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The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud * Ad 18-8-1997 (bootleg)

I don’t usually buy bootlegs, especially not when they reach prices such as the L.A.A. bootleg (see review elsewhere). This one is on the Cold Spring mailorder list for the price of a normal cd and comes in two versions, a silver on brown packaging and a bronze on grey packaging. There is 36 minutes of music which is supposedly recorded at the 1997 Wave Gotik Treffen (which is always in May, so 18/8/97 must be the release date or so). The sound quality is not too great, all tracks are well-known and the length is a bit short too (it sounds like have a show). The packaging is nice though, a larger flat ‘promo’ package with a smaller one inside. The front you can see on the right, the back of the outer cover says “The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud” and “ad 18-8-1997”. The small cover has the same image as the outer, but slightly different and this time the back says “Der Tage, als die Pest zum Treffen kam” (“the day the plague came to the gathering”). Undoubtely neither Elzbeth nor Albin have approved this release and yet it is available from ‘regular channels’. It does almost complete my TMLHBAC collection though and I must say that it was good to get something new of the best band ever in my hands, even when it is something illegal…

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