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, 20 April 2018

Show 122 - Duran Duran - Live At Wembley Arena, London - 23 December 1988


This was (as you will hear) originally a live FM broadcast on London's Capital Radio, recorded by a listener at the time.A digital copy was sent to me last year by a listener (and donater - thank you again!) to Live and Loud!. It was very thin and flat sounding, with little bass and not a lot of upper end either. The sound quality was variable in places too but overall - a great candidate for the Live and Loud! treatment.

While there was only so much I could do with the variances in sound quality, the whole recording has benefited a lot from hiss reduction and a lot of time spent with the old 30 band EQ.  What you hear now is a far clearer and better record of this gig, I think.

The radio presenter talks through the whole show unfortunately (at the beginning, at the end of songs, at the end of the show) - and rather than try to edit all that out (which would mean losing chunks of music!) I've left it in; So for once, it really is like listening to the radio back in 1988, for this one! And with it being from 23 December, Xmas is only 2 days away, too. Bonus ;)

You can download this improved recording for free here as one 320 kbps MP3 file. Or, if you would like to support the site with a very small donation towards storage and internet costs, in return you can have the 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
God (London)
Big Thing
I Don't Want Your Love
Hungry Like the Wolf
Do You Believe in Shame?
All She Wants Is / Planet Earth
Winter Marches On
Palomino
Too Late Marlene
Girls on Film
Notorious
Skin Trade
Is There Something I Should Know?
The Wild Boys
Drug
Save A Prayer
The Reflex
Rio

Friday, 6 April 2018

Show 121 - Joe Jackson - Live At Old Waldorf, San Francisco - 14 May 1979


A lively set from part way through their USA tour following the release of the debut album, Look Sharp!, featuring plenty of chat in between songs. The set features a few covers, alongside most of Look Sharp! and some songs that would feature on the soon-to-be-released 2nd album, I'm The Man.

This was a fairly clear recording of an FM broadcast, albeit rather harsh on the ears at times. So for the most part, this just involved 30 band EQ to remove the harshness and restore some balance to the bottom end, and to give the instruments and vocals more of their own space in the mix.

You can download this improved recording for free here as 1 320 kbps MP3 file. Or, if you would like to support the site with a very small donation and in return receive 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
One More Time
Pretty Girls
Look Sharp!
Friday
Sunday Papers
Baby Stick Around
Is She Really Going Out With Him?
Fools in Love
Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries
Kinda Kute
Happy Loving Couples
I'm the Man
Throw It Away
Got the Time

Encore
Pressure Drop
Ain't That A Shame

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Show 120 - Elvis Costello - Winterland San Francisco - 7 June 1978


An excellent gig from the last night of their USA tour in the middle of 1978, originally recorded from a pre broadcast master so was a pretty clear recording (for once), albeit rather bass light and middly. So for the most part, this just involved 30 band EQ to remove a slightly harsh top end and to bring back the lower end, which was a bit lacking (you could barely hear the bass at times) and to give the instruments and vocals more of their own space in the mix.

What's left is a really good and clear record of an energetic performance on the last night of the US tour. You can download this 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, 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!

Setlist
Mystery Dance
Lip Service
The Angels Want To Wear My Red Shoes
Goon Squad
Less Than Zero
Blame It On Cain
The Beat
This Year's Girl
I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea
Pump It Up
Radio Radio
Lipstick Vogue
Watching The Detectives
Party Girl
You Belong To Me
I'm Not Angry

Friday, 2 March 2018

Radio Prog 4: Altered Images: John Peel Session Recorded 7 October 1980


Live and Loud! Radio is an occasional series of free downloads, starting January 2017. Radio sessions that never got an official release, sympathetically repaired and remastered and then released onto the internet, all for free.

No theme tune, no intro from me - just the original session, repaired and remastered and available in a downloadable zip file containing each separate track.

