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!

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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).

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Show 171 - OMD - Live At North Stage Theatre Glen Cove - 3 March 1982

 

 

So, another show from OMD - this time from their Architecture and Morality tour of 1981/82. This was a gig labeled as Washington DC 13 February 1982. The only trouble with that is they played Washington on 1 Marsh 1982. And they were in Belgium on 13 February. But as it turns out - this gig was neither of those. I am indebted to the rather excellent OMD Live site for providing the correct venue and date.

This was originally a rather muffled FM recording in mono and has needed a few things - pitch correction, fixing FM noise in places, distortion, some parts that were just overly loud...other parts that just had a very different sound quality to earlier parts... and that was all before I could try and make the recording sound clearer - there's a clip from the original recording in the intro to this one. Anyway, once all those things were fixed, out came the studio toys to make it clearer (that alone took several hours over several days and several listens). But it's a really good performance from Andy in particular - his voice is rather out of control at times on this one, and it makes a great listen.The last few tracks get a little distorted - mostly at the end of The New Stone Age - but I've minimised that as much as possible.

The recording is not quite complete, missing the Architecture and Morality track gig intro, and the last 3 encore songs: She's Leaving, Julia's Song and Stanlow. But it's still a great recording for your collections.

You can now download this restored show exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.

Or, if you would like to have separate, fully tagged MP3s or lossless FLACs, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. Absolutely no obligation to do so of course but every single one does go towards this site and the restorations.

Either way, enjoy the show!

Setlist
The Romance of the Telescope
Sealand
Pretending to See the Future
Messages
Almost
Mystereality
Joan of Arc
Motion and Heart
Maid of Orleans
Statues
Souvenir
The New Stone Age
Enola Gay
Bunker Soldiers
Electricity