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What's Your Favorite Live Album and Why?


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#1 of 45 ChristopherG

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Posted February 12 2009 - 02:20 PM

For me it is The Doors, Absolutely Live. This was the third record that I ever bought in my life and it was in 1970, the year of it's original release. I was living abroad in the south pacific and I recall as I was picking it up (mostly because the album cover looked so effing cool with Jim Morrison in his leather pants and the crazy lighting) a teenage boy (I was 11 at the time) came up and advised me not to buy it as it "wasn't as good as the studio albums". Luckily I was stubborn and bought it anyway - what a crazy trip into the late 60s / early 70s. I remember listening to this on my crappy "stacking" turntable over and over.

Anyway - I listened to the first half tonight and it is every bit as great as I recall, from Robbie Krieger's awesome guitar solos, to Ray Manzarek's otherwordly organ playing, John Densmore's faithful backbeat and of course Jim's one of a kind vocals. It's like walking into a time machine.

So, what's your favorite live album?

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Posted February 12 2009 - 03:13 PM

First off, I'd like to say that I do like the Doors a lot. Posted Image You're spot on with some of those descriptions. I have appreciated Manzarek's keyboard work for many years.

I'm not really a fan of too many live albums, because often they are atrocious compared to the studio recordings. But one that stands out for me is Fleetwood Mac's The Dance. On the downside, I am as huge a fan of The Floyd as anyone on this Board, and was very disappointed with a couple of their live albums.

It sounds like this Doors album is a keeper, though. Posted Image
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Posted February 12 2009 - 04:42 PM

My favorite is Frampton Comes Alive. I never gave live music much of a chance before hearing it. I think I was too young and couldn't appreciate what live music had to offer. Frampton, due to it's popularity, allowed me to hear live music at it's finest.

Don't know if concert dvd's qualify, but Boz Skaggs Greatest Hits Live is outstanding. I'm sure it's available on cd (even though I only have the dvd) so it should count.
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Posted February 12 2009 - 11:55 PM

I'd have to say it's the Alman Brothers at the Filmore East. I think the whole thing just has as much energy as you could possibly cram into two albums. Highlights are the 22 minute Whipping Post which is drifts between melancholy and riveting, and my favorite song period, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.

Second place goes to Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus

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Posted February 13 2009 - 12:36 AM

Some good choices here, all around. Scott, I highly recommend The Doors live album, it includes some great stage banter as well.

Live at Fillmore East, The Dance and Frampton Comes Alive are definitely classic examples of great live performances.
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Posted February 13 2009 - 01:16 AM

Easy. Neil Young's Live Rust. Accoustic set at first, then Crazy Horse comes out and rips the roof off.

"When I get big, I'm gonna get me an electric guitar."

Buy it for the live versions of Powderfinger and Cortez The Killer alone.

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Posted February 13 2009 - 02:12 AM

I have to jump in and drop Peter Gabriel, Growing Up Live DVD. Truly a magical performance by a great concert artist.
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Posted February 13 2009 - 04:23 AM

UFO - Strangers in the Night

A band that never got the respect they deserved at the top of their game. I dunno...to me, it's just...perfect..
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Posted February 13 2009 - 05:20 AM

I'll agree with the Doors recommend, as it's the album that made me go from liking to loving the Doors. LIVE RUST is amazing too, though buy the DVD of the movie for the full experience. Posted Image

My current fave is WEEN - Live In Toronto. Weens known for being a bit weird, to hear them live being backed by The Shitcreek Boys full of country music studio legends is epic! The playing is amazingly compatible, and it ends with an epic jam on Fluffy. Well worth checking out if you can find a copy, it might be OOP.

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Posted February 13 2009 - 05:54 AM

Russell,

Ween is definitely an acquired taste (i like them). I have the 12 Golden Country Greats CD and am now interested in hearing the Live version of Fluffy. I think you are right about it being OOP - the only ones available on amazon are $75.
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Posted February 13 2009 - 07:01 AM

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I have to jump in and drop Peter Gabriel, Growing Up Live DVD. Truly a magical performance by a great concert artist.
Wow, great topic, and truly hard to choose...
As far as PG goes, I'd go with Secret World live, which for me is as good as Peter Gabriel ever got. That show is aboslutely amazing.
But the again, best live album probably has to have the best live act at least as a contender, so The Song Remains The Same must be taken into consideration...
(I presume y'all understand we're talking Led Zeppelin here Posted Image)
That got me thinking about Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, which led me to Made In Japan, but as great as the Stones and Deep Purple were, did they really produce the best live albums? What about Zappa? Much of his stuff was at least partially live, ie Shiek Yerbouti, and Roxy and Elsewhere was all live.
ZZ Top's Fandango was only half live, but a great half...

