The Cranberries Library has been a dream in progress for several years. As an avid fan of The Cranberries since my teenage years, I've enjoyed listening to live performances to hear all of the differences between the live versions and studio versions. Whether it was a different note Dolores sang, a different strum on Noel's guitar, a change in Mike's baseline or Fergal replacing his drum kit with bongos on an acoustic performance, I loved to hear all of it. There were many live versions on The Cranberries CD Singles and bootlegs were available at local record stores, but were called "imports". Then the web became popular and the selection became much bigger, especially when Zombieguide opened.
Zombieguide was THE place for Cranberries Fans to go in the late 90's and into the mid 2000's (see more below). They had downloadable content including bootleg audio and video. They had a lot Cranberries related news and, in many cases, kept more current than the official page! Zombieguide had affiliates around the world, including Zombieguide Europe, South America and Mexico! After Zombieguide closed, there were other places to fill the void: ZombieGuider's and Cranberries-fan.com were wonderful. Then Dolores and The Cranberries had excellent websites. While in the process of closing those sites down around 2012. A man by the name of Luc started Cran Press (which eventually merged into Cranberries World) At the time, in the summer of 2012, I attempted to purchase Zombieguide and even proposed handing it over to Cranberries World. Unfortunately, I was unable to obtain Zombieguide, but it was always in the back of my mind.
In late march of this year (2018) I started Cranberries Music Video Edits. It was really an accident. I had a need for a creative output and I learned how to use video editing software. What started out as making Cranberries, Dolores and D.A.R.K. Music Video Edits for me and my friends, slowly turned into a YouTube Page, then Facebook and Instagram with almost 100 videos. During this time I noticed people starting to upload concerts on to YouTube (Awesome!) in one long track to share with other fans (Thank You!). I firmly believe in being able to have access to your music wherever you are, in the car, walking your dog, working out, etc and being able to make playlists with the songs you want to hear without needing an internet connection. Uploading music on to YouTube was a great way for fans to start this generosity of sharing their Cranberries audio content. However, Youtube often "down converts" audio and results in lower quality recordings. I also noticed that some individuals were trying to take advantage of others after Dolores' death.
For all of the reasons above, Cranberries Music Video Edits branched off into "The Cranberries Library." The Cranberries Library is a place to go and be able to have FREE access to many, many live shows. These are live performances that I have collected over the years along with a few VERY generous fans who have donated some or all of their material as well! Cranberries Music Video Edits believes in sharing unofficial content, we welcome any unofficial content and if anyone else starts a library in the future, we are happy to donate our content too :) I If YOU have concerts that we don't or have better versions, let us know if you'd like to share.
Additionally, I have been working on a related project to enhance the sound of some very rare performances. Songs that have only been known to be played or recorded once such as Bosnia, Disappointment, the electric version of I'm Still Remembering and other rare performances with poor quality like In It Together. Although these recordings will never be perfect, I'll certainly be removing some or all of the hissing and popping sounds, leveling the volume & more to give you a higher quality recording. Cranberries Music Video Edits and Cranberries Library can't wait to share all of this with you!
At the same time, Cranberries Music Video Edits acquired several years worth of back up files from the old Zombieguide website and the rights to use them! As stated earlier Zombiguide, it was the premier Cranberries fan website for about a decade, starting from the late 90's. If there was any type of Cranberries news, no matter how big or small, Zombieguide was on it. They also had a wide variety of pictures, newspaper and magazine articles, exclusive interviews and more. The goal is to click a button on The Cranberries Library home page and let you view Zombieguide exactly how it was from 1999-2004 with no format changes - almost like a time warp!
The Cranberries Library opened on September 6th, 2018 as a tribute to Dolores, Noel, Fergal & Mike on Dolores' Birthday. The library will have a few exclusive enhanced audio recordings and some favorite performances posted. I'll be updating the library with more and more performances. Since I am the only person at Cranberries Music Video Edits/Cranberries Library/Zombieguide Vault (yep, it's just me!), I can only do so much at a time. I've uploaded over 900 news tidbits from ZombieGuide and will continuously add and update whenever possible. Again, If you have better versions of our concerts or concerts we don't have, let us know and we can post them here for you to share.
The goal of the Cranberries Library is to have a nostalgic feel and be focused on the past - past performances and past news. Kind of like a walk down memory lane for many people. The Cranberries Library welcomes fans of ALL types from the casual fans to the long time fanatics.
I'd like to take a moment to thank Luis H, Felipe R and Danny K for their past and future donations to the Cranberries Library. Also, Cristy L for being a great source of wisdom and kind generosity at Cranberries Music Video Edits. All the awesome, supportive Cranberries Fans in the Facebook community. Noel, Mike & Fergal. And finally, Axl and Camille at Cranberries World, who encouraged me to go through with this project when I was hesitant about stepping on their toes. You Rock!
Please check out the story of past Zombieguide contributors below. Enjoy your time at the Library!
All the best,
Cranberries Music Video Edits Creator
Cranberries Library Webmaster
John Armijo (aka Zombieguide)
Responsible for: Zombieguide.com Founder, Former Webmaster. John founded "In Your Head: A Zombie's Guide to the Cranberries" in September 1998. Over time, the website's name was shortened to the simple "Zombieguide" (after he couldn't register www.inyourhead.com). John webmastered the site until around 2001, when he gradually gave control over to Alex.
Alex K (aka Cranguy)
Responsible for:Webmaster -- Most of the main site's content: news, discography, forums, etc.
Responsible for: All the news Alex doesn't wanna do (this is seriously what the old website stated)
Responsible for: ZombieGuide: Europe's Webmaster
Responsible for: ZombieGuideConcerts.com [webmaster]
Saeed A (aka Pathetic_Senses)
Responsible for: ZombieGuide Media Vault