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, 17 January 2017
Show 90: Duran Duran - Capitaine Video Club Paris - 8 September 1981
This time its Duran Duran from their very first trip into Europe, after the release of their debut album. The recording is unfortunately quite short, from a French FM broadcast, and in common with several other French FM broadcasts I have, the presenters do like to talk in between songs quite a bit! I guess to stop home taping - thankfully though, someone saved this for posterity. The story is that with it being recorded for broadcast, apparently EMI paid for Duran fans from Birmingham to be ferried over to Paris for this gig, to ensure there was a crowd!
The recording was at the wrong speed (Fame was scooting along at warp speed...) so I've slowed it down a bit. After some hiss reduction and EQ to even out the sound and put some space between the instruments, it was done.
There will no doubt be a 3rd Duran Duran show up on the site in a few months. In the meantime, the show is now available to download exclusively for free here as 1 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.
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