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).

Monday 28 March 2016

Show 64 - Big Country - Live at Opry House, Austin Texas - 22 March 1984

This show is Big Country from their tour of the USA in early 1984. They’d released their debut album The Crossing, in July 1983 and their latest single, Wonderland, had just been released a couple of months before this date in January 1984. You’ll hear that and most of The Crossing in this set, originally recorded for NBC radio in the USA. They spent over a month in America and then played a few dates in Japan before heading home and recording what became their first number 1 album, SteelTown, released in October 1984.

Most people would be happy with the original recording as it was - it was in pretty good condition apart from a few vinyl scratches and pops (most of which I hope I caught and removed). But with some EQing and a sprinkling of some studio magic, its improved it in a big way - more space, improved bass and...well  "oomph" really! It sounds really excellent now; I was very pleased with how this one turned out.

The show is available for download HERE as one 320 kbps 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.

1000 Stars
Angle Park
Close Action
Lost Patrol
In A Big Country
Fields of Fire
Harvest Home
Tracks of My Tears
In A Big Country


  1. I recorded this show on cassette that night. As a HUGE Big Country fan, I’d love to have a remastered edition of it!

    1. Well you can download it from the link above, free of charge. :) Or if you want separated files, just click on the donations tab and that will fill you in. Either way, its a great performance - enjoy!