Great Live Albums

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  1. Samuel Des

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    Great (non-bootleg) live albums seem extraordinarily rare. Most of the time, they seem like artists imitating -- in some cases parodying -- the better original. Still, I think that there are a few standouts. I wanted to mention a few that came to mind. What are your faves?
    Velvet Underground - Live: 1969 I think that this is the greatest live rock album of all time. [​IMG] I've read that Reed was teaching the band "Sweet Jane" 30 minutes before going on stage. The beautifully modal "Over You" is not to be missed. I cannot overemphasize the greatness of this album for all rock fans. [​IMG]
    Allman Bros Band - Live at the Filmore East The amazing thing about this album is, that for all its length, none of it seems excessive. Every lick counts. "Statesboro Blues" is a note-for-note Taj Mahal cover.
    Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out The best version of "Midnight Rambler." How wonderful it must have been to have loved and feared every aspect of the Stones myth. I am fairly certain that the title is a reference to Pine Top Williams' "Get Yer Ya Ya's Right Out that Door."
    Johnny Cash - Live at Fulsom Prison I'm sort of mixed over the "extended" version release. But it is still essential listening in my opinion.
    BB King - Live at the Regal May sound a little dated in some respects to today's standards, but really captures the power of his performances.
    How's 'bout you? [​IMG]
    Sam
    EDIT -
    Forgot to mention:
    Al Green - Live in Tokyo
    Sam Cooke - Live at the Harlem Square Club
    Guess there are more than I thought.... [​IMG]
     
  2. Ben Motley

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    Great selections there Sam, especially Cash at Fulsom and the Stones. I'll add...
    The Ramones - It's Alive
    Cheap Trick at Budokan - the Complete Concert
    KISS Alive II
    The Who - Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
    Blue Oyster Cult - Extraterrestial Live
    Deep Purple - Made in Japan 2cd
    Sorry about not going into detail, but I really gotta crash, lol. Suffice to say, these have been favorites of mine for eons. Well, maybe not The Who, as that one came out not too long ago. [​IMG]
     
  3. Samuel Des

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    Ah yes! How could I have forgotten Budokan? Is the Who's Live at Leeds worthwhile as well? I've seen footage of the Isle of Wight concert -- looked smokin'.
     
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    Shall I assume we're only talking about rock music here? Ok, here are a few that come to mind:
    Different Stages- Rush (1998?)
    Updated performances of career retrospective material, including extended versions of 2112 and Natural Science. A 3rd disc features performance from late 70s. You couldn't ask for a better live album.
    Live at the Fillmore East- Allman Brothers
    Burnin'
    If You Want Blood, You've Got It- AC/DC
    Bon Scott and the boys rock!
    Live Scenes From New York- Dreamtheater
    Scenes From a Memory in its entirety, with narrator, female singer, and chorus. Change of Seasons. Scenes From a Memory. Learning to Live. The Awake trilogy (Voices, Erotomania, Silent Man). Scenes From a Memory. Jordan Rudess on keyboards.
    Excellent companion album to the DVD.
    Oh yeah, and they do all of Scenes From a Memory.
    The Great Deceiver- King Crimson
    4 CD box set of live stuff from 1972-73. Loud. Confusing improvs. Awkward versions of Cat Food and 21st Cent Schizoid Man. Starless. Brilliant. Bruford plays lots of drums.
    Yessongs- Yes (duh)
    Far-out polyrhythmic performance of Perpetual Change- 'nuff said. Bruford plays lots of drums.
    Roxy & Elsewhere- Frank Zappa
    All this time, Ruth Underwood has been saying, "What can I do that will amaze everyone?"
    I ate a hot dog, it tasted real good. Then I watched a movie from Hollywood.
    Napolean Murphy Brock. Tango, anyone?
    Live After Death- Iron Maiden
    Best live metal album ever. Guitars piped to seperate channels. Teaches you what not to do when a bird shits on you.
    Pictures at an Exhibition- ELP
    Not a good album. Weird crowd noise. Unnecessary keyboard solos. What the hell is Greg Lake singing about? Mussourgsky turns in his grave. I love it.
    Bursting Out- Jethro Tull
    "Short" Thick As A Brick. I'll sing you no lullabye. Silly flute solo. Great sound.
    Shadows and Light- Joni Mitchell, aka, Mother Goddess
    Jaco Pastorious plays harmonics at inappropriate times. Don Alias hits things. Goddess sounds sublime. If Joni is Goddess, than God must be a boogie man.
    Why do fools fall in love?
    Still Life- Fates Warning
    So where do we begin? Pleasant Shade of Grey is pleasant first disc of live album. Enter Ivory Gates of Dreams. Ray Alder sings Prelude to Ruin. Then they only say goodbye.
     
