I have decided to make a post on live bootlegs available on vinyl. Historically I haven't given them much attention on the site, and have lumped them with the fake/counterfeit copies for official albums. I find the concept of live bootlegs on vinyl slightly less offensive than the counterfeit vinyl out there. Sure, they are not official, and nothing goes to the band, but they are not pretending to be official either, and given that official live material available to fans is pretty limited, I can see why some fans want to own these. I don't openly endorse anyone buying bootleg vinyl of any form, but if you were looking to spend some of your hard earned cash on some live bootlegs, here are the options out there:
This comes from the Charlotte show 2012 IEM recording - Bojangles Arena, Charlotte NC on February 4th, 2012. IEM means that it is a recorded version of the audio feed that goes into Maynard's ear. So it is very clear as far as bootlegs go. It doesn't include the first song and a half, because the original taper didn't get them. It is limited to 500, and each copy is labeled with a number. If bootlegs are your thing, this is a very good option.
Tool ‘Lollapalooza’ USA 1993 Colour vinyl LP
Tracks: Intolerance, Cold & Ugly, Sober,Swamp Song, Opiate, Bottom, Jerk-Off
A vinyl pressing with source audio from the 1993 Lollapalooza show in Irwindale. The date listed on the auction of the show is: 7/7/1993. However the show was actually in August, not July. The bootlegger has likely used the same source material as the many CD bootlegs floating around that were made from this source: “Tales From The Dark side”, “Sleep Forever”, “Westwood One” “Opium Den” . Ironically if the bootlegger was more resourceful there are plenty of great Sound Board recordings from 93’ Lollapalooza. Not really worth picking up.
Tool - Live Newcastle England
This is a German bootleg pressing of the 1993-02-23 show in Newcastle in England. Supposedly it was limited to 500 on yellow translucent vinyl. The source linage is Sound Board > Analog Cables > Cassette-M > DAT-2 @ 32 KHZ. The bootleg was produced in 2013.
B1 Swamp Song
- Matrix / Runout: Side A: "A"
- Matrix / Runout: Side B: "TOOL B"
Updated: December 2018
This guide is a buyers/sellers guide for tool vinyl. I have put together all the information you will need to find the correct official tool vinyl. Each vinyl has photos and identifiers to ensure you get the correct vinyl and not get ripped off. If you are buying online, I highly suggest you use the information in this guide to ask sellers questions. If you find any information you believe to be incorrect in this guide, get in touch via the contact page and I will investigate.
Opiate – Vinyl, 12″, EP
- A1- Sweat 3:47
- A2- Hush 2:48
- A3- Part Of Me 3:17
- B1- Cold And Ugly (Live) 4:10 / The Gaping Lotus Experience (2:21)
- B2- Jerk-Off (Live) 4:22
- B3- Opiate 5:22
72445-11027-1 - 1996 Original Release
These pressings have the Zoo cat# 72445-11027-1 printed on the back cover, inner sleeve and labels. PA "Explicit Lyrics" sticker (a bigger one) is placed on cover (under shrink). Sealed in old style with vertical shrink overlap visible on back. Inner sleeves are printed and contains the cat# on front bottom center of sleeve (printed in white). The labels are black.
61422-31027-1 - Volcano Reissue - 1997
Notes: This Volcano reissue uses a sleeve that still contains the Zoo logo. The label says Volcano. Because of that, the old Zoo cat# of 72445-11027-1 is in small print on the back, however, the vinyl contains the new cat#. These have “PARENTAL ADVISORY” stickers on the front of the jacket (unlike later repressings that have it printed on the jacket.) Side B is double cut, e.g. if you nudge the needle over on Cold & Ugly (B1), you hit a second groove, which plays the hidden track The Gaping Lotus Experience. Manufactured By – Zomba Recording Corporation, Distributed By – BMG Music – Phonographic Copyright (p) – Volcano Entertainment III
- Barcode: 6 1422-31027-1 9
- Matrix / Runout (Side A): 61422-31027-1-A3 RE
- Matrix / Runout (Side B): 61422-31027-1-B4 RE
Back of sleeve: The BMG and Zoo Entertainment logos are trademarks of BMG Music, ℗ © 1992 BMG Music • All Rights Reserved, Manufactured and Distributed by BMG Entertainment, New York, NY • Printed in U.S.A. 72445-11027-1
On vinyl sticker: ℗ & © Volcano Entertainment 3, L.L.C. Manufactured by Zomba Recording Corporation All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A., 61422-31027-1
61422-31027-1 - 2007 Reissue
Most recent release in 2017, very common, has white labels, *Track B1 is double-cut with "The Gaping Lotus Experience." When one track is playing, bump the needle over to play the other. That's why the track looks like it's 7 minutes.
