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).

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Show 123 - Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Live At Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands - 30 May 1977


This is a great set by a very tight live band - there really is some incredible guitar work on this. This is the whole set, apparently - I did see a report online that the crowd bottled the stage when the band refused to come back on for an encore...although maybe after a 9 minute Mighty Quinn, they were all played out, who knows...

Anyway, I think the recording originally must have been from an FM broadcast and possibly some sound restoration had been done on it at some point as it had been faded in and out already. That said, there wasn't much bass end at all and the high end was far too high - the hi hats were louder than almost everything else and hurt the ears.

A few hours with the 30 band EQ have improved things quite a bit. What you hear now is a far clearer and better record of this gig - smoother top end and a far more solid bass end; Chris Slade's drumming is really audible now. I think this remaster really does the performance justice; I hope you agree!

You can download this improved recording for free here as one 320 kbps MP3 file. Or, if you would like to support the site with a very small donation towards storage subscription and internet costs, in return you can have the show as separate, properly tagged MP3s, or even as lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this.

Either way - enjoy the show!

Setlist
The Road to Babylon
Spirit in the Night
Father of Day, Father of Night
Captain Bobby Stout
Glorified Magnified
Blinded by the Light
Mighty Quinn

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