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. 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).
Tuesday, 5 June 2018
Show 124 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Live At Wembley Arena - 13 January 1987
A debut on Live and Loud! for Frankie Goes To Hollywood from their last tour in the UK, when they were literally imploding back stage, with relations between Holly Johnson and the rest of the band at breaking point.
This was an FM broadcast recorded off air I think as this isn't the full set. It's also another recording someone had tried to improve before I came across it - everything whacked up to 11 and every song faded out - the intro to Rage Hard was even chopped off altogether and the song gone (guessing this was where the original C90 tape needed turning over). 1 or 2 tracks also sounded like they're from a different recording altogether. 30 band EQ has once again paid dividends and undone much of what was done - tightened up the bass, made the mix clearer and not so tiring on the ears and addressed some faults where the recording went very dull at times. All while still retaining the power in the sound on stage.
You can download this improved recording for free here as one tagged 320 kbps 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 support the site with a small donation towards storage subscription and internet costs, in return you can have the show as separate, properly tagged MP3s or lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this.
Either way - enjoy the show!
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