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Initial post: Dec 6, 2012 5:42:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 10, 2012 3:42:35 AM PST
Some of my favorites:

Neil Young : Live Rust, Live at Fillmore East, Massey Hall, Unplugged (I'm listening to Cow Palalce 86 right now and it's pretty good too)

Tom Petty: Pack Up the Plantation

Bruce Springsteen : Live 1975-1985

Nirvana : Unplugged (From the Muddy Banks of the Wiskah is also good, but I think it would have been better if it had just contained one concert. Oh, wait there is the live DVD from the Reading Festival)

Rolling Stones: Shine a Light

Velvet Underground : Live at Max's Kansas City

Simon and Garfunkel : Central Park

EDIT:
I can't believe I forgot some of my absolute favorites by Johnny Cash:
The San Quentin and Folsom prisons concerts
and the Storytellers CD with Willie Nelson.
But luckily others mentioned the prison concerts.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 6:02:38 AM PST
Mike B. says:
1) Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Eno, Nico: "June 1, 1974"
2) David Bowie: "David Live"
3) John Cale: "Sabotage", "Fragments Of A Rainy Season"
4) Johnny Cash: "At San Quentin"
5) Jayne County: "Rock 'N' Roll Resurrection"
6) Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: "On Tour With Eric Clapton"
7) Dr. Feelgood: "Stupidity"
8) 801: "801 Live"
9) Gasolin': "Live Sadan"
10) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel: "Face To Face"
11) King Crimson: "USA"
12) Mott The Hoople: "Live"
13) Elliott Murphy: "Alive In Paris"
14) Randy Newman: "Live"
15) Graham Parker And The Rumour: "Live In San Francisco 1979"
16) Dory Previn: "Live At Carnegie Hall"
17) Genya Ravan: "Live"
18) Lou Reed: "Rock 'N' Roll Animal", "Lou Reed Live",
and "Take No Prisoners"
19) Todd Rundgren: "Back To The Bars", and w/Utopia:
"Another Live", "Redux '92: Live In Japan"
20) Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band: "Live Bullet",
"Nine Tonight"
21) Shel Silverstein: "I'm So Good That I Don't Have To Brag!"
22) Chris Spedding: "Friday The 13th"
23) The Stranglers: "All Live And All Of The Night"
24) Tina Turner: "Live In Europe"
25) Dave Van Ronk: "And The Tin Pan Bended,
And The Story Ended"
26) Velvet Underground: "Live 1969"

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 6:11:39 AM PST
Geezerguy says:
Stephen Stills - Live
Neil Young - Massey Hall
Brian Auger - Live Oblivion Vols. 1&2
Dave Mason - Certified Live
Jeff Beck - Live with the Jan Hammer Group
Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive
James Gang - Live in Concert
Spirit - Made in Germany
Allman Brothers - Live at the Fillmore East
Grateful Dead - (Skull and Roses)
Gentle Giant - Playing the Fool
Yes - Yessongs
Genesis - Live
Siegel Schwall Band - Last Summer

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 6:15:34 AM PST
Geezerguy says:
Mike B.: Yes!!! I should have included Cale's Sabotage, 801 Live (one of the VERY BEST ever), Todd Rundgren's Back to the Bars, King Crimson's USA, and the Stranglers' All Day and All of the Night.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 6:15:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 10:15:56 AM PST
vivazappa says:
ELP-Welcome Back
Purple-Made in Japan
Mott-Live Expanded edition
Feat-Columbus
Zappa-Roxy
Zappa-YCDTOSA II Helsinki
Tom Petty-Live Anthology (the 5 disc set)
Door-NYC 1970 box set
Yessongs
Outlaws-Bring Um Back Alive
Dead-Europe 72
NEIL-Arc
Mule-Live With a Little Help From Our Friends
KISS Alive I
Bowie-Station to Station Tour 1976 (in S.to S. box set)
Dylan-Bootleg Series from Rolling Thunder Tour
Dylan/Band-Before the Flood
UFO-Strangers in the Night
Stones-Love You Live (yes you read that right)
Beatles-Bootleg of Rooftop Show
CSNY-4 Way Street
The Who-Leeds
Nugent-Double Live Gonzo
Skynyrd-From the Road

