Welcome - About Live and Loud!
Live and Loud! began as a fortnightly internet radio show 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.
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 the shows in lossless format, or as separate tagged files, 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).
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Show 83: Vangelis - Live in Rotterdam - 18 June 1991
This time, it’s a debut on Live and Loud! for Greek composer Vangelis.
In 1991 Vangelis was asked by the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs to provide the highlight of an event being held in Rotterdam and a concert was organised at the docks, with Vangelis performing outdoors to backing tracks with animations and lasers being projected onto nearby buildings. It was unfortunately a relatively short concert for the 150000 people who were said to have attended; what is here would indeed appear to be the whole thing - an encore had been planned but apparently was abandoned due to the awful weather on the night (as the night wore on, the rain got worse and worse).
This is originally an FM recording - I spent about an hour alone on repairing a rather bad bit of tape damage to the original recording (its not gone completely but that part of the sound doesn't disappear anymore). Then it was some careful EQ to separate out the instruments a bit and give greater clarity, reducing the harsh high end frequencies and restoring the lower end.
The show is now available to download exclusively for free 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.
Chariots Of Fire
Other Side Of Antarctica
Glorianna (featuring Markella Hatziano)
Mask Part 2
Italian Song (featuring Jon Anderson)
Mask Part 5