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.
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).
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Show 65: Depeche Mode - Rafters, Manchester - 5 August 1981
Its been a while since I did a Depeche Mode show and this is the last really early show I have from them. This appeared as a bootleg called A Second Now, I believe and is somewhat famous for being the gig where they were reviewed and slagged off by someone who went on to be in a band called The Smiths (!) as you can see below.
Anyway, a gig placed somewhere between New Life being released and Just Can't Get Enough, so still the original quartet of Andy, Vince, Dave and Martin...Vince left just a few months later. I've broken my "no audience recordings" rule for this season of Live and Loud! but some EQ, rebalancing of the sound and mastering has improved the recording a treat. Compare this with the other early shows I did from DM here. This is the last one I have, I think, from when Vince was with them, so I hope you enjoy it.
UPDATE. 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 back in 2015. You can now download this new version (as of 2019) HERE as 1 new 320kbps MP3 file (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page - the link will be available very shortly after).
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.
Boys Say Go!
Just Can't Get Enough
What's Your Name?
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Encore 1: The Price Of Love
Encore 2: Dreaming Of Me