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 6:18:30 AM PST
Geezerguy says:
vivazappa says:
Outlaws-Bring Um Back Alive

I'll have to check it out. Didn't know how good it would be without Henry Paul.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 6:25:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 6:25:49 AM PST
vivazappa says:
Yes he had left by then...but it's darn good...Green Grass is a whole LP side.
Tough to find on CD.

The new Outlaws CD has Paul back with Monty Yoho.
It may not quiet be the Outlaws but it ain't a bad record.
Several people on thiese thread lines liked it and I got it.
Not bad at all.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 6:32:48 AM PST
Geezerguy says:
Thanks, I have Grey Ghost, Feel the Heat, and some Outlaws that I enjoy. I'll give it a shot come payday!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 6:50:39 AM PST
Mike B. says:
Those are 5 big favorites of mine - I'm glad you like them. Happy Holidays to you!

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 7:13:59 AM PST
B L T says:
J. Geils Band - "Live" Full House

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 7:19:32 AM PST
patc71s says:
Never been a big fan of live albums, but one I do like is Judas Priest-Unleashed in the East

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 7:20:49 AM PST
Geezerguy says:
Man... There have been some great live albums. Although it's a hybrid, I might include Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jackson's IT'S YOUR WORLD. Viva! by Roxy Music should also be on the list.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 7:26:37 AM PST
zlh67 says:
To me, the best live albums offer more than (as Tom Petty has said) "the greatest hits played fast". The best bands just play better on stage and offer an immediacy and level of energy that just can't be captured in the studio. They bring old songs to life, add energy and emotion, etc., and in some cases offer the definitive version of many of an artist's best songs. A few in particular that do that very well for me are:

Supertramp - Paris
Kinks - One For The Road
Rush - All The World's A Stage & Exit... Stage Left
Zep - The Song Remains The Same
Nugent - Double Live Gonzo!
Kiss - Alive!
Journey - Captured

On these, I like nearly every song, and I like the live version performed better than their studio counterparts.

Other live albums I like a lot too:

Queen - Live Killers
Cheap Trick - At Budokan (the complete concert)
Yes - Yessongs
Kiss - Alive II
James Brown - Live at the Apollo 1962
Living Colour - Live at CBGB (1989)
Deep Purple - Made in Japan

Two of my favorite artists with a LOT of live albums out that mostly have never done much for me are BOB DYLAN and the STONES. Both have individual live cuts that I really enjoy but to me neither has a definitive live album that trumps any of their best studio work. And yes, I've heard "Get Yer Ya Ya's Out"...

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 9:47:46 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 9:49:09 AM PST
C. Harding says:
Allman Brothers - 'Fillmore'
Grateful Dead - 'Two From the Vault' (most people pick 'Live Dead', but I prefer this two-disc set)
Ani DiFranco - 'Living in Clip'
Iron Maiden - 'Live After Death'
John Coltrane - 'Afro Blue Impressions'
Opeth - 'In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall'

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 9:47:54 AM PST
Zaplightning says:
Blue Oyster Cult ~ On Your Feet, On Your Knees

Pink Floyd ~ Ummagumma Live

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 9:49:35 AM PST
Zaplightning says:
nice pick with Maiden

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 9:57:58 AM PST
C. Harding says:
@Zap, thanks. Of the 6 I listed, that one has been in my collection the longest. When I was a kid, all I listened to was metal and hard rock. It wasn't until I got to college that I started listening to jazz, classic rock and just about everything else (I still haven't found any techno or elctronica that does it for me, but I listen to at least a little bit of almost everything else).

