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).

Tuesday 1 September 2015

Some Statistics

So Live and Loud! shows have been available for quite some time online and in early August I took all the downloads offline temporarily as I was moving all the files to a more accessible service. So I took the opportunity to do some counting up of how popular each show had been.  I thought you might be interested too! It also shows which shows there have been up to now in 1 place. No pretty graphics or anything, just a couple of tables.

As the new downloads are made available, no doubt some of this will change but I thought this was a good point to take a snapshot from.

Shows 46 - 57 were only available to stream on Mixcloud (no doubt some found a way to download them of course!) so any totals marked * include streaming figures. Oh, and original listening figures from the original internet radio broadcast aren't available as...no-one thought to collect them!

First up, the 20 most popular artists/bands to appear so far were these...

Artist/BandNo. of ShowsTotal Downloads
Depeche Mode51142*
Human League11000*
Gary Numan2468
Kate Bush1240*
A Flock of Seagulls1175*
Elvis Presley1160
Siouxsie and The Banshees1136*
Spandau Ballet1123
Simon and Garfunkel1120

So to that list of shows then and which were the popular ones? Remember those with a * were on Mixcloud only - all others were download only.

Live and Loud! ShowDownloads
Show 48: The Human League - Kant Kino, Berlin - November 19801000*
Show 57: Ultravox - Hammersmith Odeon, London - June 1984686*
Show 55: Depeche Mode - Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo, Japan - April 1985331*
Show 32: Gary Numan Live in Calgary, Canada - November 1980313
Show 18: Abba, in 1981255
Show 39: Yazoo - Live at The Dominion Theatre, London - November 1982244
Show 52: Kate Bush - Manchester Apollo - April 1979240*
Show 16: Ultravox at The Marquee, December 1978238
Show 2: OMD - Glasgow Apollo 1983233
Show 1: Depeche Mode at Hammersmith Odeon 1983220
Show 27: Japan Live at Hammersmith Odeon - February 1981219
Show 11: Depeche Mode - Glasgow Tiffanys 1982216
Show 6: Ultravox at Crystal Palace Bowl 1981213
Show 45: Depeche Mode - Live at Hammersmith Odeon - November 1984194
Show 31: Kraftwerk Live in Paris - June 1981192
Show 21: Depeche Mode, Live at Crocs 1981/Bridgehouse, London - 1980181
Show 46: A Flock of Seagulls - Top Rank, Brighton, UK - May 1983175*
Show 37: Elvis Presley - Live In Little Rock, Arkansas - May 1956160
Show 5: Gary Numan In New York Feb 1980155
Show 40: The Beatles - Live in Sweden 1963 and Japan 1966142
Show 44: Ultravox - Live in Philadelphia USA - February 1979138
Show 49: Siouxsie and The Banshees - Janus Landing, St Petersburg, Florida - August 1987136*
Show 26: Queen Live in Houston, Texas - December 1977135
Show 28: OMD Live at Kant Kino Berlin - December 1980127
Show 34: Spandau Ballet Live in Rotterdam - September 1983123
Show 47: Eurythmics - Night Moves, Glasgow - February 1983122*
Show 36: Simon and Garfunkel Live at The Hollywood Bowl - August 1968120
Show 33: Squeeze Live in Montego Bay, Jamaica - November 1982112
Show 24: Mike Oldfield Live at The Sporthalle Cologne Germany - November 1982106
Show 50: Marilyn Manson - Docklands Arena, London - January 200196*
Show 22: Simple Minds Live at Werchter Festival Belgium - 198385
Show 30: Jean Michel Jarre Live in Cairo - December 199984
Show 19: Blondie, In Boston, May 197881
Show 12: Duran Duran - November 198281
Show 17: The Comsat Angels, In Rotterdam, 198380
Show 10: Kraftwerk MOMA New York 201279
Show 35: Bauhaus - Live in Toronto - December 198277
Show 9: Blancmange at Hammersmith Odeon 198571
Show 38: Adam And The Ants - Live In Tokyo - October 198167
Show 43: Japan, the final concert - Nagoya, Japan - December 198263
Show 3: Bauhaus In Boston 200562
Show 13: The Sweet in Berlin 197660
Show 15: Talk Talk In Salamanca, Spain, 198659
Show 53: ABC - Live at The Musikhalle, Hamburg - February 198358*
Show 7: David Bowie In Los Angeles, September 197450
Show 56: The Beach Boys - Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California - August 196450*
Show 41: Pet Shop Boys - Live at Wembley - June 199143
Show 23: Devo Live at The Orpheum Theatre Boston USA - November 198239
Show 54: The Police - Roxy Theatre, San Diego, USA - May 197935*
Show 51: Devo - The Walker Centre, Minneapolis - November 197834
Show 8: Boomtown Rats at Middlesex Polytechnic 197830
Show 25: Teardrop Explodes Live in Guildford Civic Hall - June 198130
Show 42: The Police - Live at The Budokan Japan - February 198125
Show 29: The Undertones Live in Amsterdam - March 198021

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