sorry missed this
Dean taped several of the LP shows early on in LP's career. Dean was a heavy trader so it wasn't so much so that his shows are rare just nobody thought at the time that vhs would go to shit so fast. And when converting to dvd it takes a lot of variables to get it right and look good. You can have an O..K tape and make it look great with the right programs and time/effort.
As far as I know there is a 1st gen upgrade to a few of his shows but having a master upgrade is usually (key word) the best as it is from the first tape and from the taper. Meaning the quality is pretty much as good as it can possibly get pending the condition of the tape and so forth. Again lots of factors.
Around 2001-2002ish Dean just up and disappeared. Nobody has been able to get a hold of him or even find out what happened to him. Rumor had it for many years he was busted by the fbi for selling shows on ebay. Come to find out it was not the truth at all...see why rumors are bad kids . Dean just stopped cold turkey. He had life take over and had no intentions on sharing or trading anymore.
Around May of last year I was on tour with a friends band and dean had taped these guys way way way back in the day. I had never asked about him cause well I'm not like that I don't use people to get to other people. it is rude . But I was talking about their early years and they brought up dean..a few questions later I found it, it was THAT dean. I was given an email address and I sent him an email that was cryptic as hell lol. Dean and I still joke about it to this day. I've never told anyone so here goes
I sent him an email with the following...
You don't know who I am but I'm friends with (insert name here), He gave me your email address as I have some questions about you taping shows back in late 90s early 2000s. If you have some free time I"d like to chat with you about it.
Dean wrote back like 10 minutes later with
"Sure call me (insert number) in the morning tomorrow we will chat for sure"
Personally I never thought it was going to amount to anything as asking people for their collection is pretty daring. Others who know how it is can attest to it..most ignore you or give you some smart ass comment never to hear back from them again etc and so forth. So it was nice that dean was actually cool and down to earth about it. And that is basically how it goes
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