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, 16 October 2020

Show 156 - OMD - Live At YMCA, London - 14 March 1980

 

This audience recording was originally sent to me by a regular listener to these shows, along with a request..."can you do something with this?".

Well, you can hear a clip of what he sent me in the intro in the file below but basically...I didn't think I could! It sounded like it was recorded outside the venue, through a door. The recording had deteriorated quite a bit, it was running at the wrong speed, there were several bits of distortion...there was a lot to do. But I honestly didn't think there was enough of the gig itself there to do much with.

But I had a go, and I was wrong! It was never going to end up as a crystal clear recording worthy of an official release but after spending quite a few hours on it - it has turned out very listenable! And at least now sounds like it was recorded INSIDE the venue...and Andy no longer sounds like he's been castrated...

So download it, have a listen to the intro, the original recording...and then the restoration and hear the difference! An interesting set, featuring a very early live airing for the as yet unreleased Enola Gay, and a cover of Dalek I Love You's Two Chameleons and The Velvet Underground's Waiting For The Man.

The restored recording is now available for free HERE. You can safely download this restored, unique recording as one 320 kbps MP3 file with no nasty pop ups or ads getting in the way.

All the shows on the site including this one are also available as separate, properly tagged MP3s or lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can support the site and donate towards storage and web costs for less than the price of a coffee - and get something back in return.

Absolutely no obligation to do so though; the free files will always remain free. Enjoy the show!

Setlist
Intro tape - I Betray My Friends
Bunker Soldiers
Pretending To See The Future
Almost
Mystereality
Julia's Song
Two Chameleons
Red Frame/White Light
Dancing
Messages
Enola Gay
Waiting For The Man
Electricity

Encore
Bunker Soldiers
Julia's Song

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