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Live rock songs that are superior to the studio version.

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Initial post: Jan 10, 2013, 3:16:43 PM PST
Live rock songs that are better than the studio version.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013, 3:22:19 PM PST
I like your list G. I will add "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Midnight Rambler" from Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

Posted on Jan 10, 2013, 3:27:24 PM PST
D. Mok says:
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Live from The Last Waltz)", The Band
"(Don't Fear) The Reaper (Live from Some Enchanted Evening)", Blue Oyster Cult
"Hockey Skates (Live from The Bowery Ballroom)", Kathleen Edwards
"Mothertongue (Live from Blow)", Heather Nova
"Evidence (Live from Lilith Fair)", Tara MacLean

Posted on Jan 10, 2013, 3:59:09 PM PST
rightroc says:
I like the Stones, The Band BOC... Have not heard D.'s Next 3. Will check them out. This my #1 choice - "Fly Like An Eagle" (Steve Miller Fly Like An Eagle - 30th Anniversary)" [DVD], Steve Miler w/Joe Satraini

Posted on Jan 10, 2013, 4:16:54 PM PST
I can't see Joseph's list on his post that started this thread.

"Sympathy for the Devil", on The Rolling Stones' "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out".

Posted on Jan 10, 2013, 4:30:26 PM PST
G. Allen says:
Travelin'Man/Beautiful Loser-Bob Seger-Live Bullet
A Kind of Magic-Queen-Live Wembley
Blues Power-Eric Clapton-Just One Night
Tom Sawer-Rush-Exit Stage Left
Rock And Roll All Night -Kiss-Alive
Learning To Fly-Pink Floyd-Pulse

Posted on Jan 10, 2013, 5:14:21 PM PST
mac says:
Killing In The Name - Rage Against The Machine from the DVD "The Battle Of Mexico City" and from the DVD "Rage Against The Machine".

Posted on Jan 10, 2013, 5:17:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2013, 5:18:06 PM PST
Alt9999 says:
"Crime In the City" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse - 'Weld'

"Like A Hurricane" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse - 'Live Rust'

Posted on Jan 10, 2013, 6:32:35 PM PST
DrBob says:
Coming Up-McCartney
Maybe I'm Amazed-McCartney

Posted on Jan 10, 2013, 6:53:50 PM PST
Then Came The Last Days In May-Blue Oyster Cult
Sinner-Judas Priest
Victim Of Changes-Judas Priest

Posted on Jan 10, 2013, 8:28:41 PM PST
R U Ready to Rock-BOC(Enchanted Evening)
Sweet Lorraine- Uriah Heep(Live '73)
Meadows- Joe Walsh(Sick Mind)
Midnight Rambler- Stones(Ya Ya's)/When the Whip Comes Down(Sucking in the 70's)
This Kid's- UFO(Strangers)
Southbound- Thin Lizzy(Live & Dangerous)

to be continued...

Posted on Jan 11, 2013, 3:24:21 AM PST
Midnight Rambler on Ya Yas
Everything on KISS Alive!
Coming Up - McCartney
Powderworks by Midnight Oil (Scream in Blue Live)
Spoonful by Cream (Wheels of Fire)
Be True by Bruce Springsteen (Chimes of Freedom EP)
Marcella, Leaving This Town, Heroes and Villains, Funky Pretty and Let the Wind Blow by The Beach Boys (In Concert 1973)
Dark Star - Grateful Dead (Live Fillmore West 1969)

Posted on Jan 11, 2013, 3:38:18 AM PST
One song that comes to mind right away is Ophellia by The Band. Much more energetic and exciting than the studio.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013, 6:11:35 AM PST
Working Man says:
Bring it On Home - Led Zeppelin from "How the West was Won"

Posted on Jan 11, 2013, 8:21:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2013, 8:25:30 AM PST
vivazappa says:
Add "Astronomy" to BOC's Some Enchanted Evening of the best live tunes ever...this record is loaded with um'!
I agree with KISS ALIVE I...everything!
"Dixie Chicken" from Feat's Columbus
"Smoke on the Water" Purple's Made in a mile!
The full "Karn Evil 9" from Wecome Back My Friends...ELP
"Marionette" from Mott Live
The Grateful Dead's "Bird Song" from both Reckoning and Without a Net
The entire "Kiko" record from Los Lobos
NEIL's "Rust" and "Weld" have too many to name but "Into the Black" comes to mind first, off either one!

Posted on Jan 11, 2013, 8:30:58 AM PST
Everything on Robin Trower-Live
Jet/Let Me Roll It - Wings Over America
Still In Love With You - Live And Dangerous (Thin Lizzy)
Travelin Man/Beautiful loser - Live Bullet (Bob Seger)

Posted on Jan 11, 2013, 8:47:49 AM PST
Christ, so many live versions kick the pants off the originals...but these are ones that come instantly to mind...

