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).

Sunday 17 September 2023

Live and Loud! Radio Prog 12 - Strawberry Switchblade - John Peel Session Broadcast - 5 Oct 1982


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.

1. 10 James Orr Street
2. Little River
3. Secrets
4. Trees And Flowers

The very brief intro and first line on 10 James Orr Street was missing, so I faded that in. Also a small section of Secrets sounds like it was from a different copy of the recording and was spliced in as a repair at some point in the past. I've done what I can to make that blend in better. Otherwise it has cleaned up very nicely and is a nice set of early 80s jangly and moody pop!

The zip file for this session contains remastered FLAC and MP3 versions - the source files were low grade MP3s - I saved these in lossless WAV format to work on and then exported these from that lossless master. You can download it HERE.

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And if 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.


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  1. There is a better version of this out there, including the full version of 10 James Orr Street

    1. I found a complete version online but it sounded much much worse than the source I had and wouldn't have sounded this clear. So for the sake of about 15 seconds or so I went with improving the source I had. If there's genuinely a better sounding version out there, I guess someone already restored it. Feel free to link to it and I'll have a listen.