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  • #8518288


    upon visiting amoeba records yesterday, i found a copy of the lost highway soundtrack on 2LP.  i picked it up to investigate further and they wanted $28 for it.  usually, it’s about 10X that.  so i was intrigued.  i asked why they were selling it so cheap and the gentleman said many people had questioned him about it and he didn’t know.  but that four other copies were recently sold.  i think it’s a bootleg, here’s why:

    1. they had the chicago tapes and unreleased demos vinyl for sale there as well.  obvious bootleg
    2. the record didn’t seem to weigh enough (probably not 180g)
    3. no heavy outer plastic jacket
    4. gatefold sleeve TOO perfect.  the originals almost ALL show signs of edge wear.  never seen a copy this pristine
    5. wasn’t sealed by manufacturer.  just stuck in generic plastic oversized sleeve and folded/taped to fit record
    6. over the counter purchase by amoeba – no provenance.  they didn’t order from a distributor, just a person who sold them a few at a time, for whatever non disclosed price
    7. did a bit of online research and can find nothing relating to a reissue from simplyvinyl’s wordpress page.  last post from 2011

    either way, if you want this on vinyl for a cheap price, go for it.  i just think it’s fake.

    happy hunting

  • #8518355


    what about the matrix code? what does that say?

    according to, there’s a US and a EU pressing of this record:
    i never knew that. could that be a mistake? it looks like they listed the same pressing twice. doesn’t mention anoter LP version of the soundtrack.

    spfreaks entry:

  • #8518357


    i had no idea there were two pressings.  i’m inclined to think that’s kind of bullshit.  i wasn’t able to open the record to view the matrix codes.  i had decided it was a bootleg, so i don’t want to spend nearly $30 for that information, although helpful.

    every copy i’ve tracked on eBay comes from EU.  never seen one in the US, even for sale.

  • #8518358

    Yes, I also believe that’s probably a mistake on They probably added the same release twice.
    (It’s hard to see where the LP comes from. I can’t find “made in Europe” mentioned anywhere, on first sight. So one could easily assume it’s a US release.)

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    jawn till dusk
  • #8518449


    no, i didn’t buy it, but that’s probably what it is.  interesting in the auction it states it as an “unofficial release”.  so i think we can close the case on this new vinyl being a complete fake.

    however, if you’re after the sound on vinyl for a cheaper price, hey, why not!?

  • #8518450

    I’ll tell you why not:

    If you’re after the sound on vinyl, why would you settle for a bootleg, where you have no idea where this “sound” comes from?

    Most of these bootlegs are just an attempt to cash in on the fact that the original record is very rare.
    Bootleggers typically don’t really care that much about sound quality. My guess is that they just took the cd, and used that to make the vinyls. (If you use a cd to make a record, you completely lose all the advantages of “sound on vinyl”.)

    Another option is that they transferred the audio from one of the original records. (And then most likely processed the audio, to clean it up a bit.) This also isn’t very interesting, if you want audio quallity.

    It’s always possible that the original vinyl was sourced from a cd, although I find that unlikely. In that case it doesn’t make much of a difference, but the point still stands: you’re not getting the “sound on vinyl”, as it’s cd sourced.

    Or maybe the bootleggers got their hands on the original audio, mastered for vinyl, or on the original pressing plates. Once again, unlikely. Who would give it to them?

  • #8518451


    i totally agree with everything you’re saying.  i meant “sound on vinyl” as the pops and whisps and crackles.  THAT sound, not necessarily a superior sound.i would say, oh, don’t support the bootleggers!, but i just don’t care anymore about that.  it’s up to the consumer.  personally, i just walked away.  no need for that vinyl in my collection.although, i might pick up a copy just to document on this site.  hmmm….

  • #8519396


    Today I received the one,sounds like CD…

  • #8569859

    i was in a record shop yesterday, and found a version of the lost highway records i hadn’t seen before.
    i didn’t buy it, because it was a bootleg (obviously).

    the back of the sleeve looks completely different, and there was no mention of a record label and no barcode.

    i found it on

    this is what the back of the sleeve looks like:

  • #8569863


    wow, they keep coming with new boot variants on this one!

  • #8569978


    After the (official) reissue on black and yellow vinyl last year, here’s a new one:

  • #8569979


    Nice find!  I went ahead and ordered one – looks like they are celebrating 20 years.  

  • #8569980

    i’ve also got the blue vinyl (music on vinyl).
    plus a reissue on the original label (interscope).

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