Welcome - About Live and Loud!

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.

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. If you want to support the site with a small donation, you can receive the shows as either separate MP3s or FLACs (your choice) - head over to the Rewards for Donations page and see how you can get a lot for very little!

If you want to email me, an email link is in my profile in a link in the side panel.

And finally... These are great fun to listen to but DO NOT replace original releases - support these artists and buy their music.
There is nothing 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 (as a couple have been already).

Friday, 15 January 2021

Show 159: Gary Numan - Live At The Ritz Theatre New York - 26 Oct 1982

 

Yes, this gig has been done before...but when a friend of mine and listener to Live and Loud! got in touch with a different recording of this show, I took a listen and decided it was WELL worth working on, and replacing the older version with this. Show 88, with over 2200 downloads - and the most popular Gary Numan show I've done so far - is now offline and replaced by this one.

In 1982 Gary Numan spent a year in the USA. While he was there, he went on tour with a unique band; Chris Slade on drums, Pino Palladino on bass, Rob Dean from Japan on guitar and keyboards, Roger Mason and John Webb on keyboards. Recordings of this tour are few and far between - and usually pretty awful quality. Somebody somewhere might still have the original recording the copy I received was taken from - but they ain't sharing if they do! In any case, I doubt without some restoration work it would sound this good...this is the best available recording from that tour being shared out to the world.

It still needed a fair bit of work but was in better basic shape than the source for the previous version was. So after removing hall reverb, lots of studio magic and some final EQ and tweaking...here it is.
 
The show is now available to download exclusively for free here as 1 MP3 file.

Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s or FLACs, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.


Setlist
This is My House
I, Assassin
Remind Me to Smile
Films
Crash
Music for Chameleons
She's Got Claws
Every Day I Die
Down in the Park
White Boys and Heroes
Cars
War Songs
We Take Mystery (To Bed)

Encore
This Wreckage
We Are Glass
Tracks

Friday, 4 December 2020

Shows Finished For 2020

 

Hi all. More live restorations got done this year than any year since 2017. 20 new ones, along with 6 new restorations of older shows and 1 new radio session. Once again the shows have been downloaded thousands of times - interest in the site seems to keep going and increase year on year.
 
But for now, it is once again time for me to take a break. My health has taken a turn for the worse this year and I need to rest from doing so much stuff that involves staring at a screen. Which is a bit of a bugger when most of your hobbies and activities involve working on a computer...!

Rest assured, as always - loads still to come. Shows being worked on at the moment include JM Jarre's Docklands show from 1989 as well as gigs by Duran Duran, U2 and The Passions. So these, along with loads of others I haven't fitted in this year are still to come. But not until the New Year.
 
I'll be posting up some stats towards the end of the year when I can but for now I'll close by wishing you all well. And to those who have still supported the site this year - either with a donation (especially in such an awful year for most people), or just by sharing the links or telling friends about the site - I can't thank you enough.
 
(For anyone still wanting to donate - split files for shows of your choice are still there as a thank you of course - check out the Rewards For Donations page - but given the year we've all had, and continue to have, I'm not expecting any).
 
Stay safe, enjoy the 158 shows and 9 radio sessions on the site as of now, and come back in 2021 for lots more!

Friday, 27 November 2020

Show 158 - Nirvana - Live At The Palladium, Hollywood - 17 August 1990

 

 A debut on Live and Loud! for Nirvana, in a restored recording from their tour of the west coast of America with Sonic Youth in August 1990.

The recording was generally in good shape - I removed a couple of clicks, sorted out the sound balance and repaired a gap in 1 of the songs - anyone not familiar with the original bootleg won't be able to tell where that was now! Once that was done, using the 30 band EQ brought back the kick drum, created some space and lifted Kurt's voice, creating a much clearer recording. This is a great record of how Nirvana sounded after losing Chad Channing on drums and before they met Dave Grohl and went on to record Nevermind the following year.

