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).
Friday, 29 September 2017
Show 114 - Kraftwerk - Live at Paradiso Amsterdam - 11 September 1976
This is an historic gig from Kraftwerk from 1976. Historic because it featured the first appearance of Trans Europa Express, live on stage.
This tape is an audience recording and was a wonderful (if incomplete) record of the gig. However, it did have a few odd glitches, tape noise and sudden changes in the sound levels to be repaired. Audience recordings don't generally respond as well as FM or soundboard recordings to EQ but once all the above were sorted out, a few hours spent on EQ did help improve the clarity of the music being played and increase the lower end frequencies a bit (often lost on audience recordings).
Sadly the recording fades out during the latter half of Autobahn (but you still get about 17 minutes worth, including much cool jamming). Also featured is an early version of Europe Endless (I guess they never did a Dutch translation of Europa Endlos either!), so the gig is well worth your time - a classic gig from a period before the ready availability of computers; you can really hear it all being played on stage.
You can download the recording here as 1 MP3 file entirely for free. On the other hand, if you would like to have separate properly tagged MP3s or lossless FLAC files, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards internet and hosting costs.
The setlist for this recording is shown slightly differently on several sources around the web - I believe the setlist on this page is the definitive one.
Tuning of Instruments
Voice of Energy
Die Sonne, Der Monde, Die Sterne
Ohm Sweet Ohm
Trans Europe Express
Incidentally, since I started work on this recording, I've made contact with 1 of the guys responsible for getting this old TDK D90 cassette recording into the digital world some years ago - so a big thanks to Twingo and Jerome - without them, this concert would be consigned to history. Please do check out http://twingokraftwerk.com for more info on this Kraftwerk live recording as well as many others!