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.
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!
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, 14 August 2016
Show 74: Mesh - Live at The Sala Bikini Barcelona - 22 June 2002
This show is dedicated to a band we’ve not featured before on Live and Loud! - Mesh, an electronic band from Bristol. The 3 original members of Mesh first came together in 1991, released their first EP in 1994...and Mark Hockings and Richard Silverthorn are still together and, at the time of writing, are just about to release the latest Mesh album, called Looking Skyward, in August 2016. Quite some record.
Back in 2002, they had just released their 4th album, called Who Watches Over Me? and in support of that release they played quite a few live dates in the UK and Europe. And it’s an unreleased recording of one of those gigs that we have remastered for you this time, from Barcelona in Spain. The original recording was in good condition but the ending was chopped off just after the last song of the main set ended, so no encores are included, I'm afraid. The encore incidentally consisted of Razorwire, It Scares Me and Confined. Its a shame they're missing but this gig was so good I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to make this one available.
Anyway, judicious use of EQ and some mastering tools have really polished this up. The show is now available for free download HERE as 1 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.
To Be Alive
People Like Me
In The Light Of Day
I Can't Imagine How It Hurts
Let Them Crush Us
Leave You Nothing
You Didn't Want Me
My Saddest Day
Friends Like These