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!
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).
Tuesday 10 May 2016
Show 66: Blondie - Live at Hammersmith Odeon London - 12 January 1980
This show is from one of their UK dates following the release of their 4th album, Eat To The Beat, in October 1979, and, I think, its good to compare this to the 1978 show I remastered here. As you will hear, they're clearly far more polished but still retaining their enthusiasm and energy. Following on from the huge success that the previous album, Parallel Lines had would always be tough but judging by this show, they were clearly giving it a go with a really strong set list, featuring Robert Fripp making a guest appearance on 1 track later on in the set.
This recording was in fairly good shape already, so no major repairs were required. However, some removal of noise and some decent EQ has really brought out the instruments and the space in between them pretty well - and given the recording that live "oomph" back! This is a pretty well known bootleg but sounds far better for being worked on - so if you already have it, grab this and compare. And its a great gig! Best...played...LOUD! :-)
2020 update: While preparing this old show as separate files for a donator to the site, I found I could now improve the sound quality further, over what I’d originally done to the recording several years ago. You can now download this new version (as of 2020) HERE as 1 new 320kbps 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.
Union City Blue
The Hardest Part
Living in the Real World
Die Young, Stay Pretty
Accidents Never Happen
Heart of Glass
Eat to the Beat
Hanging on the Telephone
I Feel Love
I Got You (I Feel Good)
One Way or Another