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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.

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Wednesday 23 November 2022

Show 183 - The Cure - Live At New University Birmingham UK - 28 Nov 1979


A quick request. If you plan on downloading this and putting it on your YouTube channel or your own bootleg page - I don't mind. But a credit to this website where you found it, and a link back to this page would be really appreciated. It helps me gauge which artists are popular - ie more chance of other restorations coming. Don't just steal it and take the credit. Thanks.

A long overdue debut on this site for The Cure. Taken from their first national tour (after supporting the Banshees on theirs just a few months earlier) this audience recording came to me as a .wav file from a fan - a regular listener to Live and Loud! Shows, who asked if I could improve it.

It was very toppy, thin and boxy sounding - very little in the bass end and a lot in the mids and high end. After removing some of the reverb from the recording to bring back more music signal to work on, I removed tape noise and repaired where the tape stopped (and turned over, I imagine!) at the end of 1 song so that song fades nicely into the start of the next. Then repaired some odd clicks and noises and the odd tape dropout. Only then did I get to work on the sound and enhance what bass there was, buried away, while trying to bring more clarity and weight to the sound as a whole.

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Seventeen Seconds
10.15 Saturday Night
Play For Today
A Forest
Fire In Cairo
44F (Another Journey By Train)
A.N. (In Your House)
Boys Don't Cry
Jumping Someone Else's Train
Grinding Halt

Encore 1
Three Imaginary Boys
Killing An Arab

Encore 2
Subway Song
Jumping Someone Else's Train

Encore 3
Killing An Arab


And (really) finally - CLICK HERE for the Cure Concerts website page with more info on this particular gig!


  1. So interesting to hear several 17 Seconds tracks being played months before the album came out--they were already pretty much in their final form, even if "In Your House" wasn't yet called that. Thanks!

    1. Yeah its a nice little snapshot of where they were at; moving on from an album he wasn't happy with, to the next one and a change of sound. Glad you enjoyed it, cheers!

  2. Interesting that they did 3 encores...and repeated 2 songs. The Disintegration album is when I really got into The Cure, but they have so many great songs from all over the years.

    1. Sounded like (from what Mr Smith said) they had only learned so many songs for the tour, so were a bit stuck for the encores. OMD did the same on the 1980 Berlin show on this site. :-)

  3. This sounds fantastic..thank you