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).

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Show 148 - Depeche Mode - Live At The Suedwest Stadium Ludwigshafen - 2 June 1984


An overdue return this time for Depeche Mode - this time featuring an FM broadcast of a one off live performance some months before the release of Some Great Reward when they played an open air festival headlined by Elton John. The set is mainly selected tracks from their Construction Time Again tour (go here for a link to a show from that tour) but does feature their current single at the time, People Are People for the very first time live on stage.

I've heard a few versions of this recording and I chose the best sounding complete source to work with - even so it needed several hours work just to fix tape drop outs and FM interference/distortion. After that, several more hours working on EQ to even out the sound as much as possible and then make it sound clearer and sharper.

I hope you enjoy this much improved recording.

You can safely download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way.

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 remastered 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!

Setlist
Everything Counts
Now, This Is Fun
Two Minute Warning
Shame
Get The Balance Right
People Are People
And Then...
Photographic
Told You So
New Life
More Than A Party

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Show 147 - Crowded House - Live At The UCSD Gymnasium, La Jolla - 8 April 1989


A long overdue return for Crowded House - all their shows have been hugely popular on Live and Loud! over the years; this one deserves to be too, featuring really good and clear sound quality, the usual witty stage banter and a fantastic performance from the guys on stage.

This was a soundboard recording and in good condition overall - far better than some I've had to deal with. All that really needed doing was careful EQing to lower the keyboards which were pretty loud, bring some space between the instruments and make the drums clearer, so you can hear the whole band really well.

I hope you enjoy this much improved recording. You can safely download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way.

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 remastered 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!

Setlist
Mean to Me
World Where You Live
Mansion In The Slums
Love You 'til The Day I Die
Love This Life
In the Lowlands
Hole In The River
Don't Dream It's Over
Irish Heartbeat
This Is Massive
Something So Strong
I Feel Possessed
Now We're Getting Somewhere
Sister Madly
Better Be Home Soon

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Show 146 - Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Live At London School Of Economics - 12 Dec 1985


It's not often you come across Sigue Sigue Sputnik live recordings so when a listener said he had one I was only too happy to borrow his tape and transfer it to a lossless digital format.

This is an audience recording from what sounds like a not very full LSE. I now have software that can remove some of the natural ambience from audience recordings and make the music a bit more prominent, so that was my first step. Then fixing a few tape dropouts and noises before removing tape noise. The last stage was then controlling volume levels at various points and applying a 30 band EQ to the restored recording to improve the sound quality.

I hope you enjoy this much improved recording. You can safely download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way.

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 remastered 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!

Setlist
Rocket Miss USA
Sex Bomb Boogie
She's My Man
Hey Jayne Mansfield Superstar!
21st Century Boy
Love Missile F1-11

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Show 145: Ultravox - Live at Jaap Edenhal, Amsterdam, 16 June 1981


A rare but energetic and powerful set from Ultravox this time - at least, excerpts from one. I think this must have been a radio broadcast as the source was in stereo. I thought with it being only 6 tracks, it would be quick and simple! I never learn - it rarely works out that way... :-)

The recording was too fast to start with, so needed slowing down a bit.

There was also a lot of hum and noise - took quite a while to remove as much of that as possible without damaging the sound quality.

Then a few tape dropouts and the usual 30 band EQ to bring the sound up to scratch and make it clearer.

For one track on the source, the intro was slightly incomplete so I fixed it (I challenge you to spot which song that was).

For All Stood Still there had already been done some editing to fade in the song, missing off the beginning altogether But quite by chance I found a Dutch TV broadcast online with 4 songs from this set in it (albeit in the wrong order), including a complete version of the song in question (a link to the video is below, it's really good)! The only problem was that the video was in mono...so I grabbed the video soundtrack and messed about with it a lot to make it more closely match the other songs, then put it all together with the other 5 songs I'd already done. When you listen now, or watch the video, you will notice Chris Cross's bass synth intro is in the wrong key! Midge Ure goes over to him and tells him what the correct key is...I guess for radio, they decided to cut that out and fade it in from where it was ok...Me, I like the mistakes - makes it all sound far more human and imperfect.

This recording, therefore, is unique to Live and Loud! Shows - until other bootleg sites take it, change the artwork and call it theirs, anyway.

You can safely download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way.

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 remastered 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!

Setlist
Passing Strangers
Mr X
Western Promise
Vienna
New Europeans
All Stood Still


Oh yes, that video link! It contains a short interview with the band and then 4 songs (not in the right order). You can view that right HERE.


Monday, 13 April 2020

Show 144 - Roxy Music - Live In Paris, 27 Nov 1974


A bit of a gem, this one. I acquired (can't remember where, now) a first generation digital copy taken from the original master tape. Credit for that transfer from tape 100% goes to the now seemingly long defunct "Hal's Progressive Rock Blog" online who apparently was given access to the tape some years ago - it was being thrown out by the radio station that recorded and broadcast it!

