietly made available for download on iTunes. You can still get them here.

The reason was to protect the copyright on these materials which, in Europe, go public domain 50 years after their recording unless "published."

Other artists, including the Beach Boys and Bob Dylan also released material late in the year for the same reason, with Dylan releasing his works on limited edition vinyl.

Sony has announced a new Dylan set of 1964 material:

Bob Dylan Public Domain, 50th anniversary recordings (1964) will be a one off pressing limited to 1000 across Europe. The format will be a 9 piece LP Vinyl in a slipcase.
Release date 8th Dec (this is likely to move back one week)


Will the Beatles follow suit? And, if so, will the release appear on vinyl or CD, or be digital-only as last year?

The 1963 downloads last year reportedly generated a decent amount of revenue, although Apple did its best not to promote the availability of the songs. The Beatles camp evidently viewed this as material they'd rather not make public, but were forced to in order to prevent bootleggers from making all the money off it.

Of course, the 1963 downloads soon turned up on bootleg CDs and vinyl, anyhow.

We'll keep a close lookout for any announcement of a 1964 copyright dump by the Fabs. Please contact us if you see/hear anything. Also, if you know what such a set might include, please send us a list. We haven't done the homework to determine what such a set might include!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Previously un-booted live recording of Beatles in Sweden surfaces

Via WogBlog:
A recording from one of The Beatles' performances at Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden suddenly materialised out of nowhere the other day, and started circulating among collectors. The Beatles played four concerts at the venue, two on July 28th, 1964 and two the day after. The recording could be from any of these concerts. The concert was professionally recorded in stereo, however, over the years, one channel of the stereo image has been wiped. The result is that you can hear Paul McCartney's vocal microphone loud and clear, but not John Lennon's. Of course, when George Harrison sings into McCartney's microphone you can hear him, but not when he is using John's. The bass, drums and George's guitar are heard, but not so much Lennon's rhythm guitar. You can hear John's voice being picked up some times by Paul's microphone, but distant. Still, it's an entertaining recording, and the missing side of the stereo image lets you focus in on some backup singing.
Here the recording and see more info here.