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Best Live Albums (Not Bootlegs)


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Posted on 26 Feb 2013 16:54:52 GMT
I still think Grand Funk Railroad's Live Album from 1970 is one of the best examples of a live document which faithfully reveals a hard rock group's strengths and weaknesses thanks to a refreshing lack of overdubs/studio trickery. The 'warts and all' approach suits the group well in a live environment - for atmosphere and adrenaline it's not easy to find one to better it and as much as I like Unleashed In The East, Kiss Alive! and Live & Dangerous the fact remains that they are all frauds to varying degrees.

Posted on 26 Feb 2013 17:26:27 GMT
'What do You Want From Live' - The Tubes. both a wonder and a marvel. Where, oh where is the Arena documentary?

Posted on 26 Feb 2013 19:06:46 GMT
Colin Taylor says:
The Velvet Underground live 1969 unbeatable as live albums go

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2013 20:32:06 GMT
That's brought back a dim and distant memory - was that the programme where the band were walking down the street and pretended to beat up a kid who asked them to sign his copy of the live album?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2013 22:08:46 GMT
No, not ETL, should be On Your Feet Or On Your Knees

Posted on 27 Feb 2013 09:56:49 GMT
Gregster says:
Johnny Winter - Captured Live. Probably his best playing on this album IMO.

Posted on 1 Mar 2013 00:28:01 GMT
KELLY heroes says:
Travels - Pat Metheny.Probably the greatest live jazz album in the world? Or maybe not...

Posted on 1 Mar 2013 13:45:20 GMT
Blood On The Tracks - Mary Lee's Corvette
Can only find one track off the album on youtube...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ7SZOJofLE

MLC's version of Shelter from the Storm is a gem.

Live at Leeds - John Martyn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4-JbNYox_s

Philentropy - John Martyn
Couldn't find a youtube link for the above live album but here's a track taken from one of those glorious transatlantic sessions...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stRmPH0PbPs

Courier - Richard Shindell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCowqdES-HQ

Posted on 7 Mar 2013 11:46:29 GMT
Cartimand says:
Four from my collection spring to mind:

ELP's Welcome Back My Friends
Hawkwind's Space Ritual
Ange's Tome IV
Ash Ra Tempel's Gin Rosť

Posted on 12 Mar 2013 12:31:01 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
Live As I'll Ever Be - Chris SmitherLive As I'll Ever Be

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2013 22:26:57 GMT
You gigging these days, Huck?

Posted on 12 Mar 2013 22:54:34 GMT
Lord Wobbly says:
Tim Buckley ~ Dream Letter Live in London 1968
Jeff Buckley ~ Live at Sin-ť (deluxe version)
Wishbone Ash ~ Live Dates Volume II
Peter Gabriel ~ Plays Live (NOT the highlights version)
Frank Zappa ~ You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore (Vol 1-6)
Home ~ BBC Sessions 1972-73
Ian Dury & The Blockheads ~ Live Warts 'n' Audience...plus
AC/DC ~ Live at the Atlantic Recording Studios
UFO ~ Strangers In The Night
Rory Gallagher ~ Irish Tour '74
Santana ~ Lotus

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2013 07:34:26 GMT
N. Hudson says:
Totatlly agree with the Peter Gabriel choice there LW, and what is with that highlights version? I find it amazing that in these days of re-releases, it is still near impossible to find the "Plays Live" album at a sensible price, leaving the inferior "highlights" version realistically the only version that most people will purchase. It's one of those albums I would recommend, and then have to add the qualification that I don't recommend the edited version. I hope someday (soon) the "Plays Live" album will get its deserved re-release, in its entirety.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2013 07:55:11 GMT
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Lord Wobbly says:
N.Hudson - on the subject of slicing and dicing live albums, the first LP released by Scots proggers Pallas was 'Arrive Alive', a pretty raw album but which captured their early live performances perfectly. Unfortunately, the cd release has inexplicably dropped 'Heart Attack' from the set. Does anyone know why?

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2013 18:10:31 GMT
Tikka says:
Good call on 'AC/DC ~ Live at the Atlantic Recording Studios'. Available on Bonfire

Posted on 20 Mar 2013 17:23:41 GMT
James Warner says:
Genesis - Seconds Out
Mike Oldfield - Exposed
XTC - Live at the BBC
Be Bop Deluxe - Live In The Air Age

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2013 15:03:03 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
yes Smitty, playing away but no Live recordings planned :-)
ive been listening to a few live or partially live albums recently
- Todd Rundgren's Utopia (1st Track Live)
- Family's Anyway - first side live
- Zappa - Roxy and Elsewhere
- Paul Brady (and friends) - The Liberty Tapes
- Band's Rock of Ages
- Dylan Hard Rain
all good

Posted on 22 Mar 2013 16:03:57 GMT
N. Hudson says:
The postman brought me joy this morning, so I'm presently listening to We Lost the Skyline by Porcupine Tree, after being notified that it is now on sale again from Steven Wilson's website (for six squid, rather than the ridiculous sums it is "offered" for by Amazon marketplace sellers). It might be short, but it sure is sweet too! Not sure I'd rate it as one of the best live albums out there, but it is certainly one of the best live eps! ;)

Posted on 20 Apr 2013 01:21:14 BDT
I tend to avoid live albums recorded in the US as Yank audiences tend to holler and whoop mindlessly during them, examples being King Crimson,USA, Ian Hunter,Welcome To The Club, and Television,The Blow Up (three off the top of my head).

Posted on 20 Apr 2013 01:27:07 BDT
MC5 Kick Out The Jams and Lou Reed Rock'n'Roll Animal-shot myself in the foot just now!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2013 09:21:42 BDT
;)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2013 12:04:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Apr 2013 12:05:30 BDT
James Warner says:
Mr. Richard L. Jones says:
'I tend to avoid live albums recorded in the US as Yank audiences tend to holler and whoop mindlessly during them'

Try Joni Mitchell's Shadows And Light. Pat Metheny is playing a beautiful guitar solo and some lunkhead has to whoop at the top of his lungs in the middle of it.

Posted on 24 Apr 2013 19:01:00 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2013 19:21:06 BDT
List wouldn't be complete without Free Live. great band

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