Guitars By The Pound


I’m in the same boat. Anything that’s out of print, I’ll try to convert it to digital format(s) and this goes for movies as well as music. I don’t have too much luck at antique stores, just a rare find every once in awhile.


One of the problems with the OTA sub-channels that are showing older TV series is that they are using the video sources that went to VHS or cheap DVDs without any cleanup or remastering. The quality is poor.

OTOH streaming channels such as CBS All-Access that offer older programs from their libraries are usually remastered and cleaned up versions. This is because they have the original film source to work with. Compare the quality of a Perry Mason on CBS All-Access to the Perry Mason of MeTV. Or the original Hawaii 5-0 on CBS compared to MeTV. Night and day difference.

This is one of the reasons I would subscribe to CBS All-Access - their library of past programming (its quality) even though I get CBS perfectly OTA. CBS was smart to offer something additional for its streaming channel that OTA doesn’t - their library.


An assortment of Albums, specifically ones that are out-of-print and not available on CD. Kept separate, in order to (hopefully) convert at some point.


My brother-in-law is a vinyl addict. He has been collecting albums for over 50 years! He has a collection of over 5,000 LPs. He even has 33s and 78s his dad passed on to him. I’ve asked him to deed his LPs to me in his will when he passes away LOL.

He’s gotten demo tapes over the years from radio stations made by people such as Elvis.


Instead of a demo tape they most likely are promotional albums. Many of which were vinyl.

If a promotion album, thousands were sent out to radio stations, TV stations, newspapers, magazines, etc. They usually included a head shot and bio. I even have one with a letter from the PR company.

Unless there are for very famous artists with limited supply, include appropriate promo material or have substantial differences between the promo and actual album, they may not be worth all that much.

Is there all that much demand for Rick Moses or Letta?


I collect bootlegged demos and studio sessions, most of which are found on (old) crude acetate, some tape (usually open-reel). There’s a lot of great bootlegged demo material, at a cost, and all kinds of great unauthorized and unreleased material outt of Japan, Germany and Russia.


Bootlegged usually does mean an unofficially released recording.

Sometimes the older ones don’t have ownership since the recording studio,etc. has gone out of business and no one bought the rights.

I would suspect everything else has ownership even though the courts may have to rule on who that really is. Even some of the Beatles recording sessions were owned by EMI.


You can know it’s a real bootleg when it’s on acetate. they would sneak tapes from the cutting floor out to a van in the alley and press out crude acetates (or steal the demo acetates from the studio). Once they’ve converted those to tape / disc, etc., the value gets watered down. It is why I mostly collect raw acetate recordings. I do have a lot of bootlegged Beatle material, stuff you will never hear on Anthology collections or anything of that sort.

Another type of bootleg, is when somebody (or some small group) takes legal material and presses it out on CD, makes compilations, etc. and will often include a track or two of unreleased material. The Russians love this and they are prolific.


Here’s a Beatle bootleg from Japan, for example. The Yesterday and Today album with the infamous “Butcher Cover”. It has all the songs from the album proper, adds in some unreleased material, practice sessions and studio out-takes.


Double album, made to look like the original records (with the Capitol Records label). Here’s a Chinese bootleg of Yellow Submarine.

There are “official” versions of this disc in China, Macau, etc., and “less than legal” versions, which contain the album proper and a separate disc with unauthorized material. And of course, there are bootlegged Beatles cartoons: