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).

Thursday, 26 May 2022

Show 178 - Aerosmith - Live In Central Park New York - 29 Aug 1975

 

Aerosmith don't need any introduction from me... Glad to finally feature them on the site though!

This was an FM radio broadcast and as such isn't the full set. It was in broadly ok shape when I found it but rather flat and slightly muffled. I fixed 1 or 2 glitches in the sound I found, then got to work on the EQ and restoration of the sound; making Joey Kramer's drums and Tom Hamilton's bass more audible, creating space between the instruments, bringing out the guitars and making everything clearer than it was. Then I remastered it.  

The result is a really clear, powerful, stereo recording. You can now download the repaired, restored and remastered version of this show exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.

If you would like separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or lossless FLACs of the restoration, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely 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.

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, Twitter and 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.

Setlist

S.O.S (Too Bad)
Somebody
Dream On
Write Me
Walk This Way
Sweet Emotion
No More No More
Same Old Song And Dance
Toys In The Attic
Train Kept A Rollin'

Friday, 13 May 2022

Show 177 - Joe Jackson - Live At The Guildhall Portsmouth - 14 Dec 1979

 

 

 

A 2nd appearance for Joe Jackson on Live and Loud! (you can find the first restored gig of his I did a few years ago, right HERE).

This was an FM radio broadcast, originally broadcast in February 1980, and was donated by a listener to Live and Loud! a couple of years ago (sometimes it takes a while to get through these - sorry about that...!). I had to correct the pitch and speed as it was running too fast and was about a semi-tone high. It was also really noisy - FM radio noise - so I removed as much of that as I could without damaging the important stuff (the music and singing). There was only 1 really audible glitch on 1 song - fixed that. Once all that was done, I then got to work on the EQ and restoration of the sound, making the drums more punchy, creating space, with everything clearer than it was, then mastering.  

The result is a really clear, powerful, stereo recording. You can now download the repaired, restored and remastered version of this show exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.

If you would like separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or lossless FLACs of the restoration, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely 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.

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, Twitter or 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.

Setlist
Look Sharp!
Friday
Geraldine And John
Kinda Kute
The Harder They Come
Pretty Boys
Don’t Wanna Be Like That
I’m The Man

Friday, 11 March 2022

Show 176 - The Sisters Of Mercy - ULU London - 6 May 1983

 


I'm very happy to finally to be able to bring a 2nd restoration of an early SoM gig to you (if you missed the first one, you can download that from HERE).

To me, this sounds like a mono soundboard recording although there are apparently several versions of this gig on the internet, including audience recordings. All versions apparently omit the last track, Emma.

Anyway, for this one I fixed some tape dropouts and some quite alarming variations in volume, in places (the first track in particular was far louder than the rest of the set - sound man sorting out levels, maybe). Adrenochrome has part of it missing, so I faded out and back in so it wasn't quite so jarring. I also reduced background noise and made a few other little tweaks here and there before finally getting to work on the sound itself - bringing back some bottom end and creating a bit more space between the instruments where possible. After that, some studio toys were used and the final recording now has more presence and clarity than the original I was given.

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

If you would like to have separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or lossless FLACs of the restoration, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely 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.

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, Twitter or 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.

Setlist
Kiss The Carpet
Alice
Anaconda
Burn
Jolene
Heartland
Valentine
Adrenochrome
Floorshow
Gimme Shelter
Body Electric


BONUS CONTENT
As I said, all the recordings of this gig have Emma missing. So by way of a little bonus, I've also restored a song taken from a recording of their final gig of the same tour, on the 1 July 1983, at Dingwalls in Hull! Not a version of Emma unfortunately but you CAN download a restored and remastered version of Ghostrider/Louie Louie HERE, absolutely for free.

Friday, 25 February 2022

Show 175 - Tangerine Dream - Live In Orange, France - 16 Aug 1975

 


I have a listener to thank for sending me the raw material for this one - he donated several Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk live recordings - and no doubt there will be at least one Kraftwerk performance restored soon.

Ever since restoring the 1987 Reichstag live performance, I had wanted to restore a show from the classic early 1970s Baumann era - and finally, thanks to my listener, I have one.

Recorded from the audience, there are elements of the recording which were overloaded (Tangerine Dream were known for playing very loud at times) and most of it was very muddy and unclear sounding. I have done my best to make it sound clearer, and while I can't remove a distorted recorded signal, I have tried to lessen it a bit where it does occur. I also removed some ambience to give me more music to work on, removed low level noise, EQed and generally made the recording clearer to listen to with some studio toys.

TWO versions of this show are available below! My original restoration of the source I was given, and...a new version with pitch and speed slightly brought down. A friend got in touch after listening to the first restoration - someone who is far more of an expert on TD than myself - and he is convinced the original source plays back slightly too high and fast based on the pitch and speed of the sequencer parts, and the sound of the Mellotron flute and special effects noises in particular. After discussing with him, and after experimenting and listening, I have produced a 2nd restoration which you can also download for free, which is a semitone lower and correspondingly slightly slower.

