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!

If you want to email me, an email link is in my profile in a link in the side panel.

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, 3 December 2021

Show 172 - Soft Cell - Live At Hammersmith Palais London - 8 March 1983

 

Soft Cell gig recordings from the early 80s are rarer than hens' teeth, it would seem, so I'm really pleased to finally be able to bring you a restoration of one, thanks to the original copy on cassette being sent to me by a listener. 

This was a fairly clear but quiet and flat audience recording and I'm not convinced this was the complete gig - this is the only setlist I can find but the recording cuts off after Memorabilia with no "goodnight!" or anything, so I assume they played another track or 2 at least.

There were a few things that needed sorting out as best I can - there's a cut in "Insecure...Me?" which I've faded out and in, and  Loving You, Hating Me cuts off rather abruptly and Bedsitter has the beginning chopped off - I guess this is where the tape was turned over back in 1983 - so I've tidied those up too. Also a weird couple of glitches which you won't hear now. And the usual tape dropouts on either the left or right channel that needed fixing. Once all those were done, I got to work on the sound quality with my EQ and other sound tools - far more clarity and "oomph" now, with everything more audible and clear. 

For an audience recording I think this one sounds really good and I am sure all fans of Soft Cell will enjoy this one!

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

If you would like to have separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or even lossless FLACs of the restoration, 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, it's costs and the restorations.

Either way, enjoy the show! And if you like this recording, PLEASE spread the news to anyone you think might be interested. I now have a 1984 recording too but the only way I can gauge demand is on page hits and downloads, so please pass on this page link (not the download link) to others if you can! Many thanks.

Setlist
Forever the Same
It's a Mug's Game
Insecure...Me?
Numbers
Soul Inside
Torch
Loving You, Hating Me
Bedsitter
Barriers
Youth
Baby Doll
Martin
The Art of Falling Apart
Purple Haze
Frustration
Memorabilia

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