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.

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, 27 October 2016

Show 82: Split Enz - Live at Hammersmith Odeon London - 27 September 1980

A while ago I did a show by Crowded House which has been really popular - and I enjoyed doing it too (you can find that here) so I thought I'd delve a bit further back into the history of the Finn brothers! So - a debut on Live and Loud! for Split Enz, formed by Tim Finn in 1971/72 and a band which his younger brother Neil joined in 1977.

This show catches them on their UK tour after the release of their 5th album, True Colours in June 1980; an album which enabled them finally to break internationally. The recording was in good condition apart from a bit of noise and hum - so once that had been worked on, it was a relatively straight forward EQ and master job - losing the tinniness, bringing up the bass, losing the midrange mud and creating space between the instruments. Job done!

Not quite a full show, this was originally an FM radio broadcast designed to fit in under an hour. As ever with the Finns, a fair bit of chat in between songs, despite this being a radio transcription (chat between songs often gets cut).

The show is now available to download exclusively for free here.

I Wouldn't Dream Of It
Poor Boy
One Step Ahead
Missing Person
Walking Through The Ruins
Ghost Girl
I Got You
I Don't Wanna Dance
What's The Matter With You?
I Hope I Never
In The Wars
Nobody Takes Me Seriously
I See Red
Shark Attack

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Show 81: Tears For Fears - Live at Hammersmith Palais London - 18 April 1983

A debut on Live and Loud! For Tears For Fears. I’ve been looking on and off for a few years for a good early recording with more than a few tracks on it and finally found this recording - a BBC recording made for broadcast in America. And then I found 2 versions - 1 totally drenched in tape hiss but lots of sound to play with, and the other a lower bit rate mp3 which had very little tape hiss but also very little top end so it sounded very dull and thin.

So I went to work on the noisy one - and while I COULD have removed every last bit of hiss, doing that in my opinion ruins the recording as it also removes a lot of the signal - crowd noise especially sounds weird, like its underwater! So I removed most of the noise but not all, so the recording still breathed a bit. So while this gig IS a little more noisy than most on the archive, it still sounds really good. I then spent a quite a while with EQ, separating out the stereo image and the space between the instruments to make them all stand out a bit better; that done I did some final mastering to add a bit of punch.

This is another recording where the sound man took a song or 2 to get the levels right but despite that I hope you agree that this gig is the best stereo representation of early Tears For Fears playing live.

The show is now available to download exclusively for free here.

Memories Fade
The Way You Are
Suffer The Children
Pale Shelter
Ideas As Opiates
Mad World
Watch Me Bleed
Start of The Breakdown
The Hurting