Goodbye and thank you

My life has changed so much in the last two years that I simply don’t have time for the blog anymore and there are more changes coming. Also, truth be told I’ve lost some of the enthusiasm & motivation that have pushed me to keep looking for better images and spend yet another hour doing research. While I wanted to continue with WCF 2001/2 – 2058, which is not the most exciting bootleg label in the first place, I can see from the blog stats that hardly anyone’s interested in Grateful Dead boots in 2018 (and WCF happens to be the Dead bootleg label: Another 5 Dead titles would have been in that next batch), I can clearly feel I just don’t have it in me. So, this is the honest moment where I say it’s curtain time.

A deep heartfelt thanks to those who have supported the blog and all who enjoyed reading the posts.

I considered asking if anyone wanted to continue it but they are probably better served starting from scratch and 100% according to their own vision.

In the words of John Lennon: I hope I passed the audition.



  1. Doinker said:

    I am **extremely** disappointed that you have chosen to give this blog up. Not only is it a valuable resource, it is written with joy and enthusiasm.

    I can only hope that at some point real soon you change your mind and that you come back. In any case, please leave up all the work you have done, so that others may find purpose in it as I have.

    I am very sorry to see you go.


    • Yes, it will be left so that it can serve as a source for research. I am sorry as well, Doinker but it was a decision that had to be made.

  2. I have really enjoyed your blog, good luck to you in wherever life may take you.

  3. Very sad this is coming to an end. Thanks for the memories. I’ve subscribed to this blog since day one, usually reading it via email, which may not show up on the website tracker. You’ve done excellent work, and covered albums and labels no one else has covered, or covered this well. I also agree with all of Doinker’s comments above. No matter what, I wish you all the best.

      • Regarding CBM, I have scans of a couple of their release sheets and another with other merchandise from their alternative retail name, “Pipedreams.” Happy to email them to you if interested.

  4. nigel dodds said:

    Easily the best ‘Boots Blog’ and i’m sorry to see it go but those pesky WCF could see anyone off.

  5. menno1 said:

    what a shame (mary jane , famous beatlesbootleg) can understand it,always loved reading your posts good luck for the future and thanks for the great time !!!

    menno schaap holland


  6. YesDays said:

    Everything comes to an end; even the very good things. And this blog was a very, very good thing. I can’t say how much I’ve enjoyed and appreciated this blog. It’s also one of the greatest resources of information on these illicit vinyl record productions. I hope things are working out well for you, spinalcrackerbox, and wish you the very best as you travel on ahead down Life’s road. You know how to get in touch with me, if you want to contact. And yes, you passed the audition.

    • Thank you, YesDays. Your support has always meant a lot to me. Best wishes to you as well.

  7. Thank you for all your hard work, it is appreciated more than you’ll know.
    Here’s wishing you all the best for the future.

  8. Exeter said:

    Thanks for enjoyable reading all this time. I know it has been a lot of work, and it is appreciated.

  9. metalmister said:

    Thank you so much for all your hard work, research, detail digging and wonderful stories. I’m very sorry to see you stop but understand your decision and wish you nothing but the best for the future.

  10. Stephen Evans said:

    Sad news indeed. I always check morning and evening for new posts. You and your work have been much appreciated. Hope you’re right and someone will continue the journey on their own page. Doubtful. So much work as you know. Best Wishes on all your future en devours.

    Gratefully Yours


  11. Vaughan said:

    Thank u and Good Luck !!!

  12. Rob said:

    thanks for all the hard work you put.You helped me rediscover my youth!

  13. Andrew Molloy said:

    Thanks so much for all the hard work and research. I have followed the blog from the start and am really going to miss it but I totally understand what you’re talking about. Best wishes for whatever lies ahead.

  14. Steve McGrath said:

    Thank you very much for your hard work over the years.
    It has been very much appreciated
    Goodbye from London

  15. Please leave it on though! And feel free to change your mind! It’s a great site, and a great resource regardless of whether you add any more – you might also want to return to it in the future.

  16. Jim Clarke said:

    Thank You Spinalcrackerbox for A Blog of (Exceptional) Quality!

    Jim Clarke

  17. J said:

    what the f**k…oh no….everyday , the first thing i did was open this page….
    and you don’t go any further…you said you would end the story with the TMOQ’s…..this is the best and most detailed site of this amazing piece of music history……( you did feel the Dead on the WCF label was the most adorable subject? so what..?
    im very sad right now….

