Every music fan loves a great bootleg release, right?

Sure, officially issued studio and live LPs are awesome, but there’s something inherently cooler and more illuminating about hearing demos, alternative versions, concerts and wholly abandoned tracks that bands and/or labels didn’t initially put out (or sanction).

That’s doubly true when fans are able to trade and bond over those recordings, as such exchanges add to the mystique and sense of community surrounding our favorite acts.
Regardless of whether each entry on this list checks all of those boxes, the 10 albums discussed below certainly represent some of the most legendary and iconic rock and metal bootlegs of all time.

If anyone asks, though, you didn’t hear about them from us!

10 Most Legendary/Iconic Bootleg Rock + Metal Albums

You weren’t always meant to hear these.

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