Boston’s demo tapes might be one of the most famous bootlegs in existence.
That’s due in part to the lasting popularity of the band’s 1976 debut album, and also to the rags to riches story of the little band whose demo was rejected by label after label only to eventually become bajillion selling recording artists.
But more than anything it’s the quality of these recordings. Tom Scholz owned a basement full of professional grade studio gear, so his demo recordings sound better than most fully produced albums. These tapes must have been a bootlegger’s dream.
There are several versions of the Boston demo tapes floating around. This one will run you 20-40 bucks, but of course you can also hear it online for free. Happy hunting.