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.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Show 21: Depeche Mode - 1981 and 1980


2 for the price of 1 this time - I found these gigs and couldn't resist trying to restore them. Depeche Mode just before they hit the big time. The 1981 gig is a real gem - a gig 2 weeks after New Life, their first single to breach the charts, was released. I think this was a soundboard recording, its polished up really well - an exciting, raw performance with nothing but a reel to reel tape recorder and analogue synths.

And if you ever wondered how Just Can't Get Enough would sound starting with a bossa nova rhythm...well, you came to the right place...

Its rather short so I broadcast it along with an even earlier gig I found - one of their gigs from the Bridgehouse in London from October 1980, several months before the release of their first single, "Dreaming of Me". This one is an audience recording and had been "restored" by someone already to remove tape hiss - not too well. So while I was able to make it pretty listenable, its not the same audio standard as the main show, hence it being a bonus here and not the main show. Even so, its fascinating and still entertaining to hear DM play several unreleased tracks and early versions of other songs which would become well known later.

Now available as a 320 kbps mp3 for the first time, the show is available for download HERE

Playlists
Croc's, Rayleigh, Essex, 27 June 1981
Television Set
Dreaming of Me
Big Muff
New Life
Boys Say Go!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
The Price of Love
Just Can't Get Enough
Photographic

Bridgehouse, London, 30 October 1980
Big Muff
Ice Machine
The Price of Love
Dreaming of Me
New Life
Television Set
Tomorrow's Dance
Reason Man
Photographic

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the 2 for 1 Flip, much appreciated.
    CC, England

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  2. Hi again, I really love your posts - would be very greatful if you could reupload this one also. Perhaps changing the file name slightly will stop mediafire from blocking it ? Thanks very much in advance.

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    1. Same as with the OMD show I'm afraid - something the host has done has removed the files on some shows. Will reinstate all just as soon as I've tracked down all the ones that need replacing. Thanks for letting me know!

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