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).
Friday, 21 July 2017
Show 106 - Secret Affair - University of Bristol - 11 February 1980
This is in response to a request from a Live and Loud! listener - always happy to take requests (even though this did take a year to sort out! Sorry about that) It's mod revival band Secret Affair in a 1980 set originally from an FM broadcast. Most of the material comes from their debut album, Glory Boys, released just a couple of months earlier, but also a version of When The Show's Over, which would appear on the 2nd album later that year, Behind Closed Doors.
This was generally a fairly clean recording in good condition so not much repair work this time. Careful use of a 30 band EQ was applied to bring the instruments and voices into focus and open up the spaces in between and I finished off with some mastering tools to bring everything into focus a bit and make it sound punchy.
The finished result is a powerful, clear stereo recording which really does sound good. The show is available to 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.
Shake and Shout
Going to a Go-Go
When the Show's Over
Don't Look Down
Let Your Heart Dance
One Way World
Time For Action
I'm Not Free (But I'm Cheap)