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.

Depending on the quality of the original recording, these can often be made to sound almost like commercial recordings - but of course I can't guarantee that for every show. What I can guarantee is it will sound far better than the original files available which have been floating around the internet and on bootleg recordings for many years.

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).

Sunday, 18 September 2022

News - Subscribe To The New Email Newsletter

Hi!

 
To reliably find out about new uploads and other updates please consider subscribing to my new Live and Loud! Shows email newsletter at the link below.

Blogger (what this site is built on) stopped alerting subscribers with any updates quite a while back now, and I had no way of reliably giving everyone updates - relying on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is often flaky at best. I will still be using those platforms - at least for now - but I now have a new newsletter via Substack which I will use to send out emails to subscribers to let them know about new gig restorations being added to the site, and any other site related news.

So if you want to keep uptodate with what'd going on on the site, please subscribe to receive future updates directly in your email inbox - it’s entirely free of course and you can unsubscribe at any time. Just use your email address in the box on the page; no Substack account is necessary.
 
As an incentive to sign up, I will be randomly picking 3 newsletter subscribers each month - on 1 October, 1 November and 1 December  - this year, who will receive 3 shows of their choice as separated MP3s or FLACs (their choice).
 
To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is sign up to the newsletter!
 

Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Show 180 - Kraftwerk - Live At L'Olympia, Paris - 28 Feb 1976

 

A quick request. If you plan on downloading this and putting it on your YouTube channel or your own bootleg page - I don't mind. But a credit to this website where you found it, and a link back to this page would be really appreciated. It helps me gauge which artists are popular (ie more chance of other restorations coming. Please don't steal and take the credit. Thanks.

At the beginning of 1976 Kraftwerk played a few shows in Europe before doing a full tour in the Autumn. This is a recording of one of those early 1976 shows.

This show has appeared on bootlegs in various forms over the years - not all of which even had all the tracks played. Some also had radio announcers talking over them. There is at least 1 unrestored "complete" version out there with a different tracklisting, with the songs in a different order (the latter is also on YouTube, so some of you may well be familiar with that version already. It doesn't have the correct song titles either).

This restored and remastered version is complete, has no radio announcers and has some songs in a different order. And below, you will find the correct titles. Taken from the mixing desk for use on later radio broadcasts, this came to me from a collector in Germany. With this setlist order. Having compared this to the OTHER "complete" version, I think this one is more likely to be correct. There is applause at the beginning of the gig, and after each song played - as it should be. That doesn't happen on the other version. This setlist order also seems to flow far better, to me. If you disagree, that's ok. But until Herr Hutter tells me the actual setlist running order, I'll go with this one.

Annoyingly, someone has updated this gig on setlist.fm with the bootleg's running order, so that's no help either.

Anyway, I put the setlist as I see it. Incidentally, on the bootlegs Die Sonne, Der Monde, Die Sterne is mentioned - but the track is not that one; it's more like a vocoder jam more closely resembling the "Pulsar und Quasar" section of Radio Stars, so that's what I listed it as.

The original recording was often very quiet. After repairing a few clicks and minor faults, I remastered this so the volume is more consistent. This makes the synths really far more audible. I also EQed so the electronic percussion could be heard far better. And the crowd noise on the bootleg sometimes sounded edited and also too loud at times. So I've had a go at that too, to try and make it all sound a bit more natural.

The result is the best ever quality for this rare gig recording in my humble opinion. You can now download the repaired, restored and remastered version of this show exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.

If you would like to support what I do, and this site, and obtain separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or lossless FLACs of the restoration, head on over to the Rewards For Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely no obligation to do so of course - you can take the file on this page absolutely for free - but every single donation does go towards this site and domain/storage costs, and helps the site stay open.

Either way, enjoy the show! And if you like this recording, PLEASE spread the news and share the page link to anyone you think might be interested - facebook fan groups, web forums, Twitter and Instagram are a great way of spreading the word - that way, I always find out which bands are popular and can do more shows by them in the future. Many thanks.

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Setlist
Goethe's Poem
Kometenmelodie 1
Kometenmelodie 2
Tongebirge
Tanzmusik
Radioactivity
Airwaves
The Voice Of Energy
Radio Stars
Autobahn
Mitternacht/Showroom Dummies


***Some extra information has come to light which you might find interesting. Part of restoring this show involved increasing the volume of large parts of the recording that were very quiet. As a result of this you can now hear Ralf Hutter occasionally speaking to the crowd in French during the gig. Well, Nicolas, a member of the Kraftwerk Facebook group, translated what Ralf is saying; with his kind permission, I repeat that here:

"Before playing Airwaves, Ralf says: "We are going to play a song to discover the Martenot waves". As a tribute to the instrument of the same name, "Les ondes Martenot" in french, made by Maurice Martenot in 1928.
 
Before The voice of energy, he says: "We are going to play a composition of energy, solar energy".
 
And before playing Mitternacht, Ralf says:
"We are going to play a song, Le vampire de Düsseldorf" ( The vampire of Düsseldorf ) and he adds "toujours à la recherche", which can be translated as "always in search for", I guess it means the song was still a work in progress. But the most interesting thing for me is that Ralf gave this Mitternacht/Showroom dummies suite a name."


For those who don't know, the Ondes Martenot is a very early electronic keyboard instrument, while "Le Vampire de Düsseldorf" is a 1965 German film thriller.


Tuesday, 6 September 2022

Subscribe To The New Newsletter!

I now have a newsletter - subscribe (it's free!) and every now and again you will get an email update from me - which new show has been uploaded, what's being worked on, anything relevant! 

Even if you're in the Facebook group or have liked the Facebook page, you may well miss posts, given how Facebook skews what it shows you. Same with the Instagram account too, and my own Twitter account. The newsletter is the best and most reliable way of finding out what's going on with the page, and is hosted on Substack, right HERE

Go take a look, hit a subscribe button (no substack account required - just the email address you want the newsletter sent to) and that'll be that. Emails are only likely every couple of weeks or so, so you won't get spammed.

Cheers!