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).
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Show 8: Boomtown Rats - Middlesex Polytechnic, UK, 22 September 1978
This was an FM radio broadcast I found on the web (I forget where) and is a great early show from the Rats - a very powerful performance. This gig catches them at a pivotal point in their career - Rat Trap was due to be released a few weeks later and would become their first number one single in the UK.
While the source was pretty clear and in decent condition luckily, a bit of EQ and remastering certainly hasn't done this any harm at all - enjoy!
Now available as a 320 kbps mp3 for the first time, the show is available for download HERE as 1 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.
Mary of the 4th Form
Me and Howard Hughes
(I Never Loved) Eva Braun
Don't Believe What You Read
Joey's on the Street Again
Living On an Island
(She's Gonna) Do You In
She's So Modern
Looking After No. 1