You can now download both restorations of this show exclusively for free, here as an 320kbps MP3 file:

Original speed restoration
Pitch corrected restoration

If you would like to have separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or lossless FLACs of both versions of the restoration, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. For this show, the requested donation is £2 for MP3 or £5 for FLAC - this will get you BOTH versions, so 2 sets of MP3s or FLACs for the price of 1. There is absolutely no obligation to donate of course - you can take the files 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.

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 - that way, I always find out which bands are popular and do more shows by them in the future. Many thanks.

Setlist
Part 1
Part 2

Friday, 4 February 2022

Show 174 - Skids - Live At The Glasgow Apollo - 16 June 1979

 

Kicking off the 2022 restorations with this brilliant, stereo show from Skids, from their tour of the UK supporting their debut album, Scared To Dance. The information with this said it was a soundboard recording but it wouldn't surprise me if this was actually an FM recording - the basic mix was really good and there's audience noise, which is often missing on soundboards. There were also a couple of edits already in the source files where audience noise was cut.

Anyway, first job was removing quite a few tape dropouts from either the left or right channel. After that, it was EQ and some studio toys to revitalise the recording and make it clearer and less flat, before moving on to mastering to finish things off and bring the best out of the existing sound quality. The result is a really clear, powerful gig by one of Scotland's finest bands (in my humble opinion, anyway). And yes, some songs are played twice!

You can now download this repaired, restored and remastered version of this show in full blooded stereo, exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.

If you would like to have separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or lossless FLACs of the restoration, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely 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.

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 - that way, I always find out which bands are popular. Many thanks.

Setlist
The Saints Are Coming
Six Times
Out Of Town
Scale
Scared To Dance
Charles
Melancholy Soldiers
Another Emotion
Integral Plot
All The Young Dudes
Of One Skin
Sweet Suburbia
Masquerade
Night And Day
Into The Valley
TV Stars
Of One Skin
 

Encore:
Reasons
Walk On The Wild Side
Masquerade
Into The Valley
Test Tube Babies
TV Stars

Thursday, 23 December 2021

Show 173: Jean Michel Jarre - Docklands London - 8 October 1988

 

There are several recordings of Jean Michel Jarre at Docklands - including an official release including excerpts of the concert, with edited tracks. There are also 2 different FM radio recordings I know of - both have very strange sound mixes with delay and so on - I can only assume this was an anti piracy measure at the time. Both would be fairly pointless trying to improve. But a listener to Live and Loud! also sent me an audience recording on CD, which he kindly sent to me for appraisal.

It sounded as you might expect a cassette recording at a large outdoor event might sound! Rather thin, overly bright at times, muffled at other times; the music levels were up and down, crowd noise and fireworks sometimes overtaking the music, wind noise. Lots of wind noise. Consequently I spent the longest time I've ever taken on a restoration, splitting the work over several months. Removing booming wind noise alone was a painstaking (and rather boring) manual process that took many hours - but was worth doing as it was very intrusive. It's not gone completely in places but you will not hear 95% of it and now get far more of the music. 

Another thing I noticed in the original recording, which I'd forgotten when I attended the gig myself - there were long pauses sometimes between tracks. So I spared you 6.5 minutes altogether of audience noise and chatter taken from between tracks. Again, not gone completely - it just helps the concert flow better I think. Hopefully you won't always spot the edits!

For an outdoor audience recording I think this one has come up really well; I hope you enjoy it. But bear in mind with such variable sound quality, some tracks inevitably sound clearer now than others - sometimes the fireworks still get in the way and there are a couple of distorted drum hits during Ethnicolor which couldn't be fully fixed -  but it is still a good improvement over the original recording I started with and well worth your time.

So sit back, turn it up...and if you want to recreate the wet and windy 2nd night instead, turn a desk fan on while spraying water onto your face. Job done. ;-)

You can now download this restored show exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.

If you would like to have separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or lossless FLACs of the restoration, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely 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.

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. Many thanks.

Setlist
Part 1:Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution: Overture
Industrial Revolution (part 1-3)
Equinoxe 5
Ethnicolor

Part 2: Swinging 60’s
Computer Weekend
Magnetic Fields II
Oxygene 4
Equinoxe 7
London Kid

Part 3: The 90’s
Third Rendez-Vous
Tokyo Kid
Revolutions
Souvenir of China
Second Rendez-Vous
Fourth Rendez-Vous

Part 4: The Finale
September
The Emigrant

Friday, 3 December 2021

Show 172 - Soft Cell - Live At Hammersmith Palais London - 8 March 1983

 

Soft Cell gig recordings from the early 80s are rarer than hens' teeth, it would seem, so I'm really pleased to finally be able to bring you a restoration of one, thanks to the original copy on cassette being sent to me by a listener. 

This was a fairly clear but quiet and flat audience recording and I'm not convinced this was the complete gig - this is the only setlist I can find but the recording cuts off after Memorabilia with no "goodnight!" or anything, so I assume they played another track or 2 at least.

There were a few things that needed sorting out as best I can - there's a cut in "Insecure...Me?" which I've faded out and in, and  Loving You, Hating Me cuts off rather abruptly and Bedsitter has the beginning chopped off - I guess this is where the tape was turned over back in 1983 - so I've tidied those up too. Also a weird couple of glitches which you won't hear now. And the usual tape dropouts on either the left or right channel that needed fixing. Once all those were done, I got to work on the sound quality with my EQ and other sound tools - far more clarity and "oomph" now, with everything more audible and clear. 

For an audience recording I think this one sounds really good and I am sure all fans of Soft Cell will enjoy this one!

You can now download this restored show exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.

If you would like to have separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or even lossless FLACs of the restoration, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely no obligation to do so of course but every single one does go towards this site, it's costs and the restorations.

Either way, enjoy the show! And if you like this recording, PLEASE spread the news to anyone you think might be interested. I now have a 1984 recording too but the only way I can gauge demand is on page hits and downloads, so please pass on this page link (not the download link) to others if you can! Many thanks.

Setlist
Forever the Same
It's a Mug's Game
Insecure...Me?
Numbers
Soul Inside
Torch
Loving You, Hating Me
Bedsitter
Barriers
Youth
Baby Doll
Martin
The Art of Falling Apart
Purple Haze
Frustration
Memorabilia

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Show 171 - OMD - Live At North Stage Theatre Glen Cove - 3 March 1982

 

 

So, another show from OMD - this time from their Architecture and Morality tour of 1981/82. This was a gig labeled as Washington DC 13 February 1982. The only trouble with that is they played Washington on 1 Marsh 1982. And they were in Belgium on 13 February. But as it turns out - this gig was neither of those. I am indebted to the rather excellent OMD Live site for providing the correct venue and date.

This was originally a rather muffled FM recording in mono and has needed a few things - pitch correction, fixing FM noise in places, distortion, some parts that were just overly loud...other parts that just had a very different sound quality to earlier parts... and that was all before I could try and make the recording sound clearer - there's a clip from the original recording in the intro to this one. Anyway, once all those things were fixed, out came the studio toys to make it clearer (that alone took several hours over several days and several listens). But it's a really good performance from Andy in particular - his voice is rather out of control at times on this one, and it makes a great listen.The last few tracks get a little distorted - mostly at the end of The New Stone Age - but I've minimised that as much as possible.

The recording is not quite complete, missing the Architecture and Morality track gig intro, and the last 3 encore songs: She's Leaving, Julia's Song and Stanlow. But it's still a great recording for your collections.

You can now download this restored show exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.

Or, if you would like to have separate, fully tagged MP3s or lossless FLACs, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely no obligation to do so of course but every single one does go towards this site and the restorations.

Either way, enjoy the show!

Setlist
The Romance of the Telescope
Sealand
Pretending to See the Future
Messages
Almost
Mystereality
Joan of Arc
Motion and Heart
Maid of Orleans
Statues
Souvenir
The New Stone Age
Enola Gay
Bunker Soldiers
Electricity

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Show 170 - Clock DVA - Live in Germany - 1992

 

This was an audience recording sent in by a listener with a request - could I improve it? And in this case, once I'd heard the original WAV file, I thought I could.

Originally an unoffical bootleg recording that has its own entry on discogs, the recording was at least in good condition - no tape dropouts or bits missing, or nasty clicks. So this was purely studio tools - removing some of the reverb from the recording, like I try to do with all audience recordings - that brings more of the band sound back. Then, EQ, compression, other studio tools to improve the stereo image a bit...after several sessions over a few days, this is the result - a clearer, punchier sounding recording.

You can now download this restored show exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.

Or, if you would like to have separate, fully tagged MP3s or lossless FLACs, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely no obligation to do so of course but every single one does go towards this site and the restorations.

Either way, enjoy the show!

Setlist
Intro
Man-Amplifiers
Technogeist
Axiomatic & Heuristic
Bitstream
Fractalize
N.Y.C. Overload
Final Program-Decoded
Final Program
Encore Attend
Sound Mirror
Bitstream Remix
The Hacker

Friday, 6 August 2021

The Future of This Website

This site was set up in 2014 in Blogger - which back then was a decent blogging software (Wordpress was another). It's fair to say that times have changed, and Blogger (owned by Google) hasn't really kept pace and is now seen as old hat.

On it's own, that isn't a huge issue for a site as simple as this. However, Google have decided to remove email notifications for anyone subscribing to this site - last time I looked there were approximately 1500 subscribers to Live and Loud! and Google should have been sending out regular emails when I update the site (I haven't even seen these so I don't know!) but that will end this month.

I have access to the email addresses of those who have kindly subscribed through the years and am looking into an alternative solution at the moment; maybe just a once a month message letting you know what the latest updates are. Anyone wishing to unsubscribe will of course be free to do - I certainly don't want to end up spamming anyone not interested.

But in the meantime, there may be a hiatus of a month or 2 until that gets started, so if you want to know the latest - bookmark the site, add it as a favourite, or whatever teh terminology is in your browser of choice - and call back again soon!

Bearing in mind the age of the website, early plans are also being put in motion to redesign the site and move it to a different platform and service altogether. That is more a medium term goal - more news on THAT as it develops; in the meantime, the next update in a week or so, should be all about music and a new live restoration!

Cheers all.