My own fav, Bowie, did some great live albums as well, and so did many other less known but no less good acts (Japan for example), so I'll just end by saying I can't choose just one, there are so many great live albums out there, I really need to do some listening now Posted Image
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Posted February 13 2009 - 07:11 AM

Queen - Live Killers

Why? Because it was the first time I realized Queen could really rock and I should give them a chance. Up to that point all I heard was the top 40 crap on the radio. I've been a fan ever since (including the new Paul Rogers version).

Also, the Brian May solo on side 3 (I think) just blew me away. It motivated me to learn to play guitar. Posted Image

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Posted February 13 2009 - 07:17 AM

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UFO - Strangers in the Night

A band that never got the respect they deserved at the top of their game. I dunno...to me, it's just...perfect..

Indeed... great album and they were great live. What you hear on the album is what you hear in concert. Their guitarist Michael Schaenker was (is?) fantastic (his brother, Rudolf, plays for the Scorpions). I saw them 7th row from the stage in '78. The lead in band for them was AC/DC. GREAT show.

Two other great live albums are J Geils Live and Some Enchanted Evening by BOC. These albums capture the talent and jam of these bands that I felt their studio recordings never quite did.

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Posted February 13 2009 - 07:19 AM

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Second place goes to Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus

Yes... another live album that showcased their talent in a way that their studio recordings never quite did.

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Posted February 13 2009 - 07:27 AM

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What about Zappa? Much of his stuff was at least partially live, ie Shiek Yerbouti, and Roxy and Elsewhere was all live.

I like Zappa too, my fave of his live is "THE BEST BAND YOU NEVER HEARD IN YOUR LIFE" which is just fantastic with no overdubs. He doesn't seem to have many that showcase a single concert though. YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON STAGE ANYMORE are great compilations, with only Vol 2 being an entire concert (a deadly good one too with the George Duke version of the band playing top of their game and FAST) but some of the songs have dodgy edits from different era's that throw you right out of the songs.

Iggy Pop's TV EYE is pretty good too if your a fan. He's in weird form, but the energy from it makes it worth while.

I tend to prefer live albums from studio ones really. Posted Image
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Posted February 13 2009 - 07:49 AM

Iron Maiden's Live After Death will always be special for me. It was the first album that I REALLY REALLY HAD TO HAVE.
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Posted February 13 2009 - 09:03 AM

Peter Gabriel--Secret World Tour (I concur that it is Gabriel at his finest).

Genesis--When In Rome (personal connection in that, for a variety of reasons, this tour was the first time I got to see my all-time favourite band--a host of circumstances always interfered with my ability to see them any earlier and I've been a fan since Duke). I have the concert DVD as well as the "official bootleg" taken from the soundboard at the show I attended at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

(honourable mention to all other live Gabriel and Genesis albums)
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Posted February 13 2009 - 10:02 AM

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Iggy Pop's TV EYE is pretty good too if your a fan. He's in weird form, but the energy from it makes it worth while.
How could I forget Iggy *he said, hanging his head in shame*
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Posted February 13 2009 - 10:12 AM

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Indeed... great album and they were great live. What you hear on the album is what you hear in concert. Their guitarist Michael Schaenker was (is?) fantastic (his brother, Rudolf, plays for the Scorpions). I saw them 7th row from the stage in '78. The lead in band for them was AC/DC. GREAT show.

Two other great live albums are J Geils Live and Some Enchanted Evening by BOC. These albums capture the talent and jam of these bands that I felt their studio recordings never quite did.
I also really like "On Your Feet Or On Your Knees" for live BOC.

As for Zappa, one can not exclude the wacky greatness that is Live at The Fillmore East June 1971 - Flo and Eddie in the Mothers doing the Mudshark!
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Posted February 13 2009 - 10:19 AM

Dylan's LIVE 1966

Many critics and rock historians call it the most important concert ever and to me it's also the best I've heard.


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