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).

Friday, 23 April 2021

Show 164 - Genesis - Live At Wembley Arena - 19 December 1981

 


A first appearance on Live and Loud! for Genesis, in a restored live audience recording taken from one of the last dates of their Abacab tour of 1981 at Wembley Arena.

Originally a vinyl triple album bootleg, the files I acquired were a direct transfer (in lossless FLAC format) from that. And pretty quiet. And noisy. And not the clearest recording I've ever heard, if I'm honest! I could write a small book on what I did with this one but I will spare you the gory details and summarise...

Vinyl crackle was very loud, recording level of the music was pretty low...crackle removed.
It was an audience recording from an arena, so lots of reverb...so that meant reducing the reverb ambience and ensuring the music levels were louder so I could work on them.
Recording levels were up and down all the way through...so I tried to increase the low levels as much as possible and even out the tape dropouts where they appear, without sounding like it was compressed or limited too much. It's now far better in that regard but not perfect. The perils of automatic recording levels back in the day, I guess.
Ssssome pretty bad sssSSSibilance too in places...I did what I could to tone that down.

Eventually I had a sound file to get to work on, with EQ and other studio toys to clear up the muddy sound, bring out some details and dynamics where I could and generally make it a nicer listening experience.

Do be aware there is a long (and slightly rude) story from Phil Collins before 1 song - I left it in along with all his introductions as they're part of the gig experience - but I only mention it here to say there is part of it missing from the recording. At a guess, maybe this was where someone had to turn the tape over on the night, I don't know. There is also 1 track missing from the set - the last track ("I Know What I Like") wasn't included on the recording.

It will never sound like a crystal clear FM or soundboard recording but it's substantially more listenable - and enjoyable! - now. You can now download this restored show exclusively for free HERE as 1 (rather large - it's around 2 hours) MP3 file.

Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s or FLACs, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely no obligation to do so of course. Either way, enjoy the show!

Setlist
Behind The Lines
Duchess  
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Dodo/Lurker
Abacab  
The Carpet Crawlers
Me And Sarah Jane  
Misunderstanding  
No Reply At All
Cindy Louise (Firth of Fifth intro)
Firth Of Fifth
Man On The Corner  
Who Dunnit?
In The Cage/The Cinema Show/The Colony Of Slippermen
Afterglow  
Turn It On Again
Dance On A Volcano  
Drums duet
Los Endos
 

Friday, 9 April 2021

Show 163 - Erasure - Live at Bedgebury Pinetum Cranbrook - 11 June 2011

 


"Holy Show Resurrection, Batman!"

Early fans of Live and Loud! may remember an earlier version of this show when Live and Loud! was solely available via internet radio. For various reasons, the show wasn't made available afterwards, or repeated. And wasn't added to the archive (that's this site) when that was set up in 2014.

So it's been lost forever. Until now...

I found it recently in an old set of files and knowing there was interest in hearing an Erasure live show, I could have just uploaded the file, created this page and said "job done". But I didn't - I went back to the show and got to work on it again. 8 years later, I think I'm a bit better at this - and I certainly have better software at my disposal, to make it sound better than it did when I originally did it back in 2013. So that's what I did. And it sounds much better now.

The new version of this full length show is now available to download exclusively for free HERE as 1 MP3 file.

Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s or FLACs, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely no obligation to do so of course. Either way, enjoy the show!

Setlist
Hideaway
Breath Of Life
Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)
Heavenly Action
Always
Push Me Shove Me
Ship Of Fools
Victim Of Love
Breathe
Chains Of Love
Sometimes
Drama!
Save Me
Love To Hate You
Blue Savannah
Knocking On Your Door
Who Needs Love Like That
Chorus
Oh L'Amour
A Little Respect
Stop!

Friday, 5 March 2021

Show 162 - The Human League - Live At Bar 2 Sheffield - 12 June 1978



The first live recording made of The Human League for you this time, done at their second ever gig. It recently came to light on YouTube, marked as their first ever show - and wikipedia lists it as such - but according to Martyn Ware  (and he would know) and other sources, it is, in fact, their second. The first gig was also at Psalter Lane Art College but several months earlier - on 16 February 1978. Even so, it's pretty wonderful it's now in the public domain after so long.

The original of this was recorded on a reel to reel tape recorder in a bar, with people milling about talking, getting drinks in, etc - the quality is pretty noisy and not very clear - partly due to THIS version being from a copy of a copy. I'm now in touch with the guy who originally recorded this and hopefully a new version will be forthcoming at some point this year.

Anyway, back to THIS one... For those who are interested in such things, I reduced the room ambience, tape hiss, fixed as many dropouts and changes in volume as I could, then got to work with EQ and other studio toys to bring some clarity back and expand the mono sound a little.

