Best Live Albums?

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  1. honestgabe

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    What are some of the best live album. The kind that take what makes a band so great in the studio and shows off their ability to not only recreate their meticulous album performances but are able to add something new and refreshing to their tracks to make them more poignant?


    Here are some of which I think are the best

    The Who "Live at Leeds" (probably the best live rock album ever I think)

    The Band "The Last Waltz". Its their last concert (well with Robbie Robertson anyway). Features a bunch of guests, Van Morrison, Dylan, Clapton, Young, Emmylou Harris, Staple Singers. That is one hell of a lineup. My favorite track is "The Weight" with the Staple Singers singing the background and harmonies. Fucking killer

    Wilco "Kicking Television". Features the touring lineup for the Ghost is Born tour (and current lineup for Sky Blue Sky) The arrangements on these songs are incredible and beautiful. It features many songs from Ghost is Born, which the studio tracks were kind of stripped down and minimalistic, leaving much to be desired. Adding Nels Cline and Pat Sansone to the line up gave those tracks what they needed as well as adding new color to older songs from their catalog.


    Neil Young tie between "Time Fades Away" and "Live Rust". I'd probably go wit "Time Fades Away" for its obscurity and Neil Young's refusal of releasing it on cd. Its a true gem.

    Talking Heads "The Name of the band is Talking Heads"
     
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    Depeche Mode - 101
    Pasadena Rosebowl, 1987; 80,000 people. The most powerful thing I have ever heard.
     
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    Pink Floyd - Pulse.

    How about we play everything we have? And throw in Dark Side Of The Moon for a bonus?

    Hooray!
     
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    and at age 12 I was there :D 

    On a side note while it's a DVD and not an Album, I made MP3's of Bad Religion's Live at the Paladium from last year and I really am digging that.

    Oingo Boingo Farewell is another great one
     
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    Ah, you took my answer. :) 

    I think the highest selling live album is Frampton Comes Alive, but I'm just guessing.
     
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    You should give a listen to My Morning Jackets new live album.
     
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    The only live album I really like is Metallica's S & M symphony collaboration.
     
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    Mighty Might Bosstones: Live at the Middle East. I love that CD.
     
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    The Allman Brothers Live at Fillmore East
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    Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii
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    Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison is way up there for me. I've owned it for years and years and still probably pop it in once a month.
    Ben Folds Five Sessions at West 54th, which is technically a DVD, but I've got an audio rip of it and it's incredible. Those guys were so tight live.
    The Smiths- Thank Your Lucky Stars- this is a bootleg of a show from their final tour that was circulating in the mid 90's. I have no idea if it's available anymore, but it's really, really good. Interestingly (especially for a bootleg), it's far superior to Rank, the officially released live album compiled by Morrissey in both sound quality and performances.
    Lately I've been listening to the fourth disc of the Otis Redding box set, dubbed "the ultimate Otis concert," and while I love Otis's studio recordings, he was at a completely different level live.

    I also second Wilco's Kicking Television, which is stellar.
     
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    S&M hands down for me.

    I love the way the orchestra weaves in and out of Metallica's music. They add so much color, and shows a different side to each time you listen to it.

    I used the dvd option of just the symphony and made a couple of cds out of it for my daughter when she was first born.
     
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    I'll have to go with any Aerosmith Live cds. All of them are excellent.
     
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    I'm not a huge Pearl Jam fan, but when they released all of those live albums the same day, I got the one from Vegas. Eddie Vetter doing Elvis' "Can't Help Falling in Love" is classic.

    Lost and Found- Speedwood volume 1, though 2 and 3 aren't bad, either.
     
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    Okonokos is pretty damn good. Sadly...my ex girlfriend never returned it.
     
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    Social Distortion - Live at the Roxy
    Johnny Cash - Live at Folsom Prison
    Morrissey - Live at Earl's Court
    The Ventures - Live in Japan 1965
     
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    I still have a lot of love for Alice in Chains--Unplugged.
     
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    Dave Matthews Band - Live At Red Rocks 08.15.95

    Nirvana - From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah

    Alice in Chains - Unplugged
     
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    I have the New Orleans and New York albums and they are excellent.

    I also recommend Ac/Dc Live

    Nirvana Unpluggeed

    Eric Clapton Unplugged

    Better Than Ezra Live

    Rage Against the Machine Live
     
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    Anything Pink Floyd did live ever should count, I've got a few of there bootleg cds that are awesome as well as the officially released ones.

    Frampton Comes Alive goes without saying.

    Kiss Alive, its what really got them known

    The Who Live at Leeds, awesome collection, they have the 2CD set that has the full show and its amazing.
     
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    Good choice. I also still like Nirvana's Unpugged, it really blew me away when I first heard it.

    Others for me would be.
    Pantera-101 Proof
    The Doors- In Concert
    Iron Maiden-Live after Death
     

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