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.

These are great fun to listen to but DO NOT replace original releases - support these artists and buy their music.
There is nothing here 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.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Show 106 - Secret Affair - University of Bristol - 11 February 1980


This is in response to a request from a Live and Loud! listener - always happy to take requests (even though this did take a year to sort out! Sorry about that) It's mod revival band Secret Affair in a 1980 set originally from an FM broadcast. Most of the material comes from their debut album, Glory Boys, released just a couple of months earlier, but also a version of When The Show's Over, which would appear on the 2nd album later that year, Behind Closed Doors.

This was generally a fairly clean recording in good condition so not much repair work this time. Careful use of a 30 band EQ was applied to bring the instruments and voices into focus and open up the spaces in between and I finished off with some mastering tools to bring everything into focus a bit and make it sound punchy.

The finished result is a powerful, clear stereo recording which really does sound good. The show is available to download here.

Setlist
Glory Boys
Shake and Shout
Road Runner
Going to a Go-Go
When the Show's Over
Don't Look Down
New Dance
Let Your Heart Dance
One Way World
Time For Action
I'm Not Free (But I'm Cheap)

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Show 105 - The Cars - Nakano Sun Plaza Tokyo - 30 October 1980


This week its The Cars in a 1980 set from Japan captured on FM radio once upon a time, from their Panorama tour - featuring plenty of tunes from their first 2 albums as well, of course.

This was generally a fairly clean but flat and crowded-sounding recording. 30 band EQ was applied to bring the instruments and voices into focus and open up the spaces in between. A couple of defects were fixed but that and the EQ was all that was required really.

The finished result is a powerful, clear stereo recording which really does sound good. The show is available to download here.

Setlist
Misfit Kid
My Best Friend's Girl
Moving In Stereo
Just What I Needed
Gimme Some Slack
Candy-O
Good Times Roll
Bye Bye Love
You're All I've Got Tonight
Panorama
Don't Tell Me No
Double Life
Getting Through

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Show 104 - The Undertones - New Pop Festival Zuiderpark Rotterdam - 7 September 1980


This week its The Undertones in a short but excellent set from a festival in the Netherlands. Originally an FM radio broadcast, they cram 7 songs into their short set lasting about 18 minutes - but its a great 18 minutes. Kicking off with a couple of singles from their latest album, Hypnotised, you then get 2 earlier singles, a  couple of covers and finishing off with Teenage Kicks.

As usual a defect or 2 were cleaned up and then 30 band EQ applied to what was originally a flat sounding recording. After that, a sprinkling of studio toys to bring things to life a little more - now the guitars ring and you can actually hear the drums!

The finished result is a powerful, clear stereo recording which really does sound good. The show is available to download here.

Setlist
Wednesday Week
My Perfect Cousin
Get Over You
Here Comes The Summer
Get It On
Rock and Roll
Teenage Kicks

And be sure to check out the longer 1980 show already on Live and Loud! that was done a few years ago here

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Show 103 - Bob Marley - The Boarding House San Francisco - 7 July 1975





This week, its rather hot in the UK so a good time for some Bob Marley!  This was a show originally from FM radio in the USA. The source I was working on had already had the intro taken off and was at the wrong speed slightly - I then came across a slightly better quality recording with the intro on it with speed correction done and reduced hum. So I started again, using that one.

There were a couple of flaws in the recording which I've tidied up as best I could, then removed the original radio announcer who talks over the start. Then it was out with the EQ to bring out the instruments and voices more clearly as per usual. Some of the tracks have low level distorted bass on them - normally I scrap anything with distortion but it doesn't affect every track and the rest of the gig is such a great performance it would be a shame to not let it out there.

Despite that the finished result is a nice, clear stereo recording which sounds great overall now. Especially on a hot sunny day! The show is available to download here.

Setlist
Trenchtown Rock
Burnin' and Lootin'
Midnight Ravers
Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
Rebel Music
No Woman, No Cry
Kinky Reggae 
Stir It Up
Lively Up Yourself
Get Up, Stand Up

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Show 102 - Howard Jones - Paris Theatre London - 5 Oct 1983



Some time back I was asked if I could find an early Howard Jones recording - it took a while but I finally found some and this was the earliest. Someone had already worked on this and to be honest it sounded pretty bad - far too loud, noise pushed up too and the sound balance was lopsided! So I spent some time fixing the sound balance, removing some noise and then EQing to remove the worst of the OTT bass that had been added and tidy up the rest.

Interesting to hear Howard introduce What Is Love? as just "Love" first of all, before correcting himself - that was its original title (you can hear a very early version of the song if you read on to the bottom of the page!).

Anyway, the gig does sound nice and clear now, just a shame its a little short!  The show is available to download here.

Setlist
New Song
Conditioning
Dreams Of A Better Place ((early version of Dream Into Action)
What Is Love?
Equality


And for those of you who have read to the end of this page - there's an extra freebie for you as a reward! ;-)

I came across some early Howard Jones demos, including a very early version of What is Love? The file says 1977 - can't tell you whether that's accurate or not but I thought it would be a nice little extra to throw in as this gig is quite short. Please note, I've not done anything with the sound on these, they are "as is" so a bit noisy and old sounding!

You can download the zip file containing 5 tracks here.