Favourite live albums

statsman

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I've been listening to Van Morrison's 1973 tour album It's Too Late To Stop Now, which is, in my view, the best live rock album ever.

[video=youtube;WdZLTnRnHs8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdZLTnRnHs8[/video]

The only other live albums that come close are, for me:

Live/Dead: The Grateful Dead
Before the Flood: Bob Dylan and The Band
Stop Making Sense: Talking Heads

And, different because it's a range of artists:
The Last Waltz: The Band and Friends

So, what great live albums have I missed?
 


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The Doors 'Live at the Hollywood Bowl' has to be up there, especially for the epic closer 'The End'. I also recommend the recently released 'Live in Boston' which is a recording of two gigs. Morrison was pissed but still put in a blinder, with lots of rambling and cod poetry.

I still really rate U2's 'Under a Blood Red Sky' as a live recording. The technical difficulties are well known but it's one of their most powerful albums, especially 'Electric Co' and 'Sunday Bloody Sunday'. Reminds you of how good U2 actually were before they turned into such bores.

Another live favourite of mine is the now disbanded Galaxie 500 'Copenhagen' which was a recording of a gig recorded in the Danish capital in 1990. This is a reminder of what a powerful live band they were. I never really rated Dean Wareham's subsequent efforts with Luna. Galaxie 500 were a far superior band.

Nirvana's 'Live at Reading 1992' is another live classic. The set is so long and packed full of classics and the pace never slackens at all. A reminder of how brilliant Nirvana were live. My favourite track from that is 'Aneurysm' with the mad stoner dancing in the background. He's probably a middle-aged dad now.

Finally, I would mention Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's live performance 'Live in London' ( recorded at the Kentish Town Forum ) which is a superior performance to the 'Live in Paris' double CD. Blistering gig from Robert, Peter & Leah.
 
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Space Ritual 1973 by Hawkwind.

[video=youtube;MPISXvQwm_E]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPISXvQwm_E[/video]
 

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Space Ritual 1973 by Hawkwind.

[video=youtube;MPISXvQwm_E]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPISXvQwm_E[/video]
I sw them live the next year in the National Stadium. Fine gig.
 

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In my humble opinion the greatest:



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Hard to go wrong with The Band, but depending on your mood,

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The Allman Bros go off. For something more relaxing, Bill Withers at Carnegie Hall is great...

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Then, there's the inimitable Godfather of Soul:

[video=youtube;R61iGCD9hgQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R61iGCD9hgQ[/video]
 

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I've been listening to Van Morrison's 1973 tour album It's Too Late To Stop Now, which is, in my view, the best live rock album ever.

[video=youtube;WdZLTnRnHs8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdZLTnRnHs8[/video]

The only other live albums that come close are, for me:

Live/Dead: The Grateful Dead
Before the Flood: Bob Dylan and The Band
Stop Making Sense: Talking Heads

And, different because it's a range of artists:
The Last Waltz: The Band and Friends

So, what great live albums have I missed?
Stop Making Sense is a great movie too.
 

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Stop Making Sense is a great movie too.
It really is. As is The Last Waltz. And It's Too Late To Stop Now was a concert broadcast by the BBC at the time, in an experimental stereo format, with one half on the TV and the other on radio.
 

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Two personal favourites:

Thin Lizzy - Live & Dangerous

LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye
[video=youtube;og7e1FnwuQI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og7e1FnwuQI[/video]
 

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Live and Dangerous is good.

Even though wouldn't be massive fan, U2's live album, whose name escapes me at moment!, from later 80s was good.

Dubliners' "Finnegans Wake" recorded in 1966 in Gaiety is brilliant album, and recorded straight off the mikes with no remixing afaik.
 

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That reminds me - Sean O'Riada sa Gaiety.

[video=youtube;R5v5HQkNqlE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5v5HQkNqlE[/video]
 

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It really is. As is The Last Waltz. And It's Too Late To Stop Now was a concert broadcast by the BBC at the time, in an experimental stereo format, with one half on the TV and the other on radio.


Last Waltz is both brilliant album and film. Amazing to think they got all those people together for the one event.
 

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The Who Live at Leeds remains for me the best live recording I've heard, no overdubs after in the studio, no screaming interrupting the music, musicians at the peak of their career, excellent

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A current favourite is a live cd by Waylon Jennings

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Surprised no has mentioned Frampton comes Alive or Deep Purple made in Japan...

Miles Davis has a live album the mid 60's that i like a lot from his days when he had his quintet doing cool jazz before he went electronic... ... haven't listened to it in a while so i can't remember if it's Coltrane or Wayne Shorter on sax....

"Friday night in San Francisco" is good as well if you like acoustic guitar jazz fusion......
 

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Stop Making Sense is a great movie too.
Used to show it every weekend in the Ambassador at the top of O'Connell st .....Rocky Horror was on every weekend over in the Classic in Harolds Cross for years as well...
 

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JONI MITCHELL: Miles Of Aisles
Some band...Robben Ford and Russell Ferrante in the line up...

She had Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius on Shadows and Light...
 

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Just because it hasn't been mentioned yet.......Exit stage left - Rush.
 

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