Pink Floyd - Bootleg Recordings

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The term Pink Floyd bootleg recordings refers to the collections of audio and video recordings of musical performances by the British rock band Pink Floyd, which were never officially released by the band, or by any other legal authority. The recordings consist of both live performances and outtakes from studio sessions unavailable as legal releases. Since Pink Floyd has not released many of the songs and illegally recorded live performances widely traded by mostly fans, these bootlegs are in some cases highly prized among collectors. The large followings of bands such as Pink Floyd created during the 1970s a lucrative market for the mass production of unofficial recordings, as it became evident that more and more fans were willing to purchase them. In addition, the huge crowds that turned up to these concerts made the effective policing of the audience for the presence of recording equipment virtually impossible. Vast numbers of recordings were issued for profit by bootleg labels.[1][2] Some Pink Floyd bootlegs exist in several variations with differing sound quality[3] and length because sometimes listeners have recorded different versions of the same performance at the same time. Pink Floyd was a group that has protected its sonic performance, making recording with amateur recording devices difficult.[4][3] In their career, Pink Floyd played over 1,300 concerts of which more than 350 were released as bootleg (sometimes in various versions).[5] Few concerts have ever been broadcast (or repeated once they were broadcast on television), especially during 'the golden age' of the group from 1966 to 1981.[6] Pink Floyd was one of the mainstays of the bootleg industry in the 1970s.[7][6] In 1999, the group was mentioned on BPI's list of most bootlegged British artists of all time.[8][9][10] One of the best known ROIO's by Pink Floyd is "Best of Tour '72: Live

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