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.
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!
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, 17 September 2014
Show 37: Elvis Presley - Robinson Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas - 16 May 1956
The earliest recording its been my pleasure to come across so far. Clearly its not comparable to an FM radio or soundboard recording as such but is a wonderful snapshot of a historic moment in musical history. Elvis Presley live in concert after the release of his huge hit single Heartbreak Hotel. Recorded by a radio DJ (who you can hear on the recording here and there), the recording was rather muddy and DJ Fontana on drums was almost unheard - I've done what I can to bring out the instruments and reduce noise and its certainly very listenable.
As you can see Hound Dog appears twice, once as the normal speed version and once as a slower reprise - which was probably an excellent excuse for Elvis to gyrate his hips, judging by the amount of screaming from the girls in the audience! As a bonus, the recording closes with a brief interview with Elvis backstage after the show - hardly in depth but certainly an interesting historical piece.
The show is available for 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.
Incidentally, when I originally broadcast this show, a listener sent me this photo which was actually taken at the same show. Helps bring the recording to life a little!
Long Tall Sally
I Was The One
I Got A Woman
Blue Suede Shoes
Hound Dog (fast version)
Hound Dog (slow version)
The Little Rock Interview