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Best live albums + worst live albums

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Initial post: Nov 12, 2011 6:36:05 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2011 6:53:42 AM PST
BigBadAzz says:
Amongst my choices would be:
The Who - Live at Leeds
Queen - Live Killers
Deep Purple - Made In Japan
Iron Maiden - Live After Death
Allman Brothers - Fillmore East June 1971
Deep Purple - Nobody's Perfect
Black Sabbath - Live Evil
Iron Maiden - A Real Live One

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 5:46:28 PM PST
1. Unleashed In The East-Judas Priest
2.Strangers In The Night-UFO
3. Made In Japan-Deep Purple
4. Live After Death-Iron Maiden
5. Live-Robin Trower
6. Ghost In The Ruins-Savatage
7. Irish Tour '74-Rory Gallagher
8. Double Live Gonzo-Ted Nugent
9. If You Want Blood-AC/DC
10. On Your Feet, On Your Knees-Blue Oyster Cult
11. Neon Nights-Heaven And Hell
12. Live-Foghat
13. Live And Dangerous-Thin Lizzy
14. Tokyo Tapes-Scorpions
15. All The Worlds A Stage-Rush
16. Get Yer Ya-Yas Out-Rolling Stones
17. Livecrime-Queensryche
18. Live Killers-Queen
19. Tribute-Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads
20. Flight 666-Iron Maiden
21. No Sleep til Hammersmith-Motorhead
22. Live-Frank Marino/Mahogany Rush
23. Song Remains The Same-Led Zeppelin
24. We Want Moore-Gary Moore
25. Decade Of Aggression-Slayer
26. On Stage-Rainbow

Classics Live-1-Aerosmith
Live At Last-Black Sabbath

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 6:33:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2011 6:35:44 PM PST
MH says:
Yes - Yessongs
Jethro Tull - Burstin' Out
Allman Brothers - Fillmore East
Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same
The Band and guests - The Last Waltz
The Who - Live at Leeds & Hull
ELP - Welcome Back My Friends...
Bob Dylan - Hard Rain
Deep Purple - Made in Japan
Santana - Moonflower (the live tracks)
David Bowie - Reality Tour
David Crosby - King Biscuit Flower Hour
CSN&Y - Four Way Street
Neil Young - Live Rust
Neil Young - Time Fades Away
Roger Waters - In the Flesh
Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Yas Out
Camel - Pressure Points
Al di Meola, John McLaughlin & Paco de Lucia - Friday Night in San Francisco
Simon & Garfunkel - Live 1969
Some of Grateful Deads live recordings

Some of Grateful Deads live recordings
Deep Purple - Nobody's Perfect
10 CC - Live in Japan

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 6:44:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2011 6:54:18 PM PST
I can't really say I have any worsts. After all, somebody may love them, even if I don't... :)

My personal favorites always begin with:

Kiss Alive II
Kiss Alive!
Frampton Comes Alive! - Peter Frampton
Live! Bootleg - Aerosmith

Curiously, three of those contain exlamation points! Indeed, they are exhilerating albums. Yet the one without an exclamation would have to be my TOP favorite. Partly because it was a first "kiss". I've yet to hear a "live" record that has ever topped it. I can't imagine I ever will...

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 7:36:53 PM PST
Working Man says:
I am with Jeff, I am not sure I can name any 'worst' live albums but I will try.

Made In Japan - Deep Purple
Rock and Roll Animal - Lou Reed
Yessongs - Yes
All The World's a Stage - Rush
One More From the Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Different Stages Live - Rush (specifically the Hammersmith Odeon 1978 set)
Live - Free
Songs From Yesterday (disc 4) - Free
Live - Robin Trower
On Stage - Rainbow
Live (1978) - Uriah Heep
Live in Albuequerque (1976) - Bad Company
BBC In Concert (1975) - Robin Trower
Bursting Out - Jetro Tull
On Your Feet or On Your Knees - Blue Oyster Cult

