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.

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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 30 March 2017

Paper Toys - The High Touch


A bit of a one off for me this one. Many many years ago (1988) I played in a band and at our first gig, the support was a duo called Paper Toys. We've known them on and off ever since. They went through other incarnations and several personnel changes, including being known as Desire and Eden's Rage, before splitting up in the mid 1990s.

In 1988 they went from supporting my band to supporting Gary Numan on his UK tour that year. This tape is a recording of that tour, recorded at The Astoria, London, 12 October 1988.

The lineup at that time featured founder members Joe Quinton on guitar and lead vocal, Paul Nichols on bass and vocals, with Jenny Startin on keyboards and also Ultravox drummer Warren Cann who came on to play guitar on their last song.

Originally released officially by the band at the time, I was approached by Paul and asked if I could tidy it up a bit.  So with a fair bit of 30 band EQing and a bit of noise reduction, and a little editing here and there, here's the result.

With the band's permission, it now exists for download as 1 MP3 here.

Side 1
Too Much Of A High Touch
Love Off The Rebound
When There's Two Of You
Someone Like Myself

Side 2
Cold Surrender
Truth Unblessed
Feeling Good Now
Love In Me
When There's Two Of You (Double Mix)**

*4 track demo
**Mix produced by Warren Cann


  1. I remember seeing these supporting Mr Numan. Any chance of the other cassette getting a similar treatment?

  2. Hello good evening Mediafire don't work too late for this recording nice work mister do you write French because my english language is poor nice to meet you keep the music in you my friend
    Frédéric From Paris France
    Good Luck for the brexit

    1. Hi! (google translate) Le fichier Mediafire est défectueux. Ils disent "attendez 24 heures et essayez à nouveau".

      S'il est toujours défectueux demain, je vais essayer de remplacer le fichier pour vous.

      Merci de me le dire!

    2. nous aurons besoin de chance, merci

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  4. I saw them support Gary Numan, then, as Desire, in Dudley and a few shows at the Marquee. I remember the last I saw they were supported by No-Man. Sadly, they were completely blown off-stage by their support. What happened to the support, well Steven Wilson is doing rather well having played several nights at The Albert Hall and their vocalist, Tim Bowness is regularly releasing very good albums and helps run Burning Shed an independent online record and magazine store.

    1. Interesting stuff, thanks for that. Joe and Paul ended up in the early 90s I think as Eden's Rage - I also saw them a couple of times at the new (at the time) Marquee, which replaced the old one. Last I heard it had been turned into a pub.

    2. Yes, they face me a tape of their songs recorded as Eden's Rage. Sadly lost touch with them a short while after that. Still have the tape somewhere. Along with my Paper Toys records and live VHS tape from a Marquee show.

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