Where are all of the CD-R Bootlegs???

CD-R's Of Note:
Athens, Cold Winter At Home
This One's For Bill
Thank You Michael
Radio Free Chastain
There's a Kind of Murmur in the Air
On the Road with Patti Smith
First of all, if you have a true bootleg, it is possible that we just haven't added it yet. Please send me the info you have on it, and I will add it to the list. Send a scan of it if you can too please!

But, with the recent explosion in CD-R drives, MP3 files, and the like, there have been a number of CD-R format bootegs circulating among traders.

Where did they originate? Are they all exactly the same? What is the quality?

Well, the answer is that there is no answer. Anyone can make a CD-R, and although many of them might have great quality, and fantastic graphics, they are still not likely to be consistent from copy to copy. You may wind up with a copy of a copy of a copy... Yes it is a digital copy, and it should be exactly the same as the source. But what if the user gets the tracks out of order? What if they decide to trim a little dead time out of a few tracks to make it fit better?

What if they are printing out a color copy on their Ink Jet printer instead of a laser printer? Was the original ever any better in quality?

The fact is, a CD-R might be from the orignal bootleg source, or it might not be. There is no way to tell if it is unique or just another copy.

For this reason, we are not going to add them to the main bootleg list.

I will provide a list of them here as I become aware of them, but be advised that your copy may vary widely from the one I saw.

There may be some exceptions. If a CD-R is very unique for some reason, we will probably add it. Also, the record companies have been using them for some special promotional work. If we see a CD-R that appears to be directly from the record company, we may add that to the official discography.

Also, please e-mail me and let me know what you think of this subject!


January 11, 2000