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).

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Show 124 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Live At Wembley Arena - 13 January 1987


A debut on Live and Loud!  for Frankie Goes To Hollywood from their last tour in the UK, when they were literally imploding back stage, with relations between Holly Johnson and the rest of the band at breaking point.

This was an FM broadcast recorded off air I think as this isn't the full set. It's also another recording someone had tried to improve before I came across it - everything whacked up to 11 and every song faded out - the intro to Rage Hard was even chopped off altogether and the song gone (guessing this was where the original C90 tape needed turning over). 1 or 2 tracks also sounded like they're from a different recording altogether. 30 band EQ has once again paid dividends and undone much of what was done - tightened up the bass, made the mix clearer and not so tiring on the ears and addressed some faults where the recording went very dull at times. All while still retaining the power in the sound on stage.

You can download this improved recording for free here as one tagged 320 kbps MP3 file. 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 show as 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
Warriors Of The Wasteland
The Only Star In Heaven
Kill The Pain
For Heaven's Sake
Watching The Wildlife
The Power of Love
Maximum Joy
Welcome To The Pleasuredome
Lunar Bay
War
Krisco Kisses
Relax
Two Tribes

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Radio Prog 5 - Yazoo - John Peel Session Recorded 16 February 1982


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 5:  Yazoo: John Peel Session Recorded 16 February 1982

Tracklisting
1. In My Room
2. Winter Kills
3. Don't Go
4. Midnight
The session is available as a zip file, containing each track. You can get it by clicking HERE.


The only files I could find online were fairly low bitrate MP3s of a sometimes quite noisy and harsh recording so these were saved as WAVs for working on.

Hiss reduction applied to reduce - but not eliminate - quite a lot of the noise. Each track then had 30 band EQ to remove top end harshness and enhance the lower end - kick drums and bass synths. The middle was then eased down a bit make it clearer and create more "space" in the tracks between the instruments. Sounds far better now. Enjoy!

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Show 123 - Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Live At Pinkpop Festival, Netherlands - 30 May 1977


This is a great set by a very tight live band - there really is some incredible guitar work on this. This is the whole set, apparently - I did see a report online that the crowd bottled the stage when the band refused to come back on for an encore...although maybe after a 9 minute Mighty Quinn, they were all played out, who knows...

Anyway, I think the recording originally must have been from an FM broadcast and possibly some sound restoration had been done on it at some point as it had been faded in and out already. That said, there wasn't much bass end at all and the high end was far too high - the hi hats were louder than almost everything else and hurt the ears.

A few hours with the 30 band EQ have improved things quite a bit. What you hear now is a far clearer and better record of this gig - smoother top end and a far more solid bass end; Chris Slade's drumming is really audible now. I think this remaster really does the performance justice; I hope you agree!

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 subscription and internet costs, in return you can have the show as separate, properly tagged MP3s, or even as 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 Road to Babylon
Spirit in the Night
Father of Day, Father of Night
Captain Bobby Stout
Glorified Magnified
Blinded by the Light
Mighty Quinn

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 ;) Incidentally, the radio guy does mention Wild Boys being played before Drug - it wasn't in the recording I was given (guessing it was where the tape needed turning over, was incomplete and someone deleted it).

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?

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