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.
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.
These are great fun to listen to but DO NOT replace original releases - support these artists and buy their music. There is nothing here 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.
Thursday, 11 May 2017
The first time I've done a gig by The Smiths. This is from around the time they signed their record deal with Rough Trade, shortly after the release of their first single, Hand In Glove. This was a mono soundboard recording of their 2nd appearance at The Hacienda, with a lot of boomy mid range which was ok played quietly but got wearing on the ears after a while if the volume was up. So a good candidate for a cleanup!
I've done a "pseudo stereo" effect with it, then rebalanced the sound to keep it sounding more natural. Then, I removed hiss and some digital crackles and pops before EQ'ing it to remove that mid range boom, tighten up the bass end a bit and improve the clarity.
Unfortunately most of I Don´t Owe You Anything is marred (no pun intended) by some low level digital distortion - I guess that was generated when it was transferred from tape or vinyl to digital format. Its not unlistenable but just to make you aware its there - I was able to remove a bit but not most of it.
Despite that the finished result is a nice, clear recording which sounds great overall now. The show is available to download here.
Reel Around The Fountain
What Difference Does It Make?
These Things Take Time
I Don´t Owe You Anything
Hand In Glove
Thursday, 27 April 2017
Live and Loud! started in 2012 with a show by Depeche Mode, so it seems fitting that the 100th live show remaster is also by Depeche Mode! This time, a show recorded for the BBC back in early 1982 and the 3rd show I've done lately that was originally recorded for the Live In Concert series at the Paris Theatre (Dramatis and Fatal Charm being the others).
Like those, this is about half an hour long and comes from a point when Alan Wilder had just joined the band after Vince Clarke left. Featuring a mix of tracks from Speak and Spell, b-sides and 2 new tracks, See You and The Meaning of Love, this recording has had some noise removed, a couple of defects fixed and then EQ applied to make it sound nice and clear and bring out the bottom end a bit so the kick drum actually kicks a bit.
The show is available to download here.
I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
Now, This Is Fun
Boys Say Go
The Meaning Of Love
What's Your Name?
Saturday, 22 April 2017
This time we feature Ultravox with the soundtrack to an extremely rare performance on German TV. It's unusual because there’s almost no information about where it was recorded! It's generally only seen as a video or series of videos labeled “Rockpop 1976” - Rockpop was the name of a music programme on German TV but didn’t start until 1978! The setlist however, features only tracks from their 1st album (released in February 1977 along with 1 track Modern Love, which appeared as a free single with limited copies of their 2nd album Ha!Ha!Ha!, released in September 1977. The other 3 tracks are to this day, unreleased and not available anywhere else - so perhaps it's more likely that the recording dates from some time in 1977 (indeed, a couple of people have since suggested this is the case, 1 claim is that it was actually recorded in the UK in early 1977 and broadcast on German TV later - can't find a source for this to confirm and no further details forthcoming at the moment.
In any case, the recording is prized due to featuring those rare tracks. While it is quite short, remember this was originally from a VHS recording of a muddy sounding TV broadcast so I spent a lot of time on this - removing tiny gaps or breaks in the sound, before rebalancing the audio and EQing everything to bring out as much as possible. So vocals, drums, guitar and bass are all far clearer and separately identifiable - you can even hear Billy Currie's keyboards a bit more often now.
The show is available to download here.
Came Back Here to Meet You
I Won’t Play Your Game
Sat'day Night in the City of the Dead
Friday, 14 April 2017
A first appearance on Live and Loud! for Yellow Magic Orchestra. This was a very flat and lifeless sounding recording of 2 separate broadcasts from Japanese radio from 1980, where the radio station played this gig in 2 halves (1 week apart), interspersed with quite a lot of talking and adverts for "Fuji Cassetto!" in between tracks (the show was sponsored by Fuji).
I could have left all that in - but sometimes the monologues went on for several minutes and unless you understand Japanese it wouldn't necessarily hold your interest for very long! So I decided to remove all that and edit the show as 1 continuous live recording. It took quite a few hours to do but was worth it, I think. After that, I reduced the tape hiss and then some judicious use of the 30 band EQ has improved the sound quality a lot.
The sound quality is really good now, although the first track or 2 still does sound a little flat, compared to the rest. The show is available for free download here.
Behind The Mask
La Femme Chinoise
Solid State Survivor
The End Of Asia
Citizens Of Science
The Core Of Eden
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Friday, 7 April 2017
Definitely a show to wear your funky trousers to, this one! The recording I had to work on was a pre-FM recording, originally for later broadcast by 2 stations in the USA. As such, its nicely mixed and clean, if rather flat - and unfortunately the sound rather favoured 1 side more than the other on the copy I had. So I fixed that by remixing the stereo image a little to balance it up and then applied a 30 band EQ to remove that flat feel and inject some life and space into the instruments.
It's a superb stereo recording which really doesn't sound nearly 40 years old. This is a great record of a great live band in total control of their instruments and having a ball on stage, and is well worth downloading. The show is available for download here.
Love Your Life
Same Feeling, Different Song
A Love Of Your Own
Your Love Is A Miracle
She's A Dream
If I Ever Lose This Heaven
Pick Up The Pieces