Best Live Albums

Just a few off the top of my head…

David Bowie – David Live
Grateful Dead – Live/Dead
Grateful Dead – Europe 72
Donny Hathaway - Live!
Hendrix – Band of Gypsys
Led Zeppelin – How The West Was Won
Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains the Same (1976 version only)
John Martyn – Live at Leeds
Curtis Mayfield – Curtis Live!
Pink Floyd – Ummagumma live album
Ramones – It’s Alive
Rush – All The World’s A Stage
Thin Lizzy – Live & Dangerous
The Who – Live At Leeds

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My favourite Lucinda Williams Live albums:

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Two sets of 5 CDs each - at Los Angeles and New York where she plays the whole album.
Albums are: Lucinda Williams, Sweet Old World, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Essence and World Without Tears.
Bought them years ago from the Lucinda Williams website.

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Electrif Lycanthrope.

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Albert king and Stevie Ray Vaughan in session

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Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby / Sunday at the Village Vanguard
John Coltrane - Live at the Village Vanguard
Eric Dolphy / Booker Little - At the Five Spot
Mingus at Antibes
McLaughlin, Di Meola, de Lucia - Friday Night in San Francisco
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Between Nothingness and Eternity
Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same

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I’m very fond of John Martyn Live at the Roundhouse. One from his gigs.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Live at KCRW

Stripped back performance in front of a small audience for KCRW radio and utterly glorious.

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Marillion - All One Tonight Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Marillion - Unplugged At The Walls
Nils Lofgren - Acoustic Live (there’s some good songs on this apart from the overplayed at HiFi Shows Keith Don’t Go)
David Gilmour - Live at Pompeii (some of the performances on here are definitive IMO)

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Live at the Royal Albert Hall and Live at KCRW
Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall
Art Ensemble of Chicago - The Complete Live in Japan
James Brown - Live at the Apollo
The Velvet Underground - The Matrix Tapes, The Quinn Tapes, Live MCMXCIII

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Made in Japan

Accept no substitutes!

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New

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How about the Eva Cassidy album Night Bird a cracker for a system test,

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Who can forget The Last Waltz?

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The Last Dance, Runrig. The best concert of the last decade, recorded fantastically.
This was the last concert by the group before retirement

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Live albums have tended to leave me unimpressed but some crackers:

Coltrane at the Vanguard
Free Live
Jeff Beck at Ronnie’s
Cream at the RAH - 2005

Regards,

Lindsay

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Live blood, Peter Gabriel

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KCRW do a great series of live recordings on their Rare On The Air albums. I’ve got 1-3 Nick is on the first one along with John Cale, Leonard Cohen, Beck and others. Excellent live performances.

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Should we include the unplugged series? If so, in order:
1 Eric Clapton
2 Nirvana
3 Rod Stewart

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Stiff Little Fingers - Hanx

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Van Morrison - A Night in San Francisco
Neil Young - Dreamin’ Man Live ‘92
Dire Straits - Alchemy
Eagles - Hell Freezes Over
Fink - Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet
Leonard Cohen - Live in London
Ry Cooder - Live on Air
Cowboy Junkies - 200 More Miles Live Performances ‘85-‘94

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