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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.

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Friday 19 January 2024

Show 197 - Kraftwerk - Live At The Ritz New York - August 1981


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. Don't just steal it, cut out the intro and outro and take the credit. Thanks.

The Show
An audience recording from either the 3 or 4 August. The original bootleg has appeared credited to both dates - Kraftwerk played both nights at this venue. There are performances here that you can imagine the likes of Afrika Bambaataa standing watching and taking on board as influences - the likes of It's More Fun To Compute especially.

What Was Done
The sound quality and volume varied widely from bright to muffled, so I did what I could to even that out. There are a few small cuts where the sound jumps - I smoothed those out as best I could but missing are a few seconds of Metal on Metal/Abzug, the beginning of Pocket Calculator brief parts between Pocket Calculator and The Robots, and early on in It's More Fun To Compute. There are a couple of points during the gig where the bass synths were so loud they literally rattled the PA and overloaded the recording a bit (brief bits of distortion, in other words). I've done what I could to reduce the effect of that.

Once that was done, I got to work with EQ and the usual studio toys to bring some clarity to the sound mix - this took a long time this time, given how varied the sound quality was throughout. I then mastered to make it clearer and more powerful overall, and wider. The result is far far better and a really good listen; I'm sure you'll enjoy it. 

The All Important Download Link

You can now download or stream this repaired, restored and remastered version of this show as one 320kbps MP3 file exclusively for FREE by clicking right HERE.

Computer World
Computer Love
Home Computer
The Model
Neon Lights
Geiger Counter
The Voice of Energy
Die Sonne, Der Monde, Die Sterne
Ohm Sweet Ohm
The Hall of Mirrors
Showroom Dummies
Trans-Europe Express
Metal on Metal/Abzug
Pocket Calculator
The Robots
It's More Fun to Compute

Be sure to check out the other gigs from Kraftwerk I've restored HERE - all similarly downloadable for free.

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  1. Great audio restoration, Phil! There's a lot of nice improvisation during this show. What an enjoyable performance by Kraftwerk. Cheers!

    1. Thanks Jeff, yes a great performance on this one!