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.
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!
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).
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Just to let you regular visitors know that I'm taking a short break for a few weeks. This IS only a short break though - I'll probably be back with a show or 2 before Xmas but first, I have a few things I need to get done in the studio (and a holiday to go on!). LOADS more to come when I get back, into 2018 and beyond - radio sessions and, of course, live shows - so don't go anywhere!
I jsut want to take the opportunity to give a big thanks to those of you who share the links out and to those of you who have donated and helped with my costs - every donation has been much appreciated - hope you've been enjoying the files you get in return!
Just as a catch up on this year so far - 2017 so far has seen 32 new remasters, 17 from bands new to the Live and Loud! archive. For the record, this is what's been done in 2017 up to now - you'll find them all by clicking on the artists names on the right hand side of the page where you can download these and all the others for free!
Radio Prog 1 - Nash The Slash CBC FM August 1979
Radio Prog 2 - Kraftwerk: HR1 Frankfurt Radio Concert 25 January 1974
Radio Prog 3 - Depeche Mode: BBC Studio Session 11 June 1981
Show 88 - Gary Numan - Live At The Ritz Theatre New York - 26 Oct 1982
Show 89 - Jean Michel Jarre - La Defense Paris - 14 July 1990
Show 90 - Duran Duran - Live At Capitaine Video Club Paris - 8 September 1981
Show 91 - Crowded House - Live At Bottom Line New York - 22 March 1987
Show 92 - Sisters of Mercy - Live At Trojan Horse The Hague - 26 May 1984
Show 93 - Blancmange - Live At The Paradiso Amsterdam - 9 April 1983
Show 94 - The Skids - Live At The Odeon, Edinburgh - 7 September 1979
Show 95 - Dramatis - Live At Paris Theatre London - May 1982
Show 96 - Fatal Charm - Live At Paris Theatre London - 1981
Show 97 - Average White Band - Live At Belmont Park New York - 23 July 1978
Show 98 - Yellow Magic Orchestra - Live At Shinjuku Kouseinenkin Hall, Tokyo - 7 May 1980
Show 99 - Ultravox - Live on German TV - 1976 or 1977
Show 100 - Depeche Mode - Live At Paris Theatre London - 10 Feb 1982
Show 101 - The Smiths - The Hacienda Manchester - 6 July 1983
Show 102 - Howard Jones - Live At Paris Theatre London - 5 Oct 1983
Show 103 - Bob Marley - Live At The Boarding House San Francisco - 7 July 1975
Show 104 - The Undertones - Live At New Pop Festival Zuiderpark Rotterdam - 7 September 1980
Show 105 - The Cars - Live At Nakano Sun Plaza Tokyo - 30 October 1980
Show 106 - Secret Affair - Live At University of Bristol - 11 February 1980
Show 107 - Fad Gadget - Live At Rotterdam Arena The Netherlands - 17 March 1984
Show 108 - Sparks - Live At Record Plant Hollywood - September 1974
Show 109 - Talking Heads - Live At The Paradiso Amsterdam - 14 January 1978
Show 110 - OMD - Live In Toronto - 24 April 1981
Show 111 - Men Without Hats - Live At Club Casino, Hampton Beach NH - 7 Aug 1983
Show 112 - Gary Numan - Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London - 1 October 1985
Show 113 - DAF - Live In Germany - 9 May 1981
Show 114 - Kraftwerk - Live at Paradiso Amsterdam - 11 September 1976
Show 115 - XTC - Live at Liverpool Erics - 13 August 1977
Show 116 - The Icicle Works - Live at Shellys Club Stoke - 1985
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
A debut on Live and Loud! for The Icicle Works, with a show from an unknown date in 1985.
This was a flat and slightly tinny sounding recording of an FM broadcast from 8 October of a gig played sometime before then but certainly sometime that year as it features songs from not only their first album but the second album too - which was released in September 1985.
I used a wee bit of noise reduction but mainly EQ to improve the bottom end, make the drums and bass more audible, and get some clarity between the instruments and vocals.
You can download this new and improved recording for free here as 1 MP3 file (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page - the link will be available very shortly after). Or, if you would like to have separate The Icicle Works-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.
In The Cauldron Of Love
Who Do You Want For Your Love?
(Let's Go) Down to The River
When It All Comes Down
All The Daughters (Of Her Father's House)
Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream)