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, 12 September 2016

Live and Loud Archive is 2 years old (part 2)

With this site reaching the grand old age of 2 yesterday, I totted up how many downloads there had been since the shows started in 2012. No big surprise that the bands I've done the most shows of have had the most downloads but if you're curious to know just how many there have been, now you know.

The last post was based on how many times each show page on here has been read - that doesn't always equate to someone downloading a show. On the other hand, some shows were available for download before the archive was set up so the numbers will never match.

Anyway - here we are.


Band/ArtistShows DoneDownloads
Depeche Mode62578
Ultravox52576
Japan32351
Human League11586
OMD31279
David Bowie21278
Kraftwerk31053
Gary Numan2843
Elvis Presley2608
Kate Bush1583
Yazoo1470
Police2415
Bauhaus2407
Devo2395
Siouxsie and The Banshees1392
Blondie2379
ABBA1375
Mesh1374
A Flock of Seagulls1349
Beatles1339
Eurythmics1335
Queen1314
Simon and Garfunkel2301
Duran Duran1279
Jean Michel Jarre1278
Simple Minds1266
Talk Talk1243
Blancmange1228
Adam and The Ants1221
Spandau Ballet1219
Squeeze1209
The Sweet1208
Mike Oldfield1203
Marilyn Manson1201
ABC1191
Nash The Slash1185
Comsat Angels1185
Pet Shop Boys1181
Slade1175
Teardrop Explodes1145
Beach Boys1137
Sex Pistols1132
The Specials1124
Undertones1118
Joy Division1112
Boomtown Rats194
Big Country188
The Ramones182
Crowded House175
B-Movie155
The Runaways140

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