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).

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

Monday, 27 July 2020

Show 151 - Devo - Live At The Palladium Dallas Texas - 4 Aug 1979


A welcome return for Devo to the Live and Loud! archives. Shows from their Duty Now For The Future tour are fairly rare so I was glad to come across this one, containing several unreleased gems.

Although my copy of this gig in lossless format didn't come from there directly, I must give a big shoutout to the guys at Booji Boy's Basement who transferred the original taped material and have been maintaining an online archive accessible to fans for many years.

Although it is an audience recording, and had a few faults, I've been able to upgrade the sound quality a lot. I removed some of the room ambience you always get with audience shows, fixed some errors and tape drop outs, some clicks, pops and odd noises, did what I could with some overloaded volume as well as slowed the pitch and speed a little as it was running too fast. After all that, I used a bit of studio magic, 30 band EQ and finally some mastering tools to finish off.

You can safely download this restored 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.

Either way - enjoy the show! And don't forget to check out the other Devo shows on the site!

Setlist
General Boy Film Intro (fades out)
Softcore Mutations (Early Version of Going Under)
Timing X
Soo Bawlz
Secret Agent Man
Pink Pussycat
Penetration In The Centerfold
Strange Pursuit
Those Darn Girls
S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)
Rod's Rooter's Big Ream - Roll Out The Barrel (Video Projection)
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Praying Hands
Uncontrollable Urge
Mongoloid
Jocko Homo
Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA
Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin')

Encore
Come Back Jonee
Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy)
DEVO Corporate Anthem
In Heaven Everything Is Fine
The One That Gets Away

Friday, 3 July 2020

Show 150 - The Human League - Live At Rolling Stone Club Milan - 17 March 1982


A gig from this tour has been requested more than once over the years - and finally I can deliver. An interesting and rare recording of The Human League on the European leg of their Dare tour in 1982.

I've obtained more than 1 recording of this gig over the years of different quality - and also like the Japan gig I did recently, attributed to different places...including the gig of 14 March 1982 in Lyon, France...but given they are the same gig, Philip Oakey says "ciao!" and refers to them next time playing La Scala at the end of the gig, and (possibly) Jo Callis says "arrivederci!" I think we can assume they're actually in Milan. :-)

There's a bootleg called "Drumset Mystery" of this gig - and the copy I heard of that too was pretty poor quality and very hissy. I think this must be a different recording altogether of the same gig, it sounds like it was recorded nearer the front of the audience. In any case, I went through this and spent a few days on it - removed some of the room ambience, fixed gaps, errors, tape drop outs, clicks and odd noises, overloaded volume, changed the pitch and speed as it was running slightly too fast, then treated and EQed the sound to get as much as possible out of what was there.

I'm pleased with the result; I hope you enjoy it. Other sites are starting to take these restorations, butcher the artwork and put it up on their own site with filled with advertising and pop up links - only from here are you guaranteed no pop ups, no advertising, no viruses - just the show itself.

You can safely download this restored 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 even lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this.

Either way - enjoy the show! And don't forget to check out the other Human League shows on the site!

Setlist
You're My Baby
Open Your Heart
Do Or Die
Circus Of Death
Darkness
Don't You Want Me
Seconds
I Am The Law
Crow And A Baby
Marianne
Love Action (I Believe In Love)
The Things That Dreams Are Made Of
The Sound Of The Crowd

Encore:
Empire State Human
Destination Venus

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Show 149 - Japan - Live At The Budokan, Tokyo - 16 March 1980



An overdue return this time for Japan, and hopefully clearing up some badly identified bootlegs in the process. If you don't care about all that - just head down to the last paragraph and click on the link - for the rest of you, read on...

There are a few recordings (I had been sent 3 different ones) of gigs from the Quiet Life tour of Japan in March 1980 - some say they're from The Budokan, 16 March; others are labeled as 27 March at "Mito Hall, Tokyo". Most also purport to be FM recordings...which they're not.

