Last time, we started talking about bootleg records, those illegal, unauthorized releases that feature things like unreleased songs, demos and live tracks. Bootlegs started on vinyl then moved to CD but then the digital era rendered physical bootlegs obsolete.
Why go through all the trouble of manufacturing and distributing these recordings when you could just put them online? Supplies of bootleg CDs dried up, although they still exist in some parts of the world. But now that vinyl is back, so is, somewhat surprisingly, is the vinyl bootleg.
I say “surprisingly” because the number of vinyl pressing plants is a fraction of what it was in the 60s and 70s. Who’s making these things? Don’t they have legitimate back orders to keep the presses running 24/7 for months? Yet if you know where to look, there they are.