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).

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Show 136 - Simple Minds - Live At De Gigant Apeldoorn - 22 March 1980


A truncated recording of Simple Minds on their tour of late 1979 and early 1980, in support of the Real To Real Cacophony album, originally (I think) from Dutch radio. There is a more well known recording from Amsterdam from the following night but I chose this less well known one which needed a bit of work. This responded well to being cleaned up with some EQ and sounds really good, although I had to fade out the last track "Pleasantly Disturbed" as it's chopped off on the source recording.

You can download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page and the link will be available a few seconds later).

Or, if you would like to support the site with a small donation towards storage subscription and internet costs, in return you can have the remastered show as separate, properly tagged MP3s or even lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this.

Either way - enjoy the show!

Setlist
Film Theme
Capital City
Here Comes The Fool
Calling Your Name
Life In A Day
Premonition
Citizen
Factory
Changeling
Pleasantly Disturbed

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Show 135 - Gary Numan - Live At Ocean State Theatre, Providence - 21 Feb 1980


A second show from Numan's tour of North America in early 1980 (the other show I did back in 2012 is here). Unlike that soundboard recording, this one does feature all the songs in the set, even including the intro tape.So you also get 3 tracks not released until later in the year (I Die:You Die and early versions of Remind Me To Smile and Remember I was Vapour, from the next Telekon album).

While it is a recording from the audience, it's a pretty good one and has possibly been worked on a bit by someone before. However, I did still have a fair bit of work to do. It had to be slowed down for a start - the source files were running about 8-10 bpm too fast and Gary sounded about 12 in places... Then there were 2 bits where the sound skipped a few seconds and also some random clicks appearing in places which I fixed as best I could (try finding them now...!) and then I got to work with EQ to improve the sound a bit - the drums now have more prominence and it's all a bit clearer. I believe some tracks from the original are on YouTube if you want to compare.

You can download all of this improved recording for free HERE as one 320 kbps MP3 file (you may be temporarily redirected to an ad - if you have adblocking software, please disable it for this page and the link will be available a few seconds later).

Or, if you would like to support the site with a small donation towards storage subscription and internet costs, in return you can have the remastered show as separate, properly tagged MP3s or even lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this.

Either way - enjoy the show!

Setlist
Airlane
Me! I Disconnect From You
Praying to the Aliens
M.E.
Films
We Are So Fragile
Are 'Friends' Electric?
Remind Me to Smile
Conversation
Metal
Replicas
Remember I Was Vapour
Trois Gymnopedies
Cars
I Die: You Die
Down in the Park
Bombers
Tracks

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Donations cost less




For the next few weeks, shows as separated and properly tagged 320kbps MP3s can be had of the show of your choice for less than a coffee - a donation of just £1. Just CLICK HERE (or on the link on the right), on the Paypal screen, send me a note of the show or shows you would like and you’ll have them either same day, or within 48 hours if they’re not yet prepped.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Site Update

As some of you will know, since being unable to work for the last couple of years, I have relied on site donations to keep this going, and to maintain the cloud space that allows the links to stay up, permanently (unlike most other sites of this type where links can die or be crazily slow). While the site has attracted thousands of downloads of the free files, donations aren't very common; in fact if it wasn't for a few regular donations from a couple of individuals, this site might have already been affected.

I remain grateful to everyone who has donated to the site - some who haven't even wanted any files in return - you have all helped enormously! But I know this isn't guaranteed.

I have also had some other sites taking these shows and reposting them - I have no problem with that if they give credit for what I've done - but in some cases they've actually done the opposite and removed anything linking it to me. And then made them available from THEIR sites via ad links. So they're making money from my work and have done nothing apart from grab it from here for free. They're making me out to be a mug, frankly.

So for all these reasons, the free show downloads will soon all link to a 5 second ad before giving you download link. This won't be paying for a holiday, or even a swanky meal for 2 (nowhere near! :-) ) but over a 12 month period should at least go towards the cost of the of the cloud storage and hopefully guarantee - with the odd donation that comes in - that all site costs can be covered each year.

If this works as it all should do, I will also be reducing the cost of donating to receive separated MP3s for anyone who does want those.

Live and Loud! has managed to remain completely ad free for 5 years - which was always my intention. As someone said recently, that's a rarity nowadays! But the reality is, I was working then and now I'm not, and that has needed to change for a while so the site pays for itself.

I'm aware that to most downloading from here, they are used to ad links anyway, so it won't be a big deal for them - but this info is particularly for those of you who don't generally visit other sites offering live shows.

Instructions
Shows affected will have it noted in the description where the link is. Click on the free download link on my pages as normal. You will be sent to another webpage where there might be a pop up labeled "Festy"or "Shorte",  asking you to select yes to proceed - this is safe to click on. If you see any other popups, ignore or close them. At this point you should be seeing an advert of some kind. After 5 seconds you will see a "skip this ad" button on the top right - click on that and the download option for the show will appear as usual. Due to the freeloaders on other sites mentioned above, if you have a popup blocker installed, you will not be able to download the shows. I'm sorry I have to do this - but please disable your adblocker for the screen that appears with the ad. You may need to go back and click on the link a 2nd time once you've done this.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Show 134 - Flowers - Live At Centennial Hall, Melbourne - 19 June 1980



A debut for Icehouse this time - or more accurately, Flowers in this case as that was still their name back in 1980 when this gig was recorded from Australian radio.

