Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Ibex (Pre Queen Freddie Mercury Band) – Liverpool, England (09/09/69)

Freddie Mercury - Ibex - Liverpool 1969

Ibex (Pre-Queen Freddie Mercury band)
Liverpool, England
Sink Club

Download: FLAC/MP3

Source: Unknown
Lineage: Unknown gen cassette>wav(96/24)>wav(44.1/16)>flac
Transfer: Unknown gen cassette>Revox B-215>Rotel RN-560 outboard Dolby decoder(Dolby C on)>Audiophile 192>Adobe Audition 3.0
Taping Gear: Grundig TK14 reel-to-reel>unknown mic(s)
Taped By: Geoff Higgins

01. Communication Breakdown
02. Rain*
03. We’re Going Wrong
04. Rock My Plimsoul
05. Stone Free
06. Jailhouse Rock
07. Crossroads
08. Vagabond Outcast
09. I’m Going Home
*omitted due to being officially released

Length: 31:25

Freddie Mercury live pre-Queen. The skinny on the this recording is this according to http://www.queenconcerts.com/

“Recorded by Geoff Higgins (Ibex roadie) on his Grundig TK14 reel-to-reel machine, later sold in an auction to a private collector, then lent to Queen Production for the purpose of including ‘Rain’ in the FM Solo Collection box set, then leaked to the bootleg market. This concert was very important because Ibex were joined by Brian May and Roger Taylor for the encore which means it’s the very first concert with Freddie, Brian and Roger on one stage. Sadly, the tape ran out after 30 minutes so it misses this encore.”

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Queen – London, England (xx/xx/71) – In the Beginning

Queen - In The Beginning

London, England
In The Beginning.
From the silvers.

Links removed, this was officially release. See comments below.

Recorded in Late 1971 at the De Lane Lea Studios in London. With the tape Queen tried to get a contract from several companies.

Lineage :
In The Beginning (silvers) -> Wav (EAC) -> Flac (Frontend level 8)

Tracklisting :

01. Keep Yourself Alive
02. The Night Comes Down
03. Great King Rat
04. Jesus
05. Liar

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: 1984 (Featuring Brian May) – Teddington, England (03/31/67)

front sleeve copy

1984 (featuring Brian May)
31 march 1967
Thames Television, Broom Lane Studio
Teddington UK

Download: FLAC/MP3

01. Hold on I’m coming (Isaac Hayes/ David Porter)
02. Knock on wood (Eddie Floyd/ Steve Cropper)
03. NSU (Jack Bruce)
04. How can it be (Ron Wood)
05. Step on me (take1) (Tim Staffel/ Brian May)
06. Step on me (take2) (Tim Staffel/ Brian May)
07. Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix)
08. Our love is driftin’ (Elvis Bishop/ Paul Butterfield)
09. Remember (Jimi Hendrix)
10. Sweet wine (Ginger Baker/ Janet Godfrey)

Line up: Dave Dilloway – bass guitar
John Garnham – rhythm guitar/vocals
Brian May – lead guitar
Tim Staffel – vocals/harmonica
Richard Thompson – drums
John Sanger – piano

Taken from QUeenpedia.com:

Also from 1967, and of far more interest, is 1984’s professionally recorded Thames Television demo tape.
During his first-year of study at Twickenham Technical College, Dave Dilloway had made friends with a number of technicians, or trainee technicians, at the Teddington-based ITV Company, which served the London area.
The station had recently invested in new recording equipment, and rather than hire professional musicians at the usual union rate, in a set up similar to the first Queen sessions at the De Lane Lea studios, 1984 were let loose in the studio to record at their leisure.
Dave Dilloway’s carefully preserved tape still plays perfectly, and includes the following songs: “Hold On I’m Coming”, “Knock On Wood”, “NSU”, “How Can It Be”, two early run-throughs of the original May/Staffell composition “Step On Me” (which eventually became the B-side to Smile’s “Earth”), “Purple Haze”, “Our Love Is Drifting'”, and medleys of “Remember”/”Sweet Wine” and “Get Out My Life Woman”/”Satisfaction”.
The session ended with a run-through of “My Girl”.

“What an extraordinary amalgam!” declares Tim Staffell today.
“There’s Tamla, Cream, Hendrix, Lee DorseyƖ ‘Our Love Is Driftin’ ‘, we’d have heard by Paul Butterfield.
I’d forgotten there was such a large soul component in 1984!”

Dave Dilloway has the technical details: “This tape is the most recent, best and most representative of 1984 that I’m aware of.
It is mono, but since it was made on good quality TV studio equipment and was carried out along the lines of a proper studio recording, with separately mixed microphones for each source, it is remarkably good quality for its age.
The material, except for ‘Step On Me’, is all cover versions, but as it dates from the late 1984 era, Brian’s playing is more prominent and effective, with his own style starting to show through.
All the performances are competent – particularly Tim’s vocals and Brian’s guitar; although the mix is a little heavy on John’s rhythm guitar for some reason, probably the ‘ear’ of the recording engineer at the time.
All tracks were laid down in one take, i.e., no overdubbing at all, so the sound is predominantly simple, as per our live versions.”

