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Thread: What is the best version of the 1977 Warner Bros. Demos?

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    What is the best version of the 1977 Warner Bros. Demos?

    Greetings Roth Army, first things first for this first post of mine:

    I've been rocking hard for the past few days to what may be my favorite selection of work from Van Halen: the 1977 Warner Bros. Demos. As far as I know they are the most complete and best versions of the demo/unreleased stuff from before the record contract. The sound is raw and the band kicks major ass. But you already knew this.

    What I want to know is what the best version of these demos is with the highest audio quality.

    I currently have an old downloaded collection called "VH - The Demography". It's a great set and includes the '77 demos. I got it from an old boot site called jam2this 5-6 years ago, but I think that site is gone now. I've been out of the loop on bootleg stuff since then and never really got to be an expert on this stuff. Anyways, does anybody else have the Demography? Is it the best version of the '77 demos?

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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    Here are some titles of bootlegs with demo stuff : BLUE PRINT 2cd 76-81 // THAT's ALL FOLKS 2cd 75-78 // The 1977 RE-MIXED DEMOS,,The 1977 PRE-MIXED DEMOS 2cd

    MAMMOTH DEMOS (Gene Simmons)// ZERO DEMO // IN THE BEGINNING VOL. 1 - 5 //DEMO DAZE // DAVE is BACK // LOONEY TUNES,Merrie Melodies 4cd //

    COVERS BAND from PASADENA 4cd................etc etc don't know wich one(s) are the best but I remember those re-and pre-mixed demos were very special!!

    But this is all demo stuff I could find in my collection of VH boots !!!
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    If you wanna see my CD collection for fun ( 188 DLR boots , 244 VH boots ) , mail me ; rockwall@casema.nl

    And also DVD's ofcourse, that's where I'm still trading for!!!!!!!!!!


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    The best sounding compilation of the demos that I've heard is titled "Complete Zero". It contains both the Gene Simmons demo and the WB demo. The Simmons demo sounds good enough to be a commercial release, and the WB Demos are the best quality I've heard,with the only real glitch being the source tape is apparently chewed up on the intro of "Feel Your Love Tonight", so you'll probably never hear a completely clean version of that unless the band themselves release a copy

    You can read a description of it here -----> http://www.vhboots.com/completezero.html

    But if you search for the title online, you'll probably find an active torrent seeded somewhere.


    What? You're surprised the Messiah listens to bootlegs?? Hey, it's not breaking a commandment if it's freely traded, right?
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    the best sounding hasnt even made it into heavy circulation just yet. The 40 song demo is still in hibernation....there are copy's of bits here and there. Someday that person will let it fly...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fletch View Post
    the best sounding hasnt even made it into heavy circulation just yet. The 40 song demo is still in hibernation....there are copy's of bits here and there. Someday that person will let it fly...
    Really?
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    Yeah, with some other 'secret' early//mid 70's VH shows, '75 or '76 have to check this out!!

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    Love the way Dave sings on the Demo's. I like the free style a lot and Voo Doo Queen is amazing.
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    The Demography is still the best demo collection. It has upgraded versions over the Complete Zero of the Warner Demos to put them sonically similar to the Zero release of the Gene Simmons Demos. However, it depends on your taste. The Complete Zero collection changes the zero demo and the warner demos to make them sound similar. To me they lack low end, but opinions of what sounds best is subjective. Both collections sound very good either way you look at it.

    And, Jamtothis.com is still around.
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