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).
Friday, 12 September 2014
Show 16: Ultravox - Marquee, London, UK - 26 December 1978
The last John Foxx-led incarnation of Ultravox, playing at the old Marquee club in London, on Boxing Day (no rest for the wicked!). They'd already released their 3rd (and arguably most influential) album, Systems of Romance and would split up just a few short months later. The set also features two tracks which Ultravox never released - but which would be released later by John Foxx on his first two solo albums.
This was a fairly battered soundboard recording released on vinyl, which had since been through a few generations I think - even so, the studio trickery has made it more than listenable - its a great record of a great band at their creative peak. I remember when I broadcast this, someone got in touch to tell me they were listening and this was the first gig they were ever taken to and what great memories it brought back. Comments like that - and hearing how much people enjoy listening to them - make the time spent on these more than worthwhile.
Now available as a 320 kbps mp3 for the first time, the show is available for download HERE as 1 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 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.
The Man Who Dies Everyday
Some of Them
Hiroshima Mon Amour
Just for a Moment
I Can't Stay Long
He's a Liquid
Someone Else's Clothes