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Best Live Albums Of All TIme

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Posted on Feb 27, 2010 12:21:50 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2010 9:01:54 AM PST
Agreed about SITN. It's my favorite. I've got the other two as well. nice mentions buddy!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2010 12:16:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 28, 2010 12:32:16 PM PST
Mike B. says:
- Elliott Murphy - "Alive In Paris" (CD/DVD)
- Graham Parker & The Rumour - "Live In San Francisco 1979" (CD)

Both are terrific "live" sets. Murphy's CD comes with a nearly 2-hour concert DVD (filmed in black and white) that captures the energy of his Springsteen-ish show and music. Highly recommended!

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 9:22:02 PM PST
Waiting Man says:
I'll try and come up with a couple that haven't been mentioned;
Frank Zappa - Broadway the Hard Way
Vladimir Horowitz - Horowitz in Moscow
One more;
The Band - Rock of Ages

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 12:01:59 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 1, 2010 12:12:07 AM PST
Keith says:
Ray Charles: In Person (LP title) live in Atlanta around 1960, maybe a little earlier. It was an outdoor concert organized by a local radio station.

It's on a CD called Ray Charles Live that has both the Atlanta show and a live show at Newport.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 1:01:06 AM PST
7 & 7 IS says:
Gram Parsons-Archive,Vol.1
Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels "Live-1973"

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 9:14:44 AM PST
J. Mciver says:
Get Yer Ya Ya's Out - The Rolling Stones
Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton
Parliament Live - Parliament
Grattitude - Earth,Wind And Fire
Babylon By Bus - Bob Marley
Live At The Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers

I think what made many of these Live albums great were the covers and vinyl records .
MTV or VH1 could not add anything to the mystique of classic live albums they gave a glimpse into the inner workings of the bands live sound which was different from their studio work .
Now that we have the CD live albums are not so relevant anymore .

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 5:32:19 PM PST
Sinatra at the Sands [remastered] Count Basie, Frank Sinatra

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 5:53:24 PM PST
The Who- Live At Leeds (1970)
The Rolling Stones- Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out (1970)
The MC5- Kick Out The Jams (1969)
Slayer- Live: Decade Of Aggression (1991)
Nirvana- Live At Reading (2009)

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 6:06:08 PM PST
Rob says:
I'm not a big fan of live albums. That said, there a couple that I will play and enjoy:
The Who "Live at Leeds"
Neil Young "Live Rust"
Blue Oyster Cult "On Your Feet Or On Your Knees"
The Kinks "To The Bone"
Cowboy Mouth "Live"
Someone mentioned U2 "Rattle & Hum". One of my favorite albums, but not really a "live" album. It's an album with live cuts.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 2:06:16 AM PST
James Brown - Live at the Appollo.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 4:37:52 AM PDT
Sydney Dude says:
Little Feat - Waiting for Columbus

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 10:01:32 PM PDT
Frank Zappa - Broadway the Hard Way/Best Band You've Never Heard/Make a Jazz Noise Here (All from his final tour in 1988, so I count them as one)
Zappa & The Mothers - Roxy & Elsewhere (Hey Gail...give us the video)
J. Geils Band - Full House
Deep Purple - Made In Japan (Love having the encores on the CD re-issue)
Genesis - Seconds Out (Dance On a Volcano/Los Endos is my fave live cut ever)
Humble Pie - Rockin' the Fillmore (Frampton's last album with them)
Chicago at Carnegie Hall
Uriah Heep - Live '73
George Harrison - Live In Japan (Backed by Clapton and his band)
Grand Funk Railroad - Live Album (Pure power trio energy)

I've noticed a number of postings have mentioned "Yessongs" and ELP's "Welcome Back My Friends" on their lists. Being a huge fan of both groups (I've seen Yes 17 times, with the Yessongs tour being my first) I simply cannot include these two albums on my list. I own both, but could never understand how two groups with such quality musicianship could release live albums with such poor recording quality and shoddy production values. "Welcome Back" sounds like it was recorded with microphones at the back of the arena. This album was also slated for a quadrophonic release. I'm not sure if it ever was, but I would hope that it would have sounded better than this.

