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).

Wednesday 24 May 2023

Special Restoration - Jean Michel Jarre - Dorian Ballet Soundtrack - 1973


The Music

Some unreleased music lasting just over 11 minutes, from a 1973 ballet soundtrack by Jean Michel Jarre that was recorded for French television. Someone posted a link on a JMJ Facebook group to a video of the ballet, based on Oscar Wilde's The Face of Dorian Gray on YouTube this week - this seems to be the first time many have come across the music - much of which seems to be versions of music from Jarre's first 2 albums - Deserted Palace and Les Granges Brulees - used only for this production, along with some that seems to be unheard before.

Given the rarity of this music and not having heard it before, I naturally wanted to  improve it for my own listening pleasure - and have made this available for free to anyone else to enjoy too.

You can watch the original ballet recording here:-

What Was Done
The broadcast was from French television in 1973, so of course was in mono. I worked with EQ, compression and the usual studio and mastering toys to bring some clarity to the sound mix, and managed to bring out some things that were very difficult to hear, and also bring in more separation and a wider listening image - not quite stereo of course but for me a more pleasant listen; I've made the audio sound a little wider without losing quality or clarity, and without making it sound gimmicky. 

The All Important Download Link

You can now download this restored and remastered version of this show exclusively for FREE by clicking right HERE and grabbing it as one 320kbps MP3 file. You can also preview it by streaming from the same link.


5 tracks with no known titles, although track 2 is based on La Cage, and track 3 is based on a previously released rarity called Black Bird.

Supporting The Site

If you want to support the work I do head on over to the Rewards For Donations tab to see what you can obtain for a very small donation towards the site costs, or just click on the Ko-fi link at the top of the page. 

Bearing in mind how short this soundtrack is, and that the original audio came from YouTube (and so had compressed audio), I haven't bothered to prepare separated MP3 or FLAC versions of this recording. There is no obligation to donate of course - you can take the file on this page absolutely for free - but every single donation does go towards this site and domain/storage costs, and helps the site stay open, and helps me do more (and store more) restorations. Either way, I hope you enjoy this one.

At the very least, if you haven't already - please check out the restorations of Jean Michel Jarre live recordings elsewhere on the site.

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