I didn’t know what a bootleg album was until my friend Kevin stumbled on The Beatles Black Album in a used record store on the corner of Barrington and Prince Streets in Halifax, back when we were 16 or 17 years old. I think he bought it for around 50 bucks. We couldn’t believe our luck.
Its quality was pitiful: the warped vinyl (three records!) had bubbles and scratches in it, but we still listened to it a lot.
The Black Album is outtakes from around the Let It Be sessions, when they were recording songs like I’ve Got A Feeling and Don’t Let Me Down – that era. The bootleg’s packaging was attractive: completely black, copying the The White Album style, with a poster inside that included photos from the sessions, track listing, and lyrics. Some of the songs included No Pakistanis (sung to the tune of Get Back), Moma You’ve Been On My Mind (a nice acoustic tune by George, I think. Maybe Paul – I don’t remember), in addition to rough takes of their classic tunes.
I don’t know if I still have my copy of the album; Phillip might. It’s worth a listen for Beatles’ fans.