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by Chupperson Weird at 7:43 PM EST on November 26, 2009
Possible. Some of them you can't really tell a difference (but they are still certainly not a real pressing). But man those MP3-sourced ones are hilariously bad. I feel sorry for the people who get duped into buying them.
by hcs at 12:34 AM EST on November 27, 2009
I've never had a bootleg where I could tell from the data, luckily, but the materials are typically notably shoddy. There's the cover art scanned/photoreproduced from the original cover, with the original publisher and catalog number blocked out and replaced, occasionally backwards or upside down or from a different album. In one case a new CD had an opaque plastic disc holder, which blocked the reverse of the back cover (which they printed anyway).

The only points I see to buying albums are:
1) Showing support
2) Having a cool physical object
3) Having an authentic physical object

Bootlegs don't fulfill 1 and 3, and poor bootlegs don't provide 2. Those that I do have are from before I figured out that philosophy (and knew to be wary of unusual bargains) or where 2 won out.
by marcusss at 10:38 AM EST on November 27, 2009
I've had both and never had a problem... As long as it sounds the same or better quality than mp3s im sold :).. It is very hard to get originals sometimes so the chinese bootlegger shops will have to do. I have yet to have a bad sounding bootleg cd so far :D
by realizer at 6:09 PM EST on November 27, 2009
Most silver-pressed bootlegs are exactly similar to the authentic releases data-wise, except they usually have a different offset which can be fixed with Cue Tools. Say for example a bootleg differs in offset of 667 samples; it then can be readjusted in Cue Tools to match the original (the Accurate Rip database will tell you the correct offset of the original pressing if an entry exists and it has something to compare to like the bootleg) and all the track CRC values will match. Tools like TripleFLAC and Cue Tools will show all the offset results submitted to the AR database.

If you have both a bootleg and an original on hand, or you downloaded them in lossless, properly ripped with EAC, do a WAV comparison in EAC and you will find that the only difference is missing or shifted null (dead silence) samples.

edited 6:15 PM EST November 27, 2009
by fridgey at 2:59 PM EDT on May 10, 2010
Since I like this thread and would like to bump it, figure I'll post up something I made for myself a while back. Basically, I got tired of having to keep 4 copies of the ocarina of time ost around in order to have decent looping copies of all the tracks, instead of the single-shot copies on the complete JPN release. I took all the looping songs from the two european releases, along with 3 or 4 from the north american release (mastered a lot quieter than the other 3, avoided it as much as I could since I figured any major normalization problems would come from there), and all the fixed-length tracks from the japanese release. Applied the album replaygain values from the original releases to even out the mastering differences and put it all together into one complete, two-disc soundtrack. Obviously not for the archivist types, but if you just want good-sounding copies of all the songs you might like to have it. All of the tracks are in high quality mp3 (LAME V0).
by SmartOne at 1:25 PM EDT on May 15, 2010
I am eternally searching for a Mother 3i rip that is not doubly lossy.
by snakemeat at 9:14 PM EDT on May 18, 2010
Atlus has the Zeno Clash OST for download through May 31:
by Elven Spellmaker at 10:41 AM EDT on May 19, 2010
Whoah that soundtrack is pretty epic, I checked it out because I love Trauma Centre's music, both made by Atlus.
by JudgeIto at 2:49 PM EDT on May 19, 2010
Atlus only published Zeno Clash. They didn't have a thing to do with the music.
by TRIFORCE89 at 2:54 PM EDT on May 25, 2010
Not an official soundtrack, but there was once a set to Banjo-Kazooie called "Complete Note Score" (I think. Can't really remember) floating around on the net. I'm not sure of the source of it.

The USF is more than sufficient now. But I wanted to compare the tracklist *order* of the Complete Note Score to the USF set.

Anyone have a tracklist?

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