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

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