The restored recording is now available for free HERE. You can safely download this restored, unique recording as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way.

All the shows on the site including this one are also available as separate, properly tagged MP3s or lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can support the site and donate towards storage and web costs for less than the price of a coffee - and get something back in return.

Absolutely no obligation to do so though; the free files will always remain free. Enjoy the show!

Setlist
Love Buzz
Floyd The Barber
Scoff
Dive
About A Girl
Spank Thru
Breed
In Bloom
School
Been A Son
Negative Creep
Blew

Friday, 13 November 2020

Show 157 - Billy Idol - Live At The Cow Palace, Daly City - 11 May 1987

 

A debut on Live and Loud! for Billy Idol in a restored FM radio recording from his Whiplash Smile tour of 1987.

The basic recording was sound enough but had some noise, odd bass rumbles, FM noise and tape dropouts to fix before I could get to the 30 band EQ part... the fairly thin radio recording now sounds far better with improved separation between the instruments and a much fuller live sound.

The restored recording is now available for free HERE. You can safely download this restored, unique recording as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way.

All the shows on the site including this one are also available as separate, properly tagged MP3s or lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can support the site and donate towards storage and web costs for less than the price of a coffee - and get something back in return.

Absolutely no obligation to do so though; the free files will always remain free. Enjoy the show!

Setlist
Dancing With Myself
Blue Highway
Flesh For Fantasy
World's Forgotten Boy
Sweet Sixteen
Eyes Without A Face
Don't Need A Gun
Baby Talk
Mony Mony
Kiss Me Deadly
Rebel Yell
White Wedding

Encore
To Be A Lover
Shakin' All Over

Friday, 16 October 2020

Show 156 - OMD - Live At YMCA, London - 14 March 1980

 

This audience recording was originally sent to me by a regular listener to these shows, along with a request..."can you do something with this?".

Well, you can hear a clip of what he sent me in the intro in the file below but basically...I didn't think I could! It sounded like it was recorded outside the venue, through a door. The recording had deteriorated quite a bit, it was running at the wrong speed, there were several bits of distortion...there was a lot to do. But I honestly didn't think there was enough of the gig itself there to do much with.

But I had a go, and I was wrong! It was never going to end up as a crystal clear recording worthy of an official release but after spending quite a few hours on it - it has turned out very listenable! And at least now sounds like it was recorded INSIDE the venue...and Andy no longer sounds like he's been castrated...

So download it, have a listen to the intro, the original recording...and then the restoration and hear the difference! An interesting set, featuring a very early live airing for the as yet unreleased Enola Gay, and a cover of Dalek I Love You's Two Chameleons and The Velvet Underground's Waiting For The Man.

The restored recording is now available for free HERE. You can safely download this restored, unique recording as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way.

All the shows on the site including this one are also available as separate, properly tagged MP3s or lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can support the site and donate towards storage and web costs for less than the price of a coffee - and get something back in return.

Absolutely no obligation to do so though; the free files will always remain free. Enjoy the show!

Setlist
Intro tape - I Betray My Friends
Bunker Soldiers
Pretending To See The Future
Almost
Mystereality
Julia's Song
Two Chameleons
Red Frame/White Light
Dancing
Messages
Enola Gay
Waiting For The Man
Electricity

Encore
Bunker Soldiers
Julia's Song

Sunday, 27 September 2020

New Versions Of Old Shows Uploaded

Those of you who have been here a while might remember that when someone is kind enough to donate and support the website, they get to choose which gigs they'd like as separated files. When people ask for old shows, before I split them into a file per song, I see if I can improve what I did first time around, make the improvements, then the donater gets a better sounding version and I then update the main site with a new MP3 of the improved version so anyone can grab the new version.

