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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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Wednesday 1 November 2017

Show 116 - The Icicle Works - Live at Shellys Club Stoke - 1985

A debut on Live and Loud! for The Icicle Works, with a show from an unknown date in 1985. 2020 EDIT - thanks to a listener posting below, looks very much like this date is 22 July 1985.

This was a flat and slightly tinny sounding recording of an FM broadcast from 8 October of a gig played sometime before then but certainly sometime that year as it features songs from not only their first album but the second album too - which was released in September 1985.

I used a wee bit of noise reduction but mainly EQ to improve the bottom end, make the drums and bass more audible, and get some clarity between the instruments and vocals.

You can download this new and improved recording for free here as 1 320kbps MP3 file.

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Hollow Horse
In The Cauldron Of Love
Who Do You Want For Your Love?
(Let's Go) Down to The River
When It All Comes Down
All The Daughters (Of Her Father's House)
Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream)


  1. Thanks Phil, another cracker from the archives! Thanks for all you do!!


    1. Cheers! Glad you enjoyed. Plenty more to come :-)

  2. thanx for this flip
    another new one for
    to listen to


  3. When it all Comes Down & Perambulator from this gig, were played live in a Whistle Test outside broadcast that I recorded at the time.

    I have it listed as September 1985 but no actual date.

    1. Might well be September then - guessing Beeb recordings were broadcast reasonably quickly after recording back then. Cheers for that!

  4. Press clipping on this page gives the date as 22nd July 1985 though I suppose they might have played the same venue twice in the same year! https://dundeegig.weebly.com/1985--1989.html

    1. Sounds good to me - thanks very much! I'll update the article.