Welcome - About Live and Loud!

Live and Loud! began as a fortnightly internet radio show in 2012 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 - these can also be made to sound better than ever.

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 to support the site with a small donation, you can receive the shows as either separate MP3s or FLACs (your choice) - head over to the Rewards for Donations page and see how you can get a lot for very little!

If you want to email me, an email link is in my profile in a link in the side panel.

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, 30 July 2021

Show 169 - Roxy Music - Live At Calderone Theatre Hempstead - 8 March 1976

 


 

This was an FM recording originally I think - and another of those I found online where the only copy was marked as a "remaster" by someone else from some point in the past. In truth, it was very loud and very muddy and was really tiring to listen to - so much so I had to strip all that out before I could listen to it all the way through to find and fix any faults.

I did that by spending an hour or so using a 30 band EQ which was like taking a clean, dry cloth to a misty window - lots more detail came out - drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, violin, sax, vocals, etc - all far clearer and you can now hear the quality of the band's playing shine through. And it would no longer give you a headache after a few minutes (with apologies to the original remaster-er if he's out there - I guess we have very different tastes).

Fortunately, after the EQ, there were only 1 or 2 small tape dropouts to fix and then I got to work with the studio tools. Noise had been generated by the previous loud mastering, so I gently removed most of that without affecting things much. The EQ had done most of the work, so a final run through with some mastering tools and the job was done.

Really pleased with how this sounds now - for any Roxy fans who have this gig already - try this one, I think (and hope) you will be very pleasantly surprised. You can now download this restored show exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.

Or, if you would like to have separate, fully tagged MP3s or lossless FLACs, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely no obligation to do so of course but every single one does go towards this site and the restorations. 

Either way, enjoy the show! Before you go - check out more restored Roxy Music show HERE.

Setlist
Sentimental Fool
The Thrill Of It All
Love Is The Drug
Mother Of Pearl
Bitter Sweet
Out Of The Blue
Eddie Jobson Solo
Whirlwind   
Sea Breezes
Both Ends Burning
For Your Pleasure
Diamond Head
Wild Weekend

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