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, 1 July 2022

Live and Loud! Radio Prog 10 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood - John Peel Session Broadcast - 2 Dec 1982

 

Live and Loud! Radio is an occasional series of free downloads, which started in January 2017. Radio sessions that never got an official release, sympathetically repaired and remastered and then released onto the internet, all for free.

No theme tune, no intro from me - just the original session, repaired and remastered and available in a downloadable zip file containing each separate track.

Tracklisting:
1. Two Tribes
2. The World Is My Oyster
3. Krisco Kisses
4. Disneyland

An interesting session, containing a much earlier version of Two Tribes, recorded before Trevor Horn got his hands on it!

Sourced from 320kbps MP3 files; all tracks converted to lossless wav for working on. All tracks were pretty clear but flat. The stereo image sounded badly artificially processed and imbalanced (drums too far on 1 side, for example). Worked to correct that, then mainly bringing back some bottom end, reduction of harsh mids where appropriate and bringing more clarity and life, adding space between the instruments before final mastering.

The zip file for this session contains remastered MP3 versions - and as a bonus for those who prefer them, lossless FLAC versions too. You can download it HERE.

If you wish to express gratitude and donate a dollar or the cost of a coffee to keep the site going, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can also receive freebies for a very small donation towards the site costs. 

And f you know anyone who wants a copy of these tracks, I'd rather you redirect anyone to my site below for a copy - helps me gauge which artists are popular! - but if you do redistribute please keep the tracks together in the original zip with the info file! Thank you. :)

Either way - enjoy!

Thursday, 26 May 2022

Show 178 - Aerosmith - Live In Central Park New York - 29 Aug 1975

 

Aerosmith don't need any introduction from me... Glad to finally feature them on the site though!

This was an FM radio broadcast and as such isn't the full set. It was in broadly ok shape when I found it but rather flat and slightly muffled. I fixed 1 or 2 glitches in the sound I found, then got to work on the EQ and restoration of the sound; making Joey Kramer's drums and Tom Hamilton's bass more audible, creating space between the instruments, bringing out the guitars and making everything clearer than it was. Then I remastered it.  

The result is a really clear, powerful, stereo recording. You can now download the repaired, restored and remastered version of this show exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.

If you would like separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or 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 - you can take the file on this page absolutely for free - but every single donation does go towards this site and domain/storage costs, and helps the site stay open.

Either way, enjoy the show! And if you like this recording, PLEASE spread the news and share the page link to anyone you think might be interested - facebook fan groups, web forums, Twitter and Instagram are a great way of spreading the word - that way, I always find out which bands are popular and can do more shows by them in the future. Many thanks.

Setlist

S.O.S (Too Bad)
Somebody
Dream On
Write Me
Walk This Way
Sweet Emotion
No More No More
Same Old Song And Dance
Toys In The Attic
Train Kept A Rollin'

Friday, 13 May 2022

Show 177 - Joe Jackson - Live At The Guildhall Portsmouth - 14 Dec 1979

 

 

 

A 2nd appearance for Joe Jackson on Live and Loud! (you can find the first restored gig of his I did a few years ago, right HERE).

This was an FM radio broadcast, originally broadcast in February 1980, and was donated by a listener to Live and Loud! a couple of years ago (sometimes it takes a while to get through these - sorry about that...!). I had to correct the pitch and speed as it was running too fast and was about a semi-tone high. It was also really noisy - FM radio noise - so I removed as much of that as I could without damaging the important stuff (the music and singing). There was only 1 really audible glitch on 1 song - fixed that. Once all that was done, I then got to work on the EQ and restoration of the sound, making the drums more punchy, creating space, with everything clearer than it was, then mastering.  

The result is a really clear, powerful, stereo recording. You can now download the repaired, restored and remastered version of this show exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.

If you would like separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or 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 - you can take the file on this page absolutely for free - but every single donation does go towards this site and domain/storage costs, and helps the site stay open.

Either way, enjoy the show! And if you like this recording, PLEASE spread the news and share the page link to anyone you think might be interested - facebook fan groups, Twitter or Instagram are a great way of spreading the word - that way, I always find out which bands are popular and can do more shows by them in the future. Many thanks.

Setlist
Look Sharp!
Friday
Geraldine And John
Kinda Kute
The Harder They Come
Pretty Boys
Don’t Wanna Be Like That
I’m The Man

Friday, 11 March 2022

Show 176 - The Sisters Of Mercy - ULU London - 6 May 1983

 


I'm very happy to finally to be able to bring a 2nd restoration of an early SoM gig to you (if you missed the first one, you can download that from HERE).

To me, this sounds like a mono soundboard recording although there are apparently several versions of this gig on the internet, including audience recordings. All versions apparently omit the last track, Emma.