Featuring early versions of some songs that would appear on Reproduction, both sides of their first single Being Boiled, and a couple of tracks that would be consigned to history and remain unreleased at the time, this is a fascinating listen, recorded just days before Being Boiled was finally released by Fast Product. While it was never going to be a crystal clear listen, I hope you enjoy this new version.

The show is now available to download exclusively for free HERE as 1 MP3 file.

Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s or FLACs, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.Either way, enjoy the show.

My special thanks to Paul Forshaw for allowing me to incorporate his cover design in mine (so much better than I would have done) and also to Peter Needham, who's photos from the gig appear in the cover design and below.

Setlist
Year Of The Jet Packs
Dance Like A Star
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
Disco Disaster
The Word Before Last
The Path Of Least Resistance
Being Boiled
Circus Of Death
Blind Youth

 


Friday, 19 February 2021

Show 161 - The Passions - Live In Amersfoort - 14 July 1981

 


A debut to Live and Loud! from The Passions. This show was sent in by a listener - but I can't find the emails telling me who! If it was you, reply to my last email to you I'll sort you out with separated copies! Thanks.

I'm guessing this was originally broadcast by Dutch FM radio. It was mainly good soundwise except for some tape dropouts and volume dips. And many cases of really bad sibilance. All of these I have tried to fix as well as I could, before then EQing the recording to have it sounding as good as possible. It is crystal clear now, so I hope you enjoy it. 

Unfortunately the final song, The Swimmer, does fade out quite early - well, on the recording I was given, it just gets cut off, but I applied a fade, so the ending doesn't come as a shock!

The show is now available to download exclusively for free here as 1 MP3 file.

Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s or FLACs, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.

Setlist
I Radiate
Bachelor Girls
Oh No, It's You
(Don't Talk To Me) I'm Shy
Someone Special
War Song
Into Night
Snow
Alice's Song
The Square
Skin Deep
I'm In Love With A German Film Star
Runaway
The Swimmer

Friday, 29 January 2021

Show 160 - Duran Duran - Live at The Greek Theatre Los Angeles - 27th July 1982

 

Another show generously donated by a listener to Live and Loud! He got in touch and asked if I could do something with this show - while I already have a 1982 show from Duran Duran on the archive (here), this one is a bit special, so it's well worth posting up on here.

It's from the last night of the USA leg of their Rio tour and features a version of Anyone Out There you might not have heard before! As an audience recording it wasn't in great shape and unfortunately Hold Back The Rain (a favourite of mine) isn't complete. But I worked on the recording a lot to improve the sound quality and now it gives you more of the feeling of being there at the venue, watching them play. You even get the annoying jerk talking next to you for part of the gig...sorry about that!

And as so often, the sound in the first track isn't quite as good as the rest - sound engineer not quite getting the sound mix right for a few minutes, probably - but after that it warms up nicely.

The show is now available to download exclusively for free here as 1 MP3 file.


Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s or FLACs, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.

Setlist
Rio
Girls On Film
Last Chance On The Stairway
Hungry Like The Wolf
Sound Of Thunder
[Waiting For The] Nightboat
New Religion
Friends Of Mine
Planet Earth
Hold Back The Rain
Careless Memories

Encores
Anyone Out There
Girls On Film

Friday, 15 January 2021

Show 159: Gary Numan - Live At The Ritz Theatre New York - 26 Oct 1982

 

Yes, this gig has been done before...but when a friend of mine and listener to Live and Loud! got in touch with a different recording of this show, I took a listen and decided it was WELL worth working on, and replacing the older version with this. Show 88, with over 2200 downloads - and the most popular Gary Numan show I've done so far - is now offline and replaced by this one.

In 1982 Gary Numan spent a year in the USA. While he was there, he went on tour with a unique band; Chris Slade on drums, Pino Palladino on bass, Rob Dean from Japan on guitar and keyboards, Roger Mason and John Webb on keyboards. Recordings of this tour are few and far between - and usually pretty awful quality. Somebody somewhere might still have the original recording the copy I received was taken from - but they ain't sharing if they do! In any case, I doubt without some restoration work it would sound this good...this is the best available recording from that tour being shared out to the world.

It still needed a fair bit of work but was in better basic shape than the source for the previous version was. So after removing hall reverb, lots of studio magic and some final EQ and tweaking...here it is.
 
The show is now available to download exclusively for free here as 1 MP3 file.

Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s or FLACs, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.


Setlist
This is My House
I, Assassin
Remind Me to Smile
Films
Crash
Music for Chameleons
She's Got Claws
Every Day I Die
Down in the Park
White Boys and Heroes
Cars
War Songs
We Take Mystery (To Bed)

Encore
This Wreckage
We Are Glass
Tracks

Friday, 4 December 2020

Shows Finished For 2020

 

Hi all. More live restorations got done this year than any year since 2017. 20 new ones, along with 6 new restorations of older shows and 1 new radio session. Once again the shows have been downloaded thousands of times - interest in the site seems to keep going and increase year on year.
 