Labels: ℗ & © Volcano Entertainment 3, L.L.C., Manufactured by Zomba Recording Corporation. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A. 61422-31027-1
Back cover: ℗ © 1992 BMG Music, Manufactured and Distributed by BMG Entertainment, New York, NY Original Cat. # of 72445-11027-1 included on back cover under barcode (see photo below).
Catalog#: 61422-31027-1 – Mispress
This mispress plays side B on both sides. This Volcano reissue uses a sleeve that still contains the Zoo logo. The label says Volcano. Because of that, the old Zoo cat# of 72445-11027-1 is in small print on the back, however, the vinyl contains the new cat#.
Differences from the correct pressing:
- The spine does not contain the name of the EP or the band.
- The copyright information is a slightly different font and colour.
- The Parental Advisory is not part of the sleeve, it is a sticker.
- Both sides are double cut.
Etching: 72445-11027-1-A1 on both sides.
Catalog#: 61422-31027-1 - Undertow Mispress
All of the labels and cover suggest this album is Opiate, however it's actually a misprint tracks from Undertow A1-Intolerance, A2-Prison Sex, A3- Sober, B1-Bottom, B2-Crawl Away, B3-Swamp Song. The cover and type of sealing are identical to 1997 Reissue, so the only way to know if you have one is to listen to the album.
Opiate Vinyl on eBay:
Undertow – 2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Released: April 6, 1993
- A1- Intolerance 4:54
- A2- Prison Sex 4:55
- A3- Sober 5:06
- B1- Bottom 7:13
- B2- Crawl Away 5:29
- B3- Swamp Song 5:31
- C1- Undertow 5:21
- C2- 4° 6:02
- C3- Flood 7:45
- D1- Disgustipated 15:47
Undertow Grey Promo 12″ Vinyl
- For Promotion only not for resale.
- Manufactured and Distributed by BMG Music, New York, NY. Printed in the USA.
- Published by Toolshed Music [ASCAP].
Undertow Clear Green Promo 12″ Vinyl
- For Promotion only not for resale.
- Manufactured and Distributed by BMG Music, New York, NY. Printed in the USA.
- Published by Toolshed Music [ASCAP].
- 72445-11052-1 On labal
Neither of the promotional vinyls included the final track “Disgustipated” so that the entire album could fit onto one disc. Both the Clear Green and Grey releases were in 1993.
Catalog# 72445-11052-1 -RE - 1996 release with printed sleeves
This is the first full release of the Undertow with all tracks. This one comes with printed inner sleeves and a parental advisory sticker on the front of the vinyl jacket. Has very faint catalog number on bottom spine. Zoo logo and BMG logo on back sleeve, barcode (1 ¼” L x 5/8” h), barcode is 61422-31052-1, Has Parental Advisory Sticker on bottom right of front sleeve, Shrink wrap sealed from front top to bottom center of back sleeve side.
How to Identify: Printed inner sleeves rather than generic white sleeves like the later versions, "x-ray" labels. "Parental Advisory" sticker on shrink wrap that is larger and has more white, see photo below.
- Etching: Side A: 72445-11052-1-A , Side B: 72445-11052-1-B, Side C: 72445-11052-1-C , Side D: 72445-11052-1-D
- Label: ℗ & © BMG Music. All rights reserved. 72445-11052-1-RE
- Back of vinyl: “The BMG and Zoo Entertainment logos are trademarks of BMG Music • ℗ © 1993 BMG Music • All Rights Reserved • Manufactured and Distributed by BMG Entertainment, New York, NY • Printed in U.S.A. • 72445-11052-1-RE”
Catalog#: 61422-31052-1- Repress 1999
1999 re-issue Sony BMG Music Released in the original Zoo sleeve. This Volcano reissue uses a sleeve that still contains the Zoo logo. The label says Volcano and Tool Dissectional. Because of that, the old Zoo cat# of 72445-11052-1-RE is in small print on the back, however, the vinyl contains the new cat#. This sleeve has a Parental Advisory sticker on the cover.
How to Identify: Generic inners, plain white labels, "PA" sticker, back of sleeve has Sony BMG logo.
- Etching: Side A: 72445-31052-1-A1, Side B: 72445-31052-1-B1, Side C: 72445-31052-1-C1, Side D: 72445-31052-1-D1
- On label: ℗ & © 1993 Volcano Entertainment II, LLC. Manufactured in the United States by Zomba Recording Corporation. Printed in U.S.A. 61422-31052-1
- On sleeve: ℗© 1993 BMG Music. Manufactured and distributed by BMG Entertainment. Barcode: 6 1422-31052-1 5
Catalog#: 61422-31052-1-Repress 2006
The 2006 repress is very generic. There are generic white inners, the PA sign is printed not snickered. The back sleeve no longer has the Sony BMG logo, they are Tool Dissectional and volcano logos.
