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.

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.

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).

Friday, 22 December 2017

Christmas Greetings



Another year comes to a close for Live and Loud! 
 
2017 saw 30 repaired and remastered live gig recordings and 3 repaired and remastered shows under the Live and Loud! Radio banner. We had new gigs from artists previously appearing and plenty of first time appearances which have proved popular - XTC, Bob Marley, Average White Band, The Cars, Sisters of Mercy, Sparks and so many more.
 
Stay around as there is much more to come - both new repaired and remastered live gigs as well as more remastered radio sessions.
 
For me personally its not been the easiest of years and life has changed somewhat. But I would like to thank you all for listening, downloading and sharing the links for your interest in Live and Loud!. While I do scour the internet to find shows to do, I've also had a few people who have got in touch and offered and given me shows to work on - thank you! Some of those have yet to be done I know, but I'll get through as many as possible (the "gigs to be done" list numbers in the hundreds, believe it or not). 
 
And finally to the select few who have been good enough to donate to the site - you really have helped keep this site going, so an enormous thank you to you especially. 
 
See you all in 2018 for plenty more shows! Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Show 117 - Ultravox - Live in Lyon - 22 Jan 1983



This time it’s a rare performance from Ultravox from 1983. They released their 3rd album with Midge Ure on vocals in October 1982 called Quartet, and then supported that with a world tour lasting from November until the following Spring. Brief highlights from the London dates of this tour appeared on a short live video and EP, Monument, which has since been reissued on DVD and CD - but otherwise recordings of this tour are quite scarce.

This was labeled as a radio broadcast - if it was, it sounds like they pretty much took a recording from the soundboard and broadcast that as the original was pretty unprocessed - but it would explain the missing intro to the start and the sharp fadeout at the end. Apart from the missing intro to Astradyne the recording was in pretty good condition but a bit tinny and hard on the ears. I've corrected a couple of bits where the recording was muffled and also applied a 30 band EQ to improve the bottom end (you can hear the drums and bass far more clearly now) and take off the harshness from the guitar, vocals and synths. Really pleased with how this one has turned out! A must for every Ultravox fan, without question.

You can download this new and improved recording for free 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 support the site with a very small donation and in return receive separate Ultravox-tagged MP3s, or even lossless files in FLAC format, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this.

This is the last show for 2017 - Merry Christmas!

Setlist
Reap The Wild Wind
When The Scream Subsides
Thin Wall
New Europeans
We Stand Alone
I Remember (Death In The Afternoon)
Visions in Blue
Mr X
Sleepwalk
The Voice
Vienna
Astradyne
All Stood Still
Passing Strangers
Mine for Life
Hymn
The Song (We Go)