This past summer I blogged about Wolfgang’s Vault. It’s a great website that houses a massive collection of licensed streaming live recording and now they’re about to make even more of these concerts available for downloading. According to Billboard, beginning November 3rd, the site will add more than 1,000 titles from 919 artists to the approximately 500 that are currently available for purchase. The additions will include more than 160 Grateful Dead concerts as well as titles from artists such as Santana, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Hall & Oates, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others.
The download prices will run $7.98 and $8.98 for MP3s and $11.98 and $12.98 for Flac recordings, which is a format similar to MP3, but higher quality (all prices in U.S. dollars). Wolfgang’s vault will also introduce a $48 annual membership which includes a $50 gift certificate, discounts on recordings and memorabilia and unlimited higher-end 192k streaming.
For those looking to bump up their collections with high-quality live recordings that would otherwise be unavailable from traditional outlets, this sounds like a really good deal.
Here’s a few classic live clips to get you in the shopping mood: