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).

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Queen - Live in Boston - 30 January 1976


This is an audience recording, originally recorded by Dan Lampinski, who recorded over 200 shows in the 70s from several bands.  He was apparently in the fifth row right of centre when he recorded this (reference from queenlive.ca/). It was released for free onto the internet some years back and quickly grabbed by bootleggers who "issued" it on CD for sale. A 2nd bootleg called A Night At Boston was then released which at least corrected the fact that the recording ran slightly too fast; it's a lossless copy of that that speed corrected recording I've used as the source for this; my version is saved as lossless also and this MP3 is saved from that.

Some studio toys removed some of the natural reverb you get on audience recordings and gave me more of the band's sound to play with. From there, it was out with the 30 band EQ, trying to give you more of the experience of sitting in that hall in front of Queen over 40 years ago! This now, to me, sounds much better than the original.

You can download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page and the link will be available a few seconds later).If you have any trouble downloading, please visit this page.

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
Bohemian Rhapsody
Ogre Battle
Sweet Lady
White Queen
Flick Of The Wrist
Medley - Bohemian Rhapsody/Killer Queen/The March Of The Black Queen/Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise)
Bring Back That Leroy Brown
Brighton Rock
Guitar Solo
Son And Daughter
The Prophet's Song
Stone Cold Crazy
Doing All Right
Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon
Keep Yourself Alive
Seven Seas Of Rhye
Liar
In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

Encore
Now I'm Here
 
Encore
Hey Big Spender
Rock and Roll Medley (Jailhouse Rock/Stupid Cupid/Be Bop A Lula/Jailhouse Rock)
God Save The Queen

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Radio Prog 8 - The Human League - John Peel Session Broadcast 16 August 1978


Live and Loud! Radio is an occasional series of free downloads, which started in 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 8 - The Human League - John Peel Session Broadcast 16 August 1978

Tracklisting
1. Being Boiled*
2. No Time
3. Blind Youth
4. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling

"No Time" is an early version of "The Word Before Last".

* Being Boiled was released on the 2011 Various Artists compilation album "Movement: BBC Radio 1 Peel Sessions 1977-1979" and is therefore excluded.

Recorded over a year before the release of their debut album Reproduction, this session features 3 of the 4 tracks recorded (the 4th having been released officially).

Sourced from 2 separate sets of lossless files, this took a lot of work (especially just for 3 tracks) - I fixed several dropouts and clicks and used both sources to get the best quality (copying and pasting parts of songs to remove faults, missing bits, if needed, then blending back together).

Once all that was done, the recording just needed a gentle EQ to improve clarity and boost the low end.

The zip file for this session contains remastered MP3 versions. You can download it HERE (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page - the link will be available very shortly after - see THIS PAGE for further information if you need it).

Friday, 6 September 2019

Radio Prog 7 - A Flock Of Seagulls - John Peel Session Broadcast 12 May 1981


Live and Loud! Radio is an occasional series of free downloads, which started in 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 7 - A Flock Of Seagulls - John Peel Session Broadcast 12 May 1981 
Tracklisting

1. Talking (It's Not Me Talking)
2. Messages From The Rings Of Saturn
3. I Ran
4. Committed

Recorded before the release of their first single and almost a year before the release of their first album, this features 4 tracks, 2 of which bear their longer, original titles.

Sourced from MP3 files, I fixed 1 or 2 dropout faults in the recording, some clicks, plus having to use a 2nd source to fix 1 small section which faded out early (see if you can tell where). After that, I applied 30 band EQ to clear up the flat and slightly muddy sound. Mainly a little bottom end, some reduction of harsh mids where appropriate and boosting a little top end when that was lacking. This allows the drums and bass to breathe a bit, the guitar to shimmer in it's own space and the vocals to be clearer.

The zip file for this session contains remastered MP3 versions. You can download it HERE (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page - the link will be available very shortly after - see THIS PAGE for further information if you need it).

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Show 138 - The Fixx - Live At Rainbow Music Hall Denver - 8 September 1983


This recording is from an FM broadcast and was in pretty good condition for its age. Some odd clicks and noises were removed and then I addressed the low end muddiness with 30 band EQ and generally brought out the sound a bit so it was clearer.

