Well, that's what it used to be called: "concert tape traders". We're talking early eighties, at least in my case.
After that, it went to CDR trading. People sharing recordings of concerts, of radio shows and such on CDR. That was a good thing. There was no loss in quality when a CDR got copied, and a lot of better sounding shows entered the trading community.
And since the internet, you've got P2P, peer to peer, trading through sites such as DimeADozen, TheTradersDen, and, for Zappa freaks, Zappateers.
The last couple of years, Zappateers has been a great source for high quality recordings as a great number of master recordings found its way to the site. This does not mean that the other P2P sites don't have links to extraordinary material as well.
The latest example is Skoochie who is seeding an enormous bunch of master recordings of various Zappa shows.
The latest one is a batch he calls "1978 10 xx Palladium", including:
- 1978 10 27 Palladium New York City NY USA - Early show
- 1978 10 27 Palladium New York City NY USA - Late show
- 1978 10 28 Palladium New York City NY USA - Early Show
- 1978 10 28 Palladium New York City NY USA - Late show
- 1978 10 29 Palladium New York City NY USA
- 1978 10 31 Palladium New York City NY USA
Just to say that there's a lot of great material out there.
Buy the official releases & support the artists, and listen to their live shows as well.
Thank you Skoochie.