There was only one gig recorded, that is known for definite - and that's the Budokan gig on 16 March. Those bootlegs labeled Mito Hall and 27 March are ALL the same Budokan gig from 16 March. There is actually NO SUCH PLACE as "Mito Hall"; although the band did indeed play a venue in the city of Mito on 27 March, no genuine recording has ever come to light of that one. My thanks to Paul at the excellent Nightporter site for confirming all this for me recently. Perhaps blame it on a naughty bootlegger trying to sell more copies by giving 1 recording different names...

There are also at least 3 different circulated versions of this gig (under it's different names!) - a really quite unlistenable audience recording which contains the intro tape (Despair), a 12 track setlist and a full 15 track setlist - neither having Despair and running at slightly different speeds in widely varied sound quality. I concentrated on the 15 track set and have restored that, with the addition of a restored (as best I could) intro "Despair" tape at the beginning from the one that had awful quality; so you will notice the sound quality improves quite a bit once Despair finishes.

ALL the recordings of this gig are from the audience and NOT FM radio broadcasts, whatever they might say in any notes accompanying them. With that in mind, I got to work and several hours over several days later, here we are:

I reduced the ambient reverb on the recording to bring out more of the music; fixed the tape faults that I could; brought down the piercing screams of several excitable Japanese girls (!), improved the stereo image a little and then got to work with EQ. Large hall audience recordings generally swim in distorting midrange mud which masks everything - I cleared a lot of that away, tightened up the low end, so Mick Karn and Steve Jansen are more audible, reduced selected mids and boosted some of the higher frequencies so Rob Dean, Richard Barbieri can be heard and finally made David Sylvian's vocals and intros clearer too. For those interested, all sources used were lossless audio files and all work done, was also done in lossless.

All that said, don't expect this to sound like a crystal clear radio broadcast - but it's now far better than any of the bootlegs I've heard. I hope you enjoy this much improved complete restoration of this concert.

You can safely download all of this improved 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 even lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this.

Either way - enjoy the show!

Setlist
Despair (intro tape)
Alien
...Rhodesia
Quiet Life
Fall in Love With Me
Deviation
All Tomorrow's Parties
Obscure Alternatives
In Vogue
Life in Tokyo
Halloween
Sometimes I Feel So Low
Communist China
Adolescent Sex

Encore:
I Second That Emotion
Automatic Gun

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Show 148 - Depeche Mode - Live At The Suedwest Stadium Ludwigshafen - 2 June 1984


An overdue return this time for Depeche Mode - this time featuring an FM broadcast of a one off live performance some months before the release of Some Great Reward when they played an open air festival headlined by Elton John. The set is mainly selected tracks from their Construction Time Again tour (go here for a link to a show from that tour) but does feature their current single at the time, People Are People for the very first time live on stage.

I've heard a few versions of this recording and I chose the best sounding complete source to work with - even so it needed several hours work just to fix tape drop outs and FM interference/distortion. After that, several more hours working on EQ to even out the sound as much as possible and then make it sound clearer and sharper.

I hope you enjoy this much improved recording.

You can safely download all of this improved 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 even lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this.

Either way - enjoy the show!

Setlist
Everything Counts
Now, This Is Fun
Two Minute Warning
Shame
Get The Balance Right
People Are People
And Then...
Photographic
Told You So
New Life
More Than A Party

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Show 147 - Crowded House - Live At The UCSD Gymnasium, La Jolla - 8 April 1989


A long overdue return for Crowded House - all their shows have been hugely popular on Live and Loud! over the years; this one deserves to be too, featuring really good and clear sound quality, the usual witty stage banter and a fantastic performance from the guys on stage.

This was a soundboard recording and in good condition overall - far better than some I've had to deal with. All that really needed doing was careful EQing to lower the keyboards which were pretty loud, bring some space between the instruments and make the drums clearer, so you can hear the whole band really well.

I hope you enjoy this much improved recording. You can safely download all of this improved 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 even lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this.

Either way - enjoy the show!

Setlist
Mean to Me
World Where You Live
Mansion In The Slums
Love You 'til The Day I Die
Love This Life
In the Lowlands
Hole In The River
Don't Dream It's Over
Irish Heartbeat
This Is Massive
Something So Strong
I Feel Possessed
Now We're Getting Somewhere
Sister Madly
Better Be Home Soon