That last part I got a bit slack on this year for 1 reason or another, so I've just been catching up - there are now 5 old shows which have just been updated on the site. Links to the page of each, where you can grab the new versions, are here:

Bauhaus
Live in Boston 2005

The Undertones
Live at Paradiso Amsterdam - March 1980
Zuiderpark Rotterdam - September 1980

Blondie
Live at Hammersmith Odeon London - 12 January 1980

Elvis Costello
Winterland San Francisco - 7 June 1978

 

Have a look through the site and you will often see on the pages for the older shows that a recently updated version exists - from 2018 onwards, usually. These will sound better than the original restorations done - sometimes back in 2012, so go take a browse and grab your self some live sounds!

And remember, if you wish to support the site and donate, all the info on what you can get in return is on THIS PAGE. Either way, enjoy the music! 

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Show 155 - Madness - Live At Paradiso, Amsterdam - 2 February 1980

 

This is another of those recordings I thought would be quick and easy. I had a 6 track recording of Madness from this gig - an old FM radio broadcast. I spent some time working on it, announced what I was doing on the Facebook group and page and one of my listeners got in touch to say he knew of a 10 track version! Once he pointed me in the direction of it (only in MP3 format unfortunately) and I had a listen, I scrapped everything I'd done on the 6 track version and set to work on this one - I took the view it was better to have 10 tracks than 6, despite the slightly inferior source quality.

After converting it to 1 long WAV, the first thing was - it was way too fast and high pitched! Suggs sounded like he was on helium and the whole band was on speed (!) so I spent a fair bit of time matching the pitch and speed to other recordings from the same year before doing anything else. Then it was correcting a few glitches in the recording - tape dropouts etc. Then 30 band EQ to bring back some low end and remove a harsh high end, before finally moving to the mastering which tightened up the whole recording a lot.

The result is now available for free on this page and sounds really good. You can safely download this restored, unique recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way.

The remastered shows are also available as separate, properly tagged MP3s or lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can support what I do and donate towards storage and web costs for less than the price of a coffee.

Absolutely no obligation to do so though; the free files will always remain free. Either way - enjoy the show!

Setlist
One Step Beyond
Deceives The Eye
My Girl
Swan Lake
Razor Blade Alley
Land Of Hope And Glory
Tarzan's Nuts
The Prince
Night Boat To Cairo
Madness


Sunday, 30 August 2020

Show 154 - Japan - Live At Newcastle City Hall - 1 Jun 1978


After the last Japan show I restored (HERE), I was contacted by Rob Dean, from the band and asked if I could have a go at restoring this recording, which had recently come to light. He put me in touch with Stephen Holden, who had been gifted a copy of the recording by the original owner. Stephen has recently written a book about his time following the band in their early days - see below for details on how to obtain a copy of that.

This is a recording of Japan, supporting Blue Oyster Cult on their UK nationwide tour in mid 1978. The band's first taste of playing larger venues, I guess. Their set includes tracks from their recently released first album, and their upcoming second.

The original mono recording itself was a typical 1970s cassette recording, quite murky, slightly distorted in places but also with a few weird fadeouts - during Suburban Love and the intro to Don't Rain On My Parade in particular. Fadeouts in particular I can't do much about but I tweaked them as much as I dared and they're less extreme than they were, now.

Otherwise plenty of work went into correcting sound imbalances, trying to make the sound mix clearer so you can hear the drums, bass etc clearer, and so on. I also created a pseudo stereo version from the original mono file and restored that separately - so I effectively did this show twice. Lots also went into that too and its a bit clearer to listen to (to me) but you get the choice - mono, stereo, or both. All in all, this all took a bit longer than usual but was more than worthwhile, given some of the awful recordings out there.

You can safely download this restored, unique recording for free below as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way:

Mono restoration

Pseudo-stereo restoration

The remastered shows are also available as separate, properly tagged MP3s or lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can support what I do and donate towards storage and web costs for less than the price of a coffee.

Absolutely no obligation to do so though; the free files will always remain free. Either way - enjoy the show!

