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.
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).
Friday, 14 April 2017
Show 98 - Yellow Magic Orchestra - Shinjuku Kouseinenkin Hall, Tokyo - 7 May 1980
A first appearance on Live and Loud! for Yellow Magic Orchestra. This was a very flat and lifeless sounding recording of 2 separate broadcasts from Japanese radio from 1980, where the radio station played this gig in 2 halves (1 week apart), interspersed with quite a lot of talking and adverts for "Fuji Cassetto!" in between tracks (the show was sponsored by Fuji).
I could have left all that in - but sometimes the monologues went on for several minutes and unless you understand Japanese it wouldn't necessarily hold your interest for very long! So I decided to remove all that and edit the show as 1 continuous live recording. It took quite a few hours to do but was worth it, I think. After that, I reduced the tape hiss and then some judicious use of the 30 band EQ has improved the sound quality a lot.
The sound quality is really good now, although the first track or 2 still does sound a little flat, compared to the rest. The show is available for free download here as 1 MP3 file (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page - the link will be available very shortly after). 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.
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