Music: Name Your Top Ten Live Albums by Ten Different Artists

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  1. Wrigley

    Wrigley The Cisco Kid was a friend of mine

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    1. Nirvana - MTV Unplugged
    2. Bob Dylan - Live 1966
    3. MC5 - Kick out the Jams - Perhaps the greatest live album title ever
    4. Grateful Dead - Live/Dead
    5. Kiss - Alive!
    6. BB King - Live at the Regal
    7. The Who - Live at Leeds
    8. Johnny Cash- At Folsom Prison
    9. The Allman Brothers - At Fillmore East
    10. James Brown - Live at the Apollo

    HM: Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
     
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    The Beatles -- Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Live at the BBC is more comprehensive and a superior album, but I have a deeper attachment to hearing the Bowl concert for the first time)

    U2-- Under a Blood Red Sky

    The Smiths -- Rank

    Cat Stevens -- Majikat

    The Cure -- Concert and Curiosity

    Duran Duran -- Arena (this kind of fails as a "live" album, as the audience is too distant, but it contains superior live cuts of "Save a Prayer" and "The Chauffer")

    Rush -- Exit Stage Left

    John Lennon -- Live in New York City

    Kiss -- Alive! (not genuinely a live album, but it's classic)

    Belle & Sebastian -- The BBC Sessions (disc 2 is a concert as opposed to live studio sessions)



    Edited to include an honorable mention for The Beatles' 1962 Hamburg recordings. These were never official releases, but have appeared in many forms (I have a double album titled "The Beatles Live at the Star Club"). The audio quality of the source material is understandably poor, but clear enough to appreciate the lengthy, energetic set. This is my preferred live album choice for a Beatles recording. I'm not listing it above, as it was neither issued by Apple nor Capitol Records.
     
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    James Brown - Love Power Peace at the Olympia, Paris 1971
    Sam Cooke - Harlem Square Club
    Townes Van Zandt - Old Quarter
    The Fall - Fall in a Hole
    Talking Heads - The Name of this Band
    Wire: On the Box 1979
    John Coltrane - Complete Village Vanguard
    Echo and the Bunnymen - Rockpalast
    Nirvana - MTV Unplugged
    Various Artists - Urgh! A Music War

    I don’t really love a lot of live albums but these are all good.
     
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    for starters - off the top of my head. nothing beats the energy of a good live performance.

    Waylon Jennings - Waylon Live
    Neil Young - Live Rust
    Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya Ya's Out
    Lou Reed - American Poet
    Peter Tosh - Live At The One Love Peace Concert
    John Coltrane Live At The Village Vanguard
    Hendrix (Band of Gypsys) Live At The Fillmore East
    Bob Dylan Bootleg #4 1966 Royal Albert Hall
    Curtis Mayfield - Curtis Live
    The Who - Live at Leeds
     
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    George Thorogood Live
    Pat Travers Live! Go for what you know
    Guns n Roses Live Era
    Lynyrd Skynyrd One more from the road
    Cheap Trick Budokan
    Ted Nugent Double Live Gonzo!
    Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison
    Judas Priest Unleashed in the East
    Streetheart Live after Dark
    Scorpions World Wide Live
     
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    Tough one...there are probably better live records in my collection, but for whatever reason, these are the ones that probably get the most rotations from me....In no particular order:

    Sam Cooke - One Night Stand: Live at the Harlem Square
    Journey - Captured
    Jimmy Buffett - You Had to Be There
    Tesla - Five Man Acoustical Jam
    Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive!
    U2 - Under a Blood Red Sky
    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live - 1975-85
    Jack Johnson & Friends - Best of Kokua Festival
    Night Ranger - 35 Years and a Night in Chicago
    Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - Live Bullet (1976)
     
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    Assuming video-only releases can be included:

    Barenaked Ladies - Talk To The Hand: Live in Michigan
    Vertical Horizon - Live Stages
    Dave Matthews Band - Live At Piedmont Park
    Tragically Hip - Live Between Us
    David Gray - Live In Slow Motion
    Matchbox Twenty - Show: A Day In The Life Of Matchbox Twenty
    Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live
    U2 - Rattle & Hum (come at me, bros)
    Fleetwood Mac - The Dance
    Tom Cochrane & Red Rider - The Symphony Session
     
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    I'll take Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense.
     
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    1. Bootleg 4: Live 1966 by Bob Dylan
    2. Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel by Miles Davis Quintet
    3. Live at the It Club by Thelonious Monk
    4. Complete Live at the Village Vanguard by Bill Evans Trio
    5. Complete Live at the Village Vanguard by John Coltrane
    6. Live at Leeds by The Who (Vinyl version w/ only 6 tracks)
    7. In Person at the Blackhawk by Miles Davis
    8. Band of Gypsys by Jimi Hendrix
    9. Live w/ Ginger Baker by Fela Kuti
    10. The Name of This Band is Talking Heads by Talking Heads
     
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    I can't possibly put these in any kind of order. Depends what day it is.

    Deep Purple - Made in Japan
    Blue Rodeo - Just Like a Vacation
    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - Live/1975-85
    The Allman Brothers - Live at Fillmore East
    Cream - Live At The Royal Albert Hall
    Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour '74
    Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live
    Sarah McLachlan - Mirrorball
    Woodstock
    The Last Waltz
     
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    :) I had also listed this record and then deleted it in favor of Kiss, since I likely listened to Alive! more often as a kid. Talking Heads is the better choice. I'll keep Alive! on my list for the memories.

