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YouTube gets injected with 12K live concert videos

The video-sharing site works with Music Vault to bring users thousands of remastered music videos, from The Grateful Dead to The Sex Pistols to Fleet Foxes.

James Brown performing "Super Bad" at the Ritz in 1986. Music Vault/Screengrab by Dara Kerr/CNET

YouTube's live concert collection is about to multiply by the thousands. And, these videos will cater to most all types of music lovers, from classical fans to classic rock aficionados.

The video-sharing site announced Tuesday that it has worked with Music Vault, which hosts live music videos, to bring 12,000 concert clips to YouTube users. Included in this collection are 50 years of music that encompass legendary artists like Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, and James Brown, and contemporary musicians like Deer Tick, Fleet Foxes, and St. Vincent.

Some of the videos show rare performances, like when the Sex Pistols played the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco in 1978; and, others show popular performances from festivals like Woodstock and Newport Jazz.

This new infusion of live music videos on YouTube brings the total of concert videos on the site to more than 13,000 -- that's more than 2,000 hours worth of video time.

"After two years restoring, transferring, mixing and mastering thousands of tapes from our enormous archive, we're thrilled and extremely proud to share this massive treasure with the YouTube music community," Music Vault content editor Bill Antonucci said in a statement emailed to CNET. "We believe this content deserves to be seen by the largest audience possible, and our partnership with YouTube allows us to do just that."

Along with adding the thousands of videos, Music Vault will also display daily video features, curate weekly playlists, and produce original videos for YouTube.