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, 28 August 2016
Its another debut on on Live and Loud! this time - for Crowded House, a band requested by 1 of my listeners.
I originally found a gig from 1986 - a really interesting listen as its from so early in their band history. I couldn't do anything with that one to repair it unfortunately as the recording levels were slightly too high - which means distortion appears throughout. Not lots of it - the gig is still listenable, especially if you're a fan of the band; but distortion is the one thing I can't remove - once its there, its there. And I like Live and Loud! gigs to be as blemish free as possible, once I've finished with them! So I went in search of another and found this gig from 1991.
Tim Finn, Neil’s brother of course, joined Crowded House for the recording of Woodface, their 3rd album, and initially for the tour in 1991 which followed. At some point they realised they had contrasting styles and were probably better not continuing together, so before they fell out, they agreed he would leave the tour during the UK leg in early November, just before the band were due to go on stage in Scotland. The recording we have here was taken a few days before that, so is one of the last gigs with Tim Finn featuring in the lineup.
This was originally a good clear stereo recording (if a little flat) I guess from Swiss FM radio but with some sensitive EQing and gentle remastering, its really brought the recording back to life and sounds really great.
The show is now available for free download HERE
Something So Strong
Weather With You
There Goes God
World Where You Live
It's Only Natural
All I Ask
Don't Dream It's Over
Mean to Me
When You Come
Fall at Your Feet
The Same Language As Me
How'm I Gonna Sleep
I See Red
The Weeping Song
Better Be Home Soon
Throw Your Arms Around Me
Four Seasons in One Day
Congratulations on reading this far in the blog - if you have, you will now be rewarded! Remember that 1986 recording I said I couldn't use for this series? Well, you can still have it for absolutely free - unremastered, just as I found it in a hidden corner of the internet, right HERE. Its worth it just for the banter on stage. For a setlist check out the excellent (but not always 100% accurate) Setlist FM website if you want to go looking for it. You don't want to go looking for it? Ok then - the page is right here... ;-) Enjoy this as a little extra bonus.
Sunday, 21 August 2016
Another band being featured for the first time on Live and Loud! This time it’s The Runaways, an all girl 5 piece group formed in 1975 in Los Angeles, California, featuring a very young Joan Jett and Lita Ford. Between 1975 and their last gig at the end of 1978, they released 4 studio albums and underwent several lineup changes but it’s the lineup that recorded the first album you can hear on this one.
That first album, called The Runaways, was released in June 1976 and in support of that the band played a number of dates in the USA - including this one, featuring not only songs from the first album but also a couple from their second which wouldn't be released until the following year. Originally broadcast on FM radio in the USA, this recording was basically sound but rather flat and with a few clicks and noises in it; its responded well to some repairs, EQ and mastering tools and really does sound superb!
The show is now available for free download HERE.
Take it or Leave it
You Drive me Wild
Don't Use Me
Rock and Roll
Is it Day or Night?
Dead End Justice
Sunday, 14 August 2016
This show is dedicated to a band we’ve not featured before on Live and Loud! - Mesh, an electronic band from Bristol. The 3 original members of Mesh first came together in 1991, released their first EP in 1994...and Mark Hockings and Richard Silverthorn are still together and, at the time of writing, are just about to release the latest Mesh album, called Looking Skyward, in August 2016. Quite some record.
Back in 2002, they had just released their 4th album, called Who Watches Over Me? and in support of that release they played quite a few live dates in the UK and Europe. And it’s an unreleased recording of one of those gigs that we have remastered for you this time, from Barcelona in Spain. The original recording was in good condition but the ending was chopped off just after the last song of the main set ended, so no encores are included, I'm afraid. The encore incidentally consisted of Razorwire, It Scares Me and Confined. Its a shame they're missing but this gig was so good I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to make this one available.
Anyway, judicious use of EQ and some mastering tools have really polished this up. The show is now available for free download HERE.
To Be Alive
People Like Me
In The Light Of Day
I Can't Imagine How It Hurts
Let Them Crush Us
Leave You Nothing
You Didn't Want Me
My Saddest Day
Friends Like These
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Its been a while since we last featured one of my favourite bands from the 1970s and 1980s, Ultravox. So I’ve remastered a gig from an interesting point in their history! And broken one of my own rules to do it...
This is an audience recording! But apart from some very brief moments when someone is close to the mic (especially at the beginning), you can barely tell. Its a great performance, very raw and exciting. This one has been subject to some judicious EQ, level balancing and noise reduction and has polished up really well.
Original singer John Foxx left after they began 1979 with no record company, after being dropped, and after a short tour of the USA (there’s a remastered gig from Philadelphia on that tour on the Live and Loud! Archive already HERE). It seemed Ultravox were finished until keyboard player Billy Currie, who had been working with Midge Ure in Visage, persuaded him that Ure should become Ultravox’s new singer (it may actually have been Ure persuading Currie!). Without a record deal, Ultravox reconvened, wrote some songs and arranged to play some live dates in America in November and December 1979 - and we have a recording of the last show from that tour for you this time.
It’s not quite the full set - Hiroshima Mon Amour and, I think, King's Lead Hat are missing, sadly - but what IS there, from set opener Astradyne to set closer I Can't Stay Long, is a great record of a band enjoying themselves and gelling - they went on to sign a record deal in early 1980 and included many of the new songs played at this gig on their first album as a quartet, Vienna. The set also features a few tracks from the last album with John Foxx (Systems of Romance) as well as an early version of a song which didn’t make it onto record at all (at least, not as a studio recording).
There are more Ultravox shows to come, so be sure to come back! In the meantime, this show is now available for free download HERE.
Sound On Sound
All Stood Still
I Can't Stay Long