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, 29 January 2021

Show 160 - Duran Duran - Live at The Greek Theatre Los Angeles - 27th July 1982


Another show generously donated by a listener to Live and Loud! He got in touch and asked if I could do something with this show - while I already have a 1982 show from Duran Duran on the archive (here), this one is a bit special, so it's well worth posting up on here.

It's from the last night of the USA leg of their Rio tour and features a version of Anyone Out There you might not have heard before! As an audience recording it wasn't in great shape and unfortunately Hold Back The Rain (a favourite of mine) isn't complete. But I worked on the recording a lot to improve the sound quality and now it gives you more of the feeling of being there at the venue, watching them play. You even get the annoying jerk talking next to you for part of the gig...sorry about that!

And as so often, the sound in the first track isn't quite as good as the rest - sound engineer not quite getting the sound mix right for a few minutes, probably - but after that it warms up nicely.

The show is now available to download exclusively for free here as 1 MP3 file.

Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s or FLACs, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.

Girls On Film
Last Chance On The Stairway
Hungry Like The Wolf
Sound Of Thunder
[Waiting For The] Nightboat
New Religion
Friends Of Mine
Planet Earth
Hold Back The Rain
Careless Memories

Anyone Out There
Girls On Film

Friday, 15 January 2021

Show 159: Gary Numan - Live At The Ritz Theatre New York - 26 Oct 1982


Yes, this gig has been done before...but when a friend of mine and listener to Live and Loud! got in touch with a different recording of this show, I took a listen and decided it was WELL worth working on, and replacing the older version with this. Show 88, with over 2200 downloads - and the most popular Gary Numan show I've done so far - is now offline and replaced by this one.

In 1982 Gary Numan spent a year in the USA. While he was there, he went on tour with a unique band; Chris Slade on drums, Pino Palladino on bass, Rob Dean from Japan on guitar and keyboards, Roger Mason and John Webb on keyboards. Recordings of this tour are few and far between - and usually pretty awful quality. Somebody somewhere might still have the original recording the copy I received was taken from - but they ain't sharing if they do! In any case, I doubt without some restoration work it would sound this good...this is the best available recording from that tour being shared out to the world.

It still needed a fair bit of work but was in better basic shape than the source for the previous version was. So after removing hall reverb, lots of studio magic and some final EQ and tweaking...here it is.
The show is now available to download exclusively for free here as 1 MP3 file.

Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s or FLACs, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.

This is My House
I, Assassin
Remind Me to Smile
Music for Chameleons
She's Got Claws
Every Day I Die
Down in the Park
White Boys and Heroes
War Songs
We Take Mystery (To Bed)

This Wreckage
We Are Glass