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).
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Show 7: David Bowie - Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, USA, 5 September 1974
I was really pleased to find this one - from the later, second leg of the the 1974 tour, an alternative gig to the gigs in Philadelphia which formed the official release David Live! with some different band members. Its a full soundboard recording - and of course, a complete live record of one gig, not a composite. It responded pretty well to some tarting up!
I'm happy to say the remaster I did was downloaded nearly 2000 times in the time it was up, so thanks to all who grabbed it and spread the word. However, the link to this show has now been removed.
Why? Well, it was released officially for the first time in 2017 for Record Store Day - and Tony Visconti himself remastered from the original tapes - while my remaster was a big improvement on the existing bootlegs, the gig will never sound better than with TV remastering it. And in keeping with my own thoughts on this - once the whole recording is released officially it comes off the archive. More info on the official release here.
EDIT May 2017: The vinyl reissue is now being made available on CD too! Great news. Check it out here
Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)
All the Young Dudes
Rock 'n' Roll With Me
Knock on Wood
It's Gonna Be Me
The Jean Genie
Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
John, I'm Only Dancing