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.

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 - 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!

If you want to email me, an email link is in my profile in a link in the side panel.

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 23 August 2015

Come On Dude, You're Late...

So! I did indeed say the shows would be back in August - but there has been a longstanding issue with the radio stream provider for Radio Happy, where the shows are originally broadcast, which has meant that....well, Radio Happy is currently more quiet than a very quiet thing on a quiet Sunday morning. No radio station = no radio shows, clearly.

So I'm looking for somewhere else to broadcast the radio shows from. An online station is interested and that's looking likely it might well be sorted out in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I'm still finding shows and very shortly I'll be doing the remastering to a whole range of great live shows from the 60s onwards. I'm also tidying up this blog a bit, so the tags/labels are down the right hand side - and complete - so you can search for stuff you might like easier. I've taken all download links OFFLINE temporarily - files are moving to a new host at the moment (it takes a while). The mixcloud links are still up for the last lot of shows.

I'm also putting together some stats to look at which shows have been the most popular, which I'll share with you all in the next post. Cheers!