This has been a long time coming folks. For years anywhere between 80% to 90% of the download links on the these pages have expired. For the past five years I've taken up the Sisyphean role of restoring specific links that you've requested. My attendance to fixing expired links in 2022 has been especially woeful. This hasn't really worked out, specifically because Zippyshare, my file-hoster of choice for nearly ten years will delete any file that hasn't been accessed in 30 days or longer. I've been playing an utterly pointless cat and mouse game forcing me to locate to a more permanent file hoster. I could have gone with Mega, but instead I decided to place my bests on another company with a solid reputation, MediaShare. Though I have to pay out of pocket for the privilege (just under $4 USD a month) I'm assured the links will remain resident on their site for a year, and if I continue to renew my account annually possibly for several more years to come.
The idea is to revive as many of the dead links as possible - perhaps all of them except for a few categories which I'll explain below shortly. Since it's immensely time consuming to upload roughly 2500 files this is going to be a lengthy-ish endeavor, and if I decide to restore the entire enchilada I may not complete this task until sometime in January. For the past three weeks I've updated at least 750 broken links starting chronologically from the first year of Wilfully Obscure, 2007 all the way to the end of 2009. What's more. I've jumped ahead and updated hundreds of post-2009 links, many of which were based on your most demanded requests. In fact, I plan to begin updating 2010 (and beyond) era links as soon as later tonight.
Here's where the asterisk comes in. About 20% or more of the expired links will not be returning due to the fact that many of the albums and singles I've shared for the past fifteen years have been officially reissued, primarily through vendors like Amazon Downloads, Bandcamp, and occasionally even as physical reissues. I consider these particular releases to be "back in print," and as such I have no intention of depriving any of the artists I discuss on these pages of their hard earned money. Yes, there's a lot missing on here, but technically you don't have to deprive yourself of the music itself, since these recordings are commercially available again. In almost all instances I've provided a link directing you to the point of purchase. Also, the "samplers" of two or so songs that accompanied some of the earlier album reviews I did won't be coming back either.
As I've stated, if time allows I'm going to do my utmost to restore the vast majority of the expired links, but again this will take time. Since I don't always have an adequate amount of time to comb through the comments you, if there's a file you absolutely can't wait for, feel free to email me via the address stated in my user profile and I'll see what I can do to expedite your request. Otherwise, dig in to the archives and please be patient with the rest of this endeavor. I think it will be worth it. Thanks for your readership and support.
This is fantastic news. Thank you for all your work. Your taste in music is superb.
Thank you - I'd be happy to sponsor a month of MediaFire if you put up a donation link
There goes my Xmas vacation!
I'm liking mediafire so far (it used to have a bad rep) but it does mean I can download without hitting your blog (from my RSS feed reader). If that matters to you. I think I've been following this blog for well over a decade - it's one of my faves (if not the fave).
Many thanks for all your efforts - and never feel you have to apologise for slowing down on the sharing.
What a great time to have found you! Thanks so much for all the hard work you've been putting in!
That is amazing news. Thank you for all your hard work -- I've been following this blog by RSS since 2007 at least...and it never disappoints.
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