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, 8 January 2016
Show 58: Japan - Live at Budokan, Tokyo - 6 March 1979
The new 2016 season of Live and Loud! kicks off with Japan, who were touring the country of Japan after releasing their first 2 albums Adolescent Sex and Obscure Alternatives, in 1978. They were already looking ahead and starting to introduce a more electronic sound into their demos for what would be their 3rd album Quiet Life, released at the end of 1979. You can start to hear that influence in the early version of European Son, included in this live set, which otherwise consists of songs from their first 2 albums.
Someone had already applied far too much noise and hiss reduction to the recording I had access to but I've done what I can to lessen the impact of the noise that added. This has polished up a treat.
The show is available for download HERE as 1 MP3 file (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page - the link will be available very shortly after).
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.
Don't Rain On My Parade
Love Is Infectious