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Genre, year, or length doesn't matter. What are your favorite live albums. Bootlegs count. These are in no particular order.

KISS Alive! - I was lucky enough to see this tour. They were hungry and went out for blood every night. It worked. I don't think they every again reached the fury of those days.

Wings Over America - Triple album by Sir Paul. Not a clunker in the bunch. This version of Wings was incredibly underrated. Jimmy McCulloch was a beast on lead guitar. Denny Laine was an elite level musician and writer. McCartney was still young and cared about the music.

UFO - Strangers in the Night - Another incredible double album that isn't remembered the way it should be. Michael Schenker was such a beast. Listen to that note he hits on This Kids....yeah, that one. UFO was just like Thin Lizzy in that they never really broke huge in the States and they definitely should have. Which leads me to.

Thin Lizzy - Life:Live - I'm in the minority in that I love the mix of this album. Sykes is way out in front and the whole band sounds bombastic. Phil was on his last legs but he pulled it together for this series of shows. The mashup at the end with every Lizzy guitarist on Rocker was worth the price of admission. I'm not that big a fan of Lizzy's first live album because it's so canned.

Ramones - It's Alive - Punks greatest moment. I saw them at the Palladium only about a week later and it didn't have the furious pace of the New Years Eve show presented here.

Foghat - Live - Only a single album but Foghat did mostly opening slots so this was a great representation of their show. I never get tired of Slow Ride.

Ted Nugent - Double Live Gonzo - right up there with KISS Alive! as an album I wore the grooves off. The album really captured the insanity of a live Nuge show. His best lineup by far with Derek St. Holmes. The only thing is it didn't have his insane version of Turn It Up which he would always close with at the time.

There's a million more great ones. Let's see what you cretins think.

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Here's just a few. I will add more later. Great topic though.

The Who: Live At Leeds (1970)



ACDC: If You Want Blood, You Got It (1978)

ACDC: Live At River Plate (2012)

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carpetbeggar wrote:

ACDC: Live At River Plate (2012)
This is excellent. However, I always liked the one they did from Munich in 2001 just a little bit more.

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carpetbeggar wrote: Here's just a few. I will add more later. Great topic though.

The Who: Live At Leeds (1970)



ACDC: If You Want Blood, You Got It (1978)

ACDC: Live At River Plate (2012) (More a fan of the concert video they released of those shows. I think they did two concerts there, back to back. Those Argentinians were boppin' and a rockin' that night. The energy was incredible. I would have loved to have experienced that in person. I only saw them once in Boston back in 2000. It was an amazing show. They definitely deliver. I feel bad for those that never got to experience them live.....Wong, did you ever get the chance to see them with Bon?) 

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carpetbeggar wrote: carpetbeggar wrote:

ACDC: Live At River Plate (2012) (More a fan of the concert video they released of those shows. I think they did two concerts there, back to back. Those Argentinians were boppin' and a rockin' that night. The energy was incredible. I would have loved to have experienced that in person. I only saw them once in Boston back in 2000. It was an amazing show. They definitely deliver. I feel bad for those that never got to experience them live.....Wong, did you ever get the chance to see them with Bon?)

I saw them twice with Bon. Once while I was working at the Palladium when they opened for the Dictators (criminally underrated band) and then in August of 1979 when they opened up for Nugent at the Garden. The NYPD went on the record in the Daily News the next day that it was the rowdiest show they ever saw there.

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WongLee wrote: carpetbeggar wrote:

ACDC: Live At River Plate (2012)
This is excellent. However, I always liked the one they did from Munich in 2001 just a little bit more.


That 2001 show?
If so, that was great. I only ever watched it once. I think it is time to check it out again. :)

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WongLee wrote: carpetbeggar wrote: carpetbeggar wrote:

ACDC: Live At River Plate (2012) (More a fan of the concert video they released of those shows. I think they did two concerts there, back to back. Those Argentinians were boppin' and a rockin' that night. The energy was incredible. I would have loved to have experienced that in person. I only saw them once in Boston back in 2000. It was an amazing show. They definitely deliver. I feel bad for those that never got to experience them live.....Wong, did you ever get the chance to see them with Bon?)

I saw them twice with Bon. Once while I was working at the Palladium when they opened for the Dictators (criminally underrated band) and then in August of 1979 when they opened up for Nugent at the Garden. The NYPD went on the record in the Daily News the next day that it was the rowdiest show they ever saw there.


