Welcome - About Live and Loud!
Live and Loud! began as a fortnightly internet radio show in 2012 taking old unreleased live concert recordings I could find and working to repair and improve them - fixing tape hiss, noise, tape drop out, clicks, speed variations, defects - before improving the sound quality by EQing the sound to bring out the instruments as clearly as possible. These are now made directly available to download for free to reach as many fans of the music as possible.
Almost all are either "soundboard" recordings (taken directly from the mixing desk used at the gig on the night) or old FM radio recordings. A few gigs, if they are of special historical importance, make an appearance even if they were recorded from the audience - these can also be made to sound better than ever.
Do your ears a favour and listen on headphones or good speakers to get most benefit - laptop speakers will always sound pretty poor by comparison.
All shows still available are listed, including a link to download the remastered show for free. If you want to support the site with a small donation, you can receive the shows as either separate MP3s or FLACs (your choice) - head over to the Rewards for Donations page and see how you can get a lot for very little!
And finally... These are great fun to listen to but DO NOT replace original releases - support these artists and buy their music. There is nothing you can go and buy in a regular record store here. If a gig is made available as a regular release, then it will be removed (as a couple have been already).
Friday, 12 September 2014
Show 24: Mike Oldfield - The Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany - 2 November 1982
Please note: I originally did this in early 2013. Since then, this gig - without Platinum Pts 1 and 2 and Ommadawn Pt 1 but with the addition of Guilty - has been remixed, remastered and released officially now as extras on the reissue of the Five Miles Out album. BUY THAT. I have it and it's superb - the quality more than surpasses this recording. So if you like this, buy that (if you don't have it already).
The Five Miles Out world tour kicked off in April 1982 in Brooklyn, USA and didn't finish until December that year in Munich, Germany. The tour took in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Scandinavia, the UK and many dates in mainland Europe.
This was a good soundboard recording that has appeared on a few bootlegs over the years; it was a real pleasure to remaster this - it really does sound superbly clear now and captures a great performance in superb detail.
UPDATE 2019: While preparing this old show as separate files for a donator to the site, I found I could now improve the sound quality further, over what I’d originally done to the recording back in 2013. You can now download this new version (as of 2019) HERE as 1 new 320kbps MP3 file.
Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s, or even lossless files in FLAC format, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.
Tubular Bells, Part 1
Platinum, Parts 1 and 2
Ommadawn, Part 1
Five Miles Out