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.

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.

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).

Friday, 10 March 2017

Show 94 - The Skids - The Odeon, Edinburgh - 7 September 1979


There seem to be very few recordings available for The Skids and most of those are audience recordings. However, I did find online a good stereo recording of a full gig from 1979 a month before the first release of Days In Europa.

However, the copy online is damaged - the cassette it was stored on had deteriorated to the point that at several points the sound drops in places. So this one currently takes the prize for longest time spent restoring and repairing! I spent several hours going through and trying to restore what I could - some parts I could fix completely, some only partially fixed - ultimately there are still faults here and there but they're far less than before.

After that, I used the 30 band EQ to enhance the bass, drums and guitar and create space between the instruments as per usual. The keyboards are still a bit too loud in the mix (not much I could do about those) but this is a great gig and well worth downloading. You can hear the band warm up as the gig continues and after the first few songs they're on fire.

Lasting over 90 minutes, the show is available for download 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.

Setlist
Intro
Animation
Out of Town
Melancholy Soldiers
Working for the Yankee Dollar
Dulce et Decorum Est (Pro Patria Mori)
The Olympian
Pros and Cons
Scared to Dance
The Saints Are Coming
Vanguards Crusade
Home of the Saved
Charade
Masquerade
A Day in Europa
Thanatos
Of One Skin
Into the Valley

Encore:
All the Young Dudes
Charles

Encore 2:
Panic In The World (with Bill Nelson)
Into the Valley
Charade


Incidentally, there's a page about the venue (long since closed) here 

5 comments:

  1. Thanks, as always, for your hard work fixing these tapes up. The Skids were one of the great live acts of the period--Stuart Adamson (who went on to form Big Country)was one of the best guitarists of the period. This show is widely available. It seems to be the best unreleased gig in circulation, but was always marred by the fact that it seemed to be taken from the keyboardist's monitor and The Skids were never a keyboard band. This is much better!

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    1. Thanks for leaving a comment, glad you enjoyed it. Yeah I wish I'd been able to see them back in the day. I'm a keys player myself but I totally agree - those synths get in the way being so loud.

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  2. Hi there, thanks for taking the time to try and enhance this more than I did. The original cassette recording was mine and just so you know what the damage was. The cassette had jammed and had twisted the tape for quite a considerable length. I unraveled it and tried to smooth out most of the creases. The source of the tape was not from the FOH but from a very rough mix from the Virgin Mobile studio that was recording the show. Unfortunately this allowed the keyboards and Richards Guitar to be way high in the mix and Stuarts to be very low. Most of my attempt was to try and fill the gaps and It did mange to do a few cut n pastes to make it listenable. If you like I could send you the original wave files that I took from the tape and you could see if you would have better luck working with the original digital files.

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    1. Hi Clive - thanks for getting in touch, appreciate it. Drop me an email at flip.martian@googlemail.com?

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  3. thanx for sharing

    richie

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