Japanese bootleg label Empress Valley released a partial soundboard recording of Led Zeppelin’s September 29, 1971 show in Osaka, Japan on September 29.
Inside the box, the bootleg company included a message to a customer who has previously uploaded the label’s releases online for people to download for free.
“Fuck you! jesusmahdi!”, the message read. “Please stop uploading all EVSD, MVR releases!”
The message continued: “Fuck you! eelgrass, mar kin ho Please stop copying all EVSD, MVR releases!”
It seems that the bootleg label is unhappy with its releases being uploaded to the internet and then copied by other labels. The label even included a screenshot of jesusmahdi’s user page on a popular live show torrent site on the leaflet.
Read the message from Empress Valley here:
Here’s what was on the reverse of the leaflet:
We asked jesusmahdi if they had a response to Empress Valley’s angry message. Here’s what they said:
“1. Pot… Kettle…
2. Liberating the bootlegs after I spent good money on them… So honored that they mention me by name. (I hope my copy of 9/29 arrives soon so I can be the one to liberate it!)
3. They should take it as a compliment… If their product was shite, Nobody would buy it or want it.
4. Free advertising for their company… they should send me free shit for telling everybody they are my favorite label.
5. Get a Life…”
This isn’t the first time that Empress Valley has expressed frustration at customers uploading its products to the internet. Last year, the company released a soundboard recording of Led Zeppelin’s March 21, 1975 show in Seattle under the title “Deus Ex Machina.”
That release included this leaflet which asked customers not to upload the release to the internet: