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, 12 September 2014

Show 22: Simple Minds - Werchter Festival, Belgium - 3 July 1983

I must admit that while I'm quite a fan of Simple Minds from their early days, by 1983 they'd gone a bit overblown for my tastes - but then, that's just as they got really popular I suppose, so what do I know?! :-)

This is a soundboard recording which is slightly bass heavy even after remastering but still acts as a great record of Simple Minds appearing at this annual festival in Werchter, Belgium.

Now available as a 320 kbps mp3 for the first time, the show is available for download HERE (the link also allows you to just stream it, if you wish).

Somebody Up There Likes Me
Hunter and The Hunted
The Big Sleep
The American
Glittering Prize
King Is White and In The Crowd
Thirty Frames a Second
Promised You a Miracle
Someone Somewhere In Summertime
Street Hassle
New Gold Dream


  1. Many thanks for this one Flip, much appreciated.

  2. Thanks for posting this. Although I had heard the name Simple Minds never had heard their music until I saw them open for U2 in Dublin at Phoenix Park racecourse just over a month after this show. They opened with Waterfront, first time the public ever heard that song. I was blown away and when I got back to England went right to HMV to buy some SM vinyl (New Gold Dreams). Big Country and Eurythmics also played the show. Great first U2 and SM show (BG and E I had seen before). Thanks for the download