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Top 5 Favorite Live Albums

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by alecduncan, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. alecduncan


    Aug 12, 2011
    I thought I'd put together a fun list of my favorite live albums. I really, really appreciate live albums that are mixed/done properly and I feel it's more indicative of the act's quality. Feel free to give your own lists! I noticed an older thread but wanted to work my brain and build a definitive list.

    5. Violent Femmes - Live at the Hacienda*
    4. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
    3. King Crimson - The Great Deceiver
    2. Led Zeppelin - How The West Was Won
    1. Portishead - Roseland NYC Live

    *Violent Femmes' live recordings featured on the compilation album "Add It Up: 1982-1983" are amazing, but since it's not technically on a live album the recent release definitely tracks.
  2. virgindog


    Dec 11, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    A great but rarely mentioned live album is Elton John's 11-17-70, recorded in New York on that date. It's just him, drummer Nigel Olson and the late Dee Murray on bass, and it freakin' rocks. Murray is magnificent from start to finish.
  3. alecduncan


    Aug 12, 2011
    Dee Murray's a great bassist, and I love that album. Elton John considers it his favorite performance.
  4. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Level 42 - "A Physical Presence"
    Trouble Funk - "Say What!"
    Earth, Wind & Fire - "Gratitude"
    Kassav' - "Live Au Zenith"
    Michael Franti - "Live At The Baobab"
  5. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Yessongs - Yes
    Exit.. Stage Left - Rush
    On Your Feet Or On Your Knees - Blue Oyster Cult
    Made In Japan - Deep Purple
    Live At Leeds - The Who
  6. nortonrider


    Nov 20, 2007
    Live at the Fillmore east - Allman Bros.
  7. DBCrocky


    Oct 18, 2011
    Cary, NC
    Rush - Exit Stage Left
    The Who - Live at Leeds
    Bob Dylan and the Band - Before the Flood
    Widespread Panic - Light Fuse Get Away
    moe. - Warts and All (all of em)
  8. In no particular order:

    Rush - Exit...Stage Left
    Rush - Different Stages
    Rush - All the Worlds A Stage
    Rush - Snakes and Arrows Live
    Rush - Time Machine Tour

  9. alecduncan


    Aug 12, 2011
    Something tells me you're a fan of Geddy Lee...
  10. nortonrider


    Nov 20, 2007
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I can't even name my 5 favourite live Miles Davis albums...

    I did buy myself about 10 albums for Xmas...more than 1/2 are live albums-

    Charles Mingus- Mingus In Europe, Vol. 1
    Pendelum -Live @The Village Vanguard
    The Doors- Live In Vancouver
    BS&T- Live & Uncompromised...sorta
    James Gang- Live In Concert
    Mott The Hoople- Live 30th Anniversary

    ...damn, forgot about Deep Purple Live At The BBC.
  12. Rush-Exit Stage Left
    The Who-Live at Leeds
    Iron Maiden-live after death
    Opeth-The roundhouse tapes
    Lamb of God-Killadelphia (these guys really know how to bring the intensity live :)
  13. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    Grateful Dead- Live Dead
    Butthole Surfers- Latino Buggerveil
    801- 801 Live
    Michael Hedges- Live on the double planet
    Miles Davis- Bitches Brew

    This was tough, but these came to mind first.
    So many great live records....
    But live can be a grey area, considering albums like Miles' "Kind of Blue" or Coltranes' "A Love Supreme" is essentially
    live, albeit without an audience.
  14. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Stages - Jimi Hendrix
    All the World's a Stage - Rush (I remastered it with more bass!)
    Yessongs - Yes
    The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin
    Lou Reed - Rock and Roll Animal
  15. samurai1993


    Jun 6, 2010
    Rush - Exit...Stage Left
    Rush - Different Stages
    Rush - All the Worlds A Stage
    Rush - Grace Under Pressure Tour
    Rush - A Show of Hands


    And also tons of bootlegs :bag:
  16. Thank God we're all adults here and to save anybody embarrassment, 'Frampton Comes Alive!' while commercially successful, does not qualify as a great live album
  17. alecduncan


    Aug 12, 2011
    I do love Frampton Comes Alive, but it's not really anywhere near my top ten favorite live albums.
  18. Mike in Chicago

    Mike in Chicago Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Sounds like Tangent knows his live albums.

    Made in Japan
    Live at Leeds
    Welcome Back My Friends(Tarkus only)
  19. ack

    ack Why Can't We All Get Along?

    Nov 19, 2006
    Somewhere near Raleigh
    some of my favorites (in no particular order)

    Porcupine Tree - Arriving Somewhere
    Clutch - Live in Flint
    Deep Purple - Made in Japan
    X - Live at the Whiskey
    Pink Floyd - Live in Pompeii

    Honorable mention: Foghat - Live
  20. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Canuck Amateur

    Yeah, +1

    I picked that one up. Dee Murray was really an inventive and creative player. I'm usually not a fan of live albums, but am really a big fan of DVD concerts on the home theater. One live album I really liked was Jimi Hendrix Bandof Gypsys recorded at the Fillmore East. A new band with a new sound, very fresh sounding.