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 9 August 2020

Show 152 - Boomtown Rats - Live At The NHK Hall Tokyo - 1 May 1980

A long overdue return for The Boomtown Rats, who were one of the early bands featured on Live and Loud! in 2012 (see this page for an improved version of that one).

This was an FM radio broadcast which had been reworked (not very well) by someone at some point - everything very loud, all the way through. While listening to the gig to fix and clicks and tape dropouts, I realised the tracks were also in the wrong order! For some reason, someone had reordered the tracks with odd bits cut off where the edits had been made. Eventually, with the help of a friend who had an original copy of the taped bootleg, and referencing other gigs from that tour, I was able to put it all back together in the right order.

Once that was done, much sound restoration went into the final copy, to reverse what had been done before and also to improve what was there. So, rather more work than I expected on this one BUT... it sounds superb now, really pleased with this one. And just as an aside, this gig (as Geldof says) saw the first live outing for Diamond Smiles, which appears as the last song.

You can safely download this restored, unique 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 lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this.

Wind Chill Factor (Minus Zero)
Like Clockwork
Nothing Happened Today
(I Never Loved) Eva Braun
Nice 'n' Neat
Joey's On The Street Again
Someone's Looking At You
Keep It Up
I Don't Like Mondays
Rat Trap
Mary Of The 4th Form
Blind Date

She's So Modern
Looking After No. 1
Diamond Smiles

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