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.
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).
Monday, 25 March 2019
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. 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!
The Negative Sex
You Stick It In Me
Spit It Out
Friday, 1 March 2019
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.
Have You Heard The News?
My Foolish Friend
The Party's Over