This recording was originally 1 side of a C120 cassette (remember them?!) and was apparently transferred to digital from that - whoever recorded the original and whoever transferred it both did a great job! Apart from some tape dropouts and a few clicks which I fixed as best I could, the sound was pretty clear. Clearly it's not the complete gig - FM broadcasts so rarely are. 30 band EQ has tightened up and taken some rough edges off the bass and improved the clarity of the recording. I hope you enjoy the results!

Incidentally, I'm not 100% sure on the date - the gig files were just marked as "June 1980" - but Setlist.fm has the gig down as 1 June 1980, so that's what I've gone with. EDIT - according to a listener commenting below, the date of this show is 19 June 1980.

I'm also aware the 30th anniversary reissue of Icehouse does have a whole heap of live tracks on an extra CD - however, I don't think any of those tracks are taken from this gig but I don't have a copy to hand to confirm that (I'll update this if anyone gets in touch). EDIT - the same listener below confirmed no tracks were officially released.

You can download all of this improved recording for free here as one 320 kbps 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 small donation towards storage subscription and internet costs, in return you can have the remastered show as separate, properly tagged MP3s or even lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this. Either way - enjoy the show!

Setlist
Fatman
Boulevarde
Skin
Sister
Sons
Nothing to Do
Icehouse
Send Somebody
We Can Get Together
Walls
Can't Help Myself

Friday, 19 April 2019

Show 133 - Buzzcocks - Live At Electric Circus, Manchester - 2 Oct 1977



A debut for Buzzcocks this time at an early point in their career - a month before the release of their debut single for United Artists, Orgasm Addict and featuring early bass player Garth Smith; the show also features the first outing for "Fiction Romance". It was the final night of Manchester punk venue Electric Circus before it closed down, and while it reopened under another name later, that didn't last long and the building has long since been demolished. 1 track from this gig was released in 1978 on a compilation album called "Short Circuit" but this recording is all of their set cleaned up and reproduced here.

The recording I found was very bass heavy and not very clear - nevertheless it was the clearer of the 2 copies I came across online. My main job was therefore reducing the muffled bass and tightening that a bit, and making the guitars/vocals and drums all much clearer. I hope you enjoy the results!

You can download all of this improved recording for free here as one 320 kbps 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 small donation towards storage subscription and internet costs, in return you can have the remastered show as separate, properly tagged MP3s or even lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this. Either way - enjoy the show!

Setlist
Fast Cars
Fiction Romance
Boredom
Sixteen
You Tear Me Up
Orgasm Addict
Moving Away From The Pulsebeat
Love Battery
Time's Up

Monday, 25 March 2019

Show 132 - IAMX - Live At The Flex Club, Vienna - 28 April 2006


This was (I think) originally a flat mono recording given away as MP3s on the IAMX website at the time - along with a few others being regularly uploaded back then. It wasn't as long as I originally thought - the set I downloaded at the time had duplicate tracks in it, with the intro being repeated. It also had Missile listed, which didn't appear at all! I guess all may be errors from whoever transferred the recording to digital at the time.

Anyway, once I sorted all that out, I processed the sound to give it more of an imitation stereo image, then got to work beefing up the recording with 30 band EQ (the original had very little bass and kick drum). You can now hear the kick and bass, and the vocals are much clearer, with the whole thing sounding more "complete" sound-wise than it was.

Hopefully you enjoy this one now - it's a great (albeit short!) sounding record of IAMX on stage at that time, from just when their 2nd album, The Alternative, had just been released; so the set features tracks from both that and the debut, Kiss and Swallow.

You can download all of this improved recording for free here as one 320 kbps 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 small donation towards storage subscription and internet costs, in return you can have the remastered show as separate, properly tagged MP3s or even lossless files in FLAC format; head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can do this. Either way - enjoy the show!

Setlist
Intro
The Alternative
The Negative Sex
You Stick It In Me
Nightlife
Spit It Out
Mercy

Friday, 1 March 2019

Show 131 - Talk Talk - Live At The Paris Theatre, London - Early 1982



FREE DOWNLOAD OF SEPARATED, TAGGED MP3s

Exactly a year since we returned from a Winter break with a new season of shows, we return with a special commemoration to mark the sad passing of Mark Hollis this week, the singer and creative force behind the band Talk Talk who tragically died after a short illness aged 64.

By way of a tribute, we've remastered this short set from 1982 and separated, tagged MP3s are available for all of March 2019 absolutely free - the last thing I want is to be accused of trying to exploit his passing.

This is a lively, if short set from the original four piece lineup of Talk Talk, showcasing songs from their 1st album, The Party's Over. The original recording I had access to was very bass heavy - so much work was done reducing that; so you can turn this up a bit without hurting your ears! It now sounds clear and punchy, with all vocals and instruments being heard.

To avoid any accusations of cashing in on the sad death of Mark Hollis, this show is available for free as separated, tagged 320kbps MP3s in a zip, here - no donation required for this one.

If you still wish to just download the show as the usual regular free single 320kbps MP3 file, you can do so here.

Setlist
Talk Talk
Another World
Have You Heard The News?
My Foolish Friend
Hate
The Party's Over
Today

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Extended Winter Break

I did originally plan to return with new shows in January - as you can see that didn't happen. I've had loads of other things to do since the house move and have enjoyed giving my ears a rest. New repairs and remasters will still be coming soon though; I enjoy doing them too much!

In the meantime, a supporter of the site asked for the Adam and the Ants show as separate files - and I reworked that a bit to improve it; that's also now available on the site here for you to download as 1 improved MP3, for free (just check the links on the right of the page).