Vintage recordings released from Vault

Downloads available through UMG deal

NASHVILLE -- Nearly 500 vintage concert recordings from Fleetwood Mac, the Kinks, Santana and Billy Joel are now available for download purchase through a new arrangement between Wolfgang's Vault and Universal Music Group.

The recordings include live performances by UMG artists culled from thousands of Bill Graham-promoted concerts, along with gems from other catalogs and archives dating back decades.

"This is a far-reaching agreement to make available what I would consider previously unreleased live performance recordings of Universal Music Group artists from the mid-'60s on through today," Wolfgang's Vault founder Bill Sagan said. "It covers hundreds of UMG performers and thousands of live performance concerts."

Sagan launched in 2003 after acquiring the late promoter Graham's cache of memorabilia and concert recordings for $5 million, but was only able to stream the concerts in lieu of licensing deals with labels. The downloadable content deal is for 10 years, with a streaming deal stretching "into perpetuity," Sagan said.

If the concert is longer than 30 minutes, a full download is priced at $9.98, with concerts of less than 30 minutes at $5.98. Some one- or two-song performances cost $3.98. The site will continue to offer free streaming.

"Of the 1,434 concerts that are up on the site, 488 can be downloaded right now," Sagan said. "And some very major artists will be downloading within the next 30 to 60 days."

Eventually the product will be offered as CDs and vinyl, though "that ball is in Universal's court," Sagan said. "There will be physical product."

A quick run through the site shows vintage performances for sale by artists including the Alarm, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Iggy Pop, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Lou Reed, Mott the Hoople, Poco, Steve Miller, the Tubes, Uriah Heep, Warren Zevon and many others.