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 10:03:52 AM PST
CD Lover says:
I wouldn't be much of a prog rock fan if I didn't mention the following:

Renaissance - "Live At Carnegie Hall"

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 10:09:05 AM PST
Two Tub Man says:
At Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band
Samurai Rock Band (Bootleg) - Cheap Trick
On Your Feet...Or On Your Knees - Blue Oyster Cult
Kick Out The Jams - The MC5 (Really deserves the expanded edition treatment)
It's Alive! - The Ramones
Live At Leeds (Expnded version, but sans "Tommy") - The Who
Ritualism & Live In Texas - Radio Birdman
Live With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra - Procol Harum
Irish Tour - Rory Gallagher
Live (Expanded Edition) - Mott The Hoople
Full House - The J. Geils Band (Would've loved to have heard the cancelled expanded RhinoHandmade version!)
Raunch 'N Roll - Black Oak Arkansas (I'm not a big BOA fan, but this kills)
Live and Dangerous - Thin Lizzy

Overrated live albums by bands I like :
Made In Japan - Deep Purple
Performance : Rockin' The Fillmore - Humble Pie

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 10:15:10 AM PST
vivazappa says:
zlh:
Geez how could I forget the Tom Petty Live Anthology...as good as any...I'll edit my list now!

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 10:36:05 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 10:38:07 AM PST
Snowblind says:
Johnny Winter - Captured Live
Johnny Winter - Live in NYC 97. I was at both shows
that is nyc they did that in 2 days

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 10:44:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 2:32:23 PM PST
Unleashed In The East-Judas Priest
Strangers In The Night-UFO
Made In Japan-Deep Purple
Live After Death-Iron Maiden
Live-Robin Trower
Double Live Gonzo-Ted Nugent
Irish Tour '74-Rory Gallagher
Tokyo Tapes-Scorpions
If You Want Blood-AC/DC
On Your Feet On Your Knees-Blue Oyster Cult
Live-Foghat
The Song Remains The Same-Led Zeppelin
Live-Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush
All The Worlds A Stage-Rush
Ghost In The Ruins-Savatage
Live Killers-Queen
Livecrime-Queensryche
Onstage-Rainbow
Live And Dangerous-Thin Lizzy
Go For What You Know-Pat Travers
Get Yer Ya-Yas Out-Rolling Stones
Band Of Gypsys-Jimi Hendrix
In The West-Jimi Hendrix
Some Enchanted Evening-Blue Oyster Cult
Tribute-Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads
Rock Will Never Die-Michael Schenker Group

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 2:07:32 PM PST
zlh67 says:
Ha, guess i'm guilty too! I quoted the man and then left him off my list!! That is a great set. I got the 5-disc version although oddly enough, it's the covers and rarities that I like more on that set. Most of the hits aren't don't much differently than the studio version, which I guess is why I don't listen to it more than I do.... Still a solid 8.5/10 set though.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 5:24:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 5:40:06 PM PST
Puffany says:
Frank Zappa - In New York
Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks volume 28
Bob Marley - Live
Megadeth - That One Night
Kraftwerk - Minimum Maximum
Duran Duran - A Diamond In The Mind
Hawkwind - Space Ritual
Judas Priest - Unleashed In The East
Motorhead - No Sleep 'Till Hammersmith
Rush - Different Stages
Velvet Underground - 1969 Live
Ween - Live In Chicago
Neil Young - Live At Massey Hall

@vivazappa - Dylan vol 5 Rolling Thunder - great choice

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 6:18:42 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 6:49:09 PM PST
S. Stalcup says:
Best LIVE albums? Sorry, but I had no use for that band after Mental Jewelry. "I Alone" and "Lightning Crashes" off Throwing Copper got played to death when I was in undergrad. Ed Kowalczyk's voice got on my last nerve.

That was what you meant, right? ;-)

0 out of 1? Aw come on! Where's your holiday spirit, Mr. Grinch? That was a clever post and you know it, whoever voted that down.
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