Oh, The Dictators..I remember being 13 or 14 blasting "Stay With Me" on my stereo over and over. lol
Talking about craziness at the Garden...Actually I gotta dig that "Bikers, Broads and Babyfaces" thread up again. So much goodness in there and I still have a ton of questions about you in NYC back in the day.

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Agree with you on Kiss Alive and UFO Strangers in the Night.  Absolutely two of my favorite albums live or not.   Others that I really like off thentop of my head:
Allman Brothers:  Live at the FillmoreGrand Funk:  Caught in the ActRainbow:  Rainbow LiveLittle Feat: Waiting for ColumbusDeep Purple: Made in JapanSeveral Grateful Dead Albums eg: Europe ‘72 and One from the Vault
I like live albums so I will think of more and post them as I remember them. 

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No mention of Cheap Trick at Budokan?

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srossi wrote: No mention of Cheap Trick at Budokan?While it was obviously the album that put the band into an elite bracket for a while, I think of this the same way as Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous. Wayyyyy to much studio work plus an horrendous mix. There's tons of excellent quality Cheap Trick shows on YouTube from this time period that really show what the band was like live. I saw CT four times in the 70's and when Budokan came out I just shook my head in disbelief.

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gwlee7 wrote: Deep Purple: Made in JapanGreg, I don't know if it still in print but see if you can find the triple CD reissue of Made in Japan. It's all three shows they played and the shows are complete. It's fascinating to listen to. No overdubs either. You'll here versions of songs and wonder why the version from the night before didn't make the final cut.

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Robin Trower - Robin Trower Live; Robin nails it like always and Dewar sounds great


Dream Theater - Live scenes from New York 


Misfits - evilive; I know it’s 2 different shows but I love it


Danzig - Thrall / Demonsweatlive; I know only half of it is live


Daft Punk - alive 2007

Tool - Opiate; only 2 live songs but my 2 favorite Tool songs of all time


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Franchise wrote: Robin Trower - Robin Trower Live; Robin nails it like always and Dewar sounds great



I forgot this one. An incredible record. What these punk kids today don't realize is that Trower was a HUGE star from '74 - '77. He headlined and soldout the Garden at least twice and co-headlined Shea Stadium with Jethro Tull.

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WongLee wrote: Franchise wrote: Robin Trower - Robin Trower Live; Robin nails it like always and Dewar sounds great



I forgot this one. An incredible record. What these punk kids today don't realize is that Trower was a HUGE star from '74 - '77. He headlined and soldout the Garden at least twice and co-headlined Shea Stadium with Jethro Tull.



Trower w/ Dewar is probably my favorite band of all time. The multi disc State to State live across America comp is excellent as well. The live version of long misty days is killer. Something about the dirty guitar sound from Trower mixed with Dewar’s vocals that just sounds right to me. 

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live at the Hammersmith Odeon is a fantastic album. I'm also partial to the 3 disc Springsteen Live: 1975-1985

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I like a lot of the choices already posted. I’ll just throw in Iron Maiden “Live After Death” to add to the list.

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The Doc wrote: I like a lot of the choices already posted. I’ll just throw in Iron Maiden “Live After Death” to add to the list.
I like "Maiden England" more, although that might not count because I think it was originally a VHS release and then maybe it came out on CD later.  Can't remember.

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wittman2 wrote: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live at the Hammersmith Odeon is a fantastic album. I'm also partial to the 3 disc Springsteen Live: 1975-1985

Liked both of those. 


Live Rust - Neil Young 


Throw in KISS Alive. 

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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". 
 

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I like tons of what has been mentioned: Kiss Alive, Neil Young Weld, Wings over America, Nugent Gonzo all stick out but nothing so far has been a must miss in my book.

Going to add a couple: The Allman Brothers "An Evening with the Allman Brothers", and "2nd Set". Both of these were recorded at least partially at the Beacon in NY and to listen to them is like listening to music for the first time. It's not just the songs but the quality of the recording, full digital recording in 1992 was not that common.

The other one I'll add is the only live Country album I think I'd ever put on the list: Hank Williams Jr, "Hank Live". This came out in 1987, he was the undisputed King of Country at the time. Other than the obviously dubbed in crowd noises at times, the music is crisp and very non-country.

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I gotta mention the MTV Unplugged albums. I liked Nirvana (featuring About a Girl), STP (featuring Plush), Alice In Chains (featuring Nutshell), and Eric Clapton (featuring Tears In Heaven), all were great. I know I'm probably forgetting a couple more?

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Another one that came to me is Blue Oyster Cult’s Some Enchanted Evening.