Setlist
Love Is Infectious
Communist China
Obscure Alternatives
Heartbreaker
Suburban Love
Suburban Berlin
Don't Rain On My Parade
Adolescent Sex
The Unconventional



How to obtain a copy of Adolescent Alternatives by Stephen Holden

"Orders for my book are now being offered. There will be a limited run of 500 softback issues and 50 hardback issues available. Each book is full colour and has 144 pages.

I have self funded and I am self publishing the book which will feature lots of never before seen photos of the band both onstage and offstage. With a foreword by Rob Dean, and an afterword from tour manager, Nick Huckle ..... the book tell`s of a two year road-trip between 78-80 taken by myself and my best friend, Phil Lockett, and an essay by JAPAN biographer, Anthony Reynolds
Book design by Dominic Brookman.

Softback version @ £27.50 + £5.00 P&P (UK)

Hardback version Sold Out

 Europe P&P £12.00 ROW £16.00

Paypal friends & family to srholden01@hotmail.com or alternatively on eBay:

Please note the costs are as low as I can make them being a self funded project.

I sincerely hope you will enjoy the trips!"









Friday, 21 August 2020

Show 153 - Bill Nelson's Red Noise - Live at Sheffield City Hall - 13 March 1979


A first gig for Bill Nelson on the Live and Loud! archive (hopefully not the last) with his short lived band Red Noise with a gig from their one and only tour in support of their album Sound On Sound.

This was an FM broadcast from the time, so isn't the complete show. It was, at some point doctored by someone else as the levels were high and there were signs of compression too (but only on the last track, strangely, so that needed treating separately). There were quite a few stereo imaging issues too, and some of the recording level was a little high, resulting in some clipping or distortion.

After running various toys over the audio, then EQ and a little noise reduction. plus correcting the stereo image where I could, this is the final result - loud bits under control, lots less distortion and far clearer. Red Noise were a powerful live band and I think this recording now brings that out!

You can safely download this restored, unique recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way. Alternatively, if you would like to support the site with a small donation towards storage, subscription and internet costs, in return you can have the remastered show as separate, properly tagged MP3s or lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this. No obligation to do so though - either way - enjoy the show!

Setlist
Don’t Touch Me (I’m Electric)
Furniture Music
Stop Go Stop
The Atom Age
Possession
Substitute Flesh
A Better Home in the Phantom Zone
Radar in My Heart
Art/Empire/Industry
Revolt Into Style
Stay Young

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Show 152 - Boomtown Rats - Live At The NHK Hall Tokyo - 1 May 1980


A long overdue return for The Boomtown Rats, who were one of the early bands featured on Live and Loud! in 2012 (see this page for an improved version of that one).

This was an FM radio broadcast which had been reworked (not very well) by someone at some point - everything very loud, all the way through. While listening to the gig to fix and clicks and tape dropouts, I realised the tracks were also in the wrong order! For some reason, someone had reordered the tracks with odd bits cut off where the edits had been made. Eventually, with the help of a friend who had an original copy of the taped bootleg, and referencing other gigs from that tour, I was able to put it all back together in the right order.

Once that was done, much sound restoration went into the final copy, to reverse what had been done before and also to improve what was there. So, rather more work than I expected on this one BUT... it sounds superb now, really pleased with this one. And just as an aside, this gig (as Geldof says) saw the first live outing for Diamond Smiles, which appears as the last song.

You can safely download this restored, unique recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way. Or, if you would like to support the site with a small donation towards storage, subscription and internet costs, in return you can have the remastered show as separate, properly tagged MP3s or lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this.

Setlist
Wind Chill Factor (Minus Zero)
Like Clockwork
Nothing Happened Today
(I Never Loved) Eva Braun
Nice 'n' Neat
Joey's On The Street Again
Someone's Looking At You
Keep It Up
I Don't Like Mondays
Rat Trap
Mary Of The 4th Form
Blind Date

Encore
She's So Modern
Looking After No. 1
Diamond Smiles