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).

Rewards For Donations

Shows as separated and properly tagged 320kbps MP3s can be had of the show of your choice for less than a coffee - a donation of just £1 via paypal (uk currency only please). Just CLICK HERE, send me a note of the show or shows when it takes you to Paypal and you’ll have them either same day, or within 48 hours if they’re not yet prepped. FLAC lossless files and CDs are also available, see below.

All these shows are free to download and will always remain so. However, I have had people offering to donate money to my costs - site costs, file hosting (these shows do not disappear after a few weeks or months, like so many on the internet - and it does cost extra to facilitate that), internet bill, and other subscriptions for downloading the original recordings I remaster. Donations have been gratefully received in the past - but I wanted people to have something back, in return for their generosity.

SO... for anyone donating, you can request copies of shows as separated and tagged 320 kbps MP3s or FLAC files; or even shows on CD if you really want them. The tags will all refer to the artist and the show, etc, not "Live and Loud! Shows 2019" or whatever as the free files do, and usually have an image embedded too, relating to the show to display on your phone or media player.

Options are all priced in UK Pounds (UKP):

1. A show of your choice as separate, tagged 320 kbps MP3s is £1.

2. A show of your choice as separate, tagged lossless FLAC format files is £5.

CDs - I only mention this as 1 person did once ask for a show on CD. Cost for these would be £7 for a show on 1 CD, or £10 for longer shows where 2 CDs are needed.This includes UK postage.

Any combination of the above is possible, of course. I can also offer discounts for multiple shows in FLAC format ONLY - 5 shows for the price of 4, 10 for the price of 8, and so on. Email me if you're unsure.

Ironically, given it was first suggested to me by a listener that I should ask for donations, I do get grief from some quarters for this, so let me be clear. There is absolutely NO OBLIGATION to donate but to those who do - thank you; it does help keep the site going (I can't work and don't claim any financial help, so every bit does help).

If you do wish to, please click on the link on the right hand side of this page or indeed, CLICK HERE. Please remember to add a note with which show(s) and format you want and I'll be in touch asap - and do please select UKP (UK Pounds) as the currency, thank you. If the files are already available as tagged files (and over half of the shows are), I can usually get links to you the same day. However, do please allow up to 48 hours to receive your files - some shows still have to be prepared manually from the master file containing the repairs and remastering; this is not an automated service. Most are still sent the next day but if I can't send them within 48 hours (eg if I'm away from the studio for a day or 2) I'll let you know.

I like to think I've got a bit better at this over the years - so if asking for any of the older shows, these might be tweaked again before being sent to you if I think it necessary. So don't be put off asking for 1 of the older shows too.

Please note I work on my shows after converting everything to lossless WAVs. Final show files in .mp3 and .flac formats are produced from my remastered .wav master show file. However, some Live and Loud! shows were originally created from MP3s - especially earlier shows. Where possible, I prefer lossless files as original sources to work on but this isn't always possible. In any case, the final result will always sound far far better than the original source.