How to Identify: Generic inners, white labels, "PA" printed, not stickered
Undertow Vinyl on eBay:
Sober 12″, Picture Disc, Promo, UK
- A – Sober 5:06
- B1 – Prison Sex 4:55
- B2 – Intolerence 4:34
Artwork and lyrics pictured on both sides. Barcode: 7 43212 20431 5, Label Code: LC 6410 , Rights Society: BIEM/GEMA , Matrix / Runout (Side A (Etched)): 74321-22043-1-A1, Matrix / Runout (Side B (Etched)): 74321-22043-1-B1
Prision Sex White Vinyl UK – Promo
- 01- Prison Sex
- 02- Undertow (live)
- 03- Opiate (live)
- 04- Prison Sex (edit)
Catalog# 74321 19432-1
If you are lucky you will find one with the big fat lady art card. Contains the original version of opiate from the opiate ep/, original version of all other tracks from the album undertow. Live versions of undertow and opiate recorded live at lollapalooza '93 on the following dates: 7/20, charles town,wv; 7/21, burgettstown,pa; 8/6, irwindale,ca.
Sober 12″ Promo Vinyl
- A1- Sober
- B1- Intolerance (Live)
Catalog#: ANGST 1
Black Promo -Housed in a die cut black sleeve. Intolerance recorded at Lollapalooza, Charles Town, WV, 20 July 1993.
Prison Sex – Vinyl, 12″, Promo, Single UK
- A1- Prison Sex
- B1- Jerk-Off (Live)
Catalog#: TOOL 002
TOOL Prison Sex UK promotional-only vinyl 12", also including a Live Version of Jerk Off, in plain black die-cut sleeve. Barcode and Other Identifiers: Matrix Number (Stamped): TOOL A-1-1-1, TOOL B-1-1-1
Tool Sober – Vinyl, 12″, Promo, Single UK
- A1- Sober 5:06
- B1- Intolerence 4:54
- B2- Opiate 5:22
Catalog#: TOOL 001
Housed in black sleeve. Original release came with 8×10 glossy photo of the band and a press release from BMG and is housed in a die cut black sleeve.
Aenima – 2 x Vinyl, Album, LP, Gatefold
Released: 17 Sep 1996
- A1 – Stinkfist 5:11
- A2 – Eulogy 8:29
- A3 – H. 6:03
- A4 – Useful Idiot 0:39
- B1 – Forty Six & 2 6:03
- B2 – Message To Harry Manback 1:53
- B3 – Hooker With A Penis 4:34
- B4 – Intermission 0:56
- B5 – Jimmy 5:24
- C1 – Die Eier Von Satan 2:17
- C2 – Pushit 9:56
- C3 – Cesaro Summability 1:26
- C4 – Ænima 6:40
- D1 – (-) Ions 4:00
- D2 – Third Eye 13:47
The track “Useful Idiot” features the sound of the end of a gramophone record gaining more sound and gets louder as the track progresses. The track was set at the end of side 1 of the vinyl versions of Ænima as a joke to fool those who owned the version.
Catalog#: 61422 31087 1 Pressing A (1stPressing) (17 Sept - 1996)
It has a larger, more blurred “TOOL AENIMA” print on spine, only Zoo logo on back (no BMG logo) smaller barcode (1 ¼” L x 5/8” h), barcode is 61422-31087-1, catalog number on spine 61422-31087-1. Also a larger Zoo logo on spine(logo is ¼” diameter) (as compared to the 72445-11087-1 pressing.) The vinyl labels are significantly different as well. The back bottom reads: “The Zoo Entertainment logo is a trademark of Volcano Entertainment. • ℗ © 1996 Volcano Entertainment LLC 1540 Broadway New York, NY 10036 • Warning All Rights reserved • Unauthorized Duplication Is A Violation OF Applicable Laws • Manufactured and Distributed by BMG Entertainment, New York, NY • Printed in U.S.A. • 61422-31087-1”, Has Tool Aenima sticker front top left of shrink wrap, Has Parental Advisory Sticker on bottom right of front sleeve, Shrink wrap sealed from front top to bottom center of back sleeve side, Some copies have cut-out indicating promotional copy.
