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).

Wednesday, 24 May 2023

Special Restoration - Jean Michel Jarre - Dorian Ballet Soundtrack - 1973

 


The Music

Some unreleased music lasting just over 11 minutes, from a 1973 ballet soundtrack by Jean Michel Jarre that was recorded for French television. Someone posted a link on a JMJ Facebook group to a video of the ballet, based on Oscar Wilde's The Face of Dorian Gray on YouTube this week - this seems to be the first time many have come across the music - much of which seems to be versions of music from Jarre's first 2 albums - Deserted Palace and Les Granges Brulees - used only for this production, along with some that seems to be unheard before.

Given the rarity of this music and not having heard it before, I naturally wanted to  improve it for my own listening pleasure - and have made this available for free to anyone else to enjoy too.

You can watch the original ballet recording here:-


What Was Done
The broadcast was from French television in 1973, so of course was in mono. I worked with EQ, compression and the usual studio and mastering toys to bring some clarity to the sound mix, and managed to bring out some things that were very difficult to hear, and also bring in more separation and a wider listening image - not quite stereo of course but for me a more pleasant listen; I've made the audio sound a little wider without losing quality or clarity, and without making it sound gimmicky. 


The All Important Download Link

You can now download this restored and remastered version of this show exclusively for FREE by clicking right HERE and grabbing it as one 320kbps MP3 file. You can also preview it by streaming from the same link.


Tracklisting

5 tracks with no known titles, although track 2 is based on La Cage, and track 3 is based on a previously released rarity called Black Bird.


Supporting The Site

If you want to support the work I do head on over to the Rewards For Donations tab to see what you can obtain for a very small donation towards the site costs, or just click on the Ko-fi link at the top of the page. 

Bearing in mind how short this soundtrack is, and that the original audio came from YouTube (and so had compressed audio), I haven't bothered to prepare separated MP3 or FLAC versions of this recording. There is no obligation to donate 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, and helps me do more (and store more) restorations. Either way, I hope you enjoy this one.

At the very least, if you haven't already - please check out the restorations of Jean Michel Jarre live recordings elsewhere on the site.


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Saturday, 13 May 2023

Show 188 - New Order - Live In Oakland, California - 20 Aug 1985

 

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, cut out the intro and outro and take the credit. Thanks.

 

The Show

A debut on the site for New Order. This was a soundboard recording from their US tour and was in good shape overall apart from the kick drum being overloaded. It was also sounding a bit flat, lifeless and dry as most soundboards do.

What Was Done

Noise reduction was done, a few pops removed and the occasional loss in volume in places. Once that was done I got to work with EQ, compression and the usual studio toys to bring some clarity to the sound mix, and just...well make everything much clearer, more powerful and generally more LIVE sounding, with more separation. The original sounded like it had been worked on at some point but the kick drums all the way through were overloaded and a bit distorted, so I dialled that back too. The final result sounds far more balanced now (and less likely to give you a headache). I also improved the stereo imaging a bit during the mastering process.

The All Important Download Link

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

Setlist

Your Silent Face
Love Vigilantes
Confusion
Sunrise
As It Is When It Was
Sooner Than You Think
5 8 6
The Village
Ceremony
Age Of Consent
The Perfect Kiss

Encore
Blue Monday
Sister Ray

Supporting The Site

If you want to support the work I do, and this site, and obtain separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s of this restoration for less than the price of a coffee in return, lossless FLACs or even a lossless copy on CDR, head on over to the Rewards For Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. There is 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, and helps me do more shows. Either way, enjoy the show.

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Saturday, 22 April 2023

Show 187 - Toyah - Live At Glasgow Apollo - 8 July 82

 

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, cut out the intro and outro and take the credit. Thanks.

 

The Show

A debut on the site for Toyah. This was excerpts from a show originally broadcast on Radio Clyde here in Scotland and was a basically sound but fairly flat and muddy cassette recording once upon a time.