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gwlee7 wrote: Another one that came to me is Blue Oyster Cult’s Some Enchanted Evening.Sweet baby jebus YES! Astronomy is untouchable.

Also to add Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East is so iconic. Another one with not a single weak cut in it.

To also add, even though it may not technically be a live album, Led Zeppelin - How the West Was Won. Zeppelin at their very peak. Each performance more crushing than the last. Yeah yeah, Jimmy is sloppy. However Mr. Crowley made him a little less sloppy on these tracks.

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The Stones "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out" Is one of my favorite official releases, it's the Mick Taylor era and his guitar work on Sympathy for the Devil on that album is IMO the greatest recorded guitar solo in history...that said, it's not the best overall Stones live release, their Brussell's Affair Vault release is..

I also love Cinderella's "Live from the Key Club", it's a small venue, they're on fire on this one..good stuff..

Everything else that's been mentioned here of course I dig, especially Kiss Alive..

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any of Led Zeppelin's shows at the LA Forum. there boots and a official release called How The West Was Won.

Any Jimi Hendrix live release. Jimi seemed like he was from another planet.lol best guitarist ever. Band of Gypsies live album and so many more.

Was Kiss Alive really a live album. :) i have read that the album was so doctored and touched up. i think even Gene has admitted this.

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Spatulapup wrote: any of Led Zeppelin's shows at the LA Forum. there boots and a official release called How The West Was Won.

Any Jimi Hendrix live release. Jimi seemed like he was from another planet.lol best guitarist ever. Band of Gypsies live album and so many more.

Was Kiss Alive really a live album. :) i have read that the album was so doctored and touched up. i think even Gene has admitted this.
EVERY live album has some doctoring and touching up. Hell, the How the West was Won by Zeppelin i love but there's studio stuff on it, at times there's rhythm guitar playing while Page is soloing, he just can't leave stuff alone, he had to go and doctor stuff..

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yeah page is a perfectionist. he will go back and listen to the shows and if he hears a bum note or something he wants to fix it. live concerts do not have to be perfect. its a live show. should be warts and all..

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Spatulapup wrote: yeah page is a perfectionist. he will go back and listen to the shows and if he hears a bum note or something he wants to fix it. live concerts do not have to be perfect. its a live show. should be warts and all..
Yeah, I'd rather hear a band have a few mistakes but bring it live than play perfectly. We had a gig Sat, a music festival, we hadn't practiced in 2 weeks and it was only an hour so we just went in no setlist or anything and said screw it, there were a few rough bits but it was maybe the most fun gig I ever played..we were improvising on some songs we hadn't done in a long time and it came off really well..

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I prefer "Live After Death" and is what I immediately thought of, when I saw this thread. "Scream for Me, Long Beach!" will always be in my lexicon.
srossi wrote: The Doc wrote: I like a lot of the choices already posted. I’ll just throw in Iron Maiden “Live After Death” to add to the list.
I like "Maiden England" more, although that might not count because I think it was originally a VHS release and then maybe it came out on CD later.  Can't remember.
Originally a VHS show released in 1989. A mini 6 song EP CD of what would become known as "Maiden England" was released as part of the bi-weekly "The First 10 Years" in 1990-- in the UK and Europe only. If you bought all 10 CDs, you could send in their respective vouchers and get a special box-set storage thingie. 

All 10 CDs eventually made their way, over here, and were pretty coveted among Maiden fans in the early 90's. I ended up with 7 of them. Had their singles and cool b-sides, released in chronological order.

"Maiden England" -- the full show-- was re-released in 2013.

Sorry...went off on a tangent with my Maiden fandom. I got into the bootleg trading scene, circa 2002 or so and ended up with a ton of high-quality live Maiden shows from 1979 to 2000's. Overall, I think their live shows lost some bite, around 1986/1987 with the "Somewhere on Tour" shows.

I have a Tool "Lateralus" show from 2001. That's my unofficial favorite live album. Maynard on having King Crimson open up for them, that night: "this is like Britney Spears getting to play with Debbie Gibson. Or Lenny Kravitz getting to play with Led Zeppelin. It's like that... but it isn't".

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Heenan Fan wrote: I gotta mention the MTV Unplugged albums. I liked Nirvana (featuring About a Girl), STP (featuring Plush), Alice In Chains (featuring Nutshell), and Eric Clapton (featuring Tears In Heaven), all were great. I know I'm probably forgetting a couple more?

Yep those were all good. My personal favorite is the 'Best of MTV Unplugged" which has just some great tracks, including a very blues-y "Pride and Joy" by Stevie Ray Vaughan

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I love Queen Live Killers.



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