Live and Loud! Radio Prog 4:  Altered Images: John Peel Session Recorded 7 October 1980

Tracklisting
1. Beckoning Strings
2. Legionnaire (Instrumental)
3. Insects
4. Dead Pop Stars

The session is available as a zip file, containing each track. You can get it by clicking HERE.

Original files hiss reduction applied to reduce - but not eliminate completely - tape noise. Each track then had 30 band EQ to remove mid range muddiness and top end harshness. Bass was made a little clearer and more audible, while upper frequencies were toned down, creating more "space" in the tracks between the instruments. Finally, each track was faded out to soften the sharp cut off to each track on the original recording.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Show 119 - Jean Michel Jarre - Live in Lyon - 5 October 1986


This is a concert from 1986, as part of Lyon's celebrations welcoming Pope John Paul II to the city. I wonder what he thought of it! Anyway, the recording... This concert was actually released on VHS at the time but this recording I've uploaded for you is actually taken from 2 separate recordings of FM broadcasts - both of which were incomplete. I won't tell you where the join is, but hopefully it's not too easy to spot now!

But there was a lot of work - both recordings were at different speeds, for a start...and sounded quite different. Only when they were at the same speed and sounding similar, could I put them together, then start denoising what was quite a hissy recording, repairing inconsistencies in volume, then using the trusty 30 band EQ to remove a harsh top end and bring back the lower end, which was quite lacking (except on some "far too loud!" Simmons drum fills in various tracks which needed treating all by themselves). This was all a lot of work but I think it was worth it. So I hope you enjoy it too!

Incidentally, no setlist anywhere makes mention of Second Rendez-Vous Part 3 making a reappearance at the end of the show on the night - but it existed on the recording I was given. I suspect it may not be from Lyon at all, as it cuts in rather sharply. It doesn't sound too out of place, so I left it in. Also, Jarre introduces his musicians over the encore and the music goes very quiet (how it was broadcast at the time I expect) and the FM noise and hiss gets quite bad at that point. I removed a lot of it, but left some as Jarre was in danger of sounding like he was speaking from the bottom of the sea...

Anyway, enough of my yakking... You can download this new and improved (and hopefully unique) 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, 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
Ethnicolor
Magnetic Fields 1
Wooloomooloo
Equinoxe 7
Souvenir of China
Equinoxe 5
Third Rendez-vous
Second Rendez-vous Part 1
Second Rendez-vous Part 2
Second Rendez-Vous Part 3
Second Rendez-Vous Part 4
Last Rendez-Vous (Ron's Piece)
Fourth Rendez-Vous
Fourth Rendez-Vous (encore)
Second Rendez-Vous Part 3

Incidentally, if you're a fan of Jarre, you may well enjoy this 2 hour online radio special I did with many rare tracks and mixes, available to stream here

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Now On Instagram

Hello! A bit of an experiment. Just this minute joined Instagram - if any of you are on there, search for liveandloudshows or click on the link and that will be me. Nothing there right now but I might well try putting up the odd video, as well as the ads and news, when there is some.



Sunday, 4 February 2018

Show 118 - Pulp - Live at Melkweg Amsterdam - 8 December 1995


First time appearance for Pulp! A recording of highlights from a Dutch gig performed just a couple of months after the release of Different Class - their most well known album. Although no information was included with the copy I had, this sounded very much like a recording from FM radio.

It was very bright and tinny and with a few uneven volumes and clicks, so this was much careful work with 30 band EQ to reduce that harshness and improve the bottom end, while also improving clarity between the instruments and voices - as well as manually editing to even out the volume and remove the clicks. They rocked that night - they rock this recording now. Enjoy!

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, properly tagged MP3s, or even lossless files in FLAC format, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this.

Setlist
Do You Remember The First Time?
Pencil Skirt
I Spy
Joyriders
Sorted For E's & Wizz
Live Bed Show
Acrylic Afternoons
Babies
Disco 2000
Mis-Shapes
F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E
Underwear
Common People

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 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!

Setlist
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
Sleepwalk
The Voice
Vienna
Astradyne
All Stood Still
Passing Strangers
Mine for Life
Hymn
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