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 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.

UPDATE. While preparing this older 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.

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.

Somebody Up There Likes You
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/Take Me To The River


  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