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).
Tuesday, 16 February 2016
This week, Live and Loud! brings you the Sex Pistols from the very first date of their American tour. The Pistols finally released their debut album "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols" in October 1977 and were then booked for a 7 date tour of the USA - mainly concentrating on the southern States. By the end of those 7 dates in mid January, the Pistols had played their last gig, and Johnny Rotten had walked away from the band. But this is their first American show.
For this one, mainly I removed some tape noise and EQ'ed to take away the muddiness as much as possible, without trying to polish it - after all, the Pistols never sounded "polished".
The show is available for download 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.
God Save The Queen
I Wanna Be Me
Holidays In The Sun
Anarchy In The UK
Sunday, 7 February 2016
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Live and Loud! continues to be popular - this archive now has over 39000 hits and there have been over 15000 downloads. So stay tuned, lots to come, as I've noted in posts before. Next up, in about 10 days time - The Sex Pistols, from 1978. And do keep letting me know what you think of shows, and indeed, if you have any requests - I've had requests recently for Big Country and Crowded House, and they're both coming soon.
Thursday, 4 February 2016
I wanted to mark David Bowie's passing with something quite special; something quite different to the 1974 Bowie gig already in the archives (HERE, if you haven't seen it). Something which would show a different side to the artist, and the man; I think these performances are it. These recordings were in good condition - some EQ took away some harshness and I repaired a few spots where there was distortion on the vocal.
This show features 2 performances by Bowie at benefit gigs for The Bridge School, an annual event for a school founded by Neil Young and his now ex-wife Pegi in 1986, that continues to run to this day. Featuring Reeves Gabrels on guitar, Gail Ann Dorsey on bass, and Bowie himself on guitar and a bottle top strapped to his foot to keep time, these almost acoustic sets include songs rarely performed elsewhere. There are 2 sets as Bowie performed both days of the gig, over a weekend. At least 1 more (probably more) remastered Bowie gig will be posted up on here over the next few months.
*Update 2018* While preparing this old show as separate files for a donator to the site, I found I could now improve the sound quality further, over what I’d originally done to the recording several years ago. You can now download this new version (as of 2018) HERE as 1 new 320kbps MP3 file.
Setlist - 19 October 1996
The Jean Genie
I'm a Hog for You (The Coasters cover)
I Can't Read ((Tin Machine song)
The Man Who Sold the World
Setlist - 20 October 1996
The Jean Genie
You and I and George (Stan Kenton cover)
I Can't Read (Tin Machine song)
The Man Who Sold the World
China Girl (Iggy Pop cover)
White Light/White Heat