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Live rock songs that are superior to the studio version.


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Posted on Jan 11, 2013 12:07:56 PM PST
Snoo says:
without a doubt..............

FREEBIRD

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 12:22:36 PM PST
Linkin Park One step closer
Linkin Park Faint

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 12:43:00 PM PST
Oz A. says:
Fleetwood Mac/ I'm so afraid (The Dance)
SRV/ Texas Flood (Blues @ Sunrise)
BOC/ Veteran of the psychic wars (Extraterrestrial Live)

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 12:45:01 PM PST
"I'm So Afraid", duh!

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 1:29:46 PM PST
I want you to want me -Cheap Trick
Hello how are You - Cheap Trick
Need your love - Cheap Trick - many others by Trick are better live.
No matter What - Live version by Jellyfish is the equal of This great Badfinger tune- Both outstanding.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 2:21:45 PM PST
DrBob says:
Coming Up-McCartney
Maybe I'm Amazed-McCartney

"Coming Up", maybe, "Maybe I'm Amazed", not in a million years.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 2:36:29 PM PST
"Miami 2017", Billy Joel...and the live in studio version from Saturday Night Live was the best he ever did.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2013 2:44:36 PM PST
Chazzzbo says:
TS -
Good call, I've long believed that the entire "Songs In The Attic" album is better on every track than the original studio versions, especially "Miami 2017" and "Captain Jack"

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 4:33:01 PM PST
Although I still prefer the studio versions, Songs In The Attic was a fine live album. I liked it a lot because it was not your standard greatest hits done live. One song that stood out for me was Everybody Loves You Now because the studio version of that was not recorded well. I know Billy Joel gets a lot of flack but I have always liked him and I would select this as one of the better live albums but any major artsist.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 6:42:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2013 8:13:48 PM PST
American Woman - The Guess (Live At The Paramount vs. American Woman)
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - Dylan (Before The Flood vs. Blonde On Blonde)
Farm On The Freeway - Jethro Tull (20 Years Of Jethro Tull vs. Crest Of A Knave)
Cocaine - Clapton (Just One Night vs. Slowhand)
Outside Woman Blues - Cream (Royal Albert Hall May 2-3-5-6, 2005 vs. Disraeli Gears [1967, so live version is almost 40 years later])
Wah Wah - George Harrison (Concert For Bangla Desh vs. All Things Must Pass)
Long Tall Sally - The Beatles (At The Hollywood Bowl vs. Long Tall Sally [EP])
Crime In The City - Neil Young (Weld [with Crazy Horse] vs. Freedom)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2013 7:39:10 PM PST
Alt9999 says:
Right on with "Crime In the City"

But "Rainy Day Women" was on 'Blonde on Blonde' not 'Hwy 61'

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 7:41:53 PM PST
T. Anderson says:
deep purple, highway star from made in japan

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2013 8:13:19 PM PST
Thanks for catching that. I made that error because I was originally going to list a different song, namely Highway 61, which of course was on that album.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 9:03:52 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2013 9:08:02 PM PST
Some great ones named already alright.

Here are some that come to mind immediately for me.

"Why does love got to be so sad" - Derek and the Dominos
"Masters of the universe" (Space ritual) Hawkwind
"Starship troopers" (Yessongs) Yes
"Lazy" - Deep Purple
"Bullet the blue sky" (Rattle and Hum) U2
"Carry on" (4 way street) CSNY
"Don't let it bring you down" (4 way street) Neil Young

and a contreversial one:

"Cowgirl in the sand" (4 way street) Neil Young.

"Find the cost of freedom" (Goodnight)

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 8:57:26 AM PST
B L T says:
I like Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood's live versions of "Had to Cry Today" and "Can't Find My Way Home".

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 8:05:48 AM PST
vivazappa says:
Green Grass and High Tides!

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 8:20:40 AM PST
Rare Goat says:
Golden Earring - "Radar Love", "Vanilla Queen", "Eight Miles High". Golden Earring's "Live" album from '77 is awesome.

Agree with the above re: Neil Young's "Crime in the City"

Disagree with the above re: McCartney's "Amazed" and "Coming Up". I like the studio versions of both of those better.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 9:22:21 AM PST
Nazerth's "'Snaz" and Saxon's "The Eagle Has Landed" are two prime examples of live albums which blow away the studio versions of the songs on each.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 9:33:38 AM PST
L. Crosby says:
I'd have to say that most of the songs on "Stop Making Sense," Talking Heads live album, are as good or better than the studio versions of the songs. Particularly, "Life During Wartime," "Take Me to the River," and "Girlfriend is Better."

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 10:17:54 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2013 10:19:53 AM PST
Sharptop says:
I'd say the live versions of the songs on "The Name of this Band is Talking Heads" are better than the live versions on "Stop Making Sense", which are better than the studio versions

Sweet Jane (with intro) "live" by Lou Reed is way better than the studio version.

Van Morrison always has a killer band with him on his live albums.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 11:29:35 AM PST
Doc says:
Thirty Ought Six -

Haven't heard Mott's version of Long Red, but now that you mention it, the live Mountain version (from The Road Goes Ever On) rocks way different than the studio

I'll have to find the Hoople version

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 1:13:03 PM PST
GarionOrb says:
Pretty much anything performed by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Not that the studio songs are bad...far from it. It's just that the live versions have so much energy and heart! One of the best shows I've seen, and I wasn't expecting that. That woman is the next Ann Wilson or Stevie Nicks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 1:14:45 PM PST
M. C. Jones says:
<< American Woman - The Guess (Live At The Paramount vs. American Woman) >> (from Keen Observer)

In regard to "Live At The Paramount"... my first choice is the live version of "Pain Train" over the original version.

They also took the live version of "Runnin' Back To Saskatoon" from the Paramount show - and released it as a single; and I think it's one of their very best recordings.

<< Long Tall Sally - The Beatles (At The Hollywood Bowl vs. Long Tall Sally [EP]) >> (from Keen Observer)

There are at least three songs I like better from the Beatles live at the Hollywood Bowl album, but "Long Tall Sally" is not one of them. My first choice is the live version of "Dizzy Miss Lizzy". I much prefer the live version. I also like the live versions of "She's A Woman" and "A Hard Day's Night" better than the originals.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 10:44:16 PM PST
@Doc: The Road Goes Ever On, though, a single live disc, is exceptional live Mountain and yeah Long Red on here is awesome along with Nantucket Sleighride. The Mott live cover is on Fairfield Halls, 1970 on the Angel Air label which has remastered their entire back catalogue. Mick Ralphs may not be in the same league as Leslie West, but he gets some great leads in, plus, Verden Allen, Mott's keyboardist, drives the song with his Hammond organ as well. Cheers...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 12:51:32 AM PST
>>Van Morrison always has a killer band with him on his live albums.<<

All the songs on It's Too Late to Stop Now are better than the studio versions IMHO.
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