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Queen – New York, NY (07/28/82)

freddie mercury -live-in 1982 hot-space-tour

1982, 28th Jul.
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden

Download: FLAC/MP3

CDR > EAC > WAV > FLAC (level 8)

Sound: very good
Source: audience

Recommended and complete! Many Hot Space songs in a live format.

Disc 1:
01. Flash
02. Rock it
03. We will rock you (fast)
04. Action this day
05. Play the game
06. Somebody to love
07. Now I’m here
08. Dragon attack/Now I’m here (reprise)
09. Save me
10. Calling all girls
11. Get down make love
12. Brighton rock
13. Body language

Disc 2:
01. Under pressure
02. Fat bottomed girls
03. Crazy little thing called love
04. Bohemian rhapsody
05. Tie your mother down
06. Another one bites the dust
07. We will rock you
08. We are the champions
09. God save the queen

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Queen – Cleveland, OH (01/23/77)

Richfield Coliseum
Cleveland, Ohio

Download: FLAC/MP3

Soundboard Recording



1. Intro (1:04)
2. Tie Your Mother Down (3:43)
3. Ogre Battle (5:19)
4. White Queen (As It Began) (5:55)
5. Somebody To Love (5:25)
6. Killer Queen (2:00)
7. The Millionaire Waltz (2:59)
8. You’re My Best Friend (2:03)
9. Bring Back That Leroy Brown (1:44)
10. Sweet Lady (4:17)
11. Brighton Rock / Guitar Solo / Brighton Rock [Reprise] (11:12)


1. ’39 (4:05)
2. You Take My Breath Away (3:36)
3. White Man (4:59)
4. The Prophet’s Song (5:20)
5. Bohemian Rhapsody (5:27)
6. Stone Cold Crazy (2:04)
7. Keep Yourself Alive (4:18)
8. Liar (8:54)
9. Big Spender (1:32)
10. Jailhouse Rock (5:22)


BRIAN MAY- Electric & Acoustic Guitars/Backing Vocals
JOHN DEACON- Bass Guitar
ROGER TAYLOR- Drums/Backing Vocals/Tambourine

Daily Bootleg Links: Queen – Bootleg Race, Japan 1979, John Coltrane Quintet – Newport Jazz Festival (07/01/61), Paul Westerberg (11/05/04)

queen bootleg race

Bootleg Race
Budokan, Tokyo, Japan 1979
Download FLAC/MP3@Viva Les Bootlegs

John Coltrane Quintet
Newport Jazz Festival
1 July 1961
Download MP3@Jazz Blues & Co

Paul Westerberg
Minneapolis, MN
Download MP3/FLAC: TUBE

Daily Bootleg Links: Calexico – Denmark 2000, Queen – Live BBC 1973, John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band (1968-1970)

I’ve decided to start my break early. We leave for Europe this coming Thursday. That leaves me a few days to upload some shows, but between packing and making sure everything is taken care of I figure worrying about uploading will be more stress than I care for.

Also I want to practice updating the blog without uploading shows before we go. I hope to continue posting interesting links while I’m away. The Daily Links should continue more or less as usual (which is to say not daily, but fairly regular.) I’m also hoping to throw in some youtube clips, and maybe a few MP3s that I think are cool. Basically the plan is to add content by adding links to various other places that have cool music.

I’m also hoping to be more active on my Facebook page (and if you are not already a friend, just click on the link in the sidebar. I am on Twitter too, where I’m also hoping to add various thing of interest.

The idea here is that I will be adding links to the blog, Facebook page and Twitter but usually not the same ones. So maybe I’ll add a link to a cool cover song on my Twitter, a video to my Facebook and link to bootlegs on my blog.

Maybe that’s really obnoxious, I don’t know, but it seems like the thing to do on the Internet these days – interact with readers in a variety of ways. Of course my plans often go awry so who knows what will actually happen. Of course I’ll still be doing a lot of traveling (in fact probably about 1/2 of my time in Europe will be spent on the road (or train track as the case may be)) and thus my time to do anything is limited.

So cross your fingers that I’ll still be posting a variety of things, and please do comment, befriend and tweet me. And if you have some interesting shows you want me to share, or find some cool links yourself, please send them my way. Anyways here’s a few links for today.

Denmark 2000
DownloadMP3@Beehive Candy

Live BBC 1973
Download MP3@RockRockBlog

John Lennon
Plastic Ono Band [1968-1970]

Daily Bootleg Links: U2 – Tempe AZ(12/19/87), Queen – Hammersmith-Odeon (12/26/79), Ben Folds – Bonnaroo (06/14/08)

Tempe, Arizona
Soundboard Recording
Download the show at The Spiral Staircase

London, England
Download MP3: Sendspace
Source: Smuggled Sounds

Ben Folds
Manchester, TN
Download MP3: Megaupload
Source: Mystic Cords of Memory