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).

Monday, 25 July 2016

Show 72: Joy Division - Live at Effenaar, Eindhoven, The Netherlands - 18 January 1980



This is the first time Live and Loud! has featured Joy Division. Long overdue! This is from their short European tour in January 1980 where they played in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

They’d released their debut album Unknown Pleasures in the summer of 1979 and their 1st non-EP single, Transmission, the following November. After returning from the tour, the band recorded their 2nd and final album, Closer, just 2 months later. That finished, the band played more dates in the UK and were due to fly out to begin their first tour of America when singer Ian Curtis sadly committed suicide the day before. The remaining members, as everyone surely knows, went on to change their name to New Order - a band who will also be getting the Live and Loud! treatment shortly.

The show you’re about to hear features only Colony from the forthcoming Closer - the remainder of this 16 song set being made up of tracks from Unknown Pleasures and single and EP-only releases.The recording did have a few defects, with some bass distortion and tape errors here and there - especially on the first couple of tracks. I've done what I could to sort them out, as well as EQ the recording to make it far clearer than the original. I hope you agree it was worth it!

Incidentally, I also have a recording by Joy Division when they were known as Warsaw, from 1977 - I hope to get that remastered in 2017.

In the meantime, this show is available for free download HERE.

Setlist
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Digital
New Dawn Fades
Colony
These Days
Ice Age
Dead Souls
Disorder
Day Of The Lords
Autosuggestion
Shadowplay
She's Lost Control
Transmission
Interzone
Atmosphere
Warsaw

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Show 71: Elvis Presley - Live at International Hotel Las Vegas - 3 August 1969


A bit of a special treat this, the second Elvis show to be added to the archive (check out the first one I did from 1956 here); this is believed to be the earliest soundboard recording that exists of Elvis in concert, recorded during the first week of his return to live performing, in Las Vegas in 1969.

Elvis had last played live in 1961 and then spent most of the 1960s making films in Hollywood, his final film being in 1969, which finally left him able to return to playing live. After wanting to return to live performances for some years, a deal was made for him to appear at the International Hotel in Las Vegas from 31 July all the way through to 28 August - his first live appearances in 9 years. In all during that run, he performed 29 shows to over 100,000 people; a  run so successful he returned there the following year, playing again in August 1970, which spawned the film Elvis: That’s The Way It Is.

Over the years a few of the concerts have been made available as commercial releases on CD but only from later in the residency; certainly not one from so early in the run. Anyway, after working on this for a while with some EQ and studio toys, I hope you agree its polished up really well - it a very listenable stereo recording with plenty of chat from Elvis in between songs, just as it all happened, on 3 August 1969!

The show is available for free download HERE.

Setlist
Blue Suede Shoes
I've Got a Woman
All Shook Up
Love Me Tender
Jailhouse Rock/Don't Be Cruel
Blue Suede Shoes
Heartbreak Hotel
Hound Dog
Memories
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
Baby What You Want Me to Do
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Yesterday/Hey Jude
In the Ghetto
Suspicious Minds
What'd I Say
Can't Help Falling in Love

Monday, 4 July 2016

Show 70: B-Movie - Live at Rock City Nottingham - 21 February 1981


B-Movie formed in 1979, releasing 2 EPs in 1980. They ultimately released a few singles over the years but never an album until 1985 - by which time their time had perhaps been and gone - the lack of success of which contributing to them finally calling it a day, after several lineup changes.

This gig came just weeks after they featured on the Some Bizarre album, a compilation album also featuring the then unknown Depeche Mode, Blancmange, Soft Cell and The The, amongst others. The single they're perhaps most known for is Remembrance Day - and that was about to be released shortly after this gig.

The B-Movie story didn’t end in 1985 of course - since then they’ve got back together with the original lineup a few times and in March 2016 released a brand new album called Climate of Fear on download, CD and vinyl! Well worth checking out (I bought the CD).

But back to 1981... The recording of this gig I got was so noisy, it sounded like they performed in a wind tunnel! However, some careful noise reduction, speed correction and judicious use of EQ has really helped rescue this one - it sounds really very good now. I hope you enjoy this rare gig from a band that is often overlooked when people talk about "the 80s".

The show is available for download HERE (the link also allows you to just stream it, if you wish).

Setlist
Polar Opposites
Moles
Escalator
Welcome To The Shrink
The Devil In Me
Nowhere Girl
The Fool
Time Out
Remembrance Day
All Fall Down