  18. J said:

    wcf is just part of the story….after that section there comes prob Takrl of Tmoq… than we could enjoy that more, apreciate that more…….remember..without war no piece….without black there’s no white….without ugly there’s no beauty….

  19. Moreno said:

    Thanks for everything! Goodbye and luck from Italy

  20. Sonny Boy Williamson said:

    Thanks for your great job and good luck

  21. Karl said:

    The blog was a long and fascinating journey and it is a pity there will be no new posts anymore. I learned a lot about records I did not know about and I got a deeper understanding of the ones I have in my collection. Your work is very much appreciated! All the best for the future … and … Kum Back!

    • Thank you, Karl for all the mentoring. The blog would not have been the same without it.

  22. tvreck said:

    I thank for your longtime effort and this blog which brought many discovery for me.
    Good by from Japan.

  23. Mark said:

    Thanks for all you have done! Life can change rapidly and it sounds like you are in the midst of it. I hope all is Ok around you. All the best, Mark 🙂

  24. Craig Jones said:

    All the very best, greatly enjoy(ed) your blog, a very valuable resource!

  25. Thank you to all who have cared to leave a message and for your positive thoughts. All the best.

  26. Moptop said:

    Really sad news that another well-researched resource has hit the buffers. I have read it for many years and used none Beatles information to help with my own research and website. So a huge THANK YOU. Hopefully, you still have good health and maybe one day life will allow you to return either here or to share your knowledge in other locations.

    It is good news that you are leaving the blog available for as long as the host will allow. Are you happy for us to continue to leave comments?

    Either way keep well and safe.

    All The Best

    Chris aka Moptop or is that Moptop aka Chris?

    • Yes, on the (good) health question and everyone is welcome to still leave comments. I seriously doubt I will return to this topic though as I’m moving continents and have already started getting rid of my belongings & resources.

      Take care,


  27. carlo babbini said:

    It was Perfect Pitch in Orono,Maine that got me started in “75 & you got me back into it in 2015!!!! Just too cool of a site !More info than HW ever dreamed of. Cheers for a great job done!

  28. S Jansen said:

    Not a daily visitor, but a regular one, nonetheless! Great work, was always a joy to visit, some real TIME TRAVEL going on. Hope all goes well for you in the future – THANKS for putting this up here. I will miss getting new posts, but it will just make me dig deeper into the old ones. ;^)

  29. Erik T said:

    Ahoy, Spinalcrackerbox!
    I have been away from this wonderful blog for a few months now, as I am back in school after a thousand years, and I’m trying to keep my job so all I do is school and work these days… I have really enjoyed this blog immensely. I cannot tell you how much I have appreciated this one.
    If you ever want to try a reduced workload version of the blog, I would be happy to review and /or find out about stuff. I remember you were asking for record labels to cover, about a year ago, and you seemed to agree Rock Solid Records would be worth doing, so if you change your mind about shelving this… just sayin’.
    I wonder if you would consider an open comments section for those of us who still want to ask questions or even review stuff in a different comment thread?
    I have a lot of catching up to do with this blog, but it saddens me that once I read it, I’m done. I know Dead bootlegs were the first to become obsolete, but then again I’d have thought the Marty tapes- on Marty – pressed records would be popular nowadays, because so many of Marty’s original tapes were lost and erased.
    Alright I haven’t read the comments section here, so apologies if I am re-pressing this adieu…
    “So long and tanks for the mammaries!”

    • Hi Erik, your comment means a lot to me, as did the ones you wrote in the past. Sorry to have closed down the blog but it had to be done and I won’t be changing my mind about it either.
      I don’t think an open comments section is possible as comments can still be left under each post. The discussion these days has moved to Facebook bootleg groups (with a focus on collectors selling to each other, though sometimes unrealistic prices are stated).

      Thank you for reading.

  30. Scott Parker said:

    All I can say is thank you, good sir. You have done fantastic work and should be very, very proud of yourself. While you can add me to the chorus of people hoping that you wiil change your mind someday, I completely understand your decision and, as George put it, “all things must pass”.

    Happy trails, and thank you again!!!

    Scott Parker

  31. Th:-)mas said:

    Oh boy, what a bummer! :-(( Too bad your enthusiasm waned so severely. Thank you VERY, VERY MUCH for all your invaluable reasech, info and expertise also from my end. MUCH appreciated, you bet! Thanks also for leaving your site up, I for one WILL return often, that is a given – and if only to take a few looks at these …er, unque “stoneage-charm” covers every now and then. All the best to you. And if you ever change your mind… 🙂

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