Catalog#: 72445 11087 1 – Pressing B (2nd Pressing) (17 Sept - 1996)
Release has printed labels, although very faint (look at photos below). Release has four black labeled sides, other than the runoutgrooves there are no side indications. Side A ends in a locked groove. This jacket has smaller “TOOL AENIMA” (the logo is 1 1/4″” long) and “Zoo” (13/8” L x 7/8” h) logos. Its barcode is larger and has a VERY faint catalog number on the bottom of the spine (it may be hard to see.) Back bottom reads: “The BMG and Zoo Entertainment logos are trademarks of BMG Music • ℗ © 1996 BMG Music • All Rights Reserved • Manufactured and Distributed by BMG Entertainment, New York, NY • Printed in U.S.A. • 72445-11087-1”, Catalog number on bottom spine 72445 11087 1, Large barcode (13/8” L x 7/8” h), All vinyl have 72445-11087-1-A1 REI on them, Has Tool Aenima sticker front bottom center of shrink wrap, Has Parental Advisory Sticker on bottom right of front sleeve, Shrink wrap sealed from front top to bottom center of back sleeve side, Some sealed copies have over barcode sticker – 614224 11441, Comes with printed inner sleeves
Catalog#: 61422 31145 1– (3rd Pressing) (24 Jan - 1997)
It has a larger, more blurred "TOOL AENIMA" print on spine, only Zoo logo on back (no BMG logo), smaller barcode, catalog number on spine 61422-31145-1 and larger Zoo logo on spine. Sticker on shrink wrap reads: TOOL ÆNIMA 72445-11087-1 (different to spine + back bottom). Track A4 ends in a locked runout groove. The sound it contains, also continues on the run-in groove of side B. The back bottom reads: "The Zoo Entertainment logo is a trademark of Volcano Entertainment. • ℗ © 1996 Volcano Entertainment LLC 1540 Broadway New York, NY 10036 • Warning All Rights reserved • Unauthorized Duplication Is A Violation OF Applicable Laws • Manufactured and Distributed by BMG Entertainment, New York, NY • Printed in U.S.A. • 61422-31145-1"
Aenima Vinyl on eBay:
*I can’t control what specific auctions eBay show, so check to make sure you don’t bid on fakes.
Selections From Ænima
- A1- Stinkfist 5:10
- A2- H. 6:07
- A3- Useful Idiot 0:39
- B1- Forty Six & 2 6:03
- B2- Intermission 0:56
- B3- Jimmy 5:23
- B4- (-) Ions 3:58
Catalog#: Tool 001
Cesaro Summability 12″, Promo, Picture Disc, Limited Edition
- A1- Cesaro Summability 1:26
- A2- Ænima 6:40
- B- Third Eye 13:47
Ænima promotional picture disc limited to 5000 copies. Comes in a clear “collectors” sleeve (some with a Tool postcard/sticker promoting the release of the album).
Etching: Side A: L-47140 ZP17666-1-A Gateway LC, Side B: L-47140-X , ZP17666-1-B
Stinkfist 10″, Picture Disc, Promo
Released:01 Oct 1996
- A1- Stinkfist
- A2- Opiate
- B1- Sober
- B2- Prison Sex
This picture disc 10″ was given away with the first copies of Tool’s newly released (at the time) album Ænima.
Barcode and Other Identifiers:
- Barcode (on sticker of sleeve): 6 1422-31721-1
- Other (Etching): Side A: ZP 17211-1-A and L 47261
- Other (Etching): Side B: ZP 17211-1-6 and L 47261-X
Lateralus 2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Picture Disc, Limited Edition, Gatefold
Released:26 Aug 2005
- A1- The Grudge 8:36
- A2- Eon Blue Apocalypse 1:04
- A3- The Patient 7:13
- A4- Mantra 1:12
- B1- Schism 6:47
- B2- Parabol 3:04
- B3- Parabola 6:03
- B4- Disposition 4:46
- C1- Ticks & Leeches 8:10
- C2- Lateralus 9:24
- D1- Reflection 11:07
- D2- Triad 8:46
- D3- Faaip De Oiad 2:39
Catalog#:61422-31160-1 LP and 61422-31160-1 LP
The catalog numbers are etched into the vinyl close to the centre –The cover is holographic, and it is a picture disc as shown in the photos below. There are counterfeit copies floating around, so make sure you look at the photos. Legit copies that are new will have the sticker, and the counterfeit copies have are scans rather than actually being holographic. 250-300 copies were hand-signed by all four band members and sold through the band’s website.
- On back: ℗ & © 2000 Volcano Entertainment II, L.L.C. Manufactured in the United States by Zomba Recording Corporation Printed in the United States.
- On Disc: ℗ & © 2001 Tool Dissectional, L.L.C. / Volcano Entertainment II, L.L.C.
- On sleeve: ℗ & © 2003 Tool Dissectional, L.L.C. / Volcano Entertainment II, L.L.C. Manufactured in the United States by Zomba Recording Corporation.
Lateralus Vinyl on eBay:
Lateralus LP, Picture Disc, Promo, Limited Edition
- A1- The Grudge – 8:34
- A2- Eon Blue Apocalypse – 1:05
- A3- The Patient – 7:14
- A4- Ticks & Leeches – 8:07
- B1- Lateralus – 9:22
- B2- Reflection – 11:08