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.
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, 11 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
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.
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
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
Let's Have Fun
New Town Animal
Hang On To The Night
All Along The Watchtower
She's So Square
Friday, 29 September 2017
This is an historic gig from Kraftwerk from 1976. Historic because it featured the first appearance of Trans Europa Express, live on stage.
This tape is an audience recording and was a wonderful (if incomplete) record of the gig. However, it did have a few odd glitches, tape noise and sudden changes in the sound levels to be repaired. Audience recordings don't generally respond as well as FM or soundboard recordings to EQ but once all the above were sorted out, a few hours spent on EQ did help improve the clarity of the music being played and increase the lower end frequencies a bit (often lost on audience recordings).
Sadly the recording fades out during the latter half of Autobahn (but you still get about 17 minutes worth, including much cool jamming). Also featured is an early version of Europe Endless (I guess they never did a Dutch translation of Europa Endlos either!), so the gig is well worth your time - a classic gig from a period before the ready availability of computers; you can really hear it all being played on stage.
You can download the recording here as 1 MP3 file entirely for free. On the other hand, if you would like to have separate properly tagged MP3s or lossless FLAC files, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards internet and hosting costs.
The setlist for this recording is shown slightly differently on several sources around the web - I believe the setlist on this page is the definitive one.
Tuning of Instruments
Voice of Energy
Die Sonne, Der Monde, Die Sterne
Ohm Sweet Ohm
Trans Europe Express
Incidentally, since I started work on this recording, I've made contact with 1 of the guys responsible for getting this old TDK D90 cassette recording into the digital world some years ago - so a big thanks to Twingo and Jerome - without them, this concert would be consigned to history. Please do check out http://twingokraftwerk.com for more info on this Kraftwerk live recording as well as many others!
Sunday, 24 September 2017
A debut on Live and Loud! for D.A.F - Deutsch Americanische Freundschaft. This was originally an FM broadcast of excerpts from a show (guessing from a German radio station) and another where someone had "restored" it at some stage and just turned everything up to 11... In fact, some parts of the recording were more bassy or louder or with more high end at different times, so it was a bit of a job to try and get everything sounding better and clearer AND more consistent...but there aren't many good recordings of DAF available so I think this has been worth the work!
A good show in support of their then recently released 3rd album, Alles Ist Gut. Incidentally the track Fass Micht Nicht An later made an appearance on the album Gold und Liebe as Verschwende Deine Jugend.
You can download the recording for free here as 1 MP3 file entirely for free. On the other hand, if you would like to have separate 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.
Verlier Nicht Den Kopf
Mein Herz Macht Bum
Fass Micht Nicht An
Ich Und Die Wirklichkeit
Der Raüber Und Der Prinz
Als Wär's Das Letzte Mal
Alles Ist Gut