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.

Depending on the quality of the original recording, these can often be made to sound almost like commercial recordings - but of course I can't guarantee that for every show. What I can guarantee is it will sound far better than the original files available which have been floating around the internet and on bootleg recordings for many years.

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!

If you want to email me, an email link is in my profile in a link in the side panel.

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).

Saturday 13 September 2014

Show 31: Kraftwerk - Captain Video, Paris, France - 6 July 1981

EDIT: Since this page (and the remaster) were done, its come to light that the recording is NOT from 7 June, but from 6 July! The gig is still in Paris, at a venue called Captain Video - which also is referred to as Studio Gabriel on more than 1 source on the internet. Copies of a ticket and advert from the gig are shown below. And I must also give thanks to Arnaud, from a Kraftwerk group on Facebook for helping identify this gig properly.

Kraftwerk embarked on their Computerworld tour after the release in May 1981 of the album with the same name. They ended up on tour until the end of the year. This gig is from the early part of the tour and for me provides an interesting contrast to the Kraftwerk of today, where everything is note perfect, ordered, clinical, sterile. Back in 1981 there was an awful lot of synths being played manually and so timing errors and bum notes are clearly evident! And also towards the end of the gig, it does actually sound like they're really into it and excited! This is the Kraftwerk I prefer, if I'm honest. They may not be perfect but it does make for a more interesting and less predictable performance.

I think this was a soundboard - the quality really wasn't very good however and went through a few generations I think before I got it. There was a good amount of restoration and remastering on this one; so while its not quite as clear as some of the shows in this archive, I think its been worth it.

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 several years ago. You can now download this new version (as of 2018) HERE as 1 new 320kbps MP3 file.

If you would like to have separate tagged MP3s, or even lossless files in FLAC format of the new version, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.

Home Computer
Computer Love
The Model
Die Stimme der Energie
Die Sonne, Der Monde, Die Sterne
Ohm Sweet Ohm
The Hall of Mirrors
Les Mannequins
Trans-Europe Express
Le Mini Calculateur
The Robots
Its More Fun To Compute

An advert for the gig:

And also a ticket:

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