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).

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Radio Prog 5 - Yazoo - John Peel Session Recorded 16 February 1982


Live and Loud! Radio is an occasional series of free downloads, starting January 2017. Radio sessions that never got an official release, sympathetically repaired and remastered and then released onto the internet, all for free.

No theme tune, no intro from me - just the original session, repaired and remastered and available in a downloadable zip file containing each separate track.

Live and Loud! Radio Prog 5:  Yazoo: John Peel Session Recorded 16 February 1982

Tracklisting
1. In My Room
2. Winter Kills
3. Don't Go
4. Midnight

The only files I could find online were fairly low bitrate MP3s of a sometimes quite noisy and harsh recording so these were saved as WAVs for working on.

Hiss reduction applied to reduce - but not eliminate - quite a lot of the noise. Each track then had 30 band EQ to remove top end harshness and enhance the lower end - kick drums and bass synths. The middle was then eased down a bit make it clearer and create more "space" in the tracks between the instruments. Sounds far better now. Enjoy!

EDIT September 2018: This session is now being released officially in October 2018 as part of a boxed set, so this page now is for information only. You can check out the boxed set here