    If we were listing concert videos, Stop Making Sense is among my first choices, as it includes additional material that didn't make the original album. From checking, it looks like the missing tracks were added to a later special addition cd release, so I've got no excuse.
     
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    Not a big fan of Live albums but these I like amongst others.

    Big Brother and the Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
    Allman Brothers - Live Fillmore East
    Paul Butterfield Blues Band Live
    Little Feat - Waiting for Columbus
    Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsies
    Grand Funk Railroad - Live Album
    Elton John - 17-11-70
    Roy Orbison - A black and white night
    Cheap Trick - Live at Budokan
    Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day
     
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    ^ One of my favorites, also like the Unplugged set Alice in Chains recorded.

    Other live albums I've listened to a lot over the years:
    Rollins Band: Turned On (1990)
    The Doors: Absolutely Live (1970)
    Black Flag: Who's got the 10-1/2 ?
     
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    Not really into live albums in general but I have 3 that stand out
    Portishead - Roseland NYC Live
    The Gathering - A Noise Severe
    No Doubt - Live in the Tragic Kingdom
     
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    Not in order:

    - One of the plethora of live shows the Dead have released. Probably one of the Dick’s Picks from 1974. I’ll go with Dick’s Picks vol 12 for now.
    - Dire Straits: Alchemy
    - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Live Alive
    - Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense
    - Allman Brothers: Fillmore East
    - Simple Minds: Live in the City of Lights
    - The Band: The Last Waltz
    - Little Feat: Waiting for Columbus
    - Springsteen/E Street Band 75-85
    - The Who: Live at Leeds.
     
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    Just rock (random order):

    Live at Leeds--The Who
    Live!--Bob Marley and the Wailers
    Wings over America--Wings
    Frampton Comes Alive--Peter Frampton
    Stop Making Sense--Talking Heads
    Live Rust--Neil Young
    Under a Blood Red Sky--U2
    Seconds Out--Genesis
    One for the Road--The Kinks
    Roseland NYC live--Portishead

    HM:
    Royal Albert Hall Concert--Bob Dylan; Stage--David Bowie; Viva!--Roxy Music; Celebration Day--Led Zeppelin; Still Life--The Rolling Stones
     
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    Led Zep - How the West Was Won
    Rush - All the World's A Stage
    Iron Maiden - Live After Death
    Eagles - Capitol Theater 1977
    Yes - Yessongs
    Thin Lizzy - Alive and Dangerous
    The Who - Isle of Wight
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More From the Road
    REO Speedwagon - You Get What You Play For
    UFO - Strangers in the Night
     
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    These are the only live albums I've heard that I really love and listen to on a somewhat regular basis. In no particular order outside of #1.

    1. The Velvet Underground - 1969: Velvet Underground Live with Lou Reed
    James Brown - Live at the Apollo
    Miles Davis - Dark Magus
    Jeff Mangum - Live at Jittery Joe's
    Sarah Vaughan & her Trio - At Mister Kelly's

     
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    - Alice In Chains - Unplugged
    - Metallica - Live ****: Binge and Purge
    - Pantera - 101 Proof
    - RATM - Battle of Mexico City
    - Kiss - Alive
    - NIN - Beside You in Time
    - Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison
    - Cheap Trick - Live at Budokan
     
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    I'm putting two down because that's all I can think of that rise to this level for me, but they're both amazing.

    Black Sabbath - Live Evil (Dio belting out classic Sabbath is just fantastic. THE definitive version of War Pigs for me, and I think he did justice to a lot of the other classic tracks as well)
    Iron Maiden - Live After Death/Rock in Rio (hard to decide)
     
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    Have you heard "The Complete Matrix Tapes" yet? Most of the performances from that 1969 album are from this complete set, and the sound quality is almost studio quality.

     
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    I feel like I'm in the minority on this, but I actually hate live music on the radio, so I really don't have anything to contribute. Live music is great when you're there, and rarely seeing a live performance on TV or on the internet can be electrifying, like Queen at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid or Michael Jackson performing the moonwalk for the first time on a Motown special, but those are the exceptions and not the rule for me. When a live song ever comes on, my reaction is essentially always that I'd prefer to just listen to the studio version as I'm driving or have headphones in. I'd opt out of live performances on Pandora if that was an option (or if I have even used Pandora in the past couple of years).
     
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    I used to sort of kind of agree with that, but only on the basis that live performances typically have far worse audio quality than studio versions. When they're recorded in great quality, though, sometimes the performance is flat out better (and more organic/livelier) than the studio version.

    One thing that I don't usually care for in live versions, however, is hearing the audience. I guess there can be a charm to it, but if there were some way to remove that and get only the live performance in pristine quality, I'd go for that.

    It definitely tends to be a case of accepting compromises in other areas because the reward of the performance is great and makes up for it, for me, though. I don't love every aspect of hearing recorded live performances.
     
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    Getting the sound directly from the board without the sound of the room (including the audience) would sort of defeat the purpose. They are symbiotic in many respects.

    A friend of mine was an engineer for Wally Heider studios, primarily in their mobile recording truck and was involved in many of the recordings listed here. As an example to the above - I once asked him how on Live Rust (which he worked on) Neil Young's twelve string sounded like it had a particular stereo sound on it, with the highs panned from the lows. He said it was simply the room and the reflections of the amplified sound.
     
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    I tend to find studio recordings comparatively dull. They're too polished, too perfect. The natural and more emotionally and technically raw nature of live performances will always be more enjoyable to me.
     
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