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.
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 3 July 2020
Show 150 - The Human League - Live At Rolling Stone Club Milan - 17 March 1982
A gig from this tour has been requested more than once over the years - and finally I can deliver. An interesting and rare recording of The Human League on the European leg of their Dare tour in 1982.
I've obtained more than 1 recording of this gig over the years of different quality - and also like the Japan gig I did recently, attributed to different places...including the gig of 14 March 1982 in Lyon, France...but given they are the same gig, Philip Oakey says "ciao!" and refers to them next time playing La Scala at the end of the gig, and (possibly) Jo Callis says "arrivederci!" I think we can assume they're actually in Milan. :-)
There's a bootleg called "Drumset Mystery" of this gig - and the copy I heard of that too was pretty poor quality and very hissy. I think this must be a different recording altogether of the same gig, it sounds like it was recorded nearer the front of the audience. In any case, I went through this and spent a few days on it - removed some of the room ambience, fixed gaps, errors, tape drop outs, clicks and odd noises, overloaded volume, changed the pitch and speed as it was running slightly too fast, then treated and EQed the sound to get as much as possible out of what was there.
I'm pleased with the result; I hope you enjoy it. Other sites are starting to take these restorations, butcher the artwork and put it up on their own site with filled with advertising and pop up links - only from here are you guaranteed no pop ups, no advertising, no viruses - just the show itself.
You can safely download this restored 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! And don't forget to check out the other Human League shows on the site!
You're My Baby
Open Your Heart
Do Or Die
Circus Of Death
Don't You Want Me
I Am The Law
Crow And A Baby
Love Action (I Believe In Love)
The Things That Dreams Are Made Of
The Sound Of The Crowd
Empire State Human