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).

Thursday 27 October 2016

Show 82: Split Enz - Live at Hammersmith Odeon London - 27 September 1980

A while ago I did a show by Crowded House which has been really popular - and I enjoyed doing it too (you can find that here) so I thought I'd delve a bit further back into the history of the Finn brothers! So - a debut on Live and Loud! for Split Enz, formed by Tim Finn in 1971/72 and a band which his younger brother Neil joined in 1977.

This show catches them on their UK tour after the release of their 5th album, True Colours in June 1980; an album which enabled them finally to break internationally. The recording was in good condition apart from a bit of noise and hum - so once that had been worked on, it was a relatively straight forward EQ and master job - losing the tinniness, bringing up the bass, losing the midrange mud and creating space between the instruments. Job done!

Not quite a full show, this was originally an FM radio broadcast designed to fit in under an hour. As ever with the Finns, a fair bit of chat in between songs, despite this being a radio transcription (chat between songs often gets cut).

The show is now available to download exclusively for free here as 1 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.

I Wouldn't Dream Of It
Poor Boy
One Step Ahead
Missing Person
Walking Through The Ruins
Ghost Girl
I Got You
I Don't Wanna Dance
What's The Matter With You?
I Hope I Never
In The Wars
Nobody Takes Me Seriously
I See Red
Shark Attack

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