Tom Waits ‎– The Black Rider

Island Records (2) ‎– ILPS 8021
Vinyl, LP, Unofficial Release


  • ProducerGerd Bessler (tracks: A2, A3, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, B4, B6, B9, B10), Tchad Blake (tracks: A1, A4, A10, B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, B8)


There are no official re-issues of this record. This bootleg pretends to be on Island Records UK.

With the original copies, the record itself came in a picture sleeve, but with the fake pressing the picture sleeve is just a flat insert, and the record comes in a plain white sleeve.

The matrix is different on this bootleg press. And the sound quality is much worse.

The cover is glossier and the writings on the back are blurrier than the original. The label on the record is black, while on the original it's blue.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: Side A: BLACKRIDER 01 A-1
  • Matrix / Runout: Side B: BLACKRIDER 01 B-1

Other Versions (5 of 36) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label  Cat# Country Year
A-S5 Tom Waits The Black Rider(LP, Album, Unofficial, Red) Alka-Seltzer Medien GMBH A-S5 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
TW-88 Tom Waits The Black Rider(LP, Unofficial, Col) Alka-Seltzer Medien GmbH TW-88 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
TW 88 Tom Waits The Black Rider(LP, Album, Unofficial) Alka-Seltzer Medien GmbH TW 88 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
AL R 52 Tom Waits The Black Rider(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Always Records AL R 52 Russia 1993 Sell This Version
JPCD9708492 Tom Waits The Black Rider(CD, Album, Unofficial) Grammy JPCD9708492 Russia 1997 Sell This Version


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June 29, 2017
It very much sounds like they mastered the vinyl from a CD version of the album. Is it worth having if you can't have the original? Probably not. And a crappy bootleg always takes something from the artist.


January 28, 2015
edited over 3 years ago

People who are saying that the sound is crappy is highly exaggerating. Yes, the sound is a teensy bit more dusty, but it's nothing you can't live with...especially taking to consideration that it's a Tom Waits' we're talkin'bout.

Further more; this is a sublime peace of music. November's a favorite.


August 6, 2014

The sound quality of this bootleg is absolutely crappy. You should save your money for the original.


December 30, 2011
This unofficial copy certainly does have worse sound qualiy.