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.
These are great fun to listen to but DO NOT replace original releases - support these artists and buy their music. There is nothing here 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.
Monday, 26 September 2016
Show 80: A Flock of Seagulls - Live at The Metro Club Boston - 4 August 1982
Well, long time listeners to Live and Loud! will know I've done a Seagulls gig before (you can find that here) but I was never completely happy with it - the original recording had been badly treated before I got it so I could only do so much. Recently I came across some other gig recordings by the band so have had chance to do a better one!
Even so there were some weird things going on; it was too fast, so it needed slowing down a little; the first 2 songs sounded had very different sound quality to the rest of the gig (!) so I had to treat them differently and make those 2 tracks sound closer to the rest of the set. And finally, I thought I'd finished it, then came back to it a few days later and realised I didn't like what I'd done so had to remedy that and make it sound better! So a fair amount of work - but well worth it, AFOS were a great live band back then and this is a great performance by them. The set is mainly songs from the debut album but there are 3 new tracks which appeared on their 2nd album, "Listen", the following year.
I think 9 songs from this gig are on another bootleg recording - possibly its a King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show. This however, is a recording of the gig taken from the mixing desk on the night, so includes more of the songs - whether its actually the complete set, I can't say (there's no "(Its Not Me) Talking" in the set for example). Anyway, this recording has never sounded better, I hope. Enjoy!
The show is now available to download exclusively for free here.
Modern Love Is Automatic
Standing in the Doorway
Space Age Love Song
You Can Run