Best Live Albums

I’m interested in seeing what other seminal live albums there are out there.
To kick off…
Queen - Live Killers
Rush - Exit…Stage Left
Rainbow - On Stage

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There is a recent thread running on much the same subject - maybe you’re better joining that?

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David Gilmour, Live in Gdańsk . It was part of his On an Island tour & included a 100,000 crowd & the string section of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic.
CD & DVD package options DVD is a most have.

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Neil Young- live at Massy Hall.

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Here’s a quick half dozen:
Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour ‘74
Deep Purple - Made in Japan
Allman Brothers - Live at the Fillmore East
Melody Gardot - Live in Europe
Joni Mitchell - Shadows & Light
e.s.t. - Live in Hamburg

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Kelly Joe Phelps- Tap the Red Cane Whirlwind
Dave Matthews Band- Live at Central Park
Fink- Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet

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Yes “Yessongs” worth a listen for the performances (but poor recording quality). Mahavishnu Orchestra “Between Nothingness and Eternity” burns with intensity. King Crimson “The Great Deceiver” showcases the band at their peak.

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Hot August Night - Neil Diamond
Filmore East - Allman brothers
Stripped - Rolling Stones

Rock and Roll Animal - Lou Reed.

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Be Bop Deluxe - Live! In The Air Age is my all time favourite live album.

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Just remembered Dire Straights - Alchemy

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Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous
Donny Hathaway - These Songs for You, Live

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  • Deep Purple - Made In Japan
  • AC/DC - Live at Donington
  • Rainbow - On Stage
  • Serge Gainbourg - Le Zénith de Gainsbourg
  • Depeche Mode - Live in Berlin

Bonus tracks : Queen - Live Aid

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beth harts live album are out in the front period

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Gene Harris - Alley Cats. It’s a live jazz album that really gives you the “I am there” feeling.

Claude

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Genesis - Seconds Out (Recent half speed master)
UFO - Strangers in the Night
Kansas - Two for the Show
Nils Lofgren - Night After Night
Renaissance- Carnegie Hall

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I love Made in Japan, and it’s a real classic. I bought that Melody Gardot and it’s dreadful, like an automaton going through the motions. I like her studio albums so it was a real disappointment.

Three of my favourites are Live at the Counter Eurovision 79 by Misty in Roots, Rank by The Smiths and Live in Crawley 83 by Richard Thompson and Danny Thompson. The latter is an official bootleg, if such a thing exists.

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Shame the Melody album doesn’t do it for you. Saw her during this tour at the Barbican. It was a fantastic gig. That’s the great thing about music. We all have our favourites and blind spots which I believe is a good thing.

Here’s a couple of others:
Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous
Dr Feelgood - Stupidity

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