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Originally released in 1972, 'Bootleg' was a double vinyl album collecting  together demos and underground recordings of songs from 1968 to 1972. A  dozen of the songs here would reappear in rerecorded finished form on his  proper record label releases so like the title suggests these 'Bootleg'  recordings are effectively demos. For those starved of new material from  Norman in the '70s, this became a significant release and if you once had  this on vinyl you'll want to get hold of this. The rough demo quality of the  recordings don't diminish some of the songs where these are the only  versions ever released. So the piano songs "No Change Can Attend" with its  Jaggeresque vocal and "I Think I Love You" still rock along nicely. Other  highlights include the live version of "Blue Shoes White" which illustrate what an incredible  live performer Larry was in his prime. The start of the second CD features some media  interviews and speaking and one of the absolute highlights of the album is "Addressing The  National Youth Workers Convention" where he sings "Sweet Song Of Salvation", working  hard to get some audience participation from a bunch of youth leaders. It's hilarious! Other  highlights include a rocking version of "Righteous Rocker", a beautiful, short sweet piano  ballad "Even If You Don't Believe" and a raw version of "Why Don't You Look Into Jesus". All  in all, these are classic early '70s Jesus music recordings and for an overview of Larry  Norman's music, they are essential listening.
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