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Live Aid audio turns up on streaming and download sites

Only a few weeks back it seemed like a big deal when it was announced that some of Queen‘s Live Aid performance would be included in the soundtrack to the forthcoming Bohemian Rhapsody film. Then, the very next day almost eight hours of Live Aid audio – what was issued on DVD in 2004 – appeared on download site 7 Digital. Since then, with similar lack of fanfare,  it has also appeared on Spotify.

Quite why this has happened, no one seems to know. We were always told the audio would never been issued – it was a legal minefield etc. So if you fancy owning this historical live audio then you can buy the lot, on 7 Digital for £7.50! You were able to download CD quality FLAC files actually, but that option seems to have been removed and you are now left with 320kbps M4A + 320kbps MP3.

What is strange is that this includes the whole of Queen’s performance, whereas the Bohemian Rhapsody album omits Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Go figure.

I would not be surprised to see this removed in the near future, so act now if you want to buy the download.

Buy the download via 7 Digital or listen on Spotify, below.

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Andrew Smith

Pity the Live Aid DVD misses out a lot more of what still exists in the archives, which is all you’re get here. Only what’s on the official Live Aid DVD is available here in an audio format.

Before you say the opposite, yes there’s a lot more in the archives of Live Aid material that still exists on both sides of the Atlantic (and maybe elsewhere) than you think, that wasn’t on the official DVD.

OK, ABC destroyed their tapes but MTV kept almost everything, as did the BBC for Wembley.

It’s a good I’ve got files from “The Unreleased Live Aid” DVD which is all taken from one recording and is sourced the BBC coverage (synced with the stereo simulcast from R1).

Geff

I know there’s Canada & Australia; + more from the UK & USA.

&D has it in 44/24 mow at least in the USA.

[…] were issued on a four-DVD set to mark the 20th anniversary. In October last year, the audio did turn up on streaming services and you can buy the whole thing (not actually the ‘whole’ thing…) as high […]

Babakazoo

There are full stereo recordings of the original UK broadcast floating around the net. It was simulcast in stereo on Radio in the UK at the time, so plenty of people recorded it from the radio instereo. Apart from the multiple tracks cut from the DVD version, some of the performances that had Microphone problems were overdubbed on the DVD Release.

Colin

I’ve had audio discs of the Live Aid gig for years!

Andrew Smith

All in stereo?

smiecz

I’m on 7digital’s U.S. site right now and Queen’s set is there

Jan V.

Ordered the FLAC files. Thanks for the tip, Paul.

John Archbell

Ordered the FLAC file. Thanks Paul.

KB

Generally a terribly gig musically but a wonderful funds raiser and awareness. Why after all this time is it incomplete? Missing songs from so many artists including The Who…

Andrew Smith

The first two songs from The Who weren’t broadcast in full because a fuse blew and knocked all the power out on the BBC’s outside recording truck which I think was in Wembley Stadium car park. Because of this the first two songs weren’t seen or even recorded. Apparently, when they replaced the fuse the old one was almost black! This didn’t affect the power on stage and those first two songs (My Generation & Pinball Wizard) were still performed, but all we have left of them is in the minds of the people who were there that day. Luckily, the fuse was replaced before they performed their last two songs which are on the official DVD.

Paul E.

I agree with Paul here and also fear this could be a limited release and minimally, that the 7Digital price point will be increased to match iTunes and/or other digital sellers. The current price point for FLAC files is more than generous- bordering on unbelievable for all this great content.

Charlie Waffles

I went to iTunes today after reading this. It is selling for $34.99 here in the US.

Gunnar

Try emusic.com.

Mike Grivich

There is an 18 disc set that circulates amongst traders that looks as complete as you’ll ever get.

Andy Haines

Hmm. Live Aid as I remember was a global coming together of musical performers to kick start a so called end to World poverty by Bob Geldof. I’d like to know where all the money is going from this available soundtrack? Don’t get me wrong, I’m no kill joy, but it’s a little unfair if none of the money garnered from these purchases is going to charitable causes. It would be good to produce an official live soundtrack with proceeds donated which could raise a fair amount of money as I’d guess it would be a substantial box set to produce.

mike

Wonder why Duran’s A View To A Kill isn’t included…. :)

Gag reflex

Consideration of human eardrums?

Andrew Smith

I’ve got it in full, and in stereo. Yes, Simon Le Bon had a yodol moment which he’ll never forget.

Menard

Can anyone (who has already downloaded from any of the sites linked to above) confirm if U2’s BAD includes the ending uninterrupted by DJ’s talking? Thanks, MN

Ken Murphy

It doesn’t have any DJ talking, but it does sound like it fades out slightly early.

Also, why no ‘A View To A Kill’ by Duran. We need to have Simon’s excruciating wrong note in the chorus in the highest possible quality!

Shane

And yet Madonna’s set remains incomplete with just two songs issued.

eric

I’ve had the highest quality audio of 99% of the show for decades. A mix of radio and betamax recordings …. for the better part of 2 decades. about time.

Steve

£24:99 on iTunes?!? Thieving so and so’s

Gisabun

No Led Zeppelin?

Derek

LZ wouldn’t allow their audio to be included “sub par” some have called it. “utter shite” many more :)

Daniel from Adelaide

Thankfully, no. Zep refused to allow their ‘performance’ to be released. Instead Plant and Page donated the proceeds from the No Quarter DVD and Jones handed over the proceeds from one of his projects.

Oddly enough, I’ve been reading the brilliant Tom Petty Conversations book where Petty says that Page took him by the arm and led him to the side of the side of the stage where he watched the whole thing unfold. Says he loved it, but that was more due to be in such close proximity of the Zep, as opposed to the sound.