What Was Done

The volume levels were a bit uneven in places so I fixed that. Also some tape dropouts (where the sound disappears on either the left or right channel). There was quite a bit of FM noise in places - that has either gone or been substantially reduced. The recording stopped after We Are and then came back in with a radio announcer at the start of I Wanna Be Free - We Are now fades at the end and then back in for Free - I left in the radio announcer as it was very brief.

Once all that was done I got to work with EQ, compression and the usual studio toys to bring some clarity to the sound mix, and just...well make everything much clearer, more powerful and generally...well, more LIVE sounding. This is a great alternative to the Warrior Rock live album that was recorded at Hammersmith that year.

The All Important Download Link

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

Setlist

Good Morning Universe
Brave New World
Thunder In The Mountains
It's A Mystery
The Angel And Me
We Are
I Wanna Be Free.

Encore
War Boys

2nd Encore
Ieya

Supporting The Site

If you want to support the work I do, and this site, and obtain separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s of this restoration for less than the price of a coffee in return, or even lossless FLACs, head on over to the Rewards For Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. There is 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, and helps me do more shows. Either way, enjoy the show.

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Friday, 7 April 2023

Show 186 - Runrig - Live At Alloa Town Hall - 30 May 1988

 


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, cut out the intro and outro and take the credit. Thanks.

 

The Show

A debut on the site for a very talented live band hailing from Scotland - Runrig - who had a lifespan stretching from the 1970s to 2018. This was a fairly murky audience recording of the whole gig, recorded from quite far back, submitted by a listener and I was asked if I could do anything with it. I get quite a few requests like that but don't often think they're suitable for the website - but I haven't found any other Runrig recordings and this is a great live show, showcasing what a great live act they were, as well as just lively a Scottish crowd can be! So - I gave it a go.

What Was Done

There were a few sections where the volume dropped quite a bit, so those got leveled out, and also one spot where the tape was presumably flipped over - this had been edited by somebody already but I fiexed it so it fades out and back in more smoothly. I also removed a particularly LOUD bit of feed back at one point (my ears are still suffering a bit from that one!). 

Otherwise, in the main it was the usual with audience recordings - remove some of the venue ambience to bring back more of the band (but without making it sound unnatural), then get to work with EQ, compression and the usual studio toys to bring some clarity to the sound mix, bring out the drums, clear up the muddy sound as best I could, and make the vocals clearer. This is still very much an audience recording but I think it's far more listenable now. As often happens, the sound mix gets clearer after the first couple of songs or so.

The All Important Download Link

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

Setlist

Intro Tape
The Cutter
Protect and Survive
Lifeline
Hearts Of Olden Glory
Dance Called America
Rocket To The Moon
Our Earth Was Once Green
Cnoc Na Feille
The Only Rose
Tuireadh Iain Ruaidh
Alba
Pride Of The Summer/The Twenty Five Pounder/An Toll Dubh/Nightfall On Marsco
Skye
Loch Lomond
Dust
What Time?


Supporting The Site

If you want to support the work I do, and this site, and obtain separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s of this restoration for less than the price of a coffee in return, or even lossless FLACs, head on over to the Rewards For Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. There is 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, and helps me do more shows. Either way, enjoy the show.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2023

Show 185 - OMD - Live At Milton Keynes Bowl - 24 Aug 1991

 

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 (you know who you are). Thanks.

 

The Show

An interesting show from OMD this time, dating back to when OMD was basically Andy McCluskey after he and the other members of the band had parted ways a couple of years earlier. This was their full live set supporting The Stranglers and Simple Minds - to what sounds like a rapturous reception, it has to be said. Broadcast live on FM radio at the time, this recording was supplied to me by a listener to Live and Loud! Shows. Being live it includes the moment when the power cuts out, bringing 1 song to a very quick close! However, kudos is definitely due in the way the band dealt with that and straight away went into something else.

What Was Done

There were a huge number of tiny gaps in the audio, especially in the first half of the gig - tape dropouts perhaps, which took a long long time to smooth out and I've fixed as many of them as possible - there are some left I couldn't fix - mainly in the first song or 2. 

