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.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Show 70: B-Movie - Live at Rock City Nottingham - 21 February 1981


B-Movie formed in 1979, releasing 2 EPs in 1980. They ultimately released a few singles over the years but never an album until 1985 - by which time their time had perhaps been and gone - the lack of success of which contributing to them finally calling it a day, after several lineup changes.

This gig came just weeks after they featured on the Some Bizarre album, a compilation album also featuring the then unknown Depeche Mode, Blancmange, Soft Cell and The The, amongst others. The single they're perhaps most known for is Remembrance Day - and that was about to be released shortly after this gig.

The B-Movie story didn’t end in 1985 of course - since then they’ve got back together with the original lineup a few times and in March 2016 released a brand new album called Climate of Fear on download, CD and vinyl! Well worth checking out (I bought the CD).

But back to 1981... The recording of this gig I got was so noisy, it sounded like they performed in a wind tunnel! However, some careful noise reduction, speed correction and judicious use of EQ has really helped rescue this one - it sounds really very good now. I hope you enjoy this rare gig from a band that is often overlooked when people talk about "the 80s".

The show is available for download HERE (the link also allows you to just stream it, if you wish).

Setlist
Polar Opposites
Moles
Escalator
Welcome To The Shrink
The Devil In Me
Nowhere Girl
The Fool
Time Out
Remembrance Day
All Fall Down

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