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. 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).

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Show 53: ABC - Live at The Musikhalle, Hamburg - 2 February 1983

ABC's debut album, The Lexicon of Love, reached number 1 in the UK in 1982 and featured 3 hit singles, all in tonight’s set. They released their second album, Beauty Stab in November 1983 but tonight we’re in February 1983, where we find ABC playing live in Germany. While the original recording I found wasn’t in the best condition - with a couple of tracks fading out early - we’ve done what we can to spruce it up and I hope you’ll agree that its worth an airing.

This is stored on mixcloud HERE, where it can be streamed at any time, and there's also now a download link HERE so you can keep a copy (just click on where it says download - nice and easy!).

Show Me
Many Happy Returns
Tears Are Not Enough
Date Stamp
Look of Love
I Wish I Were In Love Again
Poison Arrow (piano version)
Theme From "Man Trap"
All Of My Heart
St Valentine's Day
4 Ever 2 Gether
Poison Arrow

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Show 52: Kate Bush - Manchester Apollo - April 1979

A great show to kick off the latest series of Live and Loud! Until 2014, Kate Bush hadn't toured since her Tour of Life in 1979. So why not find a show from that tour, polish it up and bring it to you? This show takes you back to 1 of the Manchester Apollo dates on that tour in April 1979.  The tour was a lavish affair, featuring multiple costume changes, poetry, magicians and back projections - none of which we can bring you of course! But what we CAN bring you is a polished up and (apart from a few brief parts where the tape was degraded) great sounding soundboard recording. This is the full show, running to nearly 2 hours a great set of songs which has cleaned up nicely - I hope you enjoy it.

This is stored on mixcloud HERE, where it can be streamed at any time, and there's also now a download link HERE so you can keep a copy (just click on where it says download - nice and easy!).

Saxophone Song
Room For The Life
Them Heavy People
Man With The Child In His Eyes
L'Amour Looks Something Like You
The Kick Inside
In The Warm Room
Strange Phenomena
Hammer Horror
Kashka From Baghdad
Don't Push Your Foot On The Heartbrake
Coffee Homeground
In Search Of Peter Pan
Symphony In Blue
Feel It
James & The Cold Gun
Oh England My Lionheart
Wuthering Heights