This year, so far twelve are worthy of a place in the best bootlegs of 2017. I had mentioned the New Order stash tapes in 2016's document. Thanks to the cyclical nature of available downloads, a further four New Order titles were gratefully added to my collection, including the previously deleted 'Perth' tape - surprisingly hearing it again, it did not sound such a train-wreck performance as I had recalled.
Of the four, 'Live at Central London Polytechnic,' 6th December 1985, is undoubtedly the best. It consists of both the soundcheck - note those Joy Division classics - followed by the complete gig.
Earlier in the month I had acquired a few more BBC radio sessions. Of those, the band I am including here, Felt, surprisingly never recorded a session for the famous late BBC Radio DJ John Peel. He did play them albeit infrequently but the band strangely never captured his imagination. If you enjoy the crystaline guitar sound of 80's indie, then I guarantee these three BBC radio sessions will be on repeat play.
Finally we have a lossless rip of one of the rarest releases by the Verve, Voyager 1 released on vinyl in 1993.
FELT - BBC sessions (1984-86)
01. Dismantled King Is Off The Throne
02. Roman Litter
03. Vasco Da Gama
04. Crystal Ball
Janice Long BBC Radio One session #1 - 30th September 1984
05. Caspian Sea
06. The Day The Rain Came Down
07. I Didn't Mean To Hurt You
08. Ballad Of The Band
Janice Long BBC Radio One session #2 - 12th February 1986
09. When The Dawn Starts Creeping In
10. Rain Of Crystal Spires
11. All The People I Like Are Those That Are Dead
12. Sapphire Mansions
Andy Kershaw BBC Radio One session - 11th September 1986
No lineage was supplied but these are from the FM master recordings.
Central London Polytechnic, London
December 6, 1985
01 Atmosphere (instrumental)
03 She's Lost Control (breakdown)
04 She's Lost Control
05 As It Is When It Was (breakdown)
06 As It Is When It Was
07 Bizarre Love Triangle (breakdown)
08 Bizarre Love Triangle
09 Love Will Tear Us Apart (instrumental)
11 Dreams Never End
14 Lonesome Tonight
17 The Perfect Kiss
18 Face Up
19 Age Of Consent
The soundcheck tracks are from a different source than the gig tracks (EQ and tonal qualities differ)
This gig is ranked by many New Order fans to be in their top ten gigs of all time, and in fact many consider this to be by far the best of the 1985 soundboards.
There are three sources: This (the best), the second is heavily noise reduced and encoded and finally a portion of the show was made available in the mid-to-late 1980's on a vinyl LP titled "More Than Despair".
Lineage: SBD (ATR-STASH tape) > ??? > FLAC via Sam (lammah) > SoundForge (pitch correction, glitch removal, missing bits patching, levels, remove old SBEs) > > CD Wave (re-tracksplitting) > FLAC > you
THE VERVE - Voyager 1 (1993)
Live in London & New York, 1992
This album was compiled from live recordings in London and New York City during 1992. Only 1,000 vinyl copies were pressed in clear blue vinyl. Of these, 300 were damaged during transportation from the UK to the USA. This ensured its status as an extremely rare collectors item.
There are some black vinyl pressings but it is unknown how many of these are in existence, as you can imagine there are also many bootleg copies now circulating.
The release has acquired a mythical semi-official bootleg status and has been catalogued as partly unofficial! and also described as an official 'bootleg'.
'dockellisrecords' has this to say about the album:
"Out of the blue, my shop was offered this 'Verve - Voyager 1' live LP. Turns out it was a promotional tool made to look like a bootleg. We were told there were 1000 pressed up. First I ordered 25 copies. Sold out immediately. Then another 25 copies. Same thing. We sold 100 copies in about 4 months and then they were gone. About six months later I got a call from someone at Caroline Records letting me know 173 copies were found in a warehouse in LA. I know some were ruined by heat. I asked if I took them all, could they give me a better deal, they did and I scooped up the remaining stock. We eventually sold them all, meaning out of whatever the original pressing on blue vinyl that were not destroyed, we sold nearly 275 of them. Easily the best selling record ever at my shop. There are a lot of these in the Detroit area."
'dockellis' has given the best description of what this release actually is - a promotional record made to look like a bootleg and used to promote the band on their debut US tour.
The covers were created by Brian Cannon, the founder of 'Microdot' who also produced some of the best early Verve, Suede and Oasis artwork.
Note that Wiki states four of the tracks appear on other Verve albums or EP's. This is misleading and incorrect, the songs do appear on other Verve releases, but as their studio versions and not these live tracks. One of the tracks, 'South Pacific' was released on an official CD compilation "Volume Seven" in 1993.
A reviewer declared:
"The Verve were really only at this peak in the early '90s because their music, at its height, didn't seem to be humanly possible, but just for a brief moment they existed outside the realm of the rock genre."
01. Slide Away
02. Gravity Grave
03. One Way To Go
04. South Pacific
05. Already There
06. She's A Superstar
Lineage: From a vinyl rip of the original release