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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.

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!

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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).

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.

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Either way - enjoy the show!

Nothing to Do
Send Somebody
We Can Get Together
Can't Help Myself


  1. I have the free download of this concert which was available on the Icehouse Spellbound Facebook page at some point and it says Flowers Live at Centenary Hall Melbourne, June 19, 1980 and these tracks were not included on the Icehouse 30th Anniversary Edition.

    1. Aha - cool, thanks for the info. I'll update the heading on the page, at least. I wonder what the source was for the free download off FB then. Much appreciated!

    2. Iva Davies found the recording from Melbourne radio station 3RRR when going through the archives but wanted to share the whole concert as a free download and so didn't include any of the tracks on the Icehouse 30th Anniversary Edition.

    3. Interesting stuff, thanks. Couldn't find any info about this recording being available at all before I worked on it. I had a look for this full set release too without any luck so I guess it's no longer available. In any case, thanks for all that.