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. If you want the shows in lossless format, or as separate tagged files, head over to the Rewards for Donations page and see how you can get a lot for very little!

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, 22 December 2017

Christmas Greetings

Another year comes to a close for Live and Loud! 
2017 saw 30 repaired and remastered live gig recordings and 3 repaired and remastered shows under the Live and Loud! Radio banner. We had new gigs from artists previously appearing and plenty of first time appearances which have proved popular - XTC, Bob Marley, Average White Band, The Cars, Sisters of Mercy, Sparks and so many more.
Stay around as there is much more to come - both new repaired and remastered live gigs as well as more remastered radio sessions.
For me personally its not been the easiest of years and life has changed somewhat. But I would like to thank you all for listening, downloading and sharing the links for your interest in Live and Loud!. While I do scour the internet to find shows to do, I've also had a few people who have got in touch and offered and given me shows to work on - thank you! Some of those have yet to be done I know, but I'll get through as many as possible (the "gigs to be done" list numbers in the hundreds, believe it or not). 
And finally to the select few who have been good enough to donate to the site - you really have helped keep this site going, so an enormous thank you to you especially. 
See you all in 2018 for plenty more shows! Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Show 117 - Ultravox - Live in Lyon - 22 Jan 1983

This time it’s a rare performance from Ultravox from 1983. They released their 3rd album with Midge Ure on vocals in October 1982 called Quartet, and then supported that with a world tour lasting from November until the following Spring. Brief highlights from the London dates of this tour appeared on a short live video and EP, Monument, which has since been reissued on DVD and CD - but otherwise recordings of this tour are quite scarce.

This was labeled as a radio broadcast - if it was, it sounds like they pretty much took a recording from the soundboard and broadcast that as the original was pretty unprocessed - but it would explain the missing intro to the start and the sharp fadeout at the end. Apart from the missing intro to Astradyne (someone turning the tape over perhaps!) the recording was in pretty good condition but a bit tinny and hard on the ears. I've corrected a couple of bits where the recording was muffled and also applied a 30 band EQ to improve the bottom end (you can hear the drums and bass far more clearly now) and take off the harshness from the guitar, vocals and synths. Really pleased with how this one has turned out! A must for every Ultravox fan, without question.

You can download this new and improved recording for free here as 1 MP3 file.

Or, if you would like to support the site with a very small donation and in return receive separate Ultravox-tagged MP3s, or even lossless files in FLAC format, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this.

This is the last show for 2017 - Merry Christmas!

Reap The Wild Wind
When The Scream Subsides
Thin Wall
New Europeans
We Stand Alone
I Remember (Death In The Afternoon)
Visions in Blue
Mr X
The Voice
All Stood Still
Passing Strangers
Mine for Life
The Song (We Go)

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Latest News - November 2017

Just to let you regular visitors know that I'm taking a short break for a few weeks. This IS only a short break though - I'll probably be back with a show or 2 before Xmas but first, I have a few things I need to get done in the studio (and a holiday to go on!).  LOADS more to come when I get back, into 2018 and beyond - radio sessions and, of course, live shows - so don't go anywhere!

I jsut want to take the opportunity to give a big thanks to those of you who share the links out and to those of you who have donated and helped with my costs - every donation has been much appreciated - hope you've been enjoying the files you get in return!

Just as a catch up on this year so far - 2017 so far has seen 32 new remasters, 17 from bands new to the Live and Loud! archive. For the record, this is what's been done in 2017 up to now - you'll find them all by clicking on the artists names on the right hand side of the page where you can download these and all the others for free!