"Rhiannon"--Fleetwood Mac
the entire "Tommy" album--The Who
"How Many More Times"--Led Zeppelin (Royal Albert Hall version)
"In My Time Of Dying"--Led Zeppelin (Earl's Court)
"Astronomy Domine"--Pink Floyd
"The Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil"--Jefferson Airplane
"Wooden Ships"--Jefferson Airplane (Woodstock)
"3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds"--Jefferson Airplane
"Plastic Fantastic Lover"--Jefferson Airplane
"Tarkus"--Emerson, Lake And Palmer
"Width Of A Circle"--David Bowie
"Cowgirl In The Sand"--Neil Young (Fillmore 1970)
"On The Way Home"--CSNY's version

There's a lot more, which I'll post as they come to me...

Posted on Jan 11, 2013, 8:50:31 AM PST
Careful with That Axe, Eugene and A Saucerful of Secrets by Pink Floyd (Ummagumma)

There are studio versions by The Who of Young Man Blues and Summertime Blues. Summertime was not released until the mid-90s as a bonus on the CD of Odds & Sods. Young Man was released on a rare various artists collection in 1969, and can now also be heard on the CD of Odds & Sods. At any rate the Live at Leeds versions of these songs totally demolish the studio versions.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013, 8:58:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2013, 8:59:36 AM PST
@BFD: the "Summertime Blues" on "Odds'n'Sods" was actually from a BBC session in late '67. The actual studio take of the song was finally unearthed and included on the deluxe two-disc "Sell Out" a few years back. There are two studio takes of YMB as well. And while the studio takes of these songs are OK, yes, both SB and YMB were greatly superior live. That's probably why they were never really put on a proper studio album to begin with--the group had been playing them live already and knew they were better as stage showpieces.

Kit Lambert once expressed frustration that they spent five months painstakingly working on "Tommy", and then right from the very first time the group played it live it so totally demolished the studio album, that he felt they should have previewed it live first and *then* recorded it. This was eventually how Pink Floyd and a few other bands came to operate in the 70s.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013, 9:05:21 AM PST
CD Lover says:
Virtually everything Peter Frampton did on "Frampton Comes Alive" was better than the original studio recording, in my opinion.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013, 9:13:36 AM PST
"Conquistador" - Procol Harum Live w/ The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Posted on Jan 11, 2013, 9:50:52 AM PST
Mr. Big- Free(Live!) Even though the studio version on Fire & Water is great, I feel the version from the Live! album is a notch above

Long Red- Mott the Hoople(Live @Fairfield Hall '70) Although its a cover of the Mountain tune, they did a fine adaptation of it...

I Know What I Like-Genesis(Archives box, Rainbow '73)

Isis-Dylan(from Biograph box, taken from Rolling Thunder '75 in Montreal, I believe, smokin' version!!)

Whipping Post- Allman Bros. Band(@Fillmore East '71)--speaks for itself

Around and Around- Stones(El Mocambo, Toronto 77' from Love You Live)

Do You Close Your Eyes- Rainbow(On Stage '77)

Jefferson Airplane-Fat Angel-(Bless its Pointed Little Head; I'm uncertain if there was ever a studio version cut, but this track really stands out amongst some others on this excellent live set)

Posted on Jan 11, 2013, 9:58:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2013, 10:04:07 AM PST
@Thirty-Ought Six: there was never a studio version, not even an outtake, cut of the Airplane's "Fat Angel". They had, however, been playing the song live all the way back from the late summer of '66. Almost every live version was different. The one on "Pointed Head" is one of the best, but there's an interesting one from the Fillmore in Nov '66 which is a little bit faster and with Grace on backing vocals, and also an *outstanding* one from Toronto Aug '67 with acoustic rhythm guitars and some wonderful electric lead playing by Jorma. I had an Airplane live review thread on the classic rock forum a few months back; you should check out some of the old posts...I'll try and find it for you...ah ha, here we go:

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2013, 10:15:31 AM PST
Nice. Thanks for the extensive references Michael! Glad to see we also share an affinity for the Airplane. It took me a long time to really appreciate them musically; I didn't really get into them until my late 20's/early 30's, despite the fact that I got into the Dead in my mid-teens, I always found that odd because they were both Haight-Asbury San Francisco compatriots of the scene back then. Thanks again!

Posted on Jan 11, 2013, 10:21:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2013, 10:22:02 AM PST
@Thirty-Ought Six: Wolfang's Vault and should have most of the shows I review on that thread, that aren't official archive releases (and I believe those are still in print). The live Airplane is just it's own category. :)
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