Thanks to handheld digital cameras and smartphones, concert recordings for current musicians are common, even smaller, indie acts. However, this wasn’t always the case, even among popular musicians of their day. There are many cases of iconic concerts with live recordings that were either undiscovered or lost for decades. Here are five of the most famous recovered “lost” recordings in music history.
5 Famous “Lost” Concert Recordings
1. Hank Williams
A prolific singer-songwriter, Hank Williams was one of the most influential figures in country music history. In 1952, just months before his death at the young age of 29, he recorded two performances, widely understood to be his only live concert recordings. Despite Hank’s legendary status, it took 60 years before the public got to hear these rarities.
2. Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix is another musician who died too young and whose influence has far withstood his short career. In 1969, a few months before headlining at Woodstock and a little over a year before his death, Hendrix and his band played two shows at the renowned Royal Albert Hall in London. While the second show was properly recorded, the first was thought to have been lost, save for a low-quality bootleg. However, in 2013, a soundboard recording was unearthed.
3. Bob Marley
Bob Marley, who died at just 36 years old, had four concert recordings from 1974 to 1978 go missing. It wasn’t until recently that they were found in a London hotel. Unfortunately, they were waterlogged and seemingly beyond hope. It took a dedicated sound technician more than a year of careful cleaning to restore enough that he could safely play and preserve them.
4. Bob Dylan
In the summer of 1967, the beloved singer-songwriter and recent Nobel laureate Bob Dylan recorded more than 100 songs, both originals and covers, in a collection known among fans as “The Basement Tapes.” Over time, a small selection of these demos was released. It wasn’t until 2014 that the entire collection became available to the public.
5. Jaco Pastorius
Celebrated in the jazz community, Jaco Pastorius was known for his bold bass playing and fun stage presence. In addition to his own work, he collaborated with artists like Pat Metheny and Joni Mitchell. His 1982 performance at New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall with his band, Weather Report, was only recently remastered and released in 2017 for the public to enjoy.
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