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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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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. 


Intro Tape
The Cutter
Protect and Survive
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
Pride Of The Summer/The Twenty Five Pounder/An Toll Dubh/Nightfall On Marsco
Loch Lomond
What Time?

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