Selected Bootleg Discography
Listed Alphabetically. I have added whatever information I happened to have available to me, either from my own collection or from data provided by various resources or friends. Please email me if you have information to add or amend.
The titles are hypertext linked to their respective entries in the filmography section.
Running times (0:00) are included where known.
Dates are the date of the bootleg, not the date of the film.
n/a = Data not available to me.
What is a Bootleg?
A bootleg is a recording that was made without the consent of the copyright owner. This can occur for a variety of reasons--most often so that the property can be sold without paying a license fee. But in many cases, bootlegs are recordings that are not otherwise available. This is still illegal, but the damages are harder to prove and assess. If Goldfinger is bootlegged, then it's obvious that the legitimate publisher loses money. But if The Deep is bootlegged--what is the damage? There is no alternative.
Bootlegs vary in quality depending on how they were created, just like commercial recordings. Many bootlegs are amateur recordings from LPs--this is particularly true for John Barry's stuff. A lof of his music, like the score for The Wrong Box, are available on LP but not on CD. So it's (relatively) easy to rip the LP and burn a CD-R.
When LPs aren't available (such as the music for The Tamarind Seed), then the music may be sourced from the film--typically a high quality source like a laserdisc or DVD. From there the quality varies for a number of reasons--how good the LD or DVD is to begin with, whether there's a separate music track (rare) or the music is mixed with dialog and sound effects, and the talents of the person who rips this and puts it on CD.
And then there are bootlegs that are taken from the masters (or some other high quality source) themselves, and then are remastered for LP or CD. These are usually the best quality bootlegs.
How do you know if your LP or CD is a bootleg?
Since bootlegs are illegal, they're not meant to be traceable to the source. If you look on any commercial recording you should find contact information somewhere--the name of the label and a business address of where they are located. Some bootlegs will have no label or catalog number at all. Some bootlegs make up a label and catalog number. But almost none of them will actually have a business address. If you can't figure out how to contact the maker of your LP or CD, you've likely got a bootleg.
Many bootlegs have cute or unusual labels or catalog numbers that tip them off, too. Barryola's label is "JBCD." Robin & Marian came out on the "Sherwood" label. And there's a bunch of bootlegs from "Music Collectors Anonymous."
Where Can I Find or Buy Bootlegs?
Sometimes you can find them at the brick-and-mortor record stores. I found a bootleg of the score for the tv series The Prisoner at a nationwide chain of record stores. I doubt they knew it was a bootleg--they probably bought it from a record distributor who listed it as available. Whether the distributor knew it is another matter entirely.
Better quality bootlegs, like the LP for Lolita or the CD Barryola can usually be found at soundtrack specialty stores. For lesser quality CDs you need to either look through used record stores or on eBay.
Of course, you can find anything on eBay of you look hard enough.
Will I Get in Trouble for Having a Bootleg?
Probably not. If you sell them, then you're asking for trouble. Because when you start making money on other people's property, that's when they get interested and call the police. Obviously you're much more likely to run afoul of the FBI (or foreign equivalents) if you're bootlegging an existing CD like Goldfinger, where EMI can prove damages, than with The Black Hole, where Disney has no CD of its own to compete. But if you are going to worry about owning a bootleg, then don't buy one.
The Black Hole (1979)
Boom / Petulia (1968)
For Your Eyes Only / Octopussy (1995)
The Ipcress File / Billion Dollar Brain (2002)