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 - the source was a lower bit rate MP3 than I would normally use, with a couple of tracks fading out early - I’ve done what I can to spruce it up and I hope you’ll agree that its worth an airing.

This is stored HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page - the link will be available very shortly after). 

Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.

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


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  2. Many Happy Returns indeed! Good to hear the band in their heyday (mine too!). Many thanks