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, 28 April 2020
Show 145: Ultravox - Live at Jaap Edenhal, Amsterdam, 16 June 1981
A rare but energetic and powerful set from Ultravox this time - at least, excerpts from one. I think this must have been a radio broadcast as the source was in stereo. I thought with it being only 6 tracks, it would be quick and simple! I never learn - it rarely works out that way... :-)
The recording was too fast to start with, so needed slowing down a bit.
There was also a lot of hum and noise - took quite a while to remove as much of that as possible without damaging the sound quality.
Then a few tape dropouts and the usual 30 band EQ to bring the sound up to scratch and make it clearer.
For one track on the source, the intro was slightly incomplete so I fixed it (I challenge you to spot which song that was).
For All Stood Still there had already been done some editing to fade in the song, missing off the beginning altogether But quite by chance I found a Dutch TV broadcast online with 4 songs from this set in it (albeit in the wrong order), including a complete version of the song in question (a link to the video is below, it's really good)! The only problem was that the video was in mono...so I grabbed the video soundtrack and messed about with it a lot to make it more closely match the other songs, then put it all together with the other 5 songs I'd already done. When you listen now, or watch the video, you will notice Chris Cross's bass synth intro is in the wrong key! Midge Ure goes over to him and tells him what the correct key is...I guess for radio, they decided to cut that out and fade it in from where it was ok...Me, I like the mistakes - makes it all sound far more human and imperfect.
This recording, therefore, is unique to Live and Loud! Shows - until other bootleg sites take it, change the artwork and call it theirs, anyway.
You can safely download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way.
Or, if you would like to support the site with a small donation towards storage subscription and internet costs, in return you can have the remastered show as 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!
All Stood Still
Oh yes, that video link! It contains a short interview with the band and then 4 songs (not in the right order). You can view that right HERE.