Anyway, for this one I fixed some tape dropouts and some quite alarming variations in volume, in places (the first track in particular was far louder than the rest of the set - sound man sorting out levels, maybe). Adrenochrome has part of it missing, so I faded out and back in so it wasn't quite so jarring. I also reduced background noise and made a few other little tweaks here and there before finally getting to work on the sound itself - bringing back some bottom end and creating a bit more space between the instruments where possible. After that, some studio toys were used and the final recording now has more presence and clarity than the original I was given.

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

If you would like to have separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or 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 - you can take the file on this page absolutely for free - but every single donation does go towards this site and domain/storage costs, and helps the site stay open.

Either way, enjoy the show! And if you like this recording, PLEASE spread the news and share the page link to anyone you think might be interested - facebook fan groups, Twitter or Instagram are a great way of spreading the word - that way, I always find out which bands are popular and can do more shows by them in the future. Many thanks.

Setlist
Kiss The Carpet
Alice
Anaconda
Burn
Jolene
Heartland
Valentine
Adrenochrome
Floorshow
Gimme Shelter
Body Electric


BONUS CONTENT
As I said, all the recordings of this gig have Emma missing. So by way of a little bonus, I've also restored a song taken from a recording of their final gig of the same tour, on the 1 July 1983, at Dingwalls in Hull! Not a version of Emma unfortunately but you CAN download a restored and remastered version of Ghostrider/Louie Louie HERE, absolutely for free.

Friday, 25 February 2022

Show 175 - Tangerine Dream - Live In Orange, France - 16 Aug 1975

 


I have a listener to thank for sending me the raw material for this one - he donated several Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk live recordings - and no doubt there will be at least one Kraftwerk performance restored soon.

Ever since restoring the 1987 Reichstag live performance, I had wanted to restore a show from the classic early 1970s Baumann era - and finally, thanks to my listener, I have one.

Recorded from the audience, there are elements of the recording which were overloaded (Tangerine Dream were known for playing very loud at times) and most of it was very muddy and unclear sounding. I have done my best to make it sound clearer, and while I can't remove a distorted recorded signal, I have tried to lessen it a bit where it does occur. I also removed some ambience to give me more music to work on, removed low level noise, EQed and generally made the recording clearer to listen to with some studio toys.

TWO versions of this show are available below! My original restoration of the source I was given, and...a new version with pitch and speed slightly brought down. A friend got in touch after listening to the first restoration - someone who is far more of an expert on TD than myself - and he is convinced the original source plays back slightly too high and fast based on the pitch and speed of the sequencer parts, and the sound of the Mellotron flute and special effects noises in particular. After discussing with him, and after experimenting and listening, I have produced a 2nd restoration which you can also download for free, which is a semitone lower and correspondingly slightly slower.

You can now download both restorations of this show exclusively for free, here as an 320kbps MP3 file:

Original speed restoration
Pitch corrected restoration

If you would like to have separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or lossless FLACs of both versions 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. For this show, the requested donation is £2 for MP3 or £5 for FLAC - this will get you BOTH versions, so 2 sets of MP3s or FLACs for the price of 1. There is absolutely no obligation to donate of course - you can take the files on this page absolutely for free - but every single donation does go towards this site and domain/storage costs, and helps the site stay open.

Either way, enjoy the show! And if you like this recording, PLEASE spread the news and share the page link to anyone you think might be interested - that way, I always find out which bands are popular and do more shows by them in the future. Many thanks.

Setlist
Part 1
Part 2

Friday, 4 February 2022

Show 174 - Skids - Live At The Glasgow Apollo - 16 June 1979

 

Kicking off the 2022 restorations with this brilliant, stereo show from Skids, from their tour of the UK supporting their debut album, Scared To Dance. The information with this said it was a soundboard recording but it wouldn't surprise me if this was actually an FM recording - the basic mix was really good and there's audience noise, which is often missing on soundboards. There were also a couple of edits already in the source files where audience noise was cut.

Anyway, first job was removing quite a few tape dropouts from either the left or right channel. After that, it was EQ and some studio toys to revitalise the recording and make it clearer and less flat, before moving on to mastering to finish things off and bring the best out of the existing sound quality. The result is a really clear, powerful gig by one of Scotland's finest bands (in my humble opinion, anyway). And yes, some songs are played twice!

You can now download this repaired, restored and remastered version of this show in full blooded stereo, exclusively for free, right HERE as one 320kbps MP3 file.

If you would like to have separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s or 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 - you can take the file on this page absolutely for free - but every single donation does go towards this site and domain/storage costs, and helps the site stay open.

Either way, enjoy the show! And if you like this recording, PLEASE spread the news and share the page link to anyone you think might be interested - that way, I always find out which bands are popular. Many thanks.

Setlist
The Saints Are Coming
Six Times
Out Of Town
Scale
Scared To Dance
Charles
Melancholy Soldiers
Another Emotion
Integral Plot
All The Young Dudes
Of One Skin
Sweet Suburbia
Masquerade
Night And Day
Into The Valley
TV Stars
Of One Skin
 

Encore:
Reasons
Walk On The Wild Side
Masquerade
Into The Valley
Test Tube Babies
TV Stars