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    I own a grand total of zero VH bootlegs.I wouldn't know which one to search for first, and I'd probably pick up some crappy audience taping where the only thing audible is static and feedback.Who can tell me what to search for and why you feel that particular boot is a "must have",to a VH collection?

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    Most of my collection is Dave era boots, so Aaron you'll like that.

    Make sure and check out http://www.vhboots.com, it is an incredible resource for VH bootlegs. If its in existence, Ron's site will have something about it.

    My personal favs:
    "Demo Daze" - A ton of early studio demos, recorded as early as in 1974 with Mark Stone on bass, not Michael Anthony for a few tracks. Very raw versions of some of the VH songs we have known to love like "In A Simple Rhyme" and "Take Your Whiskey Home." Some unreleased songs as well, like "Take It Back" featuring Mark Stone on bass and backing vocals.

    "That's All Folks!" - The pre "VH1" Warner Bros. demo, an absolute must. There are other titles for this bootleg, with basically the same material on them.

    "Young & Wild" - The band's last performance at the Pasadena Civic Center on December 20, 1977. Great quality and a great preview of the band right before the release of "Van Halen." There are other boots with different titles, with the same show.

    "1976 Live: Goldenwest Ballroom" - A great show from May of 1976, an excellent soudboard recording with the band doing unreleased originals, some covers, and other early material. Another must.

    "Listen To This Jimmy" - The 1983 US Festival show. Not the greatest VH performance, but a great quality disc of the most infamous VH show ever. Other titles for with the same show.

    "Dawn Of 5150" - Early sessions for the album "5150." It's basically early vocal tracks by Sammy, but the basic musical tracks are the same. No solos or backing vocals yet, and many of the songs are in their un-edited form, like "Summer Nights," "5150," and "Best Of Both Worlds." Also the unreleased "I Want Some Action" is on it.

    There are a lot of there great discs, I just named a few of my favs off hand. That should give you somewhere to start.

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    Thanks Brett.Why was the 1983 US Festival show, the most "infamous ever"?

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    Well at the time Van Halen was paid $1,000,000 for this one show, which at the time was the most money any band had ever earned for a single performance. I really have no idea if they still have that record or not. The show was a huge festival in front of 300,000 fans. Dave was very trashed, screwed up the lyrics on nearly every song, forget a lot of them, Eddie's playing wasn't stellar, and the band wasn't very tight. It's more fun to actually see the video of the show, but you can get the general feel from the audio. Basically, it was the biggest show in the band's history I guess you could say, and they were exactly in top form for a band that just made $1,000,000.

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    Oh come now, none bootleg-lovin' nuts as any recommendations for Aaron!??! Let's help the guy out!

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    Brett's right Aaron- His list has somemust-haves. I started my collection with the 12/20/77 show. The early Dave era boots show the evolution of his so-called "Lead Singer's Disease". Compare his onstage banter on a show before their first world tour, and the first show of the second world tour and you'll hear a much cockier, confident Dave. Oh, BTW, that's another great show, the 3/25/79 Fresno show. Search out a copy of "Live And Loud" instead of "On Fire In Fresno". The sound quality is much better and there's 2 more songs. I'd also suggest "Unchained Monsters" as the best-sounding VH3 show, and "Club Days-Goldenwest Pt.2" if you wanna hear more cover songs like I do. Also, use this VHlinks to find sites with mp3s of songs from various boots. It's a great way to sample what's out there. And yes, the US Festival video should be essential too. Happy hunting!

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    my favs: golden west 76,young and wild 77(my first boot back in 94) magic mountin 77,sonic tokyo 78,oklahoma city 78,diamond daves last daze 84,dawn of 5150(but the hiss is kinda bad whats up with that?), one in a million holland 93, feelin the balance 95, i have more but these are my particular favs.......also remember that boots only run in limited editions so older titles probably arent going to be available, but maybe under differnt names sometimes.

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    These are the one's I find in my stereo all the time...

    Dave era

    Blueprint - A must have
    1977 Whiskey A Go Go show
    1979 Houston, TX
    1983 US Festival - Soundboard, excellent show
    1984 Castle Donington

    Sammy Era

    Dawn of 5150
    Rockin My Hometown - Killer show
    Blastin - A+ sound quality
    Factory of Music - Again, killer sound

    Gary Era
    Wolfgang Attack - Best audiance recording around, great show
    Unchained Monsters - Soundboard show
    Waited For the Day - Soundboard, good show

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    "On Fire In Fresno" is really only good for the Gene Simmons' demos that are on the first few tracks. Kpl is right, if you want a real good sounding copy of the complete 3/29/79 show, get "Live And Loud" instead.

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    Brett..Tha address you gave goes nowhere. I just got a video today with the VH 1 "videos" ,dance the Night Away, and 3 live songs from Fair Warning.Also some Japanese stuff but its mostly lip synching. Funny...I live abut 20min from the Golden West Ballroom... I saw a Live in Brazil vid too from the Diver Down tour. Seen it? Is it any good? Oh yeah.. Also an Amsterdam from 1984 tour...I think.

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    Oops, the comma in the my post screwed it up.

    Here it is again:
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    Being a fan of the Dave era, I've got to say that Van Halen Assaults Montreal is a great bootleg. Dave's intro to Ice Cream Man is a real cool salute to Montreal. Also I recently got Van Halen Assaults Quebec from the 1984 tour and it is really cool. Eddie plays the solo to Jump on keyboards and for me it just doesn't work. Maybe I'm just partial to these because I'm a Canadian, but I love them both.

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    the Pasadena Civic '77 show
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    any Japan '78
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    Rainbow Ballroom '80(a smokin' cover of Jimmy Reed's "Bright Lights Big City" whoa that's a jam)
    In Search of Paradise Lost(Dave solo with acoustic set incl "Wake up lil' suzie" and "I've just seen a face")
    any south american show 82 or 83
    the US Festival
    any 84 gig(Ed did a blues riff jam)

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    "Rocking My Hometown", recorded live in Costa Mesa, California 1993 is a great Sammy era boot. Though it's an audience recording,it's missing 1 song, "Mine All Mine", which was the show's opening tune. It also has VH performing "Unchained" That tune can be found on 1 other VH bootleg, "Won't Get Fooled Again", which was recorded in Germany 1993.

    As for the Dave era, "I'm So Glad", recorded live in Caracus, South America 1983 is really great, as is "Diamond Dave Goes Home Again", recorded in Indiana 1984. "I'm So Glad" has so-so sound quality, but the set list is outstanding. Another cool Dave era boot is "1980 London Invasion", really clear. "Listen Up, Eddie" from Los Angeles 1981 is another great find, since it's from the "Fair Warning" tour.

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    I'm in the process of getting my first boots at the moment... I've selected these ones..

    -Looney Tunes
    -Shouting Out Loud
    -Daves Last Stand
    -Balance tour in Japan
    -Wolfgang Attack

    Its not a done deal as yet so if anyone can gimme a little feedback on these (especially 'shouting out loud','daves last stand'& 'Balance tour in Japan' - I dont know a lot bout these ones) and wether I oughta rethink any of these.. would be much appreciated... thankies

    [This message has been edited by Goo (edited January 03, 2000).]

 

 

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