Low Gens

      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 or so.

      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 are interested:

      One or more categories used on this list may include the following symbols:

1st 2nd 3rd ...
the number of generation
audience recording
soundboard recording
amateur video shot
professional video shot
radio broadcast
television broadcast
submitted by a reader or just unidentifying generation, date, source, venue, time or commentary

      Important note: It is stated that a digital on digital transfer is not a generation as long as it has been properly done. Only analogue transfers can be treated as a true generation. So in all my descriptions I only indicated analogue transfers and when I listed digital transfer (clone), I do it very occasionally and for special purposes.