Downloads from Wolfgang’s Vault Now Open

wolfgangsvault.jpgBillboard is reporting that Wolfgang’s Vault has struck a deal with Universal Music Group that will allow a selection of archived concert recordings to be sold digitally for a fairly reasonable price: $9.98 for any concert longer than 30 minutes, $5.98 for shorter sets. All of the concerts will still be available for streaming.

Nearly 500 vintage concert recordings from Fleetwood Mac, the Kinks, Santana and Billy Joel are now available for download purchase through a new arrangement between Wolfgang’s Vault and Universal Music Group.

I’m glad to see that the archives won’t really be going to waste. For some folks that saw some of these concerts back in the day, how cool is it that they can now purchase the show to help regain that memory. In a way, I wish that I could have more of a record of my concert going experience nowadays that I’m catching bands in clubs that aren’t necessarily recording their own sets. One of the thrills of getting close to the jamband scene was the realization that you could probably find a recording of what you were witnessing in some short time after the show. You can find a torrent of the show you saw, download it, rip it to mp3 and load it on your iPod, and you can seriously relive all of the memories and thoughts that occurred to you as you were at the concert. I love that.

Wolfgang’s Vault Opens For Downloading [Billboard.com]

  • http://www.nyctaper.com nyctaper

    Anyone who has been taping or trading for any period of time knows that “Wolfgang’s Vault” is basically a scam. Pretty much all of this stuff has been in circulation for years, and several of the recordings there have been commercially released. They’ve even been misleading about source information. They labeled the Pink Floyd Oakland ’77 recording a “soundboard”, when its clearly the same excellent audience recording that’s been circulated since a well-known bay area taper recorded it 30 years ago.

  • http://www.nyctaper.com nyctaper

    Anyone who has been taping or trading for any period of time knows that “Wolfgang’s Vault” is basically a scam. Pretty much all of this stuff has been in circulation for years, and several of the recordings there have been commercially released. They’ve even been misleading about source information. They labeled the Pink Floyd Oakland ’77 recording a “soundboard”, when its clearly the same excellent audience recording that’s been circulated since a well-known bay area taper recorded it 30 years ago.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    Seriously? That’s pretty weak all things considering, and shows what I know as a fair-weather taper/trading fan. I used to be more into the folklore of it all but have since fallen victim to the mp3 blogs that give me enough live music to keep me happy.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    Seriously? That’s pretty weak all things considering, and shows what I know as a fair-weather taper/trading fan. I used to be more into the folklore of it all but have since fallen victim to the mp3 blogs that give me enough live music to keep me happy.

  • nelsorp

    i can’t comment on the sources of the shows. honestly i haven’t paid much attention to wolfgang’s vault since its debut. i haven’t really gotten into streaming shows. i would much rather download it, burn it, and listen to it at my leisure, without being tethered to my computer. at first glance it looks like they are only offering 256k mp3s. its probably beating a dead horse, but i won’t ever pay good money for mp3s. i can make an inferior copy of the music on my own. i would rather pay for a lossless copy, and make my own mp3s, should i choose too. i still listen to lots of CDs & vinyl. maybe im just old fashioned, but there is something to be said for having a physical copy of what i purchase.

  • nelsorp

    i can’t comment on the sources of the shows. honestly i haven’t paid much attention to wolfgang’s vault since its debut. i haven’t really gotten into streaming shows. i would much rather download it, burn it, and listen to it at my leisure, without being tethered to my computer. at first glance it looks like they are only offering 256k mp3s. its probably beating a dead horse, but i won’t ever pay good money for mp3s. i can make an inferior copy of the music on my own. i would rather pay for a lossless copy, and make my own mp3s, should i choose too. i still listen to lots of CDs & vinyl. maybe im just old fashioned, but there is something to be said for having a physical copy of what i purchase.

  • joseph sae

    jan. 26, 1975 king biscuit’s concert was Yes and Gryphon. i would like to aquire the Gryphon part of it.

  • joseph sae

    jan. 26, 1975 king biscuit’s concert was Yes and Gryphon. i would like to aquire the Gryphon part of it.