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Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:13 pm UTC
by Reckless
Any Genre, doesn't matter. Which live albums do it for you?

Iron Maiden - Live After Death
Rage Against the Machine - Live From the Grand Olympic
Rush - All The World's a Stage
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Live in Hyde Park

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:29 pm UTC
by Victorkm
Barenaked Ladies: Rock Spectacle.
Symphony and Metallica

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:39 pm UTC
by no-genius
'Pixies' is a great live DVD.
also disc 2 of Hullaballoo ST

(fun fact: the times listed it as 'Hullaballoo OST' in the chart... it made me laff)

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:41 pm UTC
by koalabäh
Dire Straits - On the Night
Massive Attack - Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Portishead - Roseland NYC
Radiohead - Glastonbury ('02, I think)

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:56 pm UTC
by no-genius
Pixies - at the BBC is basically a live album

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:01 pm UTC
by Angelene
Can I count PJ Harvey's Peel Sessions? Please?

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:37 pm UTC
by rxninja
Pink Floyd- Delicate Sound of Thunder
Incubus- Alive at the Red Rocks

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:24 pm UTC
by someguy
The electric half of Bob Dylan's legendary 1966 Royal Albert Hall concert (actually recorded at the Manchester Free Trade something-or-other, IIRC.)

These days officially available as a two-disc set (Bootleg Series Vol. 4); prior to that it was the single most bootlegged show by anyone ever.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:33 pm UTC
by apricity
Dispatch- Gut the Van. I usually hate live stuff. This is the exception.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:59 pm UTC
by scrt_rbt_agnt
even though it was heavily produced, i really enjoy nirvana's unplugged album which was recorded live.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:19 pm UTC
by no-genius
CaraInFrames wrote:Can I count PJ Harvey's Peel Sessions? Please?

Yes! you can!

So, does that mean I can count the Delgado's peel sessions??

also I hear wire had a live album - havent heard it. From my notes to Pink Flag, one of the songs is called 'Mary is a Dyke'. I fairly wanna hear that song

somethin ain't nothin/ nothin ain't somethin

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 6:17 am UTC
by Clumpy
For shame. A dozen posts in and still no mention of Led Zeppelin's "How the West Was Won"? For shame. . . . . . It's a degraded kind of shame but shame nonetheless.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 7:44 pm UTC
by MikeBabaguh
Live aus Berlin and Völkerball by Rammstein are pretty awesome. In my younger days, I was a big fan of Symphony and Metallica (these days, not so much; I've moved beyond into more complex metal waters).

Also, to go along with my fresh post in the Relaxing Music thread, I should add in Live at Red Rocks, by The Moody Blues.

Ooh, Live at Wembley '86 by Queen is also good stuff (I'm going through my iTunes list...).

Ozzy Osbourne's Live at Budokan will round out this list.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 8:45 pm UTC
by no-genius
Thing is, aren't live albums just a cheap ploy to get more sales/ recognition, without bothering to write (more than a few) new songs?

I'm so jaded, I'm jadedcynical

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:26 pm UTC
by MikeBabaguh
Oftentimes, yes, and it's a good way to fulfill contracts if you're coming up short on material.

In my opinion, as a fan, they can be fucking amazing if done by the right band. It's a great way to hear the crowd roaring, and oftentimes you'll get a re-interpreted version of a favorite song.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:50 pm UTC
by no-genius
MikeBabaguh wrote:Oftentimes, yes, and it's a good way to fulfill contracts if you're coming up short on material.

In my opinion, as a fan, they can be fucking amazing if the right recording of the right gig by the right band. It's a great way to hear the crowd roaring, and oftentimes you'll get a re-interpreted version of a favorite song.

FIX'D

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:52 pm UTC
by MikeBabaguh
Certainly, even the best live bands don't have amazing performances every night.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 10:47 pm UTC
by no-genius
yeah, but seeing a live band is way better than a live album (although i guess it could be an off gig you go to).

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 11:10 pm UTC
by MikeBabaguh
Seeing a performance live is another topic altogether, and in my experience, it's a lot harder to identify a "poor" performance if you're there in person.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 11:31 pm UTC
by semicolon
Daft Punk @ Coachella

Not technically an album, but fuck it.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 11:35 pm UTC
by Cai
Primus' Suck On This! The YYZ at the beginning of John the Fisherman is awesome.

Also Modest Mouse's Baron Von Bullshit Rides Again. His rant on Freebird + extended jamz are awesome.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:38 am UTC
by no-genius
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Hung Over as the Queen in Maida Vale

OK, so it's only 18 minutes long, but it's still very good.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:28 am UTC
by someguy
I wonder if King Crimson's Starless and Bible Black[*] qualifies? About 90% of it was done live from what I recall—they just mixed the applause out of it afterwards. 'Fracture' has got to be one of the most fierce things ever laid to tape.



[*] one of the best album names evar

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 11:05 pm UTC
by majikthise
Hawkwind- Space Ritual.
Lord of Light with Lemmy on bass, mmmm.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:02 pm UTC
by Teknobo
Some of these aren't just my favorite live albums, but my favorite albums period by some of these artists.

Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys
Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
The Bad Plus - Blunt Object Live in Tokyo (I'm not entirely sure it's live, really quiet crowd if it is, but it's still damn good.)
The Pixies - Live in Chicago
Rodrigo y Gabriela - Live in Manchester & Dublin
The Moody Blues - A Night at Red Rocks
Seu Jorge - The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions (okay, it's not live, but it's the same idea! There's little/no mixing involved and it's really good)

Thank you for this thread, by the way, gave me a good chance to look through my entire music library again. I'll be listening to these albums for the next month or so.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:05 am UTC
by 1337geek
Can't believe nobody's said "Hot August Night" by Neil Diamond. Critics have called it one of the greatest (if not the greatest) live albums of all time. Spent 29 weeks at #1. That was back when Neil was still good, before his voice went all... well, gone.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 10:04 pm UTC
by djseptic
"Stop Making Sense" - Talking Heads
"Live at Folsom Prison" - Johnny Cash
"Unplugged" - Neil Young

I've got about 15 live Pearl Jam albums from their "Official Bootleg" series, so, you know, any of those.

Also, there's a live cover of Zeppelin's "No Quarter" by Tool on their "Salival" DVD/CD set that is beyond awesome.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 10:29 pm UTC
by no-genius
PIXIES! Live at Town and Country Club ('s a dvd, not an album. But dvds are cooler!)

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 5:58 am UTC
by Fluff
AC/DC Live: Collector's Edition

Living After Midnight: The Best of Judas Priest

Oasis - Familiar To Millions

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:00 am UTC
by damienthebloody
Cai wrote:Primus' Suck On This! The YYZ at the beginning of John the Fisherman is awesome.

YES. Thankyou, also - I had wondered for years what that was all about, and now i know (i should probably listen to more rush...). :D

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 2:09 pm UTC
by no-genius
Modest Mouse - Baron von bullshit rides again ?

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:56 pm UTC
by Aleril
Cheap Trick: Live at Budokan

Rocks my socks.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:57 pm UTC
by Finn
Clumpy wrote:For shame. A dozen posts in and still no mention of Led Zeppelin's "How the West Was Won"? For shame. . . . . . It's a degraded kind of shame but shame nonetheless.



At least someone said it before me.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:06 am UTC
by tiny
Rasputina - A Radical Recital
die ärzte - Wir wollen nur deine Seele

I'd take a live album over a studio recording every time. Studio lacks spontaneousness and is just too... polished for my taste.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:02 pm UTC
by Dibley
Yanni - Live at the Acropolis

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:09 pm UTC
by yelly
Jimi Page & Robert Planet - No Quarter. Redefined the way I look at music. For Ever.
/*goes through iTunes*/Probably Clapton Unplugged, Dire Straits - Alchemy and Led Zep's BBC live sessions come next (not necessarily in that order). Marley's Babylon by Bus is nice, but definitely not at the top of my list though.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:11 pm UTC
by Xiphias
rxninja wrote:Incubus- Alive at the Red Rocks


Agreed, hands down my favourite live performance; not only was Brandon's live singing perfect, the different rendition of the 'Drive' performance was a ballsy move, and it worked brilliantly.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:28 pm UTC
by Joshmonster
scrt_rbt_agnt wrote:even though it was heavily produced, i really enjoy nirvana's unplugged album which was recorded live.

I Second this. The unplugged album is the only Nirvana album that I still listen too. It is, was, always will be my favorite stuff they did even if most of it was covers. :P

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:15 pm UTC
by Prole
Springsteen - live in dublin

He's still got it.

Re: Most Rockin' Live Albums

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:41 pm UTC
by Girdot
Coheed & Cambria: Live at the Starland Ballroom

Coheed's live performances are kickass.