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).
Saturday, 27 October 2018
Show 130 - XTC - Live At The Rainbow, London - 17 September 1979
A second show for the archive from XTC, this time from 1979. This was a soundboard recording, ripped from a vinyl copy originally I think. It's a great gig, with a setlist spanning their career to date, from the 3D EP to the recently released Drums and Wires.
I removed some vinyl rumble and hiss, as well as evening out the volume between some tracks which were oddly very loud or pretty quiet. Once all that was done, I then set about clarifying the recording with 30 band EQ. Oddly, Battery Brides was far more bass heavy than other tracks - like someone had tweaked it before, or the song had been put in from a different copy of the recording. So that got tweaked separately to more closely match the other songs in the set.
You can download all of this improved recording for free here as one 320 kbps MP3 file. 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 even lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this. Either way - enjoy the show!
Real By Reel
Roads Girdle The Globe
Life Begins At The Hop
Battery Brides (Andy Paints Brian)
Making Plans For Nigel
Life Is Good In The Greenhouse
Radios In Motion
Are You Receiving Me?
I'll Set Myself on Fire
Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)
This Is Pop
Statue Of Liberty