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.
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!
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 9: Blancmange - Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK - November 1985
Please note, this download is no longer available. As of 2017, Blancmange are releasing a boxed set of CDs (and downloads at some point) called The Blanc Tapes which will include a recording of this gig, so if you want it from here on in, please go and grab the official one. Available in August, more info can be had on that release here.
This page is therefore left here for information only. Thanks to around 600 of you for downloading it.
Another gig at an important point in time for the band concerned - in this case, its just as Blancmange were to separate. They'd just released their 3rd album - "Believe You Me" - which didn't do too well and this was their last tour until they got back together a few years ago. An FM radio broadcast, its cleaned up nicely and sounds superb. Neil Arthur is his usual engagingly chatty self.
Don't Tell Me
What's Your Problem
That's Love That It Is
Don't You Love It All
Why Don't They Leave Things Alone
Lose Your Love
Game Above My Head
Living On The Ceiling
I've Seen The Word