As for "Yessongs", the entire album sounds as if it was run through a phase shifter, with muddy bass and muffled drums and vocals, with the exception of "Perpetual Change" and "Long Distance Runaround". Coincidently, these are the only two songs recorded with Bill Bruford on drums, before he abruptly left the group mid tour. Apparently Alan White was given only two weeks to learn the entire set list before the tour resumed. I've always wondered if the sound quality was meant to mask White's inexperience at the time with the complexities and intricacies of Yes' music.

For extra credit, which two albums on my list both feature Chester Thompson on drums? Here's a hint: Bill Bruford also appears on two songs on one of the two and left this band mid tour as well, to be replaced by Chester.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2010 7:58:43 AM PDT
E. Firmani says:
Grand Funk Railroad - Caught In the Act

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2010 8:26:56 AM PDT
MC says:
Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour
Dead - Live Dead
Bob Marley - Live!
Hot Tuna - Double Dose

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2010 8:28:18 AM PDT
MC says:
Seconds out and Uriah Heep, maybe?

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 11:12:52 AM PDT
I don't think anyone mentioned Eric Clapton - Just One Night.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2010 1:59:03 PM PDT
MC says:
Great Album

Posted on May 2, 2010 10:23:39 PM PDT
Deep Purple: Made in Japan is always listed but I like Live in Stockholm 1970 better. Is an amazing album! I listen to it constantly and rarely listen to MIJ anymore. Unbelievable live versions of Mandrake Root, Wring That Neck, Child in Time. Every song is great.
Lou Reed: Live and Rock and Roll Animal taken from same show I actually like Live better. Oh Jim has an unbelievable guitar duel by Hunter and Wagner. Wish it was on video.
Grand Funk: Live Album. Powerful, energetic kick ass live performance by the first band I ever loved and called my own.

Posted on May 2, 2010 11:47:35 PM PDT
Pat says:
Bursting out- Jethro Tull

Posted on May 6, 2010 7:25:57 PM PDT
P. Perkins says:
Live Dead

Posted on May 8, 2010 8:22:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 8, 2010 8:35:15 AM PDT
So many great titles have already been mentioned. Here are a few more for our list.

Summer 1967: The Complete U.S. Concert Recordings (2001) - The Monkees
Live in Europe (1967) - Otis Redding
Live at Winterland '68 (1998) - Big Brother and the Holding Company/Janis Joplin
Absolutely Live (1970) - The Doors
Wings Over America (1977) - Paul McCartney and Wings (Paul's "Tripping the Live Fantastic" is also great.)
Live in Japan (1977) - The Runaways
A Black and White Night Live (1989) - Roy Orbison and Friends (i.e. Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello etc.)

Posted on May 9, 2010 3:53:43 PM PDT
Only 2 real contenders:

Allman Brothers - Live at the Fillmore East
Cheap Trick - Like at Budokhan (The 2 disc set doesn't work - the original was perfect)

This can be judged by the fact that for both of these bands, these were by far their best albums and the fact that I have listened to them on a loop for hours before - so much so that I know every note, word of stage talk and audience sound.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2012 12:12:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 13, 2012 12:17:59 PM PDT
Snoo says:
Foghat "Live"
Blue Oyster Cult "Some Enchanted Evening"
Allman Brothers "An Evening With The Allman Brothers"(1st and 2nd set)
Journey "Captured"
Dion and The Belmonts "Reunion- Madison Square Garden1972"
UFO "Strangers in the Night"
Neil Young "Live Rust"
Porcupine Tree "Coma Divine"
Genesis "Seconds Out"
Lynyrd Skynyrd "One More From the Road"
The Who " Join Together"
Yes "Yessongs"
Peter Frampton "Frampton Comes Alive"
Bob Seger "Live Bullet and Nine Tonight"
Jeff Beck "Live at Ronnie Scotts"
REO Speedwagon "You Get What You Play For"
Kansas "Two For The Show" (30th anniversary)

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 12:18:21 PM PDT
TC says:
Live At The Star Club - Jerry Lee Lewis. At one point the guitarist screws up, and you can hear Jerry Lee say "...play that thang right boy!" Killer.

Live At The Apollo - James Brown
Alive! - KISS
How The West Was Won - Led Zeppelin
Live At Leeds - The Who
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