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).

Friday 6 September 2019

Radio Prog 7 - A Flock Of Seagulls - John Peel Session Broadcast 12 May 1981

**UPDATE February 2023**

AFOS' excellent eponymously titled debut album has just been remastered and re-released, with a whole shedload of extras, INCLUDING the first official release of this radio session, so as of now, I've removed the link to my version.**

Live and Loud! Radio is an occasional series of free downloads, which started in 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 7 - A Flock Of Seagulls - John Peel Session Broadcast 12 May 1981 

1. Talking (It's Not Me Talking)
2. Messages From The Rings Of Saturn
3. I Ran
4. Committed

Recorded before the release of their first single and almost a year before the release of their first album, this features 4 tracks, 2 of which bear their longer, original titles.

Sourced from MP3 files, I fixed 1 or 2 dropout faults in the recording, some clicks, plus having to use a 2nd source to fix 1 small section which faded out early (see if you can tell where). After that, I applied 30 band EQ to clear up the flat and slightly muddy sound. Mainly a little bottom end, some reduction of harsh mids where appropriate and boosting a little top end when that was lacking. This allows the drums and bass to breathe a bit, the guitar to shimmer in it's own space and the vocals to be clearer.

LINK REMOVED. Page for information only.


  1. Hello Flip

    So Good that you post this amazing A flock of seagulls John peel session from 1981 Such superb versions of a few classy tunes like fantastic its not me talking & hypnotic messages (from the rings of saturn) and all time classy I ran

    Fantastic are these radio sessions Flip

    Have you maybe any Radio sessions With Ultravox (from period 1980- 1984 ) When Midge is on vocals + Even some classy Human League live from theirs Dare tour 1982 + more Ultravox Live When Midge is on vocals..from these years 1980 to 1984

    Anyway these recordings you put up here is pure fantastic....Are always so glad when you put up here any new Recording..Flip


    / Tomas

    And also Any Live Recording or radio session with Next Classy Band...Heaven 17 from theirs period of 1980 to 1983

    1. Hi Tomas, thanks for your comments. No ultravox radio sessions exist with Midge, as far as I know. There might well be another ultravox live show in the next few months. Human League Dare era...yes, I hope to be able to do one of these too. So stay tuned!

      Heaven 17 didn't play live in the early 1980s as far as I know - back then they were studio only! So no gigs are available, unfortunately!