The original recording is mono, so I've not only done some work on that but also created (and worked on separately) a new pseudo stereo master which does sound really good, I think.

I had to do a fair bit of work fixing a few clicks and tape dropouts which were quite fiddly, before creating the stereo version. Then the fixed mono and stereo files were separately EQed to bring out the best in this recording.

You can safely download all of this improved recording either in mono or stereo at the links below, all as as one 320 kbps MP3 file - no pop ups or adverts getting in the way.

Restored Mono Version

Restored Pseudo Stereo Version

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 remastered 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!

Setlist
Out of the Blue
A Song For Europe
Three and Nine
If It Takes All Night
In Every Dream Home A Heartache
If There is Something
All I Want Is You

Friday, 20 March 2020

Show 143 - Slade - Live At The Glasgow Apollo - 26 March 1982



This show was originally sent to me by a listener requesting that as I'd done a couple of Slade shows before, could I have a go at this one? After a trial go on the MP3s they'd sent, I eventually found a lossless copy online and worked from that.

Originally an FM broadcast, but the first half was significantly lower quality than the second - until the end of Lock Up Your Daughters the sound was far flatter and muffled. And in mono! So I've worked on the 2 sides separately and then brought them together. I used some studio tools on part 1 to open the sound out a bit so it sounded closer to part 2 and then there was a lot of work with EQing both sides separately to sort out. In fact, I've had several goes at this on and off over the last few months - but hopefully you will enjoy the result.

It was worth persevering with - the show really rocks! Maybe 1982 could be said to be in the twilight of their careers but Slade were still on top form and sounding like they enjoyed every minute - as does a noisy Apollo crowd.

You can safely download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no pop up ads getting in the way.

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 remastered 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!

Setlist
Rock n Roll Preacher
When I'm Dancin' I Ain't Fightin'
Take Me Bak 'Ome
Ruby Red
M' Hat M' Coat
Everyday
Lock Up Your Daughters
Gudbuy T' Jane
We'll Bring The House Down
Get Down & Get With It
Mama Weer All Crazee Now
Cum On Feel The Noize
I'm A Rocker
Born To Be Wild
Singing In The Rain

By the way - you can read a great review of this gig, right HERE.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Radio Prog 9 - The Sisters of Mercy - John Peel Session Broadcast 11 July 1984


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 9 - The Sisters of Mercy - John Peel Session Broadcast 11 July 1984.

Tracklisting
1. Walk Away
2. Emma
3. The Poison Door
4. No Time To Cry

Sourced from lossless files. 2 tracks had a bit of FM interference, a couple more had missing beginnings. These were fixed, then 30 band EQ applied, which was different for each track. Mainly reducing overloading bottom end, reduction of harsh mids where appropriate and bringing a bit of clarity.

The zip file for this session contains remastered MP3 versions - and as a bonus for those who prefer them, lossless FLAC versions too. You can download it entirely for free HERE.

If you wish to show your appreciation and donate towards site costs head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can receive freebies for a very small donation towards the site costs.

Either way - enjoy!

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Show 142 - Ian Dury and The Blockheads - Live At The Pinkpop Festival Netherlands - 8 June 1981


Very happy to finally have the chance to remaster a set by Ian Dury and The Blockheads - such a great band to hear live. This was the full headlining set at the Pinkpop Festival in 1981, with UB40 and Madness on set earlier in the day (you can hear Dury calling them to the stage during the last song - and from a brief video on Youtube, UB40 turn up but only Mike Barson (I think) from Madness makes an appearance (and you can hear him briefly singing too!).

This wasn't in bad condition - guessing an FM recording - but the mix and sound balance is a bit ropey in places. I did what I could to fix that and EQ'ed to improve clarity and the bottom end - you couldn't hear the drums and bass much at all; now you can.

You can safely download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no pop up ads getting in the way.

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 remastered 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!

Setlist
Wake Up and Make Love with Me
Clever Trever
If I Was With A Woman
Superman's Big Sister
Dance of the Crackpots
Plaistow Patricia
Sink My Boats
I Want to Be Straight
Yes and No (Paula)
Hey, Hey, Take Me Away
Billericay Dickie
Oh Mr Peanut
Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick
What A Waste
Sweet Gene Vincent
Blockheads
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Show 141 - Culture Club - Live At The Lyceum Theatre London - 2 Nov 1982


The first upload for 2020 features Culture Club in a relatively rare early gig just as they'd hit #1 in the UK charts with "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?".

Originally an FM recording this might have been already tweaked by someone else in the past as the bass was quite overloaded and distorting in places. So I mainly attacked it with EQ this time to remove that and it sounds great - a lovely clear stereo recording of a surprisingly powerful and lively set.

You can safely download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no pop up ads getting in the way.

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 remastered 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!

Setlist
I'll Tumble 4 Ya
Take Control
Love Twist
I'm Afraid Of Me
Time (Clock Of The Heart)
You Know I'm Not Crazy
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?
White Boy
Church Of The Poison Mind