The songs here are taken from their first 2 albums; Shuttered Room from 1982 and Reach The Beach, released in May 1983. There is some confusion online as to the correct running order for this show. I have presented it here as it appears on the FM recording. There is an MTV video on YouTube which has moved Stand of Fall and made Red Skies the encore...however, it's pretty noticeable they've done it with some pretty poor continuity editing! Setlist.fm has an entry for this show too - but whoever filled that in has gone from the MTV video.

I've listened to this several times and, either the radio station guys did an amazing re-edit, OR...this is the correct set list. Either way, the video on YouTube has some odd edits towards the end where the sound quality changes where Cy Curnin is apparently "speaking" in between songs - which to me, just sounds and looks like bad editing on MTV's part. So I've taken the FM broadcast to be the right order and left it well alone.

You can download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page and the link will be available a few seconds later).

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
The Sign of Fire
Cameras In Paris
Running
Stand or Fall
Some People
Reach The Beach
The Fool
One Thing Leads To Another
Outside
Saved By Zero

Encore 1
Red Skies

Encore 2
Lost Planes
Sinking Island

Check out the video on YouTube for yourself HERE! It's good quality, apart from the edits.

Friday, 26 July 2019

Show 137 - The B-52s - Live At Max's Kansas City, New York - 28 May 1978



An exciting early glimpse into The B-52s and how they sounded around the time Rock Lobster was first released on a local Georgia independent record label, before they got signed to a major and worldwide success.

This recording is from the audience and needed a fair bit of tweaking - someone, once upon a time had put a brickwall limiter on it (in layman's terms, boosted loudness as high as it could go on every part of the recording to make it sound "better") which made it boomy and tiring to listen to all the way through. And still muffled. However, with a few studio tricks and EQ, it now sounds much clearer and far more listenable. Bear in mind it is still a cassette recording made from the audience over 40 years ago, but even so, it's a fascinating clip of how the band were early on.

The songs here comprise the first of 2 sets they played that night; the 2nd set replaces Hot Lava with Strobe Light and adds Running Around but is otherwise the same set. If you're interested in me reworking and putting that up as well, then let me know in the comments.

You can download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page and the link will be available a few seconds later).

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
Planet Claire
Hero Worship
52 Girls
The Devil's In My Car
Downtown
Hot Lava
Rock Lobster

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Show 136 - Simple Minds - Live At De Gigant Apeldoorn - 22 March 1980


A truncated recording of Simple Minds on their tour of late 1979 and early 1980, in support of the Real To Real Cacophony album, originally (I think) from Dutch radio. There is a more well known recording from Amsterdam from the following night but I chose this less well known one which needed a bit of work. This responded well to being cleaned up with some EQ and sounds really good, although I had to fade out the last track "Pleasantly Disturbed" as it's chopped off on the source recording.

You can download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page and the link will be available a few seconds later).

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
Film Theme
Capital City
Here Comes The Fool
Calling Your Name
Life In A Day
Premonition
Citizen
Factory
Changeling
Pleasantly Disturbed

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Show 135 - Gary Numan - Live At Ocean State Theatre, Providence - 21 Feb 1980


A second show from Numan's tour of North America in early 1980 (the other show I did back in 2012 is here). Unlike that soundboard recording, this one does feature all the songs in the set, even including the intro tape.So you also get 3 tracks not released until later in the year (I Die:You Die and early versions of Remind Me To Smile and Remember I was Vapour, from the next Telekon album).

While it is a recording from the audience, it's a pretty good one and has possibly been worked on a bit by someone before. However, I did still have a fair bit of work to do. It had to be slowed down for a start - the source files were running about 8-10 bpm too fast and Gary sounded about 12 in places... Then there were 2 bits where the sound skipped a few seconds and also some random clicks appearing in places which I fixed as best I could (try finding them now...!) and then I got to work with EQ to improve the sound a bit - the drums now have more prominence and it's all a bit clearer. I believe some tracks from the original are on YouTube if you want to compare.

You can download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page and the link will be available a few seconds later).