Live Evil - Black Sabbath (Dio's vocals were mixed too loud drowning out the rest of the band)
Roadwork - Edgar Winter's White Trash (I only liked one side of this 2 LP set, I know some will 'no vote' me for this)

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 8:33:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2011 8:38:47 PM PST
Don't really have any worsts, but these are some of my bests:

Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick at Budokan
Humble Pie - Rockin' the Fillmore
David Bowie - David Live
Stones - Get Yer Ya-Yas Out
Queen - Live Killers
Portishead - Live @ Roseland, NYC

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 12:13:06 AM PST
Tarkus says:
Grand Funk -- "Caught in the Act"
Bob Seger -- both "Live Bullet" and "Nine Tonight"
Neil Diamond -- "Hot August Night"
Slade -- "Alive!"
Fleetwood Mac -- "The Dance"

I agree that I can't call any albums the "worst" but I personally did not care for any of the Kiss live albums. And Styx' "Caught in the Act" was so-so at best.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 9:19:04 AM PST
vivazappa says:
Best: Live at Leeds
Worst: Who's Last

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 9:43:06 AM PST
- says:
best thin lizzy live and dangerous
ufo strangers in the night
worst paul mccartney wings over america

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 9:50:09 AM PST
MTK says:
The Best: Allmans live At the Fillmore
The Worst: John Lennon live in New York...That was the most embarassingly bad effort by a major artist. Such a paycheck performance, and even worse he made his fans wait 4 years after the Beatles broke up to do it. Allowing yoko onstage was just twisting the knife in further. Scarcely a single song on that album cuts the mustard.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 9:29:44 PM PST
BigBadAzz says:
Deep Purple's "Last Concert In Japan" (1978) was a rather wretched affair, with the MKIII lineup featuring Glenn Hughes on shrieking vocals:
"I love it, I need it, ahh ahh eei eeik..." You get the picture...

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 11:32:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 18, 2011 1:55:31 AM PST
I Like:

Rear View Mirror - Townes Van Zandt
David Bowie - Live In Santa Monica '72, So Good.
Simon And Garfunkel - Live 1967 New York City
NRBQ - God Bless Us All
Cold Blood - Vintage Blood
James Brown - Love, Power, Peace, 1971
Miles Davis - Cookin' At The Plugged Nickel
Janes Addiction - First Record, such a cool live album, my fave by them.
Hendrix - Band Of Gypsies and Live At Monterey
Otis Redding - Live At Monterey
Velvet Underground - Live In '69
Stevie Wonder - 13 Year Old Genius, Fingertips !!!
Beat Farmers - Loud and Plowed Live
Mountain - Twin Peaks
Dead Can Dance - Live Toward The Within
Chicago - Live In Japan

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 12:00:42 AM PST
B-Jak says:
There are some great mentions here. To avoid duplication I would suggest:
Col.Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit
The Song Remains the Same - Led Zep
Stop Making Sense - Talking Heads
The Great Deceiver - King Crimson
Live in Tokyo - Steve Hackett
Live Rust - Neil Young
Bless Its Pointed Little Head - Jefferson Airplane
Waiting for Columbus - Little Feat
Live in Berlin - Lounge Lizards
the Seldom Seen Kid - Elbow
About as Curious as Can Be - Gryphon
In a Glass House- Gentle Giant
Live at Ronnie Scott's - Jeff Beck
Live From Nowhere In Particular - Joe Bonnamassa
Captured Live! - Johnny Winter
Live - Kraan
Luna Live!
Live At the Aquarium - Michael Brook
the Texas Campfire Tapes - Michelle Shocked
Baby Snakes - Frank Zappa
Live at the Whiskey-a-Go-Go on the Fabulous Sunset Strip - X
Live - 801

I can't think of any bad ones. I don't tend to dwell on the negative, or keep things around that don't serve me.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011 5:27:01 AM PST
<Dead Can Dance - Live Toward The Within>

I have that album as well, Anthony, and it's awesome! Totally forgot that one, I'll have to dig it out now and listen. =o)

