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.

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.

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.

These are great fun to listen to but DO NOT replace original releases - support these artists and buy their music.
There is nothing here 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.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Show 36: Simon and Garfunkel - The Hollywood Bowl, California - 23 August 1968



They released their 4th album "Bookends" in March 1968 and spent a lot of time gigging that year. Clearly, playing the Hollywood Bowl, they were a big deal by 1968 and they deliver a superb set in this recording.

A wonderful performance full of energy and good humour. The performance was recorded by Al Kooper, and was possibly intended for an official live album. A few recording anomalies (the guitar hitting Paul's mic stand and tape saturation) likely commanded a veto from the CBS Records executives. It's a shame, because, aside from a few recording baubles, the show is certainly worth an official release. I hope you enjoy this version instead! Of special note are the performances of "Overs," "At The Zoo," "Leaves That Are Green," "The Dangling Conversation," and "Old Friends / Bookends."

I'm told this recording was released as a bootleg entitled "Voice of Intelligent Dissent" in its original form. I hope those of you who know that enjoy what I've done with it. Its a soundboard recording of the full gig and with some noise reduction and light tidying up, it sounds superb. I hope you enjoy it. The show is available for download HERE (the link also allows you to just stream it, if you wish).

Setlist
01. Mrs. Robinson
02. Homeward Bound
03. April Come She Will
04. Fakin' It
05. Overs
06. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
07. America
08. A Most Peculiar Man
09. I Am A Rock
10. At The Zoo
11. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
12. Bye Bye Love
13. Cloudy
14. Leaves That Are Green
14! Punky's Dilemma
15. Benedictus
16. The Dangling Conversation
17. For Emily Wherever I May Find Her
18. A Poem On The Underground Wall
19. Anji
20. The Sound Of Silence
21. Richard Cory
22. Old Friends
23. He Was My Brother

1 comment:

  1. I have the boot lurking around somewhere but I'm happy to hear what you've done to improve the quality. Much appreciate the hard work you put in to bring us these shows. Cheers!

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