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 12 September 2014

Show 18: ABBA - Live In 1979

A bootleg (originally called Sweet Dreams Are Made of This) containing performances from a gig at Wembley in London in late 1979 apparently, plus material from a TV special. My initial research suggested it was 1981 - but that was definitely wrong; they're 1979. I couldn't find out much more, however!

What I CAN tell you is that some EQ and remastering brought out the quality nicely and this has proved to be one of the most popular broadcasts I did.

*2018 update*
While preparing this old show as separate files for a donator to the site, I found I could now improve the sound quality further, over what I’d originally done to the recording several years ago. You can now download this new version (as of 2018) HERE as 1 new 320kbps MP3 file.

If you would like to have separate tagged MP3s, or even lossless files in FLAC format of the new version, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.

Knowing Me, Knowing You    
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme    
Super Trouper    
I Have A Dream    
The Name Of The Game / Eagle    
Thank You For The Music    
Two For The Price Of One    
Slipping Through Your Soul    
Me And I    
Summer Night City    
Take A Chance On Me    
The Way Old Friends Do    
Dancing Queen


  1. The "Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This" bootleg CD is most likely to be a recording of a radio special made in 1981, which contains tracks from the 1979 Wembley concert and the 1981 "Dick Cavett Meets ABBA" TV special. More information can be found here - https://www.abba-theconcerts.de/radiospecials.html

    1. Thanks for this. I have another curious live recording of Abba I wanted to restore, which can't possibly be the date it says it is, maybe this page can help me with that too. Cheers!

    2. Hi, got your message, thanks (assuming it was you who sent it!). Those are very interesting - and a lovely remaster was done on them too; they sound great. I'll go through the notes enclosed and compare them with the files I have. Email is flip dot martian at google mail dot com btw. I didn't realise there was no email link on the site - thought there was. I'll fix that. Very grateful!

  2. Is "Slipping Through Your Soul" a mashup between "Slipping Through My Fingers" and "Hole In Your Soul"??? 🤔

    1. Setlist is what was with the original files. Give it a listen and let me know. ;-)