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).
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Show 119 - Jean Michel Jarre - Live in Lyon - 5 October 1986
This is a concert from 1986, as part of Lyon's celebrations welcoming Pope John Paul II to the city. I wonder what he thought of it! Anyway, the recording... This concert was actually released on VHS at the time but this recording I've uploaded for you is actually taken from 2 separate recordings of FM broadcasts - both of which were incomplete. I won't tell you where the join is, but hopefully it's not too easy to spot now!
But there was a lot of work - both recordings were at different speeds, for a start...and sounded quite different. Only when they were at the same speed and sounding similar, could I put them together, then start denoising what was quite a hissy recording, repairing inconsistencies in volume, then using the trusty 30 band EQ to remove a harsh top end and bring back the lower end, which was quite lacking (except on some "far too loud!" Simmons drum fills in various tracks which needed treating all by themselves). This was all a lot of work but I think it was worth it. So I hope you enjoy it too!
Incidentally, no setlist anywhere makes mention of Second Rendez-Vous Part 3 making a reappearance at the end of the show on the night - but it existed on the recording I was given. I suspect it may not be from Lyon at all, as it cuts in rather sharply. It doesn't sound too out of place, so I left it in. Also, Jarre introduces his musicians over the encore and the music goes very quiet (how it was broadcast at the time I expect) and the FM noise and hiss gets quite bad at that point. I removed a lot of it, but left some as Jarre was in danger of sounding like he was speaking from the bottom of the sea...
Anyway, enough of my yakking... You can download this new and improved (and hopefully unique) recording for free 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 support the site with a very small donation and in return receive separate, properly tagged MP3s, or even lossless files in FLAC format, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this. Either way - enjoy the show!
Magnetic Fields 1
Souvenir of China
Second Rendez-vous Part 1
Second Rendez-vous Part 2
Second Rendez-Vous Part 3
Second Rendez-Vous Part 4
Last Rendez-Vous (Ron's Piece)
Fourth Rendez-Vous (encore)
Second Rendez-Vous Part 3
Incidentally, if you're a fan of Jarre, you may well enjoy this 2 hour online radio special I did with many rare tracks and mixes, available to stream here