  6. LarryDavenport

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    Great choices so far. Add the following:
    Humble Pie: Perfomance-Rocking the Fillmore
    Hopefully someday we'll get a deluxe version, or at least remaster of this great live album.
    Ten Years After: Live at the Fillmore East This came out a couple months ago. Fantastic version of Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes.
    Frank Zappa & The Mothers: You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Volume 2: The Helsinki Concert Actually just about any Zappa from the 60's and 70's is worth owning. I own over a hundred FZ CDs and I always keep coming back to this one.
    Doors: Live in Detroit The first of the new Doors mail order CDs. Great concert (the 3 LA shows are worth owning too, but this one is the best (so far).
    Jimi Hendrix: Fillmore East/Band of Gypsies
    After FZ, Jimi is the biggest part of my collection and with three great versions of Machine Gun, Fillmore East/Band of Gypsies are the best.
    Blue Öyster Cult: On Your Feet Or On Your Knees has the least amount of covers than the other BÖC live albums. Has great versions of Harvester of Eyes and Last Days of May.
     
  7. Philip Hamm

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    The original Live at Leeds is the greatest live album I've ever heard. Few live albums are worth typing in the same post.
    NP: Bruce Cockburn: The Trouble With Normal.
     
  8. Samuel Des

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    Wow -- Those are some great albums. Maybe we should include "version" information, i.e., which version to get. I know that Allman Bros Filmore East has three different versions. "Regular," "with additional material," and DTS.
    Also wanted to add, Joe Jackson - Live 1980-86.
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    The more I think of it, the more albums I find! [​IMG]
    Also add Gram Parson - Live: 1973
     
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    The Who Live at Leeds (my father, bless him, saw the title and asked, 'why would anyone want to advertise that they lived in Leeds?') is a great album. The vinyl version is radically different from the CD, BTW.

    I have a soft spot for Wishbone Ash's 'Live Dates' (some superb guitar work). Elton John's 'Here and There' (the expanded 2 CD version) is surprisingly good as well.
     
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    I poersonally have never heard Live at Leeds, and I'm ashamed of it. So whats the diff between the old and the new one?
     
  11. Philip Hamm

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    Ben,

    The original release was a single LP with 6 songs on it. It has some scratchy noises from the original master tape on it, and there was a disclaimor on the original LP about this. This was released on CD in the 80s.

    In the 90s a re-mix was released, with many more songs from the concert. This new version had the tapes digitally cleaned up to remove the scratchiness. Between all the extra songs and the clean sound, and the remix, it's like a completely different album. It doesn't have the same flow at all.

    Recently, a two CD set has been released with the entire Rock Opera "Tommy" included as it was played that night.

    The original six song version is the best.

    NP: T-Bone Burnett
     
  12. John Tillman

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    Samuel said:

     
  13. Rich Malloy

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    Some very good ones already mentioned. Here's some more:

    Grateful Dead "5/2/70 Harpur College" (Dick's Picks #8, I believe) - even though the electric set is in mono (unlike every other GD recording I've ever heard), it's one of the grandest shows ever. And the acoustic set's in stereo!

    Bob Dylan "Live 1966" (Bootleg Series Vol. 4) - the "Judas" show! (And, despite the title, a legit Columbia release)

    Duke Ellington "Ellington at Newport (1956)" - ok, we now know that the original release wasn't all "live", but blah blah blah, get the new one, it's in real stereo, blah blah blah.... I'm shocked this one hasn't yet been mentioned since Paul Gonsalves' 27 choruses in "Diminuendo/Crescendo in Blue" is probably the most famous jazz solo ever pressed on vinyl. They've even tracked down the dancing woman who supposedly inspired him so...

    The Band "The Last Waltz" - but don't buy it yet! The new and much addended 4 disc version is coming out at the end of this month (followed by the DVD in May)
     
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    Rich -- There's a new version of Ellington at Newport? (non-studio)
    Philip -- I just figured out that NP = "Now Playing."
     
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    Waiting for Columbus by Little Feat is my all-time favorite live album, and it's just been rereleased in a spankin' new 2-disc version. A MUST have.
     
  16. Rich Malloy

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    That's right, Samuel! You need to look for the "Ellington at Newport 1956-COMPLETE" version (that's the title). It's at CDNOW here:
    http://www.cdnow.com/cgi-bin/mserver...ID=tn_srch_txt
    From the handy-dandy notes:
     
  17. Samuel Des

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    Rich - That is EXCELLENT news, and I am very glad that you posted that information. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Darren H - I am only a casual fan... would you still recommend that to me? BTW - Nice webpage.
     
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    Adding one to the already great list of live albums mentioned here:

    Van Morrison, It's Too Late To Stop Now
     
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    Grateful Dead - Europe '72

    Phish - A Live One

    Too many too list really.
     
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    I've been telling people for decades that the Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore East is the best live album ever created. Nice to hear other folks like it.
     

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