Garry Dickson

Well documented that Led Zep hated their performance so much (especially re Phil Collins on drums) that they ordered all recordings. They did nt appear on the Live Aid DVD release.

Andrew Smith

I’ve got the whole lot from the BBC broadcast synced with the BBC Radio 1 FM stereo simulcast. Great quality as well. I’ve made my own edit to make it look more of a professional performance.

steve

would love to have a copy of the bbc broadcast.

steve

Steven Campbell

I bought this via google play over a week ago! It was £7.99 for the whole lot.

Ken-07

Excellent news and would have missed this opportunity to buy if it wasn’t for SDE. Promptly purchased from 7 Digital France – FLAC with Queen included.

Le Baron

Couldn’t find it on Deezer, typing ‘Live Aid’.
Is it still available?
Could it be ‘region protected’ (not available in certain countries)?

Thanks

pj

One would think that a physical release should follow, the music industry is much more concentrated than in 1985 and contractual terms shouldn’t be as problematical. Would absolutely love to have this on vinyl, cost be damned!

Tom M Hans

Please full set of sting and Phil collins. Anyone?

Bob McCartney

Available on a site I use called eMusic.
Lots of memories.

7

The Wembley Live Aid audio on the DVD release is a remix from the BBC multi-track tapes. The BBC had two music mixing trucks parked out the back of the stadium for the live stereo radio & mono TV sound for the broadcast. They also recorded the music to multi-track tapes.

Andrew Smith

Unlike at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia where it was only recorded to a set stereo mix without being recorded to multi-track as well.

Ravi

Just to add… Queen does not appear on the Spotify version of the album…

Seb Sharp

Also available in FLAC in Australia on zdigital.com.au (our version of 7Digital) for only AU$12.99. Queen included!

PC

Thanks for the tip, Seb.

Ravi Joshi

Just purchased on 7 Digital Canadian site, FLAC files including Queen.

Tom M Hans

Vocal impromptu is missing. Sadly.

Rickjapan

Bought from iTunes Japan, for the memories

But no Queen on the Japanese version

Duane

Paul,
Thanks so much. I bought it, I thought I’d never have the opertunity. Thanks!!

Scott G

Also on Qobuz although I note that Led Zeppelin is missing. They were never happy with their performance anyway. Not available to purchase at this moment either.

Aaron

Does Let It Be have Macca’s re-recorded vocals? The story goes he went to Abbey Road the next day to re-do the vocals in case of an LP release…

Pub quiz question time…who was the only act to perform at Live Aid (Uk & USA) who’s current single dropped down the charts?

Stan Butler

Was it Adam Ant with Vive Le Rock? It was actually a very good song but no-one had heard of it beforehand and as he only did the one song, it left the crowd a bit non-plussed.

Dibyaroop Ghosh

Phil Collins

Aaron

The prize goes to Stan Butler… it was Adam Ant…good song, but why did he do that one…should have done Goody Two Shoes or Prince Charming.

Mr P

It was his new single – which he got slated for plugging!

Marc

But Adam Ant didn’t play Live Aid at JFK Stadium, USA only at Wembley Stadium in the UK.

Shaun

Adam Ant

Blakey

Is it from the original TV feed or is it a soundboard recording? Will the full version of U2’s ‘Bad’ be on there? Also, will The Who’s set be uninterrupted? And I bet the Led Zeppelin set is nowhere to be seen…

John H

I recorded all of Live Aid on video and in stereo on cassettes HQ Super Avylin TDK to be exact the version of Bad by U2 was downmixed for the DVD but I have the superior version broadcast that day the intro is brilliant.

Dannyhero

Very lucky man. We were staying with our dad and we nearly rented a video recorder. Wish we had. Like to know how to get the full uncensored, untouched original concert.

NAW

Just purchased from 7Digital. Queeen is included.

Steve Robertson

Just got it in FLAC. Queen still on there.

xymox970

“Sorry, this store is not available in your region.”

Whats that all about ??

bollokcs

It is available in Deezer too, but Queen also has been omitted, On 7digital you may buy the “complete” version, but it is not available in my county (Hungary). Thank you producers, executives and lawyers, you did it well… :(

Chris

The FLAC version is still there on the 7Digital Singapore site and it also has the Queen tracks.

Bought – thanks Paul for the alert.

MARK LEVY

How about a cd or LP soundtrack of this legendary event

ashleyplath

As of now, 7:24am Eastern Daylight Time, FLAC files are available on the US site for $10.99.
us.7digital.com

Volker

It’s also on itunes & amazon

tom m hans

done – thanks – saves much time rather than ripping from DVDs.

RJS

7 Digital is still offering 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC. Funnily enough, I watched the Queen Live Aid performance on YouTube at the weekend after going to see a tribute act (Killer Queen) the night before. I’m not a massive fan but I did attend what turned out to be Queen’s final gig at Knebworth in 1986 and no one comes close to commanding the stage like Freddie Mercury did.

Andrew M

It’s also on Apple Music and it appeared on 7 digital and streaming sites around six weeks ago.

But queen has now been removed from all sources as it was a mistake that it was included in the first place. The quality on bohemian rhapsody is MUCH better having listened to both.

Andy Brookes

Queen still on 7 just bought flac

Chris Squires

Seems like yesterday. Can’t believe it is over 33 years ago.
Just listening to the Paul Young Section as I type. Man, that guy can sing. I can never decide whether I prefer the Fabulous Wealthy Tarts or the Chandler / Jackson / Chambers combo as backing.
Either way, my listening today is sorted out.

Oh the irony, enjoying a day on Spotify. I wonder how many slabs of vinyl would be needed to do this gig justice?

JasonC

Queen seem to have been removed, but you’re right: they were there when this went up in September.

JD

Queen was probably removed because the Live Aid performances are on the soundtrack to their upcoming movie.