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.

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.

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, 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