Every song on the source faded out during the applause after and the joins back in to the next song were often disjointed - I fixed all those so the songs fade out and back in much more smoothly. After that, I lowered the pitch and speed a little as it all ran a bit fast and breathless (and a little high pitched). Then the nitty gritty parts - EQ, compression, the usual studio toys to improve the sound mix and create space for the bass, drums, vocals and synth parts. There wasn't a lot of bass end, so I fattened that a bit, so the kick drums and bass are far more solid now, and the original recording had quite a lot of top end, so I rounded that off so it doesn't hurt the ears. So yes, this one took a while.

The All Important Download Link

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

If you're new to the site, please have a look at the list of artists covered and grab what you like! You can find all the OMD shows I've done HERE.

Setlist

Enola Gay
Messages
Call My Name
So In Love (aborted)
Electricity
So In Love
Walk Tall
Joan Of Arc
Dreaming
Maid Of Orleans
Talking Loud And Clear
Locomotion
Pandora's Box
Sailing On The Seven Seas


Supporting The Site

If you want to support the work I do, and this site, and obtain separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or lossless FLACs of this restoration in return, head on over to the Rewards For Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. There is 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, and helps me do more shows. Either way, enjoy the show.

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Friday, 10 February 2023

Live and Loud! Radio Prog 11 - Elvis Costello and The Attractions - John Peel Session Broadcast - 13 March 1978

 

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. Stealing it and taking the credit isn't cool. Thanks.


Live and Loud! Radio is an occasional series of free downloads, starting in January 2017, featuring radio sessions that never got an official release, sympathetically repaired, restored and then remastered and then released onto the internet, all for free.

No theme tune, no intro from me - just the original restored session, available in a downloadable zip file containing each separate track.

Tracklisting:
1. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
2. The Beat
3. Pump It Up
4. You Belong To Me

All tracks were in pretty good shape (for once) which made things a little easier - no major repairs were required before I cleaned up the sound somewhat, mainly bringing back some bottom end, and bringing more clarity and life, adding some space between the instruments before final mastering.

The zip file for this session contains remastered MP3 versions - and as a bonus for those who prefer them, lossless FLAC versions too. You can download it HERE.

If you wish to express gratitude and donate a dollar or the cost of a coffee towards site costs in return, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can also receive freebies for a very small donation towards the site costs. 

And f you know anyone who wants a copy of these tracks, give 'em the link to this page - helps me gauge which artists are popular! But if you do redistribute the files please at least keep the tracks together in the original zip with the info file. Thanks.

Enjoy!

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Friday, 13 January 2023

Show 184 - Gary Numan - Live At Glasgow Apollo - 3 Dec 1984

 

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.

Another Gary Numan show for you this time. This was a very good audience recording, which responded well to some studio toys to clean up the sound, make it clearer and give it a bit more "oomph". All the drums, bass, guitar and synths are rather clearer now. 

There are a few cuts in the recording and 2 small ones remain which I couldn't fix - during Berserker, the recording skips a couple of seconds during Karen Taylor's solo vocal part way through, and the intro and first note of Down In The Park was missing altogether, so rather than have it jump in loudly, I faded it in with the cheering after the previous song. The rest is pretty special, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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

 

If you're new to the site, please have a look at the list of artists covered and grab what you like! You can find all the Numan shows I've done HERE.

If you would like to support what I do, and this site, and obtain separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or lossless FLACs of the restoration in return, head on over to the Rewards For Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. There is 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, and helps me do more shows.

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, web forums, Mastodon, Twitter, 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.

And finally... don't forget to SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEW FREE NEWSLETTER so you never miss news on which new gigs are going to be restored and uploaded here; any news will be delivered to your inbox.

Setlist 

Intro
Berserker
Metal
Me I Disconnect From You
Remind Me To Smile
Sister Surprise
Music For Chameleons
The Iceman Comes
Cold Warning
Down In The Park
This Prison Moon
I Die You Die
My Dying Machine
Cars
We Take Mystery
We Are Glass

Encore
This Is New Love
My Shadow In Vain

Encore 2
Are 'Friends' Electric?