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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.

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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.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Show 79: Tangerine Dream - Live at The Reichstag, Berlin - 1 August 1987


Another debut on Live and Loud! for a band requested by 1 of my listeners - in this case, 1 who has been good enough to even supply me with a recording to remaster.

As many Tangerine Dream fans will know, for a long time there was a central hub for the trading and swapping of live bootleg recordings called the Tangerine Tree (which you can read about here). I know little about it personally, but I have had 1 particular listener bending my ear a bit to feature Tangerine Dream on Live and Loud! for a while, so I challenged him to send me something suitable and eventually he sent me this show, a free event celebrating the 750th anniversary of Berlin, held outside the Reichstag. This gig was especially notable as the last gig featuring Christoph Franke, who had been with Edgar Froese in the band since 1971. So a bit of a landmark recording in some respects.

The recording, I am informed, was originally remastered for the Tangerine Tree release by Wouter Bessels. It was basically clean, although a bit flat and I did find a small drop in volume at one point, so after fixing that I spent a lot of time EQ'ing - its a long show, lasting over 2 hours so it took a while! But I think its been worth it.

I'm reliably informed as a result, this now has more of a balance between the backing tracks and the live playing. Either way, it sounds pretty spectacular I think. Even if you have this recording from the Tangerine Tree originally, I hope you'll give this a listen and enjoy it.

The show is now available to download exclusively for free here.

Setlist
Caspian Sea
Dolphin Smile
Civilized Illusions
Betrayal
Diamond Diary
Love On A Real Train
Canyon Voices
Zen Garden (Variation)
Samba Motel/Scuba Scuba
Coloured Rain
Quadriga
Dolphin Dance
Sunnyvale
Smile
Ride On The Ray
Going West
Yellowstone Park
Tyger
Tiergarten
21st Century Common Man (Part 1)
A Time For Heroes


And my special thanks to Graham for the source recording (and the occasional nagging).

8 comments:

  1. The late 80 were not an especially great time for T-Dream, all those new digital synths sounding kinda harsh and glassy compared to the deep ambient bliss of their seventies output. But this actually sounds pretty terrific.

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    1. Cheers. I've been promised a Baumann era recording to do at some point later this year, so hopefully that will be a good contrast.

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  2. I have the entire Tangerine Tree series if you are interested.

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    1. Thanks for the offer but I already have someone supplying me with TD material. Thanks anyway, appreciated. Hope you enjoy what I've done with it.

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  3. This is just superb. I cannot believe just how good a recording this is.

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  4. Great stuff. Thank you. Keep them coming!

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