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Posted on Dec 14, 2011 1:43:50 PM PST
mac says:
I reckon the best one is Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys: Live at the Fillmore East

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2011 6:50:02 PM PST
Yo Bad, I love Live Evil!

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 6:53:11 PM PST
Worst - Stones; Get Yer Ya's Ya's Out

Best - Anything Jimi

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2011 6:54:15 PM PST
totally agree

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 8:55:14 AM PDT
C. Capelle says:
Yeah, Queen was the first concert I ever saw. The band starts playing the song live until the end of the first guitar solo (about 3:05 on the studio recording) and then the keyboard/operatic part comes in (I see a little...) and that's a tape. The tape continues until the snare hit 4:10, and then the band comes back in live. There were a lot of lights and dry ice during the "taped" part!

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 10:12:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2012 10:16:05 AM PDT
bozokarl says:

Dick's Picks Volume 1, 2, 8, Europe '72 - Grateful Dead
At Fillmore East, Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival - Allman Brothers Band
Live and Dangerous - Thin Lizzy
One More From the Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Unleashed in the East - Judas Priest
Live S__t: Binge & Purge - Metallica
Live at Winterland - Jimi Hendrix
Double Live Gonzo - Ted Nugent


Land Speed Record - Husker Du
Live Evil - Black Sabbath
Live at Budokan - Bob Dylan

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 10:17:29 AM PDT
James Brown Live at the Apollo
The T.A.M.I. Show

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 10:25:54 AM PDT
Best :

Wings Over America
Cheap Trick - At Budokan
Korn - Live and Rare

Worst :

Stevie Nicks - Storytellers

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 10:27:09 AM PDT
Jeffrey M. says:
Best would include: MC5 - "Kick Out The Jams", Joy Division - "Les Baines Douches", Iggy and The Stooges - "Telluric Chaos", Big Black - "Pigpile"

Worst (in sound quality) would include: Joy Division - "Preston 28, February 1980", Iggy and The Stooges - "Metallic K.O.", and Mission Of Burma - "The Terrible Truth About Burma". That said, I still enjoy each of the these albums.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 10:58:19 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
Etta James, " Rocks The House"
BB King " At the Regal Theater"
James Brown "Live at the Appollo" the lp above a true high water mark for live performances. & this stuff was not doctored up in the studio like so many other bands do.
Fleetwood Mac - Live @ the Boston Tea Party (1969)
Otis Redding set from Monterey Pop Festival
Bill Kirchen - Hot Rod Lincoln (1/2 studio & live, the live side just kills)
Stones- Liver than you'll ever be (1969 & un doctored like Ya Ya's is)
MC5- Kick Out the Jams
Dylan & Paul Butterfield BB live in Newport Folk (tapes do exist of this & also of Paul B's set)
Otis Rush- So Many Roads (live in tokyo, 70s)
NRBQ - anything live by them is a kick. (Honest Dollar & You Gotta be Loose come to mind)
Mott Live - feat Ariel Bender on guitar ( I have the lp, but there is an expanded version of this as well).
Buck Owens - Live @ Carnegie Hall
Jerry Lee Lewis- Greatest Live Show on Earth or Live at the Star Club backed by the Nashville Teens.
Band Of Gypsies - Jimi & Buddy
Blasters - Live
Sir Douglas Quintet - Live @ Austin City Limits (dvd)
Arthur Lee - Forever Changes Live (dvd)
Freddy King - Live on the BEAT!!! (TX Tv show, great)
Kinks - Everybody's In Showbiz (1/2 live & 1/2 studio, the live is my favorite from this 1 lp set)
Byrds - Untitled (1/2 live & studio, not their best but still worth a listen)
Nothing But The Truth - Rockabilly Legend "Sleepy LaBeef"
Live Wire - Albert King live @ Fillmore
Ernest Tub - Live (rhino cd)

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 11:02:32 AM PDT
"Humble Pie - Performance Rockin' The Fillmore" ~ Humble Pie
"Ten Years After Recorded Live" ~ Ten Years After

"Argent Live" ~ Argent
"Aerosmith Live Bootleg" ~ Aerosmith

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 12:49:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2012 3:38:18 PM PDT
G. Hayes says:
Live and Dangerous - Thin Lizzy
Frampton Comes Alive - Frampton
Live Bullet - Bob Seger
Live at Leeds - The Who
Live in Europe - Transatlantic
Live in America - Transatlantic
Get yer ya-ya's out - Rolling Stones
Love you Live - Rolling Stones
Robin Trower Live - Robin Trower
Unplugged - Clapton
EC was Here - Clapton
Live in San Francisco - Satriani
Last Waltz - The Band
At Folsom Prison - Cash
At San Quentin - Cash
Live Rust - Neil Young
Alone & Acoustic - Buddy Guy and Junior Wells
Waiting for Columbus - Little Feat
Soul of a Man - Al kooper
Live at the Fillmore East - Allman Brothers Band
Live in Texas - Lyle Lovett
Live it Up - David Johanson
Live at the Royal Albert Hall - Cream

Worst: ( I think I'm probably the only one on those last 3 I listed, but so be it)
Got Live if You Want it - Rolling Stones
Live Killers - Queen
Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin
And Live - Johnny Winter

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 12:50:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2012 12:54:47 PM PDT
G. Hayes says:
"Emery Would says:
I have a question about Queen Live Killers. I'm old enough to have bought it when it came out. My memory is a bit hazy 35 years later, but I recall that there was a statement on the record sleeve about "Bohemiam Rhapsody" being too complex to perform, so the band left the stage as a recording of BR was played... And, that recording of a recording was included on the album. That can't possibly be true, can it? "

True and very very weak to say the least

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 1:16:13 PM PDT
E. Marks says:
Best- Ian Hunter w/ Mick Ronson- Welcome to the Club
Worst- Rolling Stones- Love You Live

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 3:43:03 PM PDT
bandman says:
Add these to the "good" list:

Genesis - Second's Out (Steve Hackett's solo during "Firth of Fifth" is sublime)
Yes - Yesshows (not to be confused with "Yessongs") (Fantastic performance of "The Gates of Delirium")
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense (Odd and fun)
Frank Zappa - The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (This band lasted less than a year - but what a band!)
Duke Ellington - Ellington At Newport 1956 (Complete) (Paul Gonsalves' tenor sax solo during "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" is legendary)

I can't think of any "bad" live recordings at the moment.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 5:49:05 PM PDT
One of the worst I can remember was a Beatles' bootleg, called Live In Japan or something.

George's performance on If I Needed Someone was a shocker.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 5:56:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2012 6:43:06 PM PDT
My favorites:
Get Yer Ya Ya's Out - The Stones at their best, even though the sound's tinny.
Got LIVE If You Want It - the UK EP, not the US LP of the same name. If only for "I'm Moving On".

The Beatles Live at The Star Club - yes, love it, even though no one else does. Features the rawer, grittier Beatles, before George Martin and EMI smoothed down their sound, making them sounder tamer. Sound quality certainly isn't great, but not bad considering how it was recorded.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 6:13:01 PM PDT
Judas Priest - Unleashed In The East
Jimi Hendrix - Concerts
Black Sabbath - Live Evil
Rush - All The World's A Stage
Neil Young - Live Rust
David Bowie - Live In Philadelphia
Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya Ya's Out
Led Zeppelin - Song Remains The Same (My Fave Band, But The LP Is Not)
Aerosmith - Live Bootleg

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 6:14:44 PM PDT
Is there any such thing as a genuine live album these days?
Don't 'live' releases these days come with so many edits, studio overdubbs, 'touch ups' added/ inserted, it's probably more studio music than live that you're listening to.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 6:27:51 PM PDT
Yes these days, but not "those" days, of which I believe this post pertains to.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 6:41:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2012 6:41:50 PM PDT
I was referring to these days.

As for those days:
Listen to "I'm Moving On" by the Stones, great live stuff, who cares how primitive the sound quality is? It's great.
No need for studio touch ups to spoil it all.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 1:57:34 PM PDT
EvenSteven says:
A very good live set that was released just a few years ago by Rhino(??)
The Flying Burrito Bros (Filmore i think, 2 cd set)
They were a crack live unit, very only complaint with the set is overlapping tunes but, what the hell its Gram right?

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 2:30:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 26, 2012 2:32:26 PM PDT
W. Sammon says:
Has anyone else noticed that although no time frame was specified by the OP, almost all replies refer to albums released in the '60's thru '80's. There are a scarce few recordings listed that are newer than 2000. Very interesting.

It's a bit ironic that the only band still releasing live recordings is the Grateful Dead, but understandable seeing as how they recorded just about every performance since 1970.

What CURRENT bands are capable of turning out a career-making, groundbreaking live concert recording that gets anywhere near "Live At Leeds" or "Made In Japan" quality? I honestly can't think of anyone besides maybe Foo Fighters. Anyone??

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 3:15:11 PM PDT
Jeffrey M. says:
I'd say the Fleet Foxes have that ability. I don't know what their performances are like, but they are the single band that jumps to mind as having the ability to absolutely capture an audience like the legends of old.
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Posted on Apr 26, 2012 3:25:29 PM PDT
As of now the Fleet Foxes do not have an official live album but, there's a bootleg CD of their appearance on the PBS show: "Austin City Limits" that is out there.
A live album from the 1990's that is pretty great is:
"Welcome Home - Live at the Arlington Theater 1992" from Toad The Wet Sprocket
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