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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.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Show 60 - David Bowie - Live at Bridge School Festival - 19 and 20 October 1996


I wanted to mark David Bowie's passing with something quite special; something quite different to the 1974 Bowie gig already in the archives (HERE, if you haven't seen it). Something which would show a different side to the artist, and the man; I think these performances are it. These recordings were in good condition - some EQ took away some harshness and I repaired a few spots where there was distortion on the vocal.

This show features 2 performances by Bowie at benefit gigs for The Bridge School, an annual event for a school founded by Neil Young and his now ex-wife Pegi in 1986, that continues to run to this day. Featuring Reeves Gabrels on guitar, Gail Ann Dorsey on bass, and Bowie himself on guitar and a bottle top strapped to his foot to keep time, these almost acoustic sets include songs rarely performed elsewhere. There are 2 sets as Bowie performed both days of the gig, over a weekend. At least 1 more (probably more) remastered Bowie gig will be posted up on here over the next few months.

The show is available for download HERE (the link also allows you to just stream it, if you wish).

Setlist - 19 October 1996
Aladdin Sane
The Jean Genie
I'm a Hog for You (The Coasters cover)
I Can't Read ((Tin Machine song)
The Man Who Sold the World
"Heroes"
Let's Dance

Setlist - 20 October 1996
Aladdin Sane
The Jean Genie
You and I and George (Stan Kenton cover)
I Can't Read (Tin Machine song)
The Man Who Sold the World
China Girl (Iggy Pop cover)
"Heroes"
White Light/White Heat

6 comments:

  1. Great work! This gig was crying out for a remaster, so thanks for this. Please keep the Bowie bootlegs coming.

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    1. Thanks Andy, I hope you enjoyed it. At least 1 more Bowie coming before 2017! Cheers

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  2. Brilliant. Thank you

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  3. ...oh Flip, let me kiss your feet. Thanks a lot for this acoustic gem!!!
    While listening to this show tears filled my eyes...
    R.I.P. , David.

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    1. haha, no need for that. Glad you enjoyed it.

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