Radio Prog 1 - Nash The Slash CBC FM August 1979
Radio Prog 2 - Kraftwerk: HR1 Frankfurt Radio Concert 25 January 1974
Radio Prog 3 - Depeche Mode: BBC Studio Session 11 June 1981

Show 88 - Gary Numan - Live At The Ritz Theatre New York - 26 Oct 1982
Show 89
- Jean Michel Jarre - La Defense Paris - 14 July 1990
Show 90
- Duran Duran - Live At Capitaine Video Club Paris - 8 September 1981
Show 91
- Crowded House - Live At Bottom Line New York - 22 March 1987
Show 92
- Sisters of Mercy - Live At Trojan Horse The Hague - 26 May 1984
Show 93 - Blancmange -
Live At The Paradiso Amsterdam - 9 April 1983
Show 94 - The Skids -
Live At The Odeon, Edinburgh - 7 September 1979
Show 95 - Dramatis -
Live At Paris Theatre London - May 1982
Show 96 - Fatal Charm -
Live At Paris Theatre London - 1981
Show 97 - Average White Band -
Live At Belmont Park New York - 23 July 1978
Show 98 - Yellow Magic Orchestra -
Live At Shinjuku Kouseinenkin Hall, Tokyo - 7 May 1980
Show 99 - Ultravox - Live on German TV - 1976 or 1977
Show 100 - Depeche Mode -
Live At Paris Theatre London - 10 Feb 1982
Show 101 - The Smiths - The Hacienda Manchester - 6 July 1983
Show 102 - Howard Jones -
Live At Paris Theatre London - 5 Oct 1983
Show 103 - Bob Marley -
Live At The Boarding House San Francisco - 7 July 1975
Show 104 - The Undertones -
Live At New Pop Festival Zuiderpark Rotterdam - 7 September 1980
Show 105 - The Cars -
Live At Nakano Sun Plaza Tokyo - 30 October 1980
Show 106 - Secret Affair -
Live At University of Bristol - 11 February 1980
Show 107 - Fad Gadget -
Live At Rotterdam Arena The Netherlands - 17 March 1984
Show 108 - Sparks -
Live At Record Plant Hollywood - September 1974
Show 109 - Talking Heads -
Live At The Paradiso Amsterdam - 14 January 1978
Show 110 - OMD - Live In Toronto - 24 April 1981
Show 111 - Men Without Hats - Live At Club Casino, Hampton Beach NH - 7 Aug 1983
Show 112 - Gary Numan - Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London - 1 October 1985
Show 113 - DAF - Live In Germany - 9 May 1981
Show 114 - Kraftwerk - Live at Paradiso Amsterdam - 11 September 1976
Show 115 - XTC - Live at Liverpool Erics - 13 August 1977
Show 116 - The Icicle Works - Live at Shellys Club Stoke - 1985

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Show 116 - The Icicle Works - Live at Shellys Club Stoke - 1985

A debut on Live and Loud! for The Icicle Works, with a show from an unknown date in 1985.

This was a flat and slightly tinny sounding recording of an FM broadcast from 8 October of a gig played sometime before then but certainly sometime that year as it features songs from not only their first album but the second album too - which was released in September 1985.

I used a wee bit of noise reduction but mainly EQ to improve the bottom end, make the drums and bass more audible, and get some clarity between the instruments and vocals.

You can download this new and improved recording for free here as 1 MP3 file. Or, if you would like to have separate The Icicle Works-tagged MP3s, or even lossless files in FLAC format, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.

Hollow Horse
In The Cauldron Of Love
Who Do You Want For Your Love?
(Let's Go) Down to The River
When It All Comes Down
All The Daughters (Of Her Father's House)
Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream)

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Show 115 - XTC - Live at Liverpool Erics - 13 August 1977

A debut on Live and Loud! for XTC - but surely not the last time they will appear (I now have a few of their gigs on my "to be done" list).

A very early gig this one - this was a soundboard recording from a gig played a couple of months before the release of their debut EP! It seems the source I received was worked on by someone at some stage, as, as so often happens, the loudness was off the scale almost and very unnatural, making it tiring to listen to. And quite toppy, with a shallow 2 dimensional aural range. So, I used EQ to not only improve the bottom end and clarity between the instruments but make it less tiring on the ears. Several hours of work later and it's a great show; the band are full of energy and it's a great - if short! - set.

You can download this new and improved recording for free here as 1 MP3 file. Or, if you would like to have separate XTC-tagged MP3s, or even lossless files in FLAC format, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.

Radios In Motion
Cross Wires
Let's Have Fun
Fireball XL5
Science Friction
I'm Bugged
New Town Animal
Hang On To The Night
All Along The Watchtower
She's So Square