But for now, it is once again time for me to take a break. My health has taken a turn for the worse this year and I need to rest from doing so much stuff that involves staring at a screen. Which is a bit of a bugger when most of your hobbies and activities involve working on a computer...!

Rest assured, as always - loads still to come. Shows being worked on at the moment include JM Jarre's Docklands show from 1989 as well as gigs by Duran Duran, U2 and The Passions. So these, along with loads of others I haven't fitted in this year are still to come. But not until the New Year.
 
I'll be posting up some stats towards the end of the year when I can but for now I'll close by wishing you all well. And to those who have still supported the site this year - either with a donation (especially in such an awful year for most people), or just by sharing the links or telling friends about the site - I can't thank you enough.
 
(For anyone still wanting to donate - split files for shows of your choice are still there as a thank you of course - check out the Rewards For Donations page - but given the year we've all had, and continue to have, I'm not expecting any).
 
Stay safe, enjoy the 158 shows and 9 radio sessions on the site as of now, and come back in 2021 for lots more!

Friday, 27 November 2020

Show 158 - Nirvana - Live At The Palladium, Hollywood - 17 August 1990

 

 A debut on Live and Loud! for Nirvana, in a restored recording from their tour of the west coast of America with Sonic Youth in August 1990.

The recording was generally in good shape - I removed a couple of clicks, sorted out the sound balance and repaired a gap in 1 of the songs - anyone not familiar with the original bootleg won't be able to tell where that was now! Once that was done, using the 30 band EQ brought back the kick drum, created some space and lifted Kurt's voice, creating a much clearer recording. This is a great record of how Nirvana sounded after losing Chad Channing on drums and before they met Dave Grohl and went on to record Nevermind the following year.

The restored recording is now available for free HERE. You can safely download this restored, unique recording as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way.

All the shows on the site including this one 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 the site and donate towards storage and web costs for less than the price of a coffee - and get something back in return.

Absolutely no obligation to do so though; the free files will always remain free. Enjoy the show!

Setlist
Love Buzz
Floyd The Barber
Scoff
Dive
About A Girl
Spank Thru
Breed
In Bloom
School
Been A Son
Negative Creep
Blew

Friday, 13 November 2020

Show 157 - Billy Idol - Live At The Cow Palace, Daly City - 11 May 1987

 

A debut on Live and Loud! for Billy Idol in a restored FM radio recording from his Whiplash Smile tour of 1987.

The basic recording was sound enough but had some noise, odd bass rumbles, FM noise and tape dropouts to fix before I could get to the 30 band EQ part... the fairly thin radio recording now sounds far better with improved separation between the instruments and a much fuller live sound.

The restored recording is now available for free HERE. You can safely download this restored, unique recording as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way.

All the shows on the site including this one 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 the site and donate towards storage and web costs for less than the price of a coffee - and get something back in return.

Absolutely no obligation to do so though; the free files will always remain free. Enjoy the show!

Setlist
Dancing With Myself
Blue Highway
Flesh For Fantasy
World's Forgotten Boy
Sweet Sixteen
Eyes Without A Face
Don't Need A Gun
Baby Talk
Mony Mony
Kiss Me Deadly
Rebel Yell
White Wedding

Encore
To Be A Lover
Shakin' All Over

Friday, 16 October 2020

Show 156 - OMD - Live At YMCA, London - 14 March 1980

 

This audience recording was originally sent to me by a regular listener to these shows, along with a request..."can you do something with this?".

Well, you can hear a clip of what he sent me in the intro in the file below but basically...I didn't think I could! It sounded like it was recorded outside the venue, through a door. The recording had deteriorated quite a bit, it was running at the wrong speed, there were several bits of distortion...there was a lot to do. But I honestly didn't think there was enough of the gig itself there to do much with.

But I had a go, and I was wrong! It was never going to end up as a crystal clear recording worthy of an official release but after spending quite a few hours on it - it has turned out very listenable! And at least now sounds like it was recorded INSIDE the venue...and Andy no longer sounds like he's been castrated...

So download it, have a listen to the intro, the original recording...and then the restoration and hear the difference! An interesting set, featuring a very early live airing for the as yet unreleased Enola Gay, and a cover of Dalek I Love You's Two Chameleons and The Velvet Underground's Waiting For The Man.

The restored recording is now available for free HERE. You can safely download this restored, unique recording as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way.

All the shows on the site including this one 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 the site and donate towards storage and web costs for less than the price of a coffee - and get something back in return.

Absolutely no obligation to do so though; the free files will always remain free. Enjoy the show!

Setlist
Intro tape - I Betray My Friends
Bunker Soldiers
Pretending To See The Future
Almost
Mystereality
Julia's Song
Two Chameleons
Red Frame/White Light
Dancing
Messages
Enola Gay
Waiting For The Man
Electricity

Encore
Bunker Soldiers
Julia's Song