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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.

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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).

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Show 102 - Howard Jones - Paris Theatre London - 5 Oct 1983



Some time back I was asked if I could find an early Howard Jones recording - it took a while but I finally found some and this was the earliest. Someone had already worked on this and to be honest it sounded pretty bad - far too loud, noise pushed up too and the sound balance was lopsided! So I spent some time fixing the sound balance, removing some noise and then EQing to remove the worst of the OTT bass that had been added and tidy up the rest.

Interesting to hear Howard introduce What Is Love? as just "Love" first of all, before correcting himself - that was its original title (you can hear a very early version of the song if you read on to the bottom of the page!).

Anyway, the gig does sound nice and clear now, just a shame its a little short!  The show is available to 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
New Song
Conditioning
Dreams Of A Better Place ((early version of Dream Into Action)
What Is Love?
Equality


And for those of you who have read to the end of this page - there's an extra freebie for you as a reward! ;-)

I came across what was labeled as some early Howard Jones demos, including a very early version of What is Love? The file says 1977 - can't tell you whether that's accurate or not - and a couple of people below refuse to believe its even HJ at all - but I thought it would be a nice little extra to throw in as this gig is quite short and you can make your own minds up. Please note, I've not done anything with the sound on these, they are "as is" so a bit noisy and old sounding!

You can download the zip file containing 5 tracks here.

8 comments:

  1. The demos are also a sign of how technology moved on rapidly ;)

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  2. So Many Thanks Flip.. For this Most fantastic Howard Jones live recording

    This Made my day alot Pity, that is so little short, but fantastic to hear

    Many thanks again Flip

    / Tomas

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    1. You're very welcome Tomas. I will hopefully get chance to do another 80s gig by Mr Jones in a few months time. Got a few other bands to do first though :)

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  3. Thnaks for HOJO but those demos are a joke . Firstly Hojo not even around in 1977. Secondly no way in the world in that Howard Jones. Someone's pulling your leg!!

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    1. He was active in music for years before that - his own website says so. Others can make their own minds up; I've just said what they're labeled as. What Is Love? was certainly an earlier song called Love originally though and that appears on the demo recordings. Thanks for listening.

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    2. Trust me it's NOTHING like HoJo! (NKelly)

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    3. I've updated the page to clarify my position on these - no doubt there are others with far more knowledge of his work than me. At any rate people can make their own minds up.

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