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
Airlane
Me! I Disconnect From You
Praying to the Aliens
M.E.
Films
We Are So Fragile
Are 'Friends' Electric?
Remind Me to Smile
Conversation
Metal
Replicas
Remember I Was Vapour
Trois Gymnopedies
Cars
I Die: You Die
Down in the Park
Bombers
Tracks

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Donations cost less




For the next few weeks, shows as separated and properly tagged 320kbps MP3s can be had of the show of your choice for less than a coffee - a donation of just £1. Just CLICK HERE (or on the link on the right), on the Paypal screen, send me a note of the show or shows you would like and you’ll have them either same day, or within 48 hours if they’re not yet prepped.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Site Update

As some of you will know, since being unable to work for the last couple of years, I have relied on site donations to keep this going, and to maintain the cloud space that allows the links to stay up, permanently (unlike most other sites of this type where links can die or be crazily slow). While the site has attracted thousands of downloads of the free files, donations aren't very common; in fact if it wasn't for a few regular donations from a couple of individuals, this site might have already been affected.

I remain grateful to everyone who has donated to the site - some who haven't even wanted any files in return - you have all helped enormously! But I know this isn't guaranteed.

I have also had some other sites taking these shows and reposting them - I have no problem with that if they give credit for what I've done - but in some cases they've actually done the opposite and removed anything linking it to me. And then made them available from THEIR sites via ad links. So they're making money from my work and have done nothing apart from grab it from here for free. They're making me out to be a mug, frankly.

So for all these reasons, the free show downloads will soon all link to a 5 second ad before giving you download link. This won't be paying for a holiday, or even a swanky meal for 2 (nowhere near! :-) ) but over a 12 month period should at least go towards the cost of the of the cloud storage and hopefully guarantee - with the odd donation that comes in - that all site costs can be covered each year.

If this works as it all should do, I will also be reducing the cost of donating to receive separated MP3s for anyone who does want those.

Live and Loud! has managed to remain completely ad free for 5 years - which was always my intention. As someone said recently, that's a rarity nowadays! But the reality is, I was working then and now I'm not, and that has needed to change for a while so the site pays for itself.

I'm aware that to most downloading from here, they are used to ad links anyway, so it won't be a big deal for them - but this info is particularly for those of you who don't generally visit other sites offering live shows.

Instructions
Shows affected will have it noted in the description where the link is. Click on the free download link on my pages as normal. You will be sent to another webpage where there might be a pop up labeled "Festy"or "Shorte",  asking you to select yes to proceed - this is safe to click on. If you see any other popups, ignore or close them. At this point you should be seeing an advert of some kind. After 5 seconds you will see a "skip this ad" button on the top right - click on that and the download option for the show will appear as usual. Due to the freeloaders on other sites mentioned above, if you have a popup blocker installed, you will not be able to download the shows. I'm sorry I have to do this - but please disable your adblocker for the screen that appears with the ad. You may need to go back and click on the link a 2nd time once you've done this.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Show 134 - Flowers - Live At Centennial Hall, Melbourne - 19 June 1980



A debut for Icehouse this time - or more accurately, Flowers in this case as that was still their name back in 1980 when this gig was recorded from Australian radio.

This recording was originally 1 side of a C120 cassette (remember them?!) and was apparently transferred to digital from that - whoever recorded the original and whoever transferred it both did a great job! Apart from some tape dropouts and a few clicks which I fixed as best I could, the sound was pretty clear. Clearly it's not the complete gig - FM broadcasts so rarely are. 30 band EQ has tightened up and taken some rough edges off the bass and improved the clarity of the recording. I hope you enjoy the results!

Incidentally, I'm not 100% sure on the date - the gig files were just marked as "June 1980" - but Setlist.fm has the gig down as 1 June 1980, so that's what I've gone with. EDIT - according to a listener commenting below, the date of this show is 19 June 1980.

I'm also aware the 30th anniversary reissue of Icehouse does have a whole heap of live tracks on an extra CD - however, I don't think any of those tracks are taken from this gig but I don't have a copy to hand to confirm that (I'll update this if anyone gets in touch). EDIT - the same listener below confirmed no tracks were officially released.

You can download all of this improved recording for free here as one 320 kbps MP3 file (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page - the link will be available very shortly after).

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
Fatman
Boulevarde
Skin
Sister
Sons
Nothing to Do
Icehouse
Send Somebody
We Can Get Together
Walls
Can't Help Myself