Live music collecting has always been something that requires a lot
of time and/or resources. Obtaining live performances isn't as easy
as going down to your local discount center. Obtaining shows has always
involved networking with other people. This is often a positive experience
but problems exist.
In the days of vinyl bootlegs (when only small part of Led Zeppelin's
live catalogue was covered) the only way to purchasing a concert was
to get a copy of the show from the master tape. That caused many generations
of the same recording but due to amateur, poor techniques of copying
the quality of most copies was far away worse than original one and
the copies were also very often occured by tape noise, cuts and distortions.
Only very small amount of the original master tapes are survived. Most
of them have been lost or destroyed accidentally and high gen copys
are the only remainders of those glory days.
No doubt in the tape trading days every copy meant some sound quality
loss. The digital cloned copies of modern times is far removed from
the hissy cassette days. The tape trading days involved a smaller group
of die hard collectors. Need to say that the people were of a higher
standard in the collecting circles, but that is a different subject.
The CD-R trading days has been (and still are) one of great highs and
great lows. CD-R burner's have meant that it's possible to obtain a
CD-R that can sound as good ten copies later as the original sounded.
Unfortunately too many people have no idea how to copy discs correctly
and that often introduced copies with a lot of digital errors such as
gaps, dropouts, static, pops, etc. This has caused a lot of people to
long for the old days of hissy tape trading.
In addition to the trading of CD-Rs there have been other means of distribution
such as trees, weeds, and vines. All of these have relied upon people
having the technical ability to copy CD-Rs again, which the vast majority
can not do. Trees require people to distribute shows in a timely manner,
which doesn't always occur.
The future is potentially interesting with the advent of things such
as several Internet torrents etc. I'm not sure what the future of peer-to-peer
will hold for live music collectors, but things are changing. The technically
advanced people are migrating to the new distribution forms leaving
the trees, weeds, and vines for the far less technical traders (ie.
even more errors).
Below this is my own attempt to present a list of "low" and
"high" gen tapes in a chronological order. In fact, this is
only a very spontaneous collection of informations taken from many sources
(such as other Internet sites and private collections). When I listed
the tape, I based on its generation and original length. The things
such as distortions, cuts etc. are mostly removed from my list because
it's too hard to detect if the tape listed is exactly occured by one
of these problems or not. Many transfers varies between themselfs being
the same gen. It also must be remembered that the trading society is
still treating by many ego trips so sometimes it's very hard to verify
the exact generation. There are many alternate tapes that are not listed
here so if you have any new informations, please contact
me today. The length of each tape may also varies circa +/- 1 minute
Click the year that you are interested in and try to choose the tape
you are looking for or just browse each section to find the one you