Official Rolling Stones Bootlegs

I’m excited because I’ve just visited the official Rolling Stones fan club and it seems that some of the classic Rolling Stones bootlegs are now approved for sale.

There’s a Rolling Stones archive site where you can buy Rolling Stones bootlegs and it says officially authorised.

Is it a scam? I don’t think so because the link comes from

Rolling Stones Live Albums – The Official Rolling Stones Bootlegs

So what Rolling Stones live albums do they have?At the moment the list is short but I expect it to get longer.

1973 The Brussels Affair – considered by many to be the best after their run of classic albums and with Mick Taylor blazing away on lead guitar. Read my review of the Brussels Affair

LA Friday ’75 – the first tour with replacement guitarist Ronnie Wood – see my review of LA Friday

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1981 Hampton Coliseum – Keef’s 38th birthday

I believe that this is really exciting and I hope that the other major groups from the 60s and 70s follow the example set by the Rolling Stones.

What I Bought

I couldn’t resist The Brussels Affair and LA Friday ’75.

I couldn’t make the download system work through my normal Firefox browser but I switched over to Internet Explorer and that worked fine. It’s easy to manually load folders into iTunes.

I’d love to see authorised released from the Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street tours.

My Thoughts On Releasing Authorised Live Bootlegs

Fans want classic live albums of great tours from the past.

Sure it’s nice to see the Stones now but it would be even better to see the glory years.

I was reading on Amazon about the release of some Bruce Springsteen radio recordings from the 70s that there is a loophole in the copyright laws that lets them be legally sold after 25 years.

I don’t know if this is true but assuming it is, I’d rather the money goes to the band or to charity than an entrepreneur.

Should Bands Officially Approve Bootleg Releases?

I’d like to know what you think. Should bands like The Rolling Stones officially authorise the release of good quality bootlegs from their earlier days?

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