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).
Sunday, 9 November 2014
Show 54: The Police - Roxy Theatre, San Diego, USA - 16 May 1979
The Police were one of the biggest bands of the early 1980s - but this show captures them in concert just before they hit the bigtime.
They had released their first album, Outlandos d’Amour in November 1978 and initially it didn’t do too well - the first two singles from the album, Roxanne and Can’t Stand Losing You, having flopped some months earlier. In early 1979 however, Roxanne was released in the USA and met with some success - The Police duly set off on a low budget tour of the USA, driving themselves around in a van - and that success led to Roxanne being re-issued and making the UK top 20. After this tour they finished recording their 2nd album, Regatta de Blanc. The 1st single from that, Message In A Bottle (played on this tour for the first time), got to #1 in the UK and...well, the rest is history.
This is stored on mixcloud HERE, where it can be streamed at any time, and there's also now a download link 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.
Can't Stand Losing You
Truth Hits Everybody
Born in The 50s
Hole In My Life
Message In A Bottle
Next To You
Can't Stand Losing You