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!

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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).

Monday 23 October 2023

Show 193 - Ian Dury And The Blockheads - Live At The Old Waldorf Theatre San Francisco - 22 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. Don't just steal it, cut out the intro and outro and take the credit. Thanks.

The Show
Originally captured by KSAN FM radio on the night. This is the band supporting Lou Reed, on their first tour of the USA, just a few months after the release of their first album New Boots And Panties. This is only the 2nd show of the tour - a really good support slot performance.

What Was Done
The recording was in broadly good shape when it was given to me. There were some dropouts and rough fadeouts - presumably someone at some point had removed radio ads. I cleaned up the fades and fixed a few drop outs and microphone thumps here and there. I also removed some looped audience noise between 2 songs which I guess was inadvertently added by the radio station while editing back in 1978 - but for once, this was all fairly straightforward. There is still a little tape hiss but it's so low as to be pretty unobtrusive.

The recording was a bit flat and lacking in depth and sparkle - so I got to work to bring back both - low end so you could hear the bass and kick more clearly, some clarity and space to the sound mix so guitar, snare, keyboards and vocals are all more distinct, and then mastered to make it clearer still and more powerful overall, and wider. The result sounds great I think - and brings out the best in a great live performance. 

The All Important Download Link

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

Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll
I'm Partial To Your Abracadabra
Wake Up (And Make Love To Me)
Clever Trevor
If I Was With A Woman
Billericay Dickie
Sweet Gene Vincent
I Made Mary Cry/Blockheads

Be sure to check out the other gig from the band I've restored, further down the page HERE - also downloadable for free.

Supporting The Site

If you want to support the work I do on these recordings, and the site, and (if you wish to) obtain separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s of this restoration for less than the price of a coffee in return, or 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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