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.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Show 63: Kraftwerk - Live at Fairfield Halls, Croydon - 21 September 1975



Their 4th album Autobahn was released late in 1974 and saw them achieve success in the USA, where the album hit the top 10, and also around Europe. With financial support from their American record company, they were able to tour internationally, spending most of 1975 touring, playing dates in the USA, Canada and Europe. For the first time, Kraftwerk featured Wolfgang Flur and the newly recruited Karl Bartos, alongside Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider; so this tour featured what is often referred to as the "classic lineup", which lasted for 12 years until 1987 when Flur left.

September 1975 saw Kraftwerk playing a number of dates around the UK, including this one. There are a couple of versions of this gig available - the most common one features Autobahn cut short, and at the very end of the set as the encore. I found another inferior sounding recording which purports to be of the same gig with Autobahn complete but with the left and right channels reversed - and Autobahn not as the encore, but as the last track of the main set - the encore being Mitternacht (which really seems to be an extended jam turning into an early Showroom Dummies at one point).

I've looked around the internet and taken the view that the more common bootleg has the tracks wrong - and that Autobahn shouldn't be the last track. So I was able to take the full Autobahn from the inferior recording, fix the sound and the channels, and transplant it into the recording I was already working on - in short, fix it to match the rest of the tracks and present you with the whole gig, repaired and remastered in full stereo.I left the vinyl noise where it appears as its only in parts of the recording and I don't think it's that loud that it spoils anything.

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

Setlist
Kling Klang
Tongebirge
Tanzmusik
Ruckzuck
Prolog Im Himmel
Kometenmelodie 1
Die Sonne, Der Monde, Die Sterne
Kometenmelodie 2
Autobahn
Mitternacht/Showroom Dummies

5 comments:

  1. Very, VERY much obliged to you, sir! :D

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    1. You're welcome - don't forget to check out the other KW gigs here. :)

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  2. many thanks for this one, much appreciated.

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