Welcome - About Live and Loud!

Live and Loud! began as a fortnightly internet radio show 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.

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 the shows in lossless format, or as separate tagged files, head over to the Rewards for Donations page and see how you can get a lot for very little!

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, 23 November 2014

Show 55: Depeche Mode - Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo, Japan - 8 April 1985

Depeche Mode are one of the few bands of the early 1980s still to be together and releasing material today.

This show features the classic line up of Dave, Martin and Andy with Alan Wilder, with Depeche Mode on their world tour in support of their 4th album Some Great Reward. The tour started in September 1984 in the UK around the time of the album's release date, and ended some 10 months (and 83 shows) later in Poland after taking in the UK, Scandinavia, Europe, Japan and North America.

In April 1985, Depeche Mode were in Japan and that’s where we catch up with them tonight, on the second of 4 dates. Depeche Mode, live from the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo, from 8 April 1985...live and loud!

This is stored on mixcloud HERE, where it can be streamed at any time, and there's also now a download link HERE as 1 MP3 file. Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s, or even lossless files in FLAC format, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.

Something to Do
Two Minute Warning
If You Want
People Are People
Leave in Silence
New Life
Ice Machine
Lie to Me
Blasphemous Rumours
Told You So
Master and Servant
Everything Counts
See You
Encore 2:
Just Can't Get Enough

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Show 54: The Police - Roxy Theatre, San Diego, USA - 16 May 1979

The Police were one of the biggest bands of the early 1980s - but this show captures them in concert just before they hit the bigtime.

They had released their first album, Outlandos d’Amour in November 1978 and initially it didn’t do too well - the first two singles from the album, Roxanne and Can’t Stand Losing You, having flopped some months earlier. In early 1979 however, Roxanne was released in the USA and met with some success - The Police duly set off on a low budget tour of the USA, driving themselves around in a van - and that success led to Roxanne being re-issued and making the UK top 20. After this tour they finished recording their 2nd album, Regatta de Blanc. The 1st single from that, Message In A Bottle (played on this tour for the first time), got to #1 in the UK and...well, the rest is history.

This was originally stored on mixcloud HERE, where it could be streamed at any time.

While preparing this old show as separate files for a donator to the site, I found I could now improve the sound quality further, over what I’d originally done to the recording several years ago. You can now download this new version (as of 2018) HERE as 1 new 320kbps MP3 file.

If you would like to have separate tagged MP3s, or even lossless files in FLAC format of the new version, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.

Can't Stand Losing You
Truth Hits Everybody
So Lonely
Fall Out
Born in The 50s
Hole In My Life
Message In A Bottle
Next To You
Can't Stand Losing You

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Upcoming Shows News

Tonight (4th November) sees a show by The Police in San Diego from 1979 - very nice remastered FM recording.

Coming up in 2 weeks time (18 November) is Depeche Mode from 1985 in Japan - full remastered Soundboard recording from Tokyo.

The show after that (2nd December) will be a real history piece - The Beach Boys, live in 1964 - again that's a full remastered soundboard recording. That show will be uniquely preceded by a recording of them in rehearsals for that very show, which should be interesting in itself.

Shows coming up after that will be announced on here shortly but will include XTC, from Philadelphia in 1981, Ultravox from their 1979 tour of the USA with Midge Ure newly installed as front man, Elvis Presley from 1970 in Las Vegas, The Rolling Stones from 1973, and...well, loads more still to come. Every fortnight, Tuesday evenings at 8pm (UK time) on Radio Happy. Stay tuned!