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 Posted: Fri Sep 27th, 2019 05:14 pm
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The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads -- Everyone knows about Stop Making Sense because of the movie, but this double live album (which contains music from the first four albums) blows it out of the water in terms of quality and sound.  In fact, the sound is so clean, the guitar work so rigidly accurate, that you can't believe this is all one-take playing.  I know there's often post-production on live albums, but even taking that into account the playing here is a revelation, and it exposes brilliantly the songwriting gift David Byrne had in that era. 
Weld by Neil Young -- Similarly, Young has other, better known live albums, but they don't match up to Weld's song selection ("Cortez The Killer" is worth the price of admission alone, and then you throw in an epic version of "Like A Hurricane") and passionate yet tasteful soloing by Young.
Nocturne by Siouxsie And The Banshees -- Nothing special, just a personal favorite of mine.
Captured by Journey -- Gregg Rollie's last hurrah with the band.  Steve Perry's at the peak of his powers here.
The Beatles, Washington DC, February 11, 1964 -- They must have put on some incredible shows as they were coming up, but this, the first true U.S. concert they performed, has enough energy to light the east coast.  Ringo's playing is insane here; check out "I Wanna Be Your Man".