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, 11 March 2022

Show 176 - The Sisters Of Mercy - ULU London - 6 May 1983

 


I'm very happy to finally to be able to bring a 2nd restoration of an early SoM gig to you (if you missed the first one, you can download that from HERE).

To me, this sounds like a mono soundboard recording although there are apparently several versions of this gig on the internet, including audience recordings. All versions apparently omit the last track, Emma.

Anyway, for this one I fixed some tape dropouts and some quite alarming variations in volume, in places (the first track in particular was far louder than the rest of the set - sound man sorting out levels, maybe). Adrenochrome has part of it missing, so I faded out and back in so it wasn't quite so jarring. I also reduced background noise and made a few other little tweaks here and there before finally getting to work on the sound itself - bringing back some bottom end and creating a bit more space between the instruments where possible. After that, some studio toys were used and the final recording now has more presence and clarity than the original I was given.

You can now download this repaired, restored and remastered version of this show exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.

If you would like to have separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or lossless FLACs of the restoration, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely no obligation to do so of course - you can take the file on this page absolutely for free - but every single donation does go towards this site and domain/storage costs, and helps the site stay open.

Either way, enjoy the show! And if you like this recording, PLEASE spread the news and share the page link to anyone you think might be interested - facebook fan groups, Twitter or Instagram are a great way of spreading the word - that way, I always find out which bands are popular and can do more shows by them in the future. Many thanks.

Setlist
Kiss The Carpet
Alice
Anaconda
Burn
Jolene
Heartland
Valentine
Adrenochrome
Floorshow
Gimme Shelter
Body Electric


BONUS CONTENT
As I said, all the recordings of this gig have Emma missing. So by way of a little bonus, I've also restored a song taken from a recording of their final gig of the same tour, on the 1 July 1983, at Dingwalls in Hull! Not a version of Emma unfortunately but you CAN download a restored and remastered version of Ghostrider/Louie Louie HERE, absolutely for free.