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 6:42:01 AM PST
Worst of all time. Side 2 of Lennon's Plastic Ono Band "Live Peace in Toranto".. They had Yoko in a bag...and then let her out. Side 1 is great.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 9:13:43 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 18, 2011 9:24:16 AM PST
The Who - Live at Leeds
The Allman Brothers Band - Live at Fillmore East
The Beach Boys in Concert (1973)
Bob Dylan - Live 1966 (The "Royal Albert Hall Bootleg")
Grateful Dead - Fillmore West 1969
Midnight Oil - Scream in Blue

Bob Dylan - Live at Budokan
Chicago at Carnegie Hall
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Four Way Street
Rod Stewart - Absolutely Live
Graham Parker - The Parkerilla
Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 5:25:43 PM PST
Jay-Z: Unplugged

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 8:36:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 18, 2011 8:49:53 PM PST
K.J. McGilp says:
There have been many mentioned here that I would put on my list. There is one I did not see.

Kansas-Two For the Show. The recent two disc re-issue contains many extra tracks. Anyone who likes Kansas should have this live set. It's from 1978's Point of Know Return tour. They were truly America's representative as a world class progressive band. I am quite sure they were very familiar with the first three albums by the Mahavishnu Orchestra. I don't know this for a fact but Mahavishnu MUST have been as huge an influence to Kansas as ELP or any other progressive band.

There has been plenty of awful live albums. I can't say I disagree with most of the ones that have been mentioned in this thread. I'm not one to bash something that for some reason might be an album that is someone elses favorite. Who knows what it might mean to them and why.

Anyway, if you like a great band playing live and vocals are not important, check out Between Nothingness and Eternity by the Mahavishnu Orchestra. This is before Jazz/Rock fusion became a formula. It's quite a revelation.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 5:58:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 14, 2011 5:59:10 AM PST
Mr Smith says:
1. Black Sabbath - Live at Hammersmith
2. Deep Purple - Made in Japan
3. The Who - Live at Leeds
4. Elvis Presley - In Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
5. Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East
6. Blue Oyster Cult - On your feet or on your knees
7. Free - Live!
8. Led Zeppelin - How the west was won
9. West, Bruce & Laing - Live 'n' kickin'
10. November - Live

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 6:14:59 AM PST
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?

By the way, Live and Dangerous is the best live album ever!

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 7:10:10 AM PST
My favorite live album
Great brain damaged lot of fun.
Like a tripped out trip to some other dimensional universe,
where some guy might actually help your sick little Pony,
and later on you can go run and play with him around the
Marble Tulip Juicy Tree.

Pure all American Detroit take no prisoners slash and burn
White Panther Power. Listen to the song MOTOR CITIES BURNING
and you can almost smell the smoke and feel the heat from the flames.

Great also

Hey it's the RAMONES. Great movie also.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 7:29:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 14, 2011 7:30:03 AM PST

The Band - The Last Waltz
Bruce Springsteen - Live:1975-85
Nektar - Greatest Hits Live 2002
Rush - All the World's a Stage
Yes - Yessongs


Black Sabbath - Live at Last
Alice Cooper - The Alice Cooper Show
The Roling Stones - Love You Live

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 7:42:07 AM PST
Golden Earring - Live (1977)
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Weld, Live Rust
Deep Purple - Made in Japan
Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East
Magma - Live
Mogwai - Special Moves
Roxy Music - Viva!

Husker Du - Land Speed Record
Genesis - The Way We Walk
The Police - Live

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2011 9:08:32 AM PST
Emery Would,
That is absolutely true about BR on Queen Live Killers.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2011 12:19:55 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 14, 2011 12:51:47 PM PST
BigBadAzz says:
@DibbityDib & Emery Would,
Yes, however they only left the stage for the mid-section (ie. "I see a little silhouetto of a man"), yet returned to rock it out for the final bit (ie. "So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye").

I think it was for the best. As great a band